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    Barbie’s Ken Doll Finally Gets a Diverse Body Makeover

    Early last year, Mattel finally answered longstanding criticism of Barbie’s unrealistic proportions by making her a doll for everyone. Since then, Barbie has become available in many skin tones and body types, but her buddy Ken has still been stuck in his plain old self. That changes this year, with Mattel’s announcement that Ken is […]

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    Barbie’s DreamHorse Trots and Responds to Petting

    Barbie isn’t the only one getting a tech boost at Toy Fair this year. Her horse companion is getting way more advanced this year, with new touch sensitivity that makes the horse react to petting and brushing. A couple years ago, Barbie got in the saddle with the Barbie Saddle ‘N Ride Horse & Doll. […]

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    Hologram Barbie is Cooler than Siri and Alexa Combined

    Barbie has not been messing around during Toy Fair lately. A couple years ago, Mattel showed off the Hello Barbie doll, which had natural voice recognition, and last year Barbie got her own voice-activated smart house. She’s no less tech savvy this year — she’s now going holographic. Hologram Barbie isn’t actually a doll — the toy itself […]

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    A Barbie Movie Starring Amy Schumer is Coming in 2018

    Until now, Barbie’s film history has been limited to direct-to-DVD animated movies, but that’s going to change in a couple years. Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures, which had previously purchased a Barbie script, has managed to get Amy Schumer to get on board to rewrite the script and star. Schumer is better known for more adult […]

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    Plus-Size Supermodel Ashley Graham Gets Her Own Proportional Barbie Doll

    Barbie’s gone through a lot of changes the past few years. Faced with mounting criticism of the doll’s unrealistic proportions and narrow appeal, Mattel introduced Barbie dolls of various body types and skin tones. The message was that Barbie is becoming a doll for every girl — the company took pains to note that all the […]

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    Mattel is Making Star Trek Barbie Dolls

    It’s the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and everyone wants in on the action. You’d better believe that includes Mattel, which is now showing off three new dolls that are pretty much mandatory purchases for collectors, or for any Star Trek fan, really. Spock, Kirk, and Uhura are all getting their own Barbie dolls, and […]

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    Spaghetti Chef Barbie Makes Her Own Pasta

    We saw Barbie move into the presidential race and into gymnastics coaching as part of her Careers line of dolls, but there’s one more doll coming out that deserves our attention. This year, Barbie will also become a chef cooking up spaghetti and meatballs. “But everyone can cook spaghetti and meatballs!” you say, understandably. Well, […]

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    Barbie Flippin’ Fun Gymnast Performs Her Own Acrobatics

    Barbie can and does do everything. This has been established, and we don’t need to belabor the point. The important part is which skills she decides to show us every year, and it looks like in 2016, one of those skills is going to be passing down skills to the next generation. In other words, […]

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    Barbie Is Running For President

    Finally, a candidate we can endorse! Barbie was at the 2016 New York Toy Fair to formally announce that she’s throwing her tiny hat into the ring to become the leader of the free world. We unironically could do worse. Presidential candidate Barbie is coming in a two-doll set, which includes the candidate herself in […]

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    Barbie Hello Dreamhouse is Barbie’s First Smart House

    You’ll probably remember Hello Barbie from last year, if for no other reason than she seemed to make a bunch of people really mad. Well, the quasi-cyborg Barbie of last year wasn’t at the 2016 New York Toy Fair last weekend, but Mattel hasn’t given up on the Hello thing. This year, they brought along […]

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    RC Hoverboard Barbie Flies on a Real Hoverboard

    Ugh, of course Barbie would get a real, honest hoverboard before the rest of us. Here at the New York Toy Fair, Mattel is demonstrating the Barbie Star Light Adventure RC Hoverboard, and no, there are absolutely no wheels involved. You can see from the video what the deal is — Barbie’s basically hitching a […]

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    Barbie Finally Gets a Realistic Curvy Body Makeover

    After decades of criticism over Barbie’s body shape, Mattel is finally ready to reveal several new body types with more realistic proportions. Curvy, petite, and tall versions of Barbie will now be sold alongside the classic doll, beginning a new and very uncertain era for the brand as it tries to stay relevant to a […]

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    Moschino Barbie Airs Gender Norm-Busting Ad Starring a Boy

    I’m still not sure what captivates me more about this Moschino Barbie ad — that it breaks childhood gender norms about playtime so boldly or how incredibly Moschino the whole thing is. I don’t think I’m coming off the fence anytime soon. The ad is for a limited edition Moschino Barbie wearing tiny clothes designed […]

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    Girl Uses Barbie Fishing Pole to Reel in 20-incher

    In a story made possible by Barbie’s burgeoning merchandise empire, a young girl named Avery brought in the biggest catch of her young life with a pink Barbie fishing pole — a 20-inch bass. If I don’t see Avery and her Barbie gear tearing it up on Bassmaster in the near future, I’m going to […]

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    Hipster Barbie Has Her Own Awesome Instagram Account

    With all the jobs she’s had over the years, we’ve long known that Barbie isn’t satisfied until she excels at everything she puts her mind to. If the new Socality Barbie Instagram account is any indication, the latest thing she’s mastered is being an unrepentant hipster of the Pacific Northwest chapter. An unidentified wedding photographer […]