Why Can’t Ken Just Come Out of the Closet Already?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 19, 2010 in Hobbies and Collections

Barbie Harley-Davidson Barbie and Ken Dolls Gift Set

The original Ken dollDear Mattel it’s the year 2010 and every little girl in America has known for generations that Ken is gay: So why do you continue to keep him in the closet? As we can see with the Barbie Harley-Davidson Barbie and Ken Dolls Gift Set poor Ken is cast playing a role that he clearly isn’t. Ken is obviously suppose to have that dangerous Harley biker look, but instead he comes off looking like George Michael after the break up of Wham! in the 80s. Read more…

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The James Bond Girls Go Barbie

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 6, 2009 in Cinema, Hobbies and Collections

James Bond Girls Barbie Doll Assortment Case

Mattel is getting brilliant with their marketing to collectors these days: Shown above is the James Bond Girls Barbie Doll Assortment Case. This set only has three Bond girls: They picked Honor Blackman in Goldfinger, Halle Berry in Die Another Day and Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder from Dr. No. For reference here are the real ladies of the silver screen: Read more…

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Barbie Gets Her Revenge on Jem

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 31, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections

Blondie, Joan Jett and Cyndi Lauper are now Barbie dolls!

I was blown away to see that MTV 80s icons Blondie, Joan Jett and Cyndi Lauper have all been turned into Barbie dolls! Of course back in the 80s the animated TV series Jem gave Barbie a run for her money — while Barbie struck back with Barbie and the Rockers it was never quite cool as Jem. Too bad the licensing folks Mattel didn’t approach these 80s rock legends a bit sooner! Here’s Debbie Harry as Blondie doll which comes out in December: Read more…

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Look Out Jem: It’s Barbie & the Rockers!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 19, 2009 in Animation, Hobbies and Collections

This video shows two things: The first is how a show like Jem can come out of nowhere and give a well established brand like a Barbie a run for the money — and the second thing is just how much cultural mindspace MTV owned back in the 80s when it was new. Inspired by MTV Jem and the Holograms went on the air in 1985 and suddenly Barbie who had been around since 1959 seemed slightly old fashioned. Read more…

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