Challenging old stereotypes, Barbie has found a new look and purpose as a vlogger. The iconic doll now has a YouTube channel to discuss difficult topics and be a positive role model. How is Barbie using a new platform to appeal to parents and children, while empowering Gen Alphas in the process?
Once a niche conversation, non-gendered toys have become a point of public debate. While the likes of Lego and Mattel offer such toys, parents are divided on whether to support them. How does this reflect the culture wars in the US? And how can brands tailor their genderless products in response?
While the likes of Amazon, Netflix, and Disney battle for streaming supremacy among adult and teenage viewers, Moonbug has found success by focusing on a younger audience. Boasting billions of views across platforms, it’s positioning itself as the ultimate place for kids’ educational content.
Mr. Potatohead is the latest toy to get a gender-neutral update, and while many parents applaud this shift, dads lag behind moms when it comes to moving beyond the gender binary in toys. With this in mind, brands would do well to adapt their messaging when talking to mothers and fathers.
American Girl has introduced their 2020 Girl of the Year doll, Joss Kendrick, a competitive surfer and the brand’s first doll with hearing loss. The boom of inclusive toys speaks to Gen Alpha’s desire for inclusivity, equality, and diversity both in wider society and in their own lives.