Barbie's friend Ken celebrates a milestone birthday: 60
A reproduction of the original Ken doll, launched in 1961 as a companion to Barbie, appears in Bergen County, N.J., on Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)Ken is turning 60, two years after his best friend Barbie did. Mattel launched a reproduction of the original Ken doll on Thursday to commemorate his 1961 debut. “I would say Ken is a good friend and a best friend, a supportive best friend to the Barbie doll,” Best said. AdThe original Barbie, launched in 1959, also came in a bathing suit, a minimalist strategy to encourage consumers to buy outfits and accessories.
Hasbro dropping the ‘Mister’ from Mr. Potato Head, making toy gender neutral
Potato Head is no longer a mister. Hasbro, the company that makes the potato-shaped plastic toy, is giving the spud a gender neutral new name: Potato Head. Potato Head characters will still live on and be sold in stores. “While it was announced today that the POTATO HEAD brand name & logo are dropping the ‘MR.’ I yam proud to confirm that MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD aren’t going anywhere and will remain MR. & MRS.
Barbie takes on racism in new video released by toy company
In the video, Barbie is sending a message to children about how to tackle racism and be a White ally. Experts say the most important thing for parents to do is to have honest conversations and be prepared to answer their children’s questions without shame. In the three minute video, Barbie tackles racism with her friend Nikki. Peyton says parents need to validate their children’s concerns by having difficult conversations. Here are a few resources for parents seeking to better navigate these conversations with their children around race, diversity, privilege, and social activism:BOOKS:ONLINE RESOURCES:
Barbie's Malibu Dreamhouse will be on Airbnb for $60 per night
Barbie's Malibu Dreamhouse will be on Airbnb for $60 per night(CNN) - Call three friends, jump in the bubble gum pink Jeep, and hop on the Pacific Coast Highway. The Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse is available to rent. It's only $60 per night on Airbnb. In addition to the once-in-a-lifetime chance to stay in Barbie's Dreamhouse, some pretty inspirational women will be there, too. Chef Gina Clarke-Helm, founder of Malibu Seaside Chef, will cook farm-fresh food and give a hands-on cooking lesson.
Mattel unveils its new career doll: Judge Barbie
Judge Barbie is available in a variety of different skin tones and hairstyles. Mattel just unveiled the Barbie Judge Doll, its 2019 Barbie Career of the Year doll. "The Barbie Judge Doll encourages girls to learn more about making decisions to change the world for the better." Judge Barbie is available in a variety of different skin tones and hairstyles. Judge Barbie comes after Mattel released a line of gender-inclusive dolls, called "Creatable World."
Mattel Creates Its 1st Gender-Neutral Doll
Instead of Barbie or Ken, heres a third option to consider offering your kids. Mattel is introducing its first line of gender-neutral dolls, which skip breasts and broad shoulders, and instead take a more customizable route. The Creatable World dolls, available in several different skin tones, come with different hair styles, different clothing options and different accessories, from long hair wigs and skirts to short hair wigs and hats. The dolls are intended for all kids and all families, and Culmone explained they came to develop this product after speaking with physicians, parents, experts and kids. Through research, we heard that kids dont want their toys dictated by gender norms, said Culmone.