"You might remember artist Nickolay Lamm for his work removing doll's makeup
to show that they looked just as lovely without that extra layer. Now, as promised, he's created a "normal"-sized Barbie, made to show us more realistic
proportions of American women." (also via)
posted by juliplease
on Jul 3, 2013 -
"As a child, there was nothing to me more fantastic than than the M.U.S.C.L.E. toys
. I don't know if it's just my love for the weird, or the fact that I like pro-wrestling that makes it so special to me, but there's something about a guy from outer space with a fin on his head who would fight against a walking, talking urinal. That's right, a urinal.
" In the US, they were known as Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere, or M.U.S.C.L.E.
, but they were basically bendable plastic duplicates
, a line of collectable erasers from Japan
. More than peachy-salmon colored minifigs, they were based on the world of Kinnikuman
, which started as manga
in 1979, then an anime series
, and more
, and more
, and more
... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 8, 2010 -
. Mattel recalled one of their Barbie products today, a sweet little toy to teach kids responsibility called Barbie and Tanner
. But watching that commercial closely one must wonder, if those magnets are coming out of Tanner so easily, surely they won't stay in your kid. Perhaps the design flaw had nothing to do with magnets but rather such an ill-conceived product. So, after Tanner poops out the magnet, you do what with it?
posted by Toekneesan
on Aug 14, 2007 -
Barbie creator, Mattel founder Handler dies
More than one billion Barbies have been sold in 150 countries and has inspired love from girls everywhere and pure hatred from feminists everywhere. "The impossibly well-endowed doll -- her original figure would be about 39-18-33 if she were human -- has infuriated feminists, inspired artists and intrigued academics around the world. Barbie even was placed in the official "America's Time Capsule" buried in 1976."
Can you think of any other toy who has brought about as much ferver as Barbie???
posted by gloege
on Apr 29, 2002 -
When Barbie meets ballet...?
Mattel are shelling out £85,000 to sponsor the ENO's traditional Christmas run of the Nutcracker
, which coincidentally starts just as Barbie in the Nutcracker
hits the cinemas. A good way to "interest young girls in the ballet", or a head-on crash between two questionable influences on their body image? (more inside...)
posted by holgate
on Sep 9, 2001 -
Ken, of Barbie and Ken has turned 40.
To mark the occasion, Mattel is releasing a hot, young, 20 year old secretary, that Ken is having an affair with, and a Porsche 911. (to complete the whole midlife crisis thing you see.)
posted by tiaka
on Mar 15, 2001 -
Unbelievable news nugget of the day: my friend Matt Lavallee has been slapped with a cease-and-desist order from the Mattel Toy Corporation
for his personal domain, mattl.com
. I guess no one with a name that sounds like a misspelled company is allowed to buy domains from now on? Something needs to be done, corporations do not
own the web.
posted by mathowie
on May 8, 2000 -
Cyber Patrol hacker sells out for one dollar
< I made my political point
and just don't want further annoyance... ...Mattel initiated legal action in e-mail subpoenas in mid-March and Skala and Jansson removed cphack from their sites, but not before urging computer activists to copy and distribute it.... ...Nevertheless, some mirror site operators think open source software protections make the issue moot. The court cannot impose an Internet ban because cphack was released under the GNU General Public License
... > perhaps you've seen this--the final decision will be interesting with repect to free speech and the GNU GPL
. something to watch anyhow.
posted by greyscale
on Mar 28, 2000 -