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March 29, 2015


ron grattini

Agree 100% Richard. Could it be that Barbie saves Mattel ? And can action figure friends be far behind, I think you are spot on about the play pattern.

Jason Gibbs

It's definitely an interesting and clever step -- connecting toys to the internet of things. I appreciate that it meets the requirements of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (as noted in a separate news article).

Unfortunately, the price point is estimated at $75, which as a parent is too high for a novelty. In our home, it would likely get broken by little brothers within a short time-frame. However, I am guessing that this price will eventually drop (as did the web and video camera Barbies). So for now, she will have to stick with friends, both real and imaginary.

Ann Schwartz

I find it kind of creepy, and am worried that an introverted girl who has trouble making friends might become more isolated and insulated with this doll.

I'm still in contact with a childhood friend who had two "unseen playmates," to quote Robert Louis Stevenson. I asked her if she remembered "Door Knob" and "Turkey." She said "Yes, and we're still good friends." Somehow, I feel Door Knob and Turkey are better choices.

Anyone remember the "Living Doll" Twilight Zone episode?

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