, a resource for vintage and antique collectors, examines the gender politics of the Easy-Bake Oven
, the toy industry’s gender divide
, and why ordinary things go pink
. (Don't miss the Dumbest Products Made 'For Her' slideshow at the bottom of the "pink" article.)
For more than 50 years, Mr. Potato Head
toys have been a hit among American children - and increasingly, collectors. This collector's website has everything Potato Headian, whether you want to see 2008 Presidential Candidates holding Mr P
or the "psychedelic" Mr. Potato Bug, Bird, and Fish
from the early 1970s or read about how it almost became a forgotten cereal premium
instead of a "funny face kit" for unused fruits and vegetables. Then there are the pictures
from 2002 when Rhode Island distributed 5 foot fiberglass Mr. Potato Head statues which were decorated by artists through the state. There's more. A lot more.
The Easy-Bake Oven has inspired
others en route to being immortalized in The National Toy Hall of Fame
. But with 100-watt incandescent light bulbs effectively prohibited from manufacture starting in 2012, the suprisingly versatile
cooking instrument is being retired
in favor of an "Ultimate" model powered by a non-bulb heating element.
"N.B.--In telling a ladies fortune, omit reading from cards that are intended to apply exclusively to men and vice versa
" Instructions for over 7200 games
from Hasbro (and Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley and Playskool, etc.) ranging from Venetian Fortune Teller
[1909, pdf] and Hop in the Tub
[1920, pdf] to the "how could I forget?" Don't Wake Daddy
[1992, pdf] and Harry Potter Motion Activated Hedwig
[pdf]. And don't forget Ouija
[pdf]! [more inside]
was an improbable comics success: Based on a toy series that consisted of one figure (Rom)
, the comics series debuted in 1979 and lasted an unlikely 75 issues, featuring art from such luminaries as P. Craig Russell
and Steve Ditko
). The series was written by Marvel Comics mainstay Bill Mantlo,
who retired from comics and became a public defender (the legal kind), only to suffer a tragic accident in the mid-1990s that left him in need of constant medical attention. A 2007 benefit for the writer -- Spacenight: A Tribute to Bill Mantlo
-- will be followed by Spacenight 2, an auction of original Rom-related artwork that can be viewed here.
The sad day has come: Facebook has shut down Scrabulous
. Read the complaint here
(PDF). Those suffering from withdrawal can head on over to Scrabulous.com
. [more inside]
Toymakers Hasbro and Mattel claim that the popular online game Scrabulous
(available on Facebook
) infringes on the trademark for the board game Scrabble
. They have not yet filed suit, but have asked Facebook to desist in its alleged infringement
. Scrabulous is one of the top ten plug-ins on the site, developed by brothers Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla in Calcutta, India. "There has been speculation that the challenge to Scrabulous had been launched as Hasbro and Mattel prepare their own online version of Scrabble." Electronic Arts holds the license to the electronic rights
Facebook users are rallying to save the game
. [more inside]
We'll Fight for Freedom, Wherever there's Trouble...
CNN pundit Glenn Beck (as well as Canada's National Post
] criticizes G.I. Joe, or more appropriately, the in-production live-action movie [IMDB
] of the same name, and the manufacturer of the multi-generational toy-line
, Hasbro. Beck cited the IMDB page, which stated that GIJOE was a "European-based military unit known as Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity (G.I.J.O.E.), a hi-tech, international force of special operatives, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer." He further added that the change amounted to JOE being ineffectual pansies, like the UN, and that "[He believes] some are trying to indoctrinate our kids into hating their own country, turning us into some one-world-government nightmare; hating America, turning it into a dirty word." [more inside]
Wizards of the Coast
was quite a strange place to work for in the early days. A gamer paradise of freebies, fun, and sex. A game or Truth of Swill changes everything. Now WOTC is owned by Hasbro and the February closing of the Seattle Gamecenter is the final nail in the coffin of gamer paradise.
made a dr. laura boardgame. (unironically, i might add.) parody, anyone?