Barbie Rock ‘n Royals Mall Tour and Concert

It looks like Mattel is pulling out all the stops for their Rock ‘n Royals direct to DVD feature film and doll line. Not only are they visiting malls around the US to promote the line, but they’re also having a special concert event in Los Angeles, California.  Check out the screenshots below for tour dates and locations.

Tour Dates

Tour Dates

Concert Details

Concert Details

Rock ‘n Royals is set to make its DVD/Blu-ray debut September 8th, 2015.  You can view the trailer below.

Keep your eyes peeled for a review of one of the Rock ‘n Royals dolls. It should hit the blog soon. Until then, are you looking forward to this new Barbie movie? Let me know in the comment area.

August 19, 2015. Tags: , , . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Stills and Trailer from Jem and the Holograms: The Live Action Movie

Once upon a time, Hollywood decided to adapt a book from my favorite series into a big budget movie.  All signs pointed to said movie being a complete and utter disaster. From casting announcements, to rumored story changes, it would have been easy to write the movie off before seeing it. But, throughout the production of the film and up to the release, I kept a ‘cup half full’ mentality on the whole thing. I didn’t want to color the film with negativity before seeing it– that would be unfair to the actors and crew people behind the film.  In the end, the film did suck, but I’m happy I went into it with an open mind.

Why am I writing about this? Well, USA Today recently released photos from the new Jem and the Holograms movie!  I’ve seen a lot of ‘cup half empty’ responses to this film.  But, I implore you, don’t judge this until you see it.  A lot of people put their heart and soul into making this movie, so, for their sakes, keep an open mind.

Let’s be honest, even though we love the source material as is, it needed an update to relate to the children of today.  I’ve tried to sit my cousins down in front of Jem before and, let’s just say, they were not impressed. For this re-boot to work, changes needed to happen.  For me, as long as they keep the messages and themes alive in this new Jem movie, I’m fine with a little re-writing.

Universal Pictures, Jem and the Holograms, borrowed from USA Today article

Universal Pictures, Jem and the Holograms, borrowed from USA Today article

Not only are their photos, but the USA Today article also tells us some juicy tidbits about the film.  Directed by Jon M. Chu, the film stars Aubrey Peeples (Jem/Jerrica), Stefanie Scott (Kimber), Hayley Kiyoko (Aja), and Aurora Perrineau (Shana). Until now, no one was really sure who Juliette Lewis was playing. Turns out, she’ll be playing Erica Raymond (a female Eric Raymond). Molly Ringwald (Breakfast Club, anyone?) will be playing the four girls guardian. Ryan Guzman (Pretty Little Liars) plays Rio.  No word yet, that I’ve seen, on Synergy.  It would be a shame if she wasn’t part of the movie concept, but then again, cup half full.

The story seems to be taking the same route, or a similar route, to the comic book, giving Jerrica a case of stage fright when it comes to performing, even though she’s amazingly talented.  I like this concept, because right off the bat you know this movie will be promoting self-confidence in this crazy, social media crazed world.  For more information and photos, check out the USA Today article.  Universal’s Jem and the Holograms is set to hit US theaters October 23rd, 2015.

(And in case anyone is wondering, the movie I referenced in the first paragraph is The Seeker, adapted from The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper.  So many things went wrong, including the script writer essentially saying there was nothing he could salvage from the original story that would work for today’s youth. Don’t take an adaptation job if you don’t see anything in the source material that’s calling out to you, dude.  Just saying.)

Edit: Here’s the trailer!

May 12, 2015. Tags: , , . Articles and Doll Histories. Leave a comment.

Mattel’s Take on Katniss

It was recently announced that Katniss, main character in Suzanne Collin’s popular Hunger Games book series and now blockbuster movie, would be getting the Barbie treatment!  Mattel made big money off of the Twilight phenomenon and it looks like they’ve gone even further with Hunger Games. Mattel did well in hiring designer Bill Greening to design Katniss, the doll.

According to EW, “I am a huge Hunger Games fan and loved all three books, so it was truly an amazing experience for me to be able to design the Katniss Barbie doll,” Greening says. “I think it really pays tribute to Katniss and The Hunger Games.”

I have to say, if these promo shots are good representations of the final product, Greening succeeded in his quest to make an awesome looking doll.

Instead of having Katniss look like a brunette Barbie, Mattel and Bill Greening, has crafted a superb look for this doll.  I love her facemold, love the eyes, and love, love, love, that they kept the face paint low key.  Also, is it me or is this doll sporting freckles?  I’m a sucker for freckles on dolls.  Oh, and the simple side braid?  Love it.

The outfit looks fantastic.  If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll recognize this look as Katniss’ Hunger Games garb.  I’m so happy they chose this look over her reaping or ‘girl on fire’ costume.  The real story in the Hunger Games is about the games themselves, so this outfit is much more fitting than any other costumes from the movie!  The accessories are a nice touch and include a bow and arrow set and the ever elusive Mockingjay pin!

The body looks to be jointed or, at the very least, her wrists are jointed.  It would make sense to give this doll a jointed body, because you know people will be using it for photoshoots eventually and it’s much easier to pose a doll when they have a little mobility!

You can currently pre-order this doll on Barbie Collector. Katniss hits stores in August 2012 and I predict that she’ll be pretty popular with doll collectors and fans of Hunger Games alike.

What do you think of this doll?  Like the interpretation?  Who should be next in the Hunger Games doll line?  Share your opinion with a comment or two!

April 9, 2012. Tags: , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

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