Mattel is always hoping that new dolls will capture girls' imaginations and career aspirations. But the company's new Video Girl doll is garnering some unwanted attention—and warnings about child porn.
The first Barbie-themed restaurant has opened in Taiwan, where Barbie dolls were originally manufactured. Barbie has inspired many things in her 54-year existence: little girls’ imaginations, artwork and feminist ire among them. Now Barbie Cafe, a restaurant dedicated to the doll, has opened in Taiwan and it’s as pink and plastic as one might expect.
By Vytautas Drumelis:Mattel, Inc. (MAT), together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets various toy products. Its products comprise fashion dolls and accessories, vehicles and play sets, and games and puzzles.
Federal authorities have issued an advisory to law enforcement agencies about "Video Girl Barbie," a doll with a camera lens in her necklace and a video screen in her back. She can capture 30 minutes of footage, which is downloadable to a computer. Mattel is marketing Video Girl Barbie to "budding filmmakers" but the FBI is worried that child pornographers could use it.
Healthy sales of core brands such as Barbie and American Girl dolls help deliver strong results for Mattel, the world's largest toy maker, for both the full year and the crucial fourth quarter.Mattel Inc., the world's largest toy maker, reported strong fourth-quarter and full-year results Wednesday thanks to healthy sales of core brands including Barbie and American Girl dolls.