Internet backlash prompts Mattel to apologize for a book published in 2010
Toy company Mattel apologized on Facebook this week for a controversial book portraying Barbie's failed attempt at becoming a computer engineer. The book received intense criticism on the web after comedian Pamela Ribbon stumbled upon the title at a friend's house and wrote a scathing review of it on her blog. At issue is the depiction of the iconic doll as being incompetent and needing to rely on men to save the day after she screws things up.
It's cold outside, your local grocery store is stocked with eggnog, and the mall is a madhouse. It can mean only one thing -- the holidays are coming! That also means you're running out time to finish buying gifts for family and friends, but what do you do if you're stuck on what to get that special geek in your life? What if you ARE that special geek? Don't sweat it, whether you're looking for gnarly gift ideas for someone else or want to treat yourself to something nice before embarking on a new year, we have you covered with a robust selection of gadgets, games, and toys guaranteed to delight whoever receives them. From Google Play gift cards to a severed Wampa arm fashioned into an ice scraper mitt, we have suggestions for all levels of geek!
To make things easier for you, we're separating our gift suggestions into handy categories, though we highly recommend browsing each of the galleries. You never know what you'll find until you click through!
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and possibly go postal. We don't want to have that on our conscience, so to err on the side of caution, we're including a collection of toys to help infuse some fun into the life of any geek.
Hasbro, a multinational toy and board game company with the rights to the official Scrabble game, is teaming up with Zynga, a social network game developer with a number of popular titles under its belt, including Words with Friends, an online knockoff of Scrabble. The partnership gives Hasbro the rights to produce a wide range of toys and games based on Zynga's online games and brands, the two companies announced today.
Today's geek gift idea isn't for the faint of wallet (or faint of fun). It's a remote control car from Traxxas that goes from 0-100MPH in under 5 seconds, and can hit speeds in excess of 100MPH out of the box, qualifying it as the world's fastest ready-to-race supercar, Traxxas claims. We don't doubt it, we just wish we could afford to buy one for ourselves and all our friends and family for an epic holiday showdown.
Whether you sneak a peak at the toys section while grocery shopping at Target, or get dragged along to the local Toys R' Us with by your own kids, a small part of all of us wants to dig in. Why? Because at some point in each one of our lives, toys ruled our world. But, more importantly, many of them taught us virtues we would carry into our adult lives, and possibly pass on to our very own kids. Model cars and space ships taught us patience and attention to detail, Legos taught us that with the right amount of creativity, anything is possible, and Transformer robots taught us that, well, robots are freakin' cool.
With that in mind, we'd like to present to you twenty of our favorite current toys for nerdy kids. We didn't just want to find the coolest toys per say, we wanted to find cool toys that encourage kids intelectually and creatively as well. What did we miss? Maximum PC parents, what toys do you buy for your kids?
As Robert DeNiro said in The Untouchables, a man should have enthusiasms. Where many of opt to fill our spare time by spending it with friends, playing music or traveling, others find their thrills collecting toys, comic books and other much-loved geek paraphernalia. If you belong to this latter group, you’re going to want to know about Crave, our Cool Site of the Week.
You may remember last year when toy maker M.I.C. Gadget set the nerd ecosystem ablaze with a realistic mini Steve Jobs doll. Apple, having almost no sense of humor, threatened legal action. M.I.C. Gadget quickly removed the $70 doll, which set the value of those already in existence through the roof. Now, they have released a new "more friendly" CEO doll. Behold the "Poking Inventor" Mark Zuckerberg.
The doors have officially opened and the madness has begun. Comic-Con 2009 is in full swing, and we've made the rounds in the main convention halls to catch the geek out in action. Tonight, we're bringing you a gallery of the sweetest, sexiest, and coolest toys we've seen so far. Many of these are from Sideshow Collectibles, but we also have shots of figures from DC direct, Hasbro, and other manufacturers. This is just a small sampling of what's on display behind glass shelves here, and we'll continue grabbing photos of any other toys that catch our eyes. Enjoy!
Click on to see the entire gallery! Some of it may be not safe for work!
Come September 30th, neglected significant others will have another item to add to their geek gift list for that special WoW-obsessed someone in their life: A talking plus Murloc. The doll will be sold through Play.com for £25, or roughly 31.5 Euros (almost $50) after shipping for U.S. gamers, and you can already put in your pre-order. Exactly what the amphibious, fish-like humanoid bipedal will spurt out isn't yet known, nor will it ever be known as he gurgles out phrases in Nerglish.
If you really want to go for the double-whammy this holiday shopping season, compliment the gift wrapped Murloc by stuffing a Blizzard Authenticator Dongle into his stocking. Hey, it's better than the alternative.
Credit goes to gaming enthusiast Bamatick for "inventing" the plush Murloc, who has released his design to the public free of charge.The legality of selling plush Murlocs remains very much in question, a point which Bamatick acknowledges and warns against doing:
"I would love to spend 16 hours hand-sewing each plush murloc for the 100,000 or so of you who expressed a desire to have such, the cost would be prohibitive. Especially considering that I can't sell them, even at no profit. So, I have decided to go the GNU/Linux route and offer my pattern up for open 'source.'[...]I wanted to use this project as a positive for the gaming community."