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McDonalds’ Barbie Fashionistas/Hot Wheels Happy Meal Draws Familiar Gender Lines, With a Twist

McDonalds’ Barbie Fashionistas/Hot Wheels Happy Meal draws familiar gender lines, with a twist There’s a certain eye-roll I do whenever McDonalds dusts off their BARBIE/HOT WHEELS Happy Meal toys for yet another pass at greasy stardom.  This split promotion is the chain’s most common.  Having started in 1991, the pairing has...

Legion of Leia Podcast Ep. 61: Dr. Janina Scarlet, Author of Superhero Therapy

Legion of Leia Podcast Ep. 61: Dr. Janina Scarlet, Author of Superhero Therapy

Legion of Leia podcast Ep. 61: Dr. Janina Scarlet, author of Superhero Therapy On this week’s Legion of Leia Podcast episode 61, my co-hosts Anastasia Washington, Sabina Ibarra and I welcome Dr. Janina Scarlet, author of the upcoming book Superhero Therapy! Janina has written about the psychology of pop culture on Legion of...

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Releases ‘Empowered Belle’ Featurette

Disney Really Wants to Remind You That Belle is an Empowered Woman We all knew Belle from 1991’s Beauty and the Beast was a smarty pants and that she aspired to be something greater than a doting wife to a conceited meat head. Admittedly, in the original animated film, we don’t really see what she becomes other than a bonafide...

Toy Fair: IAmElemental Is Both Action Figure And Idea

With most Toy Fair coverage focusing on the big toyboxes (Hasbro, Mattel, Playmates), it is easy to lose sight of fact that hundreds of booths populate the Javits Center on Toy Fair weekend.  The smallest of those booths often do not only represent a product.  They stand for an idea.  The strongest example of this comes out of Booth 5207...

Toy Fair: DC Collectibles Pulls Out All The Stops For Wonder Woman, Batman

2017 is a huge year for DC: it’s the 75th Anniversary of Wonder Woman (she technically debuted in December of 1941, but the celebration continues), and a blockbuster film starring Gal Gadot as the titular Amazonian will hit theatres in June.  At Toy Fair, it was clear that DC Collectibles, the company responsible for certain action...

Toy Fair: Hasbro Unveils New Entries Into Fan Favorite Franchises

Toy powerhouse Hasbro just made Christmas lists a little bit longer as they unleashed a torrent of previews for upcoming products at their 2017 Toy Fair showcase at the Times Center on Saturday.  While some might argue that franchises like Transformers and Star Wars will always sell, certain items did stand out as especially laudatory, even if...