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Barbie Is Dying And Bringing Mattel Along With Her

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2014 | Business

* First-qtr net loss $0.03/share vs $0.11 profit year earlier * First-qtr adjusted profit $0.01/share vs est. $0.09 * S...

Building Our Future: Top Toys That Empower Young Girls

Laurie Schacht | Posted 03.20.2014 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

Toys help kids discover who they are and introduce the choices they can make at a young age. This year, girl empowerment is a big trend. While I thought there were a lot of toy companies making it happen for girls, there's really just a handful -- but it's a handful that will make a difference.

Yagana Shah

This Is Why Barbie Is The Hottest 55-Year-Old On The Planet

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.10.2014 | Fifty

Happy Birthday, Barbie! The world's most famous doll turns 55 today and she's looking fab, without even the tiniest hint of plastic surgery! (We could...

Create and Style: New Toys Allow Kids to Customize the Fun

Laurie Schacht | Posted 03.07.2014 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

When they are little, kids just want to be with us, hold our hands, cuddle, and play. They do grow up fast though, and before you know it, they are turning 6 (give or take a few years), and suddenly they need to express themselves and show their independent style.

'Normal Barbie' Could Soon Be A Reality

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.05.2014 | Women

After we saw what a "normal" Barbie might look like, we were itching to get our hands on some and distribute them to little girls everywhere. Thank...

Emerging Markets, Consumer Insight and Business Strategy

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Emerging market consumers exist in environments in which institutions designed to protect the economic and political interests of individuals are relatively immature.

Mattel Uses Barbie to Titillate Adult Male Sports Fans

Nancy Hogshead-Makar | Posted 02.28.2014 | Women
Nancy Hogshead-Makar

Mixing young girlhood and sexuality and selling it to male sports fans is ... just creepy.

When Barbie Meets Real World

Ko Im | Posted 02.24.2014 | Women
Ko Im

Mattel stirred controversy because Barbie got a photo shoot and spread in the latest swimsuit issue for Sports Illustrated. (Who wouldn't want to change places with her or a tan, globe-trekking supermodel for a day?!)

Betrayed by Barbie

Michelle Hays | Posted 02.20.2014 | Media
Michelle Hays

The visual messages being communicated could have negative connotations. Barbie isn't a real person. A woman is substituted for a doll. Dolls are toys. Toys are to be played with. Get the picture? This is a brand collision for Barbie.

#Unbelievable: Mattel and 'Sports Illustrated' Team Up to Tackle Untapped Markets

Christina Pesoli | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Christina Pesoli

For decades Mattel has tried to convince conscientious moms that Barbie is a constructive toy for their young daughters rather than a time-released fo...

Jillian Berman

R.I.P. Barbie: America's Most Iconic Blonde Is Fading Out Into History

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

There’s little in America that looks virtually the same as it did 55 years ago, but Barbie is an exception. Over the years, Barbie maker Mattel ...

Kate Sheppard

Phil Radford Reflects On His Time Leading Greenpeace USA

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.12.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON –- When Phil Radford took the helm of Greenpeace USA in April 2009, he promised to bring a renewed focus on the grassroots to the environ...

Dream Dolls: Barbie Rétro Chic, an Upcoming Exhibit in Paris

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 04.09.2014 | Weird News
Sidonie Sawyer

The upcoming show will present a retrospective of the fabulous creations of the most-famous-dolls-of-all, Barbie. From the iconic dresses of the 1960s to the haute couture gowns, the fashionistas' outfits always echoed the sense of style of women over the World, in small sizes. Little girls knew what they were doing!

Barbie Designer Defends Doll's Unrealistic Proportions

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.07.2014 | Women

It's all for Barbie's clothes. At least that's what Kim Culmone, vice president of design for Barbie maker Mattel, said in defense of the doll's i...

Bad News For Barbie Dolls

Reuters | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business

By Dhanya Skariachan Jan 31 (Reuters) - Mattel Inc reported lower-than-expected quarterly results on Friday due to weak demand in the United States...

STEM Is Taking Over the 2014 Toy Fair!

Laurie Schacht | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

Our children are our future and that future learns through play. For the last few years, we have watched as high-tech gadgets adults love have also become kids' favorite playthings.

Group Petitions Fisher-Price To Recall iPad Bouncy Seat

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 12.10.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahh, the first year of a baby's life — learning to sit up, crawl, even walk. But how about playtime in a bouncy seat with an iPa...

Big Toy Company Looks To Attract Latinos

TIME | Posted 11.06.2013 | Latino Voices

Born in Vienna in 1909, Peter Drucker had a childhood marked in large part by seriousness and sorrow. As a boy, he was included in the weekly salon...

Barbie Gears Up For Interplanetary Mission

Space.com | Robert Z. Pearlman | Posted 08.06.2013 | Science

A new collaboration between NASA and Mattel, the largest toy company in the world, is turning the Red Planet a tad more pink. "Mars Explorer Barbie,...

Are 'Goth Barbies' Bad For Your Kids?

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.18.2013 | Parents

Touted as more progressive and cutting edge than their "normal" Barbie sisters, Monster High dolls are taking the world by storm. But are they really ...

The Beginning Of The End For Barbie?

AP | MAE ANDERSON | Posted 09.16.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- Vampy teen Monster High dolls are taking a bite out of squeaky-clean Barbie. Mattel said Wednesday its second-quarter net income fell 24 ...

PHOTOS: If Barbie Had An Average Woman's Body

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.09.2013 | Women

What would Barbie look like if she were modeled after the average American woman? Very different, it turns out. Artist Nickolay Lamm of MyDeals....

Feminists Protest Life-Size Barbie Dreamhouse In Berlin

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 05.10.2013 | Women

A life-size Barbie Dreamhouse is opening in Berlin on May 16, and local feminists aren't too pleased. The walk-in replica of Barbie's iconic Malibu...

American Girl: How Radical Can a $105 Doll Be?

Molly Rosner | Posted 06.26.2013 | Women
Molly Rosner

American Girls, as spunky and courageous as they might have been in the plots of their books, were hardly radical. Their characters often came from privilege and learned about the "other" -- Native American friend, child laborer -- through some sort of friendly contact.

LOOK: Why This Doll Is Generating A Backlash

Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents

The goal of Mattel's "Dolls of the World" Barbie collection might be to boost intercultural understanding -- but it seems the brand has tried the tole...