High Speed Recon Mech
the life of barbie is over????? yes please! i mean she is a stick with zero appeal. and her pink wear is exaggerated to the point of insanity! but i do think 1/6 is going to come to mass market again.... imagination will fly high, and kids will be excited as ever to see some new GI Joe-esque combat group! i don't know what gear or clothes they will have, but i am sure they will happen soon. i mean PTE is still making, and released new 1/18 as did BBI, so i think barbie will go soon, and GI JOE will have to reimagine what they are, and maybe now new mass market females will happen with 21stc or better gear. infact a whole new line could and would do well. but not if a toys r us exclusive. we need to see stores like walmart get such, and especially at christmas time when sales are high. also wouldn't hurt to make a video game tie in, like the disney infinity or skylanders lines. those things sell like candy!Barbie and GI joe had a good run. Their demise will not spell the end of creativity. My son who is 11 now,played for a while with 12 inch figures. Most were Star Wars themed which he and I bashed together from buying loose parts on line. Lately though he has entered a phase where he enjoys designing and building his own toys. Mostly Pokemon inspired action figures which he builds from felt etc. his glue gun is a prized possession . He also loves building swords out of scrap wood and such. He can spend hours in the back yard perfecting his moves, much to the chagrin of his older sisters who fear he is behaving like a nerd. He's also big on mine craft. He can spend hours building castles and villages and learning code to make things happen in this world. I never fear for his imagination. He's a very social little guy and his friends all seem to be into the same things. When they all get together and play in the back alley with squirt guns or nerf guns or ligh Sabres it's no different from when I was a kid. And I'm 53 years old so I do remember the old days. I think ultimately there are just more options now and they continue to increase. I think it's premature to declare the sky is falling because they don't want to play with the same things you did. After all once upon a time kids were happy playing with a barrel stave and a stick. I honestly think that people who lament that our children have lost their imaginations either don't have kids,or if they do, they aren't paying close enough attention to them. Just my 2 or 3 cents.