• Even Barbie Has A Smart Home And Hoverboard Now

    Even Barbie Has A Smart Home And Hoverboard Now

    Consumers may have been slow to adopt smart home technology, but that’s not the case for Barbie. At the recent New York Toy Fair, Mattel unveiled a newly upgraded – and now tech-enabled – Dreamhouse for its iconic doll. The house lets kids control its various elements – from the lights to the elevator to other appliances – and even the music! – using… Read More

  • Mattel Unveils ThingMaker, A $300 3D Printer That Lets Kids Make Their Own Toys

    Mattel Unveils ThingMaker, A $300 3D Printer That Lets Kids Make Their Own Toys

    At New York’s Toy Fair trade show over the weekend, Mattel unveiled its new, $300 3D Printer, the “ThingMaker,” which will allow children to print their own toys at home. The device works in conjunction with a 3D printing app developed in collaboration with Autodesk that offers a simple interface for designing items that can then come to life via Mattel’s… Read More

  • View-Master Shows Off Updated Version Of Its Iconic Virtual Reality Viewer

    View-Master Shows Off Updated Version Of Its Iconic Virtual Reality Viewer

    Mattel’s View-Master Virtual Reality headset is getting some new upgrades that will likely cement it as one of the best Cardboard viewers on the market when it launches this fall. It was just last week that the viewer earned the milestone designation of being the first piece of virtual reality-focused hardware to be sold in-store and online by Apple. Now, the company is showing off… Read More

  • Google And Mattel Revive The View-Master

    Google And Mattel Revive The View-Master

    Mattel’s venerable View-Master, the stereoscopic photo viewer so familiar to kids, is now using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality technology to bring life to those old 3D images. The View-Master of yesteryear was a beautiful thing. By slipping in micro-reels from movies, far-off destinations, or from your very own life, users were able to see anything they wanted. The company says it has… Read More

  • Stardoll Inks Licensing Deal With Toy Giant Mattel – A Sign Of Things To Come?

    Stardoll, the online fashion game aimed at teen and “tween” girls, is to enter a multi-year licensing agreement with toy giant Mattel to create toys based on the characters in the game. The first products will ship this autumn according to Mattias Miksche CEO of Stardoll, at the International Toy Fair. Mattel already knows Stardoll well from having advertised its own brands on… Read More

  • Fly or Die Nexus S and Video Girl Barbie Review

    Fly Or Die: The Nexus S, Barbie Video Girl, And AR.Drone (TCTV)

    It’s video time, folks. Here is the latest episode of one of our newest TCTV shows, Fly or Die. (For those of you paying attention, before it was called Death/Star for the pilot, but we changed it to make the name clearer). Fly or Die is a review show where Crunchgear editor John Biggs and I take on three new products and argue which ones will become huge hits or mark them for death. … Read More

  • From The Video Vault: Barbie Video Girl

    With holiday shopping season now in full swing, it is time to revisit one of the strangest toys to come out this year. Yes, I am talking about the Barbie Video Girl. Or, as I like to call it, Surveillance Barbie. It is a Barbie doll with a video camera embedded into her chest, a USB port in her back, and batteries in her legs. When Mattel released this $50 Barbie last July, it sparked… Read More

  • Mattel Mindflex game available for pre-order

    Hey, Mike. John here. Remember that weird telekinesis game you liked from CES this year? It’s available at Amazon for pre-order, so go ahead and pick it up. It’s going to cost $99 and I personally think it’s garbage but I know you and the TC team were into it so go ahead and buy it. When I’m in town for WWDC I’ll school you all in Jedi mind games. “This is… Read More

  • The history of handheld sports in 26 acts

    Harry McCracken’s unfortunately titled article, Smallball, is a round-up of all of those great handheld video games we all played on the toilet back in the 1980s and 90s as well as a few classics from decades past. Read More

  • Hands on with Mattel's weird Mindflex Game

    Now here’s something that will end up at the bottom of the toybox next Christmas. The Mindflex lets you control a floating ball around a little obstacle course. Air bumps and pops the ball through hoops and tubes and ends up frustrating you more than anything else. Read More