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Doll Trends 2009

2009 Doll and Toy Trends

Barbie Turns 50

Barbie debuted at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. Cost: $3. Her resume includes Model, Flight Attendant, Astronaut, Surgeon, Aerobics Instructor, Air Force Pilot, and Olympian. She has cars, homes, a cool wardrobe, and a famous boyfriend. She was designed by Ruth Handler, the wife of a Mattel co-founder and mom to Barbara and ...yes ... Ken. A new book by Robin Gerber that tells the Barbie story has been released, Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World's Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her.

To celebrate Barbie's 50th, more than 50 designers contributed designs to a Barbie fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

All Dolled Up

Look for Barbie-inspired merchandise to be released this year:

Limited-edition Barbie Loves Stila Beauty Cans, $40, depict iconic looks - including the original ponytail doll (1959), Malibu Doll (1971) and Foxy Doll (1980) . A Barbie Loves Stila Talking Palette, $40, boasts four shadows, glitter eyeliner and the ability to talk you through each step as you apply. Available at Sephora.

Stylist Orlando Pita used a prototype of the Barbie Loves T3 Featherweight dryer to create hairstyles for the Barbie runway show. Look for the dryer, $200, in stores this September.

Mattel is offering new Barbie products this year, including a device that imprints Barbie images on fingernails and a detangler for the doll’s hair. A new line of beauty products - bearing cheeky names such as “All Doll’d Up” for color cosmetics and “Plastic Smooth” for skin treatments - is set for 2009. In addition, Mattel will open House of Barbie in Shanghai, the first of what the company hopes to be a string of global emporiums where girls and women can nibble on truffles, smear on pink-tinted mud masks and shop for clothes for themselves and their dolls.


Toy Trends 2009

COST: Manufacturers are aware that consumers have less to spend, some toy lines have even come down in price.

HIGH PLAY VALUE: Toys that offer hours of entertainment for the money.

GREEN: Toys that are made from reused or recycled materials.

EDUCATION FUN: Educational toys now have a new name - "working and learning" toys.

CLASSIC COMEBACK: Classic toys are making a comeback - Look for remote controlled cars and snack machines.

GET UP AND MOVE: Toys that motivate couch-potato kids to “Get Up & Move It, Move it !”

MOVIES: Movie-licensed toys.

INTERACTIVE: Incorporating a computerized or virtual world component.


Chrissa: American Girl Doll of The Year 2009

Chrissa Maxwell takes a stand against one of the biggest challenges facing real girls today - bullying.


Birthdays and Anniversaries 2009

Barbie is celebrating her 50th birthday. G.I. Joe is gearing up for movie action at 45. The Pink Panther and Nerf are celebrating their 40th anniversaries, and old fave Candyland turns 60.


New Disney Princess

Disney has introduced Princess Tiana, star of the holiday 2009 film "The Princess and the Frog" as its first new princess in more than ten years.


2009 Toy of the Year

The winner of the annual Toy Industry Association Specialty Toy of the Year Award: On February 15, 2009, the Toy Industry Association awarded the Creativity for Kids kit, Create Your Own Pop-Up Books, the 2009 Specialty Toy of the Year Award.

Mary Kezele, Director of Product Development for Creativity for Kids, said, "Children love to read pop-up books. Create Your Own Pop-Up Books gives them the opportunity to create an interactive work of art, combining the whimsy of illustrations made by the child with clever pop-up designs that can be personalized to tell their own story."

This kit contains two hardcover books, 8 markers and stickers for kids to write their stories and color in the pop-up design.

The winner of the annual Toy Fair in London: The winner of “2009 Toy of the Year” was the Ben 10 action figure series by Bandai.The Ben 10 Franchise has been growing in popularity ever since 2005, when Cartoon Network aired the sneak-peak pilot during the last week of the 2005 holiday season. Four seasons later, and with dozens of product tie ins, Ben 10 has emerged as the most popular American cartoon franchises of the decade.


Raggedy Ann & Andy Festival/Museum Closure

The Original Raggedy Ann & Andy Festival in Arcola, IL will not happen this June.

The Arcola, IL festival has been cancelled because there was no one to chair the event. The annual festival attracted guests world-wide to enjoy parades, collectibles, and many fun activities.

2009 will be the last year for the Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum. It will close in 2010 - all of the collectibles will be sent to a children's museum in New York.


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