Jian Yang, a 33-year-old man from Singapore has one of the largest private collections of Barbie Dolls in the world. This self-described “toy nerd” has dedicated the last 20 years of his life collecting 6,000 Barbies, Bratz Girls, Monster High dolls, Care Bears and Jem and the Holograms action figures valued at nearly half a million dollars. So why is he single? Because most eligible ladies I know would be JUMPING at the chance to date a man who spends all of his disposable income on toys. Most of us would be frothing at the mouth to get up in Jian’s pad and check out his prized “Great Shape” Barbie from 1984. Keep reading »
With Mattel’s Barbie sales sinking these days, Mattel decided to team up with Coach in what seems like an appeal to both classic Coach collections and the tradition of the Barbie doll. This tiny tribute to Coach fashion can be yours for just $95, which is way less than an actual Coach bag. Sounds like a deal to me. Although I have my problems with Barbie, I can’t help but be drawn to her tiny Coach purse. It isn’t even that I particularly like Coach purses, but I do love miniatures that looks exactly like their larger counterparts. Examples include baby Converse and mini bottles of Tabasco sauce. [Huffington Post]
Every time Barbie gets some kind of awesome makeover that makes us like her again, she goes and pink-ifies something awesome in a way we find hugely annoying, and this time NASA got in on the job.
In honor of the one-year anniversary of the Curiosity rover landing on Mars, NASA collaborated with Mattel to produce Mars Explorer Barbie, complete with a shiny, figure-flattering, slim-fit space suit with metallic hot pink accents. Her helmet and oxygen tank are hot pink.
Most annoyingly, this Barbie does not actually come with a tiny model of the Curiosity rover, which seems like a huge oversight to us. The only love the rover gets is a tiny cardboard cutout that will surely be thrown away with the box packaging. Read more at The Gloss…
Mattel’s Barbie doll has long embodied all that is wrong with society’s expectations of women and the female body. But there’s good news, sort of: the impossibly shaped, blonde doll’s popularity appears to finally be waning. Mattel has reported a 23 percent drop in sales and sales have declined for the fourth quarter in a row. To be fair, toy sales the U.S. and Europe have not been faring particularly well this year in general, and Mattel is doing relatively well compared to other large toy companies. But this is no thanks to Barbie — most of their sales come from the American Girl Dolls and Monster High Dolls. Keep reading »
A couple months ago, we saw an artist’s rendition of what Barbie might look like without makeup (and a few nights of no sleep). Now artist Nickolay Lamm has created a mockup version of Barbie based on the average measurements of 19-year-old American woman. As we all know, if Barbie were real she would spend most of her time tipping over due to her completely unrealistic, back-breaking proportions. Average Barbie looks much more sturdy, no? [Yahoo Shine]
When I was a kid, the best day of my life was the day my mom gave me her old Barbie Dreamhouse. It was made of pink cardboard, but equipped with all the swanky Malibu details you’d expect. My barbies spent many hours cooking dinner in the luxury kitchen and then retreating to the bedroom to hump each other. Good times. Today my inner child is telling me to buy a ticket to Florida, because that is where Mattel just unveiled a 10,000 square-foot replica of the Barbie Dreamhouse. The feat required 20 pounds of glitter and 100 gallons of pink paint to bring to fruition, and guests are invited to sit down at human-size versions of Barbie’s makeup counter, cook up some imaginary food on one of her three pink ovens, or play a tune on her hot pink grand piano. Check out a few more photos of this crazy piece of Barbie real estate after the jump… Keep reading »