ways to pay off credit card debt quickly top rated credit cards no annual fee college students and credit cards 2011 money saving expert credit card charges refund prepaid credit card usa without social security number credit card applications online instant approvals lowest interest rate credit card canada credit card payment application td visa card benefits travel rewards credit cards review kwik fill / red apple credit card application virtual credit cards for online gambling credit card with no credit history uk usa credit reporting agency need car finance bad credit equifax transunion credit history check buy virtual credit card paypal verification whats a good credit card to build credit mbna virgin credit card customer services prepaid international credit card visa security credit card wallet jobar apply for marriott credit card uk orchard bank credit card address payments intuit portable credit card machine how do 0 percent credit cards work credit check experian phone number best chase credit card for bad credit apply online for barclays bank credit card i need a credit card now neiman marcus credit card login legitimate payday loans online direct lenders veracity non profit credit repair agency sears hsbc mastercard credit card how many types of sbi credit card bp gas credit card phone number american express student credit cards apply visa low interest credit cards top rewards credit cards canada apply for marathon gas credit card nab credit card insurance contact free sbi credit card apply pay barclays credit card over phone find my credit history report can you sign up for a walmart credit card online first credit card company in 1950 best low rate credit cards australia what is the best credit card to apply for with bad credit small business loans based on credit card sales lord and taylor credit card services number online cash loans no credit check south africa what is the best travel rewards credit card in canada 2012 best credit card consolidation companies independent payday lenders not brokers which bank credit card is best in chennai lenders like magnum cash advance instant online cash advances without faxing www citizensbank com creditcard first credit card company ever hdfc credit card bonus reward points offer credit card debt consolidation companies reviews best new credit card bonus offers paypal accept credit cards directly your credit union mortgage center us bank secured credit card limit how to negotiate a debt settlement with credit card companies amazon credit card payment paypal prepaid mastercard uk capital credit card login page good department store credit cards to have how do i get a credit card with no credit how to increase hdfc gold credit card limit online how to get a walmart credit card in canada iphone credit card reader starbucks does applying for credit cards ruin your credit personal loans online uk best credit cards rewards program government totally free credit check score credit card cash advances calculator top zero interest credit cards how do i cancel my cibc credit card improve your credit score in 24 hours uk how to get an american express secured credit card apply for a direct payday loan online lenders hdfc credit card offer on irctc airline credit card rewards comparison student loans with bad credit history credit cards travel insurance included payday loans no fees no brokers no credit check woolworths credit card online application south africa credit card terminal rental toronto online cash advance lenders reviews old orchard secured credit card application low rate credit cards usa icici virtual credit card india 12 months interest free credit card australia difference between titanium and platinum credit card hdfc georgia law on credit card debt after death hdfc credit card payment by other bank credit card same day online cash advance bank of america get a personal loan with bad credit online best credit cards canada 2011 instant cash advance online apply for a orchard bank credit card online free get a full credit report online prepaid credit card visa who do you call to how to fix your credit report fast circuit city credit card chase bank balance transfer credit cards good credit rating citibank credit card cash advance interest rate credit card machine for small business paypal td bank credit cards for bad credit balance transfer credit cards no fee 0 interest no transfer fee guaranteed credit cards australia capital one bank student credit card low interest rate credit cards for college students capital one credit cards banking auto loans checking cibc credit cards login top 5 best credit card companies best rewards credit card 2013 uk international credit card processing merchant account chevron credit card login personal loans with bad credit and no bank accounts get a free credit card with no credit checks no credit check credit cards nz secured credit card banks in us best no interest credit card offer apply credit card instant approval malaysia offers sbi credit card reward points cibc visa lost credit card bank of america small business secured credit card mbna credit card review canada does applying for credit card affect credit rating credit card terminal till rolls lowest interest rate cash advance no interest credit cards australia best cash reward credit card canada best low interest fixed rate credit card financial advisor to help with credit cash rewards credit cards best lowest apr credit cards india discover? card virtual credit card generator 3 in 1 credit 3 in 1 credit report and score online apply for business credit card with ein number pay credit card online barclays credit card companies that accept bad credit credit report wikipedia what is excellent customer service means 76 gas credit card application ann taylor mastercard online credit card payment no annual fee credit card for bad credit miles and more credit card online account college student low interest credit cards credit score range credit score scale prepaid visa credit card canada loan against sbi credit card used car credit company in malaysia provincial what is the consumer reporting act which credit card company offers best rewards how to rebuild your credit score quick compare payday lenders not brokers credit card student natwest best united credit card miles how to get approved for a credit card with bad credit apple credit card scanner for iphone can i use my visa debit card in canada how to improve your how do i check my credit rating in canada royal bank of canada student credit card all three credit all 3 credit reports and fico scores credit check the bombay company canada planet fitness black card upgrade walt disney credit card offers i want my once a my once a year free credit report toys r us credit card customer service online loans instant decision delta credit card fee secured business credit cards without personal guarantee free credit card terminal for iphone credit card debt on death uk best airline rewards credit card uk imax credit repair firm reviews hdfc credit card helpline number average credit card minimum payment percentage credit cards with airline miles for fair credit pay my first premier bank credit card online what is my credit score short sale during chapter 13 bankruptcy dillards credit card apply visa credit card online india hsbc credit card review malaysia credit card offers 0 balance transfer 12 months barclays visa credit card uk best reward travel credit card canada zero balance transfer credit cards australia costco credit card payment options cancel experian credit tracker get a no credit credit card apply for target visa credit card top 0 balance transfer credit cards no fee prepaid visa debit cards reloadable credit cards no monthly fee personal bad credit loans california free credit report business model dsi dsi mortgage credit repair best travel credit card in canada 2011 best credit cards for international use how to get your first credit card with no credit credit rating free lawyers for credit virgo auto repair cherry hill nj kisan credit card application form pnb genuine bad credit loans uk where to get a credit report apartments in ogden utah how to get small business loans with bad credit buy prepaid online credit cards i need a credit card now in india how to hack a credit card number visa 2012 bad credit title loans online online online loans no credit check instant approval no fee low interest rate credit card using a credit card for business expenses post office credit card us exchange rate what is a good first credit card limit lost my first premier credit card hsbc malaysia balance transfer credit card prepaid credit card ace cash advance hours using us credit cards in uk tesco credit card points worth do you have to activate a td visa debit card apply for credit card hsbc online how to pay off student loans faster calculator hsbc value city credit card payment walmart discover credit card login page good first credit cards for college students citi credit repair el paso tx wireless rfid credit card scanner free government are all credit reports websites the same small cash loans with bad credit barclays platinum card benefits states that do not allow credit checks for employment tips for getting a new credit card current credit card rates for merchants best credit cards for good credit 2013 citi american airlines credit card review how to get a student credit card with bad credit prepaid business credit cards employees how to stop pre approved credit cards sbi credit card billdesk payment ann taylor loft credit card phone number bank of ireland 365 credit card services which of the following is a way for you to get a free copy of your credit report my yearly free credit report business credit reference templates whats a good first credit card credit report windshield repair company reviews ge money credit card online services can i get cash from a walmart visa gift card visa credit card services ireland sample equifax free online credit report canada thomas cook charges paying credit card dispute credit report equifax cash advance us bank locations in columbus ohio southwest rapid rewards plus credit card review which credit card offers the best rewards program credit card protector how can i apply for hsbc credit card address for credit bureaus to dispute how to get credit sample of a report on a company credit check construction companies in south africa comparing australian credit cards how to get your free credit report from the government tesco credit card account number visa platinum rewards credit cards i want my once a once a year free credit report how to get free credit absolutely free credit score no credit card needed how to start a credit repair company in south carolina top 10 credit cards for rewards visa simmons first credit card credit card applications online approval best credit card offers low interest rate hdfc credit card payment online from other credit card a good credit rating important which credit card balance transfer is the best secured credit card bank of america reviews lowest rate mobile credit card processing tata sbi credit card customer care number compare credit card interest rates australia great credit cards for no credit history sams club discover credit card login home equity loan without credit check td low interest rate credit card student unsecured credit cards for bad credit business credit card offers bad credit credit card cash advances paypal 0 interest credit card balance transfer offers go ge capital credit card login credit score needed for walmart discover card longest 0 interest credit card south african credit bureaux black card amex concierge halifax cash back credit card conditions credit card student loan repayment what is the best how to check my credit score in canada how do air mile credit cards work how to get a first credit card for no credit walmart discover credit card account mastercard exchange rate tool not working free credit free credit repair letters that work citibank credit card online status sears instant approval credit card bad credit credit cards unsecured 2013 bank of america credit card 0 apr balance transfer best 0 credit cards uk lost gap visa card best credit cards for poor credit 2012 3 in 1 credit reports online old navy credit card bill payments platinum credit card icici bank check visa prepaid card balance online why can't i get why can't i get my credit report online mastercard uk careers my first premier credit card status credit card number validation using javascript get a visa credit card online paypal credit card payment processing time best visa rewards card consumer reports how to dispute a credit report error with experian credit card limit increase without permission american express black card no credit limit how to see your check how to get your credit score for free best what are the 3 credit score agencies how to get a prepaid credit card under 18 government disputing information on credit reports us bank corporate credit card access target visa card balance check citibank credit card business online how can i pay my firestone credit card online veracity lexington law credit repair scam black cardboard boxes melbourne credit card debt relief canada government program best credit card offers $300 cash back alaska airlines credit card deal standard chartered platinum credit card uae reloadable credit cards canada cash advances payday loans toronto woolworths black credit card application credit card interest rates in india examples credit references rental application visa credit card verification number generator best way to get approved for a credit card with bad credit sbi visa credit card verification credit card payments on iphone apps what is the best credit card rewards program in canada best corporate credit cards in india credit card machine costco mastercard credit cards for fair credit rbc visa credit card canada how do you get your credit score to increase credit cards with bad credit square credit card fees review credit card applications instant approval philippines best buy credit card login mastercard rcbc credit card online application philippines 0 credit cards on purchases and balance transfers compare travel credit cards best buy credit card review best credit card reader for ipad 3 irs form to report identity theft absa credit card limit increase contact details rbs black credit card review how to increase credit limit chase hello kitty credit card holder sky sky blue credit repair results credit repair video website turnkey payday lenders uk no brokers hsbc credit card student account how do i update my credit card in apple store how much does the free credit report guy make credit housing repair programs in texas best credit cards for international travel 2013 top college student credit cards gift visa card walmart cash loans online fast review instant bad credit loans australia credit card terminal application malaysia payday loans no fees or brokers fast credit report repair company online credit check instant how credit card interest works canada replacement gold card derbyshire chase credit card fraud prevention need for speed carbon reward cards cheat pay chase health advance online change iphone credit card detail what is the average cost of credit repair services virtual credit card generator 2010 best buy canada credit card apply best 0 credit cards balance transfers best credit cards for college students with no credit yahoo free equifax credit score report best credit card reader app for ipad free credit check annual credit report government website paypal accept credit cards without account free credit card no credit check small business startup loans bad credit hsbc bank apply online for credit card capital advance payday loans sulphur mastercard credit card exchange rate credit cards for bad credit unsecured no processing fee credit repair mortgage company reviews ratings payday loan advance online apply for student loans with bad credit advance payday loans online no credit check halifax credit card 0800 number free prepaid credit card numbers ?5000 loan for bad credit no brokers unsecured loans with bad credit canada first capital connect annual gold card compare reward credit cards canada online credit card processing paypal credit card protection insurance australia mastercard credit card secured credit cards to rebuild credit in canada 0 transfer credit cards no balance transfer fee credit limit increase littlewoods hdfc bank credit card numbers how to get approved for a store credit card with bad credit capital one student credit card credit cards rewards banking and loans discover how to get a portable credit card machines bmo prepaid credit card application why do i need a credit card for free apps kindle best credit card deals july 2012 money magazine best reward credit cards 2012 hdfc credit card application form pdf loans with bad credit direct lenders td gold elite visa card credit limit no annual fee credit card with rewards disputing credit card charges chase average credit card interest rate 2010 what are good credit score ratings hdfc platinum master credit card offers rbc visa cash back card review are there any secured credit cards with rewards same day online loan no credit check debt defence aviation repair agency southwest credit card business 50000 bp gas credit card reviews home loan with bad credit and no down payment instant credit card pre approved credit card offers opt out td bank secured credit card usa do i need a credit card to rent a car in florida pay day advance loans in georgia fcra credit bureau reports free credit repair retirement planning software for individuals typical credit card merchant fees top business credit cards uk hdfc credit card online payment through debit card how to use cash advance on hsbc credit card average credit card rates canada ps bank credit card application online philippines pay weekly cash loans carbon credit companies closed credit reports on irish companies instant loans online uk instant cash loans bad credit best best credit repair companies reviews storing credit card information capital one secured credit card uk reviews apply for visa credit card online instant approval guaranteed payday loans no brokers difference between credit score agencies phone numbers compare credit card offers australia best student credit card canada how to find credit card account number capital one 0 interest credit cards best buy canada accepted credit cards free credit card bin number search list of all chase credit cards easy online payday loans direct lenders starwood preferred guest credit card australia payday loan direct lenders only no brokers credit card to rebuild credit history payday advances no credit checks best credit card apps android capitec multi loan online application sbi debit visa card weekly credit card payment calculator usaa rate advantage credit card review british airways holidays credit card charges online bad credit loan reviews chase prepaid visa card do you pay interest on cash advances clean credit appliance repair in miami fl low interest on cash advances how to how to credit repair companies work online payday advance reviews intuit quickbooks credit card processing reviews how to know my icici credit card status review bank of america cash rewards credit cards private allstate insurance company credit ratings credit repair companies in kansas city missouri
Home Articles
Mad About the Men: Why are so many red-blooded males weak-kneed about the “Mad Men” dolls?
What do Rush Limbaugh, Rainn Wilson (“Dwight” from “The Office”), and Drew Carey all have in common? Hint: It has nothing to do with their appearances, their professions or their ethnicity. Give up? All three are big fans of the TV program “Mad Men,” and they are eagerly collecting the Mattel versions of the advertising characters.These three famous AMC viewers are besotted by the imagery and the appeal of the award-winning show’s set design, wardrobe, teleplays and casting. As Rainn Wilson jokingly said, “I watch ‘Mad Men’ to learn about debauchery and self-loathing!’”

For those who haven’t been following the antics of Madison Avenue ad executive Don Draper and his button-down colleagues, the cable-TV program takes an uncompromising look at the 1960s culture of three-martini business lunches, smoking wherever and whenever one pleased, and openly “flirting” in the workplace before it became known as “harassment.”

The show pops with visuals that are straight out of a Montgomery Ward catalog, and the makeup and the outfits that the players wear are eerily accurate. It’s as if your family’s photo album has been raided, and your parents or grandparents have been rejuvenated and are now beaming into millions of homes worldwide.

“Mad Men” takes place back in the days when “men were men,” and a combo of chauvinism and arrogance were the necessary ingredients for a young executive’s rise at the workplace. (Women on the show, by and large, are left to languish in the stenographer pool, hoping that a well-turned leg and a nice neckline will land them a hubby and a happy home in the suburbs.)

Plugging into that vibe is difficult for both men and women who have grown up or prospered in the post Ms. Magazine world. It seems nearly impossible to believe that these throwback behaviors were once everyday etiquette, and the rampant antifeminism was not only accepted but was applauded.

Perhaps it’s because of this connection to a world that once was, and never will be again, that the episodes have built up such a formidable male base. And, most likely, that is why the three aforementioned celebrities are outspoken in their appreciation for the series and their desire to own the dolls.

It’s fitting that Mattel would be the company to manufacture these tie-ins. After all, its biggest success has been “Barbie,” the “teenage swimsuit fashion model,” who arrived on the scene in 1959. Though she’s slimmed down her figure, but has broadened her careers and identity over the passing decades, the vinyl beauty was made in the days when the “Mad Men” mindset was in full swing. More than likely when she was first sculpted, Barbie hoped to move into her dream house with hubby “Ken,” who would be carrying the mortgage alone while Barbie volunteered at various civic groups and the Junior League.

However, an avalanche of post-Kennedy Era changes snowballed and snowballed, and Barbie soon became a free-spirited, groovy Malibu sunbather with a twist-n-turn waist. Ken was relegated to accessory status.

The dolls that Mattel launched to coincide with the July 25 premiere of Season 4 salute the antihero Don Draper, his long-suffering wife, Betty, his advertising colleague, Roger Sterling, and the firm’s office manager, Joan Holloway.

Interestingly, Holloway, a curvaceous redhead with the physique of Jayne Mansfield, is portrayed by actress Christina Hendricks, who has been taken to task for her buxom and hippy silhouette. The Barbie translation of the Holloway character actually has a more slender shape than the real-life actress. Funny, that the dolls and the show turn back the hands of time, but they can’t handle a real-life hourglass figure!

The “Mad Men” line took more than a year to bring to the marketplace, and Mattel personally received the green light to go ahead with the project from the program’s creator, Matthew Weiner, a self-admitted Barbie enthusiast.

Designed by Mattel stalwart Robert Best, the dolls capture the nuances of the gray flannel suits, the hemlines, the dress palettes, and the jewelry for both the women and the men (cufflinks are very important). “The show has such a beautifully art-directed look. The color of the room or the cigarette case, all of it is thoughtful,” Best has said.

With Season 4’s arrival, the characters will be hitting more speed bumps on their highways to happiness. Their lives might lose some of the “Bewitched” and “Dick Van Dyke Show” sheen. Will Mattel provide cartons of cigarettes, cases of booze, handwritten alibis, and divorce decrees to help the dolls navigate the wrecks that are speeding their way?

These dolls aren’t intended for children—the price tag of nearly $80 each should make that very clear. These are definitely intended for the adult collector and, in many cases, the adult male collector.

Nowadays, a man can’t come home from work, change into a smoking jacket, prop up his feet, have his wife put his slippers on him, and then sit in the recliner, reading the sports page, indulging in a nice pipe and a snifter of brandy. Meanwhile, the Mrs. quietly and efficiently finishes preparing the latest Good Housekeeping recipe in the kitchen.

Those days are long gone, but once a week they come alive for millions of viewers. Perhaps the “Mad Men” dolls are bound to be a guilty pleasure for disgruntled and disenfranchised men everywhere. They might be the 21st-century equivalent of the old “GI Joe” doll.

Whereas Joe used to let little boys feel like they were single-handedly winning the latest overseas war, the Don Draper and crew dolls will let grown men feel like they are winning the battle of the sexes. It’s a skirmish that has been waged for generations, and the early 1960s were the last hurrah of male dominance. These dolls are a great testament to the ad men who once shaped what Americans wanted to buy, to own, to need.  In 2010 they’re on the shelf themselves, and their sales results will be very interesting to monitor.

Photo Caption

It’s no wonder that the AMC original series “Mad Men” loaned itself so easily to a "Barbie" doll translation. The cast, in its meticulously rendered costuming and coifs, were the perfect fodder for the Mattel treatment.

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (4)

Subscribe to this comment's feed
...
Don Draper is like one of those smooth-talking characters from the Doris Day/Rock Hudson comedies. Except underneath his perfect suit, he's not funny or really smooth at all. He's a complicated character. Interesting that Mattel has decided to make these. Have they ever done anything so mature before? These are sophisticated dolls. Will more be made?
Rita , August 04, 2010
...
hopefully, a rat pack ensamble will ensue. i can also envision a robert morse and cast from how to succeed in business without really trying on the horizon!
patricia park , August 03, 2010 | url
...
I like all the pop culture dolls. These are really startling. It's hard to tell the cast from the dolls. Those pictures are incredible. Mattel always does a fantastic job. Good costumes and sculpting.
Charlene , August 03, 2010
...
Wow, 80 bucks a pop. That's crazy. I would love to see these dolls though.
Billie , August 03, 2010

Write comment

smaller | bigger

busy
 

Latest Articles from News & Notes

2015 DOLLS Awards Industry's Choice winners announced

The 2015 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Industry’s Choice winners (DAEs, also called the Diamond Awards) were announced at the International Doll & Teddy Bear Show in Asheville, N.C., June 6. The Industry's Choice winners will go on to become the nominee's in the Public's Choice voting, set to begin in late June.

Without further ado, here are the winners of this year's Industry's Choice Diamond Awards!

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Read more...
Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

The Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon one recipient per year. This award was created in 2002 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the teddy bear, with the first recipient being Steiff, a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality and prices.

The Lifetime Achievement recipient must be or have been involved in some aspect of the doll and/or teddy bear field for a minimum of 25 years. The recipient may be an individual, partnership, corporation, company, author, artist, marketer, historian or any other industry professional. Lifetime Achievement Award nominations may be made by previous recipients or members of the LAA committee.

To qualify as a nominee, entrants must meet the following criteria:

  • Been active in the doll or bear field a minimum of 25 years.
  • Maintained or increased the quality of reputation and product or service provided since inception.
  • Served the industry with integrity, honesty, reliability
  • Received a majority of the votes from previous recipients.

The Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to the following individuals and companies since its inception:

2002 Steiff
2003 Hildegard Gunzel
2004 Alexander Doll Company
2005 R. John Wright
2006 Wendy Lawton
2007 Virginia Turner
2008 Toy Shoppe
2010 Helen Kish
2012 Maggie Iacono
2013 Heidi Plusczok
2014 Jack Johnston
2015 Kaye Wiggs

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

BLACKALL ASSOCIATES INC. 
ANNOUNCING Winner of the Summer Heat Photo Contest

August 8, 2014 - Blackall Associates Inc. is proud to announce the winner of its Summer Heat Photo Contest. The contest drew entries from around the world. Masterpiece Doll collectors sent in a special photo showing how their Masterpiece Dolls were enjoying the summer heat. 

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (2)

...
i have very old magazines need to sell them before something happens to them
margie , December 20, 2014
...
i really like all the barbie balack dress, can i ask question can i buy this, because its all out in the market now here in the philippines, can you help me please im a big fan of thiss dolls
mark christian paul l. carigma , December 16, 2014 | url

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Read more...
The Chicago Toy Show

You haven’t seen a toy show until you’ve seen this one. Six buildings! Over six hundred exhibitors! Exclusively toys and dolls and children’s playthings on display everywhere! This is the show everyone always says they intend to visit, and now is the time to do just that. Collectors say the Chicago Toy Show really is the largest in the entire world. They are correct. Collectors say they find toys at this show that are never seen anywhere else. Correct again.

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Read more...
Konnichiwa and Grüezi - 150 years of Japan and Switzerland

19 April 2014 – 5 October 2014

A special exhibition will take place at the Toy Worlds Museum Basle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Swiss diplomacy and friendship.

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Read more...