Mattel has created a Barbie doll in Misty Copeland’s likeness as part of the Barbie Sheroes program, honoring female heroes who inspire girls. Copeland is the first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and joins an esteemed group of diverse Barbie Sheroes, including Ava DuVernay, Eva Chen, Kristin Chenoweth, Sydney “Mayhem” Keiser, Trisha Yearwood, and Zendaya. [Read more...]
Barbie will celebrate Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 28 with a #YouCanBeAnything campaign in Canada. From April 28 to May 2, Barbie encourages families across Canada to share photos on Facebook and Twitter of kids living out their career ambitions using the hashtag #YouCanBeAnything. They can also upload their photo to the You Can Be Anything event page, where four winners will be selected to live out their dream career for a day in real life.
Barbie recently surprised four aspiring veterinarians with a trip to the Toronto Zoo for a day to work alongside animal technicians to care for baby animals, examine penguins, and experience a day in the life of a trained animal doctor.
Thames & Kosmos and Mattel have partnered for licensed Barbie STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) themed products. The kit includes plastic building pieces, science experiment materials, and a Barbie doll. Each kit is built to “Barbie scale” and is meant to be compatible with the original Barbie Dreamhouse.
The first Thames & Kosmos Barbie products will be on display at the North American International Toy Fair in New York City from Feb. 13 through 16.
Barbie adds three new body types to its Fashionistas line—tall, curvy, and petite—and a variety of skin tones, hairstyles, and outfits.
The new line for the year now includes four body types (the original and three new bodies), seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles, and on-trend fashions and accessories. The original line, which started last year, included 23 dolls with new skin tones, hair colors, and a flat foot.
The new dolls will be available to order today at Shop.Mattel.com in the U.S., and the collection will be available in the spring at major toy retailers worldwide.
Toy State will design a new line of R/C toys under its Nikko brand featuring Monster High under a licensing agreement with Mattel. The toys are scheduled to hit retail stores in the U.S. and Canada next fall.
This deal comes on the heels of Toy State signing agreements with Mattel for Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Thomas & Friends, marking the most recent expansion of the licensing relationship between the two companies.
Mattel has partnered with Toy State, manufacturer of stylized lights-and-sound radio controlled (R/C) vehicles for a Barbie R/C. Toy State will manufacture an innovative lineup of Barbie licensed and custom R/C vehicles under the Nikko franchise. The Barbie R/C vehicles are scheduled to hit retail stores in the U.S. and Canada starting next fall.
The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) launched its second annual auction in collaboration with Charitybuzz. It features both unique experiences and exclusive items, such as a meet-and-greet with Mark Cuban, a rare Karl Lagerfeld Barbie doll from Mattel, and a private lunch with Soren Torp Laursen, the president of Lego Systems Inc.