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Topic: Mattel

Why the Magic 8 Ball Still Holds Our Fascination

Can a classic toy stay relevant? Signs point to yes

Abe Bookman's toy was a flop. He should have seen it coming. After all, the toy was a fortune-telling device. It was 1950, and for the previous four years, Bookman's company…

24 Hours in Advertising: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Nick Offerman promotes Nascar, Victoria's Secret reveals Super Bowl ad, and brands take on #Snowmageddon2015

Here's everything you need to know about the last 24 hours in advertising, in case you blinked. Buzzing on Adweek: Victoria's Secret releases full Super Bowl spot The lingerie brand teased its…

This Digital Mall Ad Plays Pictionary With You, and Gives Out Fabulous Prizes

Poster suddenly springs to life

Today, everything's an ad. Or a game. Sometimes both. Agency TrojanOne in Toronto created this mall installation in Canada for Mattel's Pictionary. A display that initially appears to be a poster…

Meet the Agency That Dreamed Up Life-Size Hot Wheels

And broke 2 world records in the process

It’s not often that advertisers get to break world records. But when Mistress Creative, a boutique agency based in Los Angeles, was tasked with helping Mattel’s Hot Wheels reach a…

Entrepreneur Barbie Is on LinkedIn, and She's Already Way More Connected Than You

But is she good for girls?

The newest high-profile member on LinkedIn probably isn't going to write you a recommendation or endorse you for your propensity for tweeting anytime soon. Probably because she's plastic and can't…

Mattel Experiment Tries to Show That Barbie Isn't as Evil as You Think

How do kids really play with her, anyway?

If you asked a group of women over 25 to name some toys they played with as kids, Barbie would certainly come up. Less so now if you asked a…

Year of the Troll: Brands Learn to Love Messing With Consumers

But are they risking trust?

Is JCPenney drunk tweeting the Super Bowl? Is Sports Illustrated putting Barbie on the cover of its Swimsuit Issue? Does Groupon really think Alexander Hamilton was president? When each of these…

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's Newest Model: Barbie

Mattel unveils new 'Unapologetic' campaign in advertorial

This year, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue turns 50, which means that plenty of SI Swim Legends will be popping up to pay tribute to this all-American institution. But among…

This Digital and Traditional Agency Hybrid Showed Its Might at Cannes This Year

Pereira & O’Dell adds Airbnb to impressive roster

Specs Who (l.-r.) Nancy Daum, COO; P.J. Pereira, CCO, co-founder; Jaime Robinson, vp, executive creative director; Andrew O’Dell, CEO, co-founder What Advertising and communications agency Where San Francisco offices Its founders’ roots are in…

Two cars jump from ramps in a still from a Hot Wheels Ad.

Ad of the Day: Hot Wheels

22 minutes of gnarly race cars, gorgeous terrain, and cheesy dialogue

How much Hot Wheels fantasy can you stand? For the past couple of years, the Mattel-owned brand has focused on appealing to older kids (and maybe a few nostalgic geezers) who…

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