Posts tagged "toys"

Sweet Or Creepy? Put Your Daughter’s Face On A Disney Princess Doll

Mommy gets a 3D sonogram — and a couple years later, your precious bundle of joy can place with a Disney princess doll with her own face on it. For $99, Disney will graft the likeness of your child's face on a seven-inch Disney Princess doll. Parents who want to make the sweet/creepy…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2012

Karl Lagerfeld As A My Little Pony & Other Celebs In Pony Form

Suddenly I see what it's all about, bronies! I totally understand how you could love My Little Pony as grown-ass adults. It's no secret around here that Rachel and I are obsessed with weirdo Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld but he is even more adorable in pony form. My Little Karl is a piece…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 20, 2012

Photographer Dina Goldstein Imagines Barbie’s Life If Ken Liked Men

Back in the day, Ken was always a hot commodity whenever my friends and I fought over whose Barbie would be the lucky lady that day. Turns out, Ken might not even be into plastic boobs, anyway. In a four-room set she built in an art gallery for a piece called "In The Dollhouse,"…
By: Daley Quinn / June 16, 2012

How Badly Do You Want These “Mad Men” Barbies?

"Mad Men" may be almost done for the season, but fret not! Here's a whole mess of "Mad Men"-inspired Barbie dolls to keep you entertained. No, Mattel hasn't suddenly sanctioned LSD and sex out of wedlock. Artist Michael Williams of MyLifeInPlastic.com dressed each and every one of these old Barbie and Ken dolls (plu…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2012

Just In Time For Passover! A Bag Of Plagues!

The Chosen People among us (Kidding! Kidding! You're all beautiful chosen people to me) know that part of the Passover celebration involves reciting the 10 plagues that befell the land of Egypt while they held the Jews in captivity. Typically, Jews acknowledge the plagues during the Passover ceremony by reciting each one of the plague…
By: Julie Gerstein / April 13, 2012

“I Can Be President” Barbie Has Awesome Shoes, Outfit, Hair

But what is her policy on drilling in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge? Inquiring minds want to know, Mattel. [Racked]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 9, 2012

Remixed Toy Ads Tell The Truth About Gendered Marketing

It's common knowledge that toys are marketed to boys and girls in hugely different--and often troubling--ways. Media literacy advocate and video artist Jonathan McIntosh has come up with a super effective way to illustrate those differences. It's called the Gendered Advertising Remixer, and the concept is simple: on one side of the scree…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 2, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Little Girls & Their Pink Things Make For A Fascinating Photo Project

As if you needed further proof that toy companies are ruthless when it comes to marketing "girls" and "boys" toys in the basest way possible: "The Pink & blue Project," by photographer JeongMee Yoon, captures little girls and their pink — very pink — toys, dolls, shoes and clothes. [Flavorwire] Feminist activists Gloria Steinem,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 16, 2012

Say “Nay!” To “My Little Pony” Talking Princess Celestia Doll

Rebecca Hains, best be known these days as the woman who got busted by the TSA for trying to take a red velvet cupcake through airport security, is, in her real life a media studies professor at Salem State University and author of Growing Up With Girl Power; Girlhood on Scree…
By: Peggy Orenstein / January 20, 2012

Evening Quickies: Kate & Pippa Middleton Are Now Creepy Action Figures

Kate Middleton and little sis Pippa are now creepy (and expensive) action figures. However, I don't think G.I. Joe is going to be too picky. [US Weekly] Chelsea Handler and hotelier Andre Balazs are dunzo. Chelsea, call me! [New York Post] How the Victoria's Secret idea of "sexy" has evolved over…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 8, 2011

“Celebrity” Cabbage Patch Kids Equal Parts Random & Terrifying

Show me a little girl who doesn't want a Cabbage Patch Kid doll in the likeness of Al Roker and I'll show you a liar. All small children are just dying to snuggle up with the "Today" show weatherman! They aren't? No? Well, let's hope some deep-pocketed adults do, because someone needs to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 8, 2011

A Wonder Woman Lego Lady Is Coming!

A Lego Wonder Woman figurine is on the way, now that DC Comics has given Lego access to their characters! Thirteen new Lego people based on DC superheroes are on the way, including Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, the Joker, Wolverine and Captain America. The Wonder Woman above is not an official mockup —…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 24, 2011

Today’s Lady News: This Is What A Life-Size Barbie Looks Like

This is what the proportions of a life-size Barbie doll would look like. She's made by anorexia survivor Galia Slayen and stands 6 feet tall with a 39" bust, 18" waist and 33" hips. Barbie wears a size 00 skirt that Galia used to wear when she was sick from her eating disorder. This year,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 15, 2011

Frisky’s Top 12 eBay Finds Of The Week

This week's eBay finds feature dresses from Mary-Kate and Ashley, colorful ceramic pieces, and even a little Rodarte action. Check out our fabulous finds after the jump!
By: Julie Gerstein / April 14, 2011

The Breast Milk Baby Teaches Little Girls To Breastfeed Just Like Mommy

A little girl may have only stopped nursing a few years ago herself, but that's no reason she can't play mama to a Breast Milk Baby, right? The $89 doll by Berjuan Toys shows girls — and yes, this doll is by default for girls — how to nurture their babies by…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2011

What Kind Of Parent Would Give Their Kid This Slutty Wolfwoman To Play With?

Toy companies have made it easy for Child Protect Services: just park at Toys 'R Us near the slutty wolfwoman doll and snag whomever's hand in the beartrap of poor decisions. Much like Barbie, Mattel's Monster High doll, Clawdeen Wolf, sports a lush head of hair, a fur-lined jacket, and the shortest of miniskirts.
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 17, 2011

Sweet Talkin’ Ken Is Barbie’s Bitch

At last, a man who says everything you want him to say! Meet Mattel's Sweet Talkin' Ken doll ($31), who records five seconds of your voice and plays it back in a deep baritone. Barbie and her boy toy split ages ago, but I'm sure they'll get back together as soon as Barbie…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 28, 2010

The Black Baby Doll Project Puts Dollies In Hands Of Little Girls

One of the privileges I had as a little white girl was always having had toys that look like me. In fact, American Girl's brown-haired, brown-eyed Samantha Parkington doll looked almost exactly like me. Like little girls all around the world, I used to hold her, brush her hair, pretend she wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 8, 2010

“Pink Stinks” Parents Group Are Anti-Pink Toy Crusaders

There's good news across the pond for parents who want their little girls to believe they can grow up and be anything they want: A parents group called Pink Stinks, which pressures toy companies and stores to rise above marketing based on traditional gender roles, seems to have been successful…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2010

Facials Are A “Brainy” Toy For Girls

What sort of "brainy" toys can your little girl play with from the MindWare catalog, which prides itself as "the nation's best resource for educational toys for kids"? Facials! Your little Einstein-ette can "whip up a body scrub" or make fairy dust, fairy glitter and lip balms "from scratch" with her very own all-…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 9, 2010