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Topic: Mattel

How American Girl's Storied Dolls Became Such a Surprising Success

An empire started by a schoolteacher

Late in 2013, a new crop of videos began surfacing on YouTube. They featured everyday themes like going food shopping and eating out. One of them even notched over 14…

This Ad About Barbie's New Makeover Is Rory Kennedy's First as a Commercial Director

Big-name talent for a big change

There's been a lot of debate today about Barbie's introduction of curvy, tall and petite dolls to go with the original, and whether the Mattel makeover represents real progress in…

Barbie Suddenly Looks (More) Normal, Right in Line With the Marketing Zeitgeist

Mattel change was a long time coming

After 50 years of sporting an oft-criticized combo of thin waist, thin limbs and large breasts, Barbie finally has a new body. Actually, a few new bodies. The new Barbie Fashionistas…

U.S. Agency of the Year: BBDO Was 2015's Unstoppable Creative Juggernaut

Humility, hard work, stellar ads and joyous clients

We don't know what's going to happen, but we know it's going to be interesting." That quote from BBDO New York chief creative officer Greg Hahn embodies his agency's approach…

View-Master Is Waking From Its Decades-Long Slumber, Thanks to Virtual Reality

Mattel reprises 77-year-old toy as kid-friendly VR

On Dec. 1, Walmart stores will begin stocking the new View-Master, completing a national retail rollout that Mattel began several weeks back. For those (under 30) people who don't instantly recognize the…

Mattel Wins Praise for Having a Boy in This Barbie Ad, but There's More to the Story

Moschino Barbie's lauded spot is a 'fauxmercial'

The Moschino Barbie, a collector's edition Barbie doll featuring clothes designed by the  Moschino fashion label, is already sold out. But that didn't stop Moschino and Mattel from making an…

This Week's Must-Haves: a Smart Little Droid You Can Guide With Your Voice or Phone

Plus, a connected Barbie that’s a bit controversial

This week, Adweek is highlighting a WiFi-connected Barbie, video-streaming drone, pet fitness tracker and more. Take a look! 

Mustang Instead of a DeLorean? Swatch Hoverboards? Back to the Future's Rejected Brand Tie-Ins

Tales from co-screenwriter Bob Gale

Now that we've reached Oct. 21, 2015—or Back to the Future Day—the brands featured in the 1989 film have been capitalizing on the film's nostalgia with campaigns showcasing their original…

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…

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