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‘Woke Barbie’ Torches Mattel Profits, Company Anticipates ‘Margin Deterioration’ During Disappointing Christmas Holiday 

Chloe Aiello reports: Mattel anticipates “gross margin deterioration,” during what is typically the biggest shopping season of the year.

Struggling to stay afloat, Mattel released updated full year and fourth quarter guidance, anticipating a disappointing holiday season. The toy maker predicts “gross margin deterioration,” during what is typically the biggest shopping season of the year.

“The unfavorable year-over-year gross margin experienced during the first nine months of 2017 is expected to continue throughout the fourth quarter of 2017, as a result of unfavorable product mix, higher freight and logistics expense, and lower fixed cost absorption,” the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “In addition, continued negative trends in top line performance for the balance of the year could result in additional gross margin deterioration as a result of higher inventory write-downs and discounts offered to clear inventory.”

Mattel said it expects its fourth quarter operating income margin to be significantly lower year-over-year, and anticipates 2017 full-year gross sales will decline by the mid-to-high single digits compared to 2016.

The revised guidance hints at worsening conditions within Mattel, which has watched its margins suffer for years from cheaper imports, competition from big box retailers and the impact of technology on toys.

“Based on preliminary quarter-to-date data for the fourth quarter, Mattel currently anticipates its gross sales during the fourth quarter of 2017 will continue to be negatively impacted by key retail partners moving toward tighter inventory management and by challenges in the Toy Box and certain under performing brands,” Mattel said in the filing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbie Legacy Preservation Effort Scores Success: Amy Schumer Exits ‘Barbie’ Movie 

Barbie Fans Breathe Sigh of Relief

Justin Kroll reports:Amy Schumer has parted ways with Sony’s live-action “Barbie” over a scheduling conflict, Varietyhas learned.

“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to Variety. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”

The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy “Snatched,” which opens in May, as well as an upcoming shoot for Rebecca Miller’s “She Came to Me” opposite Steve Carell.

[Read the exclusive story here, at Variety]

Sony needed to stick to its June 29, 2018 release date since Mattel already has merchandise and product cycles in motion–shifting the production to accommodate Schumer would have put on a strain on other partners on the film, according to insiders. Read the rest of this entry »


The Department of Miniature Marvels 

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Christmas Ornaments: Santa Pigeon Tree Topper, Bibo, a Crazy Cat Lady, and More

Source: Archie McPhee


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Badges and Decoder Rings for the Buck Rogers Clubs (the Solar Scouts) from the 1930s


[VIDEO] Watch Hillary Clinton and Her Staff Do the ‘Mannequin Challenge’

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[VIDEO] Gender Specific Toys: Hazard to Children? 

In 2015, Target stopped labeling aisles for boys and girls to make toys “gender neutral.” Does their strategy match the facts? AEI Resident Scholar and Factual Feminist Christina Hoff Sommers argues that while activists want every toy to be marketed to both girls and boys, children are not gender neutral—and she has the data to prove it.

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Watch other videos with the Factual Feminist

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Valley of the Dolls

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Vintage Toy: ‘My Beetle is Huge, and It Walks As If It’s Real’, Japan, 1970

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[PHOTO] Sailors Playing Pinball

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The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab

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The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab was a toy produced between 1950 and 1951.  The toy allowed the user to conduct simple experiments with radioactive materials.  Kit included;

  • A Geiger counter
  • An electroscope
  • A Wilson cloud chamber
  • A spinthariscope
  • Four samples of uranium ore
  • Pb-210 lead isotope
  • Polonium
  • Ruthenium
  • Zinc
  • various other accessories

After only a year of production, the toy was pulled from the market for obvious reasons.

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[TOYS] Pocket Transistor Radios Manufactured During the 1950’s & 1960’s

Great website focusing on the design and history of pocket transistor radios manufactured between 1954 and 1965.

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Source: ROCKET RADIO MG-306

 


OH YES: Alfred Hitchcock Action Figure

Mondo collaborated with artists Trevor Grove and Michael Norman to create this 1/6 scale collectible figure of filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. The action figure includes:

Director’s Chair
2 Cigars (1 lit & 1 unlit)
Raven
Clapboard
Butcher Knife
4 Interchangeable Hands…(read more)

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Source: Dangerous Minds


Mr. Mercury Box Art, 1950s

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Mighty Thor Scooter Wind-Up Toy, 1967

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LEGO Enthusiast Builds Minifig Characters Based on All 3 Original Star Wars Films, Attack of the Clones, and The Force Awakens

Source: Archie McPhee’s


[PHOTO] ‘Wao! Double TRUMP’

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‘Happy Fatties’ Attract Shoppers in East China 


Vintage Toy: Kennedy Space Center Astronaut

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Space Age Toy: ‘Atomic Disintegrator’

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Vintage Toys: Space Helmet

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Boy Defends Mars (Somebody Has To!)

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Here’s Your Head What’s Your Hurry?

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‘Smoke A Dick’ Bubble Gum Cigars

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You Be The Electronic Man!

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You Be The Electronic Man – ‘The latest brainstorm of the Brain!’ Advertisement featured in the Dan DeCarlo comic, The Brain! #6, January 1958. (via Pappy’s Golden Age Comics Blogzine)


Planet Robot Key Wound Motor Sparky

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Who Needs a Real Apple Watch When You Can Wear this Cuter One Made of Felt?

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Watches are, oddly enough, a timeless accessory. Kids wear them, adults do too, and grandparents hand them down as family heirlooms. This has been going on for centuries, and even nowadays people go nuts for…(read more)

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Billiken Godzilla: Model Kit Box Art

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Billiken Godzilla, 1954 (Model Kit Box Art)


Vintage Nintendo Ad: ‘UltraHands’

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Cragstan Astronaut: Vintage Japanese Toy

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Japan: ‘Boys Magazine’ 1960s

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‘Special Edition for Summer Vacation’


Vintage Japanese Pulp: ‘The Practical Science for Boys & Girls’, November 1949

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Vintage Toy: Robot & Son

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Cracker Jack’s Innovative, Affordable, Magnet-Powered Breakthrough Car Technology

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FRICTION POWERED X-27 EXPLORER

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Hey Fellows, FIREWORKS!

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Vintage Toy of the Day: ‘Sparkling Tank’ 1930s

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Made in Japan: Vintage Godzilla

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Vintage Toy of the Day: Buck Rogers Atomic Pistol

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