New York's Halloween parade returns
New York's Halloween parade returns after a hiatus due the Covid pandemic. Thousands of people in costumes filled up the streets of Manhattan. "Everybody gets so creative. It's nothing that you ever see before. Everything is so different and unique and there's so much passion behind it," says Raquel Valentin who came dressed as Catwoman.news.yahoo.com
Mattel says skateboarder Barbie was supposed to be Asian, admits 'falling short' on representation
Mattel has issued a statement regarding its alleged lack of an Asian doll in its Tokyo Olympics Barbie collection. First unveiled in February 2020, the collection reflects five sports that debuted at or returned to the Tokyo Games, namely (1) baseball/softball, (2) sport climbing, (3) karate, (4) skateboarding and (5) surfing. A press release from Mattel said that it highlights “inclusivity and innovation.”news.yahoo.com
Barbie pop-up truck stopping by Houston-area this weekend
Merchandise available at Barbie Pop-Up Truck coming to the Baybrook Mall on April 3. Barbie is stopping by for a visit Saturday as a part of her Totally Throwback Tour. Barbie’s hot pink truck is stopping by Baybrook Mall for an outdoor mobile pop-up experience from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday, April 3. The mobile pop-up shop will sell exclusive Barbie-themed, retro-inspired merchandise. Fans who visit will also have the opportunity to get their hands on a collectible Barbie Polaroid camera.
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)(AP) – 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.
Barbie celebrates International Women's Day with new Eleanor Roosevelt doll
Mattel is celebrating Women's History Month with a fitting new addition to the Barbie family: An Eleanor Roosevelt doll. Ahead of International Women's Day on Monday, Barbie announced that Eleanor Roosevelt is the latest historical role model to join its "Inspiring Women" series, which helps fund women-led research on media representation. The longest-serving first lady, Roosevelt served in the White House during her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt's terms in office, from 1933 to 1945. "A champion of policies around civil and economic rights, Eleanor Roosevelt's passionate advocacy was unwavering, even when faced with resistance," Mattel said in a statement. Eleanor Roosevelt's new Barbie doll wears a floral print dress, pearl necklace and black hat.cbsnews.com
Maya Angelou Barbie doll introduced
HOUSTON – Maya Angelou, activist and author of books such as “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” is the latest addition to Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” collection. According to Mattel, the doll pays tribute to Angelou for her numerous honorary doctorates. Pictures shared by Mattel showed the doll holding a replica of her autobiography, while wearing a head wrap and floor-length dress. Mattel said in a blog post Thursday Angelou is the 10th honoree for Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” collection, which includes previous honorees Ella Fitzgerald, Sally Ride and Rosa Parks. The doll is now up for preorder with a price of $29.99 and will be released after Feb. 8.
Barbie unveils second Da de Muertos collectible doll
Barbie lovers, you might want to add this to your growing collection. The second edition of a collectible Da de Muertos doll that celebrates a time-honored Mexican tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed away. The doll was designed by Mexican-American doll designer Javier Meabe, who also designed the first Da de Muertos doll and the Jurassic Park Claire doll. Meabe said he made sure to stay true to the tradition by adding elements associated with the holiday, such as marigold flowers, the skeletal elements and the traditional calavera design. The doll comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and is priced at $75.
Homebound parents bought board games, not Barbies, crippling Mattel's sales in the first quarter
Consumers stocked up on board games, not Barbie dolls, amid the coronavirus pandemic, sending Mattel's sales in the first quarter tumbling. With schools and afterschool programs closed, parents sought out family-friendly games, outdoor toys and art kits to keep their children busy. The action figure, building set and games category fell 21%. Brands such as Hot Wheels, which saw sales bloom 5%, and games such as Uno and Pictionary were bright spots for the company during the quarter. "However, the company saw improving POS trends in April, and gross margin performance was better than expected."cnbc.com
Mattel CEO: This holiday shopping season is all about the 'big brands'
For Mattel, this holiday toy shopping season, the last of the decade, has been all about the "big brands" and "big franchises," according to CEO Ynon Kreiz. That is the case especially for the toymaker's iconic Barbie and Hot Wheels lines. New additions to the Barbie brand, which launched with the Barbie Dream House in 1962, include the Barbie Dream Plane and Judge Barbie, which Kreiz said is made to empower girls. After selling 500 million Hot Wheels items in 2018, a record, Mattel expects to exceed that number in 2019, he added. Kreiz gave "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer a preview of the hottest-selling toys the company launched this year.cnbc.com
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."
Barbie manufacturer Mattel unveils 'gender inclusive' dolls
Barbie manufacturer Mattel unveils 'gender inclusive' dolls3 Hours AgoBarbie manufacturer Mattel just unveiled a collection of "gender inclusive" dolls. Mattel said it is aiming to make playing with dolls more inclusive by "keeping labels out." This comes after the Barbie brand has made moves to add more skin tones and professions to its line-up. The toy maker posted narrower-than-expected loss in its second quarter, but reported strong sales of Barbie, rising by 9%.cnbc.com
'RHOD's Kameron Westcott Breaks Down Her Napkin-Throwing Moment and Other Season 4 Fights
"This season, I'm kind of, like, I'm all in, you know?" "I'm like, I'm gonna call out your shadiness, I'm gonna be honest, because I also realized, you know, life is so short and I wanna have relationships with certain women that build me up." To start the season, Kameron is "Team LeeAnne" when it comes to her pals frenemy feud with DAndra Simmons. So, it's like you're gonna see people up her a**, you're gonna see -- I shouldn't say bad words -- bleep that one! You're gonna see people starting drama with the new girl.
Mattel shares soar on narrower-than-expected loss, strong sales of Barbie, Hot Wheels
Shares of Mattel jumped as much as 7% in extended trading Thursday after the company posted a narrower-than-expected loss in the second quarter and reported strong sales of its Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars. Mattel had struggled in the wake of Toys R Us' bankruptcy and eventual closure last year. Notably, this is the first quarter in which shipments to Toys R Us don't affect comparisons. Toys R Us shut all of its locations by June 29, 2018. In the quarter, sales of Barbie rose 9% and sales of Hot Wheels jumped 5%.cnbc.com
Barbie gets a makeover
More than a half-century after the Barbie doll's slim-and-trim debut, toymaker Mattel says it's now about to offer the doll in three additional new body types: curvy, tall and petite, and in seven different skin tones, in response to criticism that the original Barbie doesn't look like a lot of little girls these days. Charles Osgood reports.cbsnews.com
How Barbie's makeover is modifying her entire world
Toy maker Mattel is introducing a new line of more ethnically diverse Barbie dolls with varying body types. SVP and global brand manager Evelyn Mazzocco tells CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal how this impacted changes to the iconic doll’s fashion, accessories and more.cbsnews.com
Mattel gives Barbie a makeover with more diverse looks
Barbie dolls led the toy industry as a billion-dollar business, but in recent years, growing competition and perception problems hurt sales. Now toy maker Mattel is announcing that the normally blue-eyed blond bombshell is changing her look with varying body types and more ethnically diverse dolls. Mireya Villarreal reports.cbsnews.com