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Steven Universe is a goldmine of wasted toy potential, tbh.

When I started watching SU my first thought aside from “this show is so friggin’ cute” was “these characters would make AWESOME action figures!” So you can imagine my disappointment when the toy landscape turned out to be a desert with Funko Pops in the place of tumbleweed.

There are so, so many possibilities, though. Just for starters, imagine the accessories! Peridot could have detachable limb enhancers and a tablet and a bunch of metal doohickeys. Malachite could have a gaggle of tiny watermelon people to terrorize. BISMUTH COULD COME WITH A FORGE PLAYSET.

What about transformable gems? The success of the Transformers franchise has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that people love toys that can be turned into other toys, and this is a show full of characters that can canonically shapeshift! What about an Amethyst action figure that you can turn into a cat?

Oh yeah, and while we’re on the topic of Transformers; SU Combiners could be a thing too.

^ This is a giant action figure made by sticking together five smaller action figures. How about a Ruby+Sapphire 2-pack where you can transform and combine them to make Garnet? Its not totally unfeasible is what I’m saying.

And that’s just action figures. The fashion doll market need not be neglected either! Do you prefer Amethyst’s original season 1 outfit or her current outfit? Lucky for you, Amethyst doll comes with both options. Don’t forget the Purple Puma fashion pack! There could be so many fashion packs, you guys. Maybe you want your Pearl doll to wear her spacesuit from “Space Race” today, or that snazzy tuxedo from “Mr. Greg” or the baseball uniform from “Hit the Diamond” or, wait, what about a full “Hit the Diamond” set featuring Steven, “Earl,” “Amy,” “Bob,” and “Sophie” in their baseball outfits? It can be done. It has been done. Behold; the Monster High School Spirit and Fearleading 3-packs.

Hey, remember those Barbies with the Magic Colour Changing Hair? You see where I’m going with this, right?

Magic Colour Changing Cotton Candy Garnet Barbie please and thank you.

Speaking of hair, who else wants to brush Jasper’s glorious mane?

That’s right; it’s Amazonian Warrior Meets Totally Hair Barbie.

Crewniverse, if you’re reading this, please keep in mind that if any of the above were ever made reality I would be like:

i love how the animators didn’t make moana super skinny? I mean she’s definitely still slim, but she doesn’t have the stick-thin-invisible-waist figure that most disney princesses have and that are pretty much impossible to achieve in real life

instead moana has slight pudge across her body, setting realistic beauty standards and supporting the concept that beauty comes in different shapes and sizes than the stereotypical barbie-doll figure

and basically what im trying to say is moana is perfect and i love her

Thoughts On Shiny

Honestly, the thing that has been the most pointed out by fans when they listened to Shiny was how CHEERFUL and CATCHY the song is. 

As much as I love the song, I think it’s super sinister. The fact that Tamatoa has such an advantage over Moana and Maui makes the scene terrifying. They don’t stand a chance and Tamatoa is effortlessly beating the living heck out of them. 

Just like children toy with their barbies and figure. Except Moana and Maui are actual, living being with feelings and emotions and they can feel pain. 

Tamatoa probably doesn’t realize how much damage he’s causing to those lives because humans are so small and weak. He probably doesn’t care either. It’s just like when you step on a random ant. 

Anyway Tamatoa is really sinister in my opinion and that’s why I love him so much. 

Every person of color has heard – whether it’s from close friends, family members or yourself – this exact same line:

“I look too Asian. Even though I am an Asian, I look too Asian.”

That’s what this Korean teenage girl said of herself.

As much as I detest the act of removing all your ethnic features, I can’t help but think about all the times I’ve heard friends, family members and folks in the activist community utter those same words.

It makes you wonder…

How powerful are white supremacists beauty standards that they’ve managed to make ethnic folks HATE the features they were born with?

Then I imagine all the movies, TV shows, commercials, billboards, YouTube videos, magazine ads, beauty pageants, Maxim’s hottest 100, dating shows, novels, children’s books, history books, music videos, Barbie dolls and action figures…

… and I remember that a majority of those have whites only.

When all you see is white, you believe it’s the default. Through the monopoly of mass media, whiteness has been normalized while ethnic people are vilified as genetic aberrations.

We’re made to believe that ethnically, we were born a mistake and it’s up to us to fix our natural hair, our slanted eyes, our accents, and our darker skin so we can blend in. So we can make whiteness feel relaxed.

"Oh, thank God! I thought you were one of THOSE minorities!”

Perhaps as a collective, it’s time we encourage each other to stop placing scalpels against our skin and instead, place it against the face of white supremacy and white beauty standards.

Source: The Love Life Of An Asian Guy,
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The newest Barbie is a smart doll you can't touch

Over her nearly 60-year life, Barbie has taken on many forms, but she’s never been a hologram.

Now, though, she is having a truly out-of-body experience, showing up in her first holographic figure, Hello Barbie Hologram. Barbie parent company Mattel unveiled the semi-translucent and chatty AI figure, which lives inside a pink plastic box, on Friday at the New York Toy Fair.

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This is far from Barbie’s first brush with AI. Mattel introduced Hello Barbie artificial intelligence inside a physical Barbie doll in 2015. She was a particularly powerful digital assistant, engaging in conversations about interests, favorite foods and telling jokes. A year later, the AI showed up in Barbie’s first smart home, The Hello Barbie Dreamhouse, where, using voice commands, you could ask the house to give Barbie a ride on the elevator and customize the lights.

Unlike previous Hello Barbie AI’s, Hello Barbie Hologram is designed to be a true digital assistant and will engage on the trigger words “Hello Barbie.” The AI offers speech recognition and is designed to answer questions about the weather, news and is ready to do “anything a digital assistant can do,” a Mattel representative said.

As we approached Hello Barbie Hologram, it was quite clear that she isn’t a true hologram. What we were seeing, a Mattel exec told us was a prototype using “just an effect, there are no lasers.” I could clearly see a 4-inch tall hologram-like Barbie dancing in the box, but it looks like a projection against a diagonal piece of semi-translucent glass. The final product will also be a faked hologram without lasers. To demonstrate Hello Barbie Hologram’s capabilities, they had us shift our gaze to a giant box on display next to the little box.

Out of the darkness emerged a person-sized Barbie hologram, which used the same technology to display as the smaller prototype. While much of the interaction between the Mattel spokesperson and the holographic Barbie appeared to be scripted (at one point, the hologram didn’t even wait for the spokesperson to finish her line), it was also clear how a child might engage with their night-stand-dwelling personal assistant.

When asked “What’s the weather in Malibu today?” the holographic Barbie walked over to a window that suddenly appeared, looked out, gave us a weather report and added that it was perfect flip-flop weather.  A child can even use Hello Barbie Hologram to set reminders. When asked to do this, the hologram takes out her virtual phone and makes a note.

Hello Barbie Hologram is also just as diverse as real-life Barbie, and Mattel demonstrated how, with voice commands, you can change Barbie’s skin tone, ethnicity and body type.

They also showed how Hello Barbie Hologram could act as a sort of playmate, dancing on command and, yes, even dabbing.

Having a Wi-Fi-connected always-listening digital assistant in your child’s bedroom might be cause for concern, and Barbie is no stranger to controversy. In 2015, watchdog groups took Mattel to task for the way it was handling the audio recordings it used to interpret and answer queries. At the time, Mattel told the Washington Post they were “committed to safety and security, and Hello Barbie conforms to applicable government standards.“ They also made it clear to Mashable that they expected children to turn off Hello Barbie when not in use. This time around, the company does not plan to store any of the conversations with Hello Barbie Hologram.

The Hello Barbie Hologram assistant, though is intended to stay on and listen for “Hello Barbie.” Mattel wasn’t clear on how long Hello Barbie Hologram will listen before she turns off.

"We are still exploring how long the listening window will be to provide the optimum conversational experience for kids,” the Mattel rep said, adding that Hello Barbie Hologram is not always listening.

But that leads us to wonder how the hologram can hear the trigger phrase. In addition, nothing will be sent to the cloud unless it’s preceded by “Hello Barbie,” according to Mattel. Hello Barbie Hologram relies on PullStrong for its AI, natural language processing and IoT connectivity to, according to Mattel, “create a safe, cloud-based platform for girls.” They will also use 256-bit encryption for all the data the AI does manage.

Parents, who set up Hello Barbie Hologram via an app, will have some customization control, but it’s too early to say if they will be able to set a listening schedule (for example, “Stop listening or responding after 8 p.m.”). Mattel says parents can turn the device off at any time via the power switch.

Hello Barbie Hologram will ship this fall. Pricing has yet to be set.

Ride 'em, Barbie

The Barbie Dream line is also expanding in the physical realm with a new animatronic horse naturally called Hello Dream Horse. 

Large enough for a typical Barbie doll to ride, the white stallion with a long-flowing golden mane can walk and even dance on its own to three different songs. The Dream Horse, which you get to name, features realistic horse sounds and can even fake eat plastic carrots (you hear a chewing sound). It’s also touch- and voice-sensitive (ask the horse if it’s having fun and it will nod its plastic head). 

Hello Dream Horse has attitude.

Image: Lili Sams/mashable

That mane is insane.

Image: lili sams/mashable

We got a quick demonstration in which a few things became immediately evident: Dream Horse doesn’t move all that smoothly and it lacks any kind of visual sensors to keep it from galloping off a table. 

Even so, it’s probably the most active toy horse Mattel has ever created for Barbie. It also arrives this fall and will list for $99.99.

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My love for apples

…continues to be satisfied by new dollstuff! (っ˘ڡ˘ς)
It was a rough decision, which one of those cutsy tiny Barbie vinyl figures would come home with me. The one with the heart shaped glasses and the girl with the headset look just as adorable as this one. In the end, I was led by my imagination, that associated the little sprout growing out of her head with a green apple. Plus, her single lash and the teeny blushed cheeks give her a very kawaii look. (๑◕ั ∀◕ั๑)

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batman v superman by ninimoon =^x^=

Also yesterday one of the customers, who was this gross old man, told me I was “too young to be working” and that I should “still be playing with dolls” like???

God it took every ounce of my self control not to just say “get fucked, I haven’t played with dolls for the better part of 13 goddamn years.” 

Bc on one hand WHAT THE FUCK and all the other hand FUCK YOU and on a third and physically impossible hand I KNOW I DON’T LOOK LIKE A GODDAMN CHILD.

The only way he could have been more infantilizing is if he’d told me that I was too young to work and that I should “still be playing house” or some shit. 

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Science has revealed what Barbie dolls actually do to our body image

A new study published in the Sept. 2016 issue of the journal Body Image, three researchers asked 112 girls to play with a thin doll (Barbie) and a full-figured doll (Tracy). They then had another group play with two dolls, one thin and one full-figured, that were of unknown brands. The study showed a difference in body satisfaction between those who played with thin and full-figured dolls.

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1:6th Scale Barbie Toy Store Diorama - Mattel Toy Store Play Set, Basic Fun Key Chains, Polly Pocket Bluebird houses, Hallmark Ornaments, Micro Action  Figures, Playskool, Little Tikes, and Fisher Price dollhouse replica toys, mini Barbies, Capsule toys, Re-ment Strawberry, tiny Lego-like blocks from Michael’s Crafts, a 1:144th Garfield my friend made for me, and a Tupperware Key Chain. Feel free to ask about anything I didn’t list. The background is paper covered foam core. The Lundby miniature replica is one that I made. A real children’s store called “Twilo” was my inspiration for the tree and owls design elements. I have been collecting miniature toys for several years, and I thought it would be fun to do a store scene where I could put most of them together in one place.