Sunday, August 28, 2016

I go to Target and Walmart and I see things

Let's start with the doll I found most mysterious. She appears to be articulated at wrists, elbows, and knees, and she looks like she just arrived from an Asian cartoon.

Asking "do you know who I am?" does me no good at chi-chi restaurants.
Meet Marinette, who is purportedly 10 inches tall, and who hails from ZAG Heroez Miraculous, a Nickelodeon series featuring female superheroes (description). The official site promises us that Marinette is a sweet, helpful, mildly impulsive person who transforms into the superhero Ladybug, a sweet, helpful, mildly impulsive person who really likes polka dots.

She's not the only interesting doll I saw. For instance, there's...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

This is what a failed product launch looks like

Meet Ismena, who cost $4.27 at Walgreen's. I think New Bratz may have flopped big time.

The rain SERIOUSLY turned that dry wash into a river in 5.6 minutes.
The backstory is that I needed ibuprofen for my monsoon-related headaches, and I figured I'd enjoy the newish tram-line extension by visiting the Walgreen's up at Northern (several stops beyond the old end of the line). In the toy aisle, behold! New Bratz marked down to $4.27. There was a Raya, but I'd already bought her for under $10 in January (she's the tanned blonde in the polka-dot skirt), and then I dug a bit and... there's Yasmin!

And, unlike many of the New Bratz, she doesn't look terrified, only mildly wary.