medicine to gain weight best place to buy cialis jelly prandin from cananda buy the blue pill canada cilais and priligy orlistat lesofat real propecia from canadian pharmacy 1867 testosterone healthbuy best sites for low price cialis keflex on sale cheap finasteride no prescription alli pills cheap ampicillin with out perscription where to buy betapace australia cialis original brand levitra discount will clomid help deca dick viagra pills oline how much does doxycycline 100mg cost prescription medication mexico viagra generico in vendita in italia canadian cialis without prescription compare price for niacin er 750mg epivir-hbv next day delivery times how can i get tulasi beads customer viagra canadian cialis pharmacies viagra for sale in uk cheap my pham tenamyd seller viagra canadian pharmacies mail order azithromycin online synthoid next day fenazopiridina canadian viagra sales antibotics for dogs on line tetracycline us made cailis find discount cialis order brand cialis online shoping plavix in india buy narcotics online viagra 500mg buy viagra online using paypal buy genuine viagra online viagra generic for sale taladafil on line buy brand cialis online ireland levitra en ligne canada online kamagra supplier uk where to buy primatene mist online how can i get citalopram vicodin doxycycline hyclate 100mg cap price generic clomid at walmart kamagra london buy mestinon online mims finasteride over the counter walgreens difference between generic cialis zocor online cheap from canada ipledge provider login where can i buy zovirax purchase suhagra cheap valtrex for dogs cheapest generic levitra no pres acheter cialis en ligne canada amermycin how can i get isoniazid night extra super levitra university of namibia periactin reviews weight gain amlodipin generic viagra england lipitor 40mg to buy fluoxetine online cheap drugs from canada cytotec australia overnight online pharmacies buying viagra in sweden canadian viagra pharmacy discounts overnight viagra shipping reasonably priced cialis viagra wikipedia generic copegus us buy roche accutane online propecia germany ??? purchase vytorin line prednisolone chat can women use kamagra oral jelly buy acyclovir ireland viagra france cialis 5mg reviews ecco egypt menshealth cfc free primatine mist siphene buy no prescription viagra professional 200 canada pharmacy 489 stendra best price levitra generic pela viagra dominicana no presription finasteride lowest priced cialis vardenafil 20mg firsttrustedpharmacy buy cheap purim villain i want to order some viagra mexitil buy methotrexate without prescription order ciiais over phone vivanza kaufen cialis insurance online motrin 800 price cialis belgique paypal via 24hcom dramamine uk metformin ordering line clear sky pharmacy amoxicillin paypal get cialis very cheap citolpram for sale buy cheap clomid online kann man viagra in der apotheke kaufen roaccutane online viagra fast where to buy isoniazid mexico quickest delivery of viagra to sydney female cialis testimonials modern depression amitriptyline in mexico buy cialis toronto cost of viagra 100mg costco paxon where to buy rhinocort hayfever atorvastatin without prescription where can i purchase arava developed online pharmacy greece nexium tablets viagra medustrusted valtrex femara without prescription viagra kaufen frankfurt rx support planet valacyclovir without no prescription substitue for doxecycline buy cheap motilium bulk canada pharmacy online propecia sex tablet methocarbamol 750 mg street value cialis replacement coversyl medication where to buy sumycin no prescription pharmacy in india buying tadalafil tablets viagra ads on bloomberg radio prilosec cheapest price walmart viagra soft tabs review amaryl for diabetes indian aunty arimidex online no prescription zovirax 400 mg medicine from mexico boots viagra 2013 unisom non perscription lenses citalopram 20 mg without prescription canadian pharmacy feldene uses testosterone therapy cilais gel venta de cialis en canad?\u0083?? tesco cialis where can i buy cefalexin online colchicine online no perscription cheap very cheap effexor order levitra free viagra levitra producer india combivent price walmart finpecia cipla buy onlain generic plavix from india online pharmacies that sell misoprostol where to buy zetia in canada stamina rx canada looking for cialis pills where to purchase arjuna buying pain pills online viagra gel capsules over the counter singulair viagra 100mg price without rx pills in sa to nuelin to buy replacement for zoloft what does viagra do to men canada prescriptions legal buy pyridium online over the counter in canada amoxil paypal nizoral cream over the counter le repaire bart grifulvin cheapest price nz levitra kaufen ritalin canada pharmacy top rated offshore pharmacy cialis sialis tablets weight gaining pills in south africa propecia equivalent cipla products list canada pharmacy viagra overnight xatral trental over the counter anti inflammatory vega 100 side effects urdu crestor generic uk generic serevent patent actoplus cheapest price australia buy cheap viagra 120mg ginette-35 sale qld prescription motrin mg canada walmart drug prices calcium carbonate sale breaks into rhombs canada express pharmacy tamoxifen class i or ii body alignment nutrition buy sildenafil citrate 100mg lisinopril online best generic cialis pharmacy propecia cheap online overnight prescriptions my blue pill cialis generico sicuro ed drugs price for viagra what is flagyl levitra cheapest price yojimbo where can i purchase dapoxetine philippines augmentin dds apodefil sildenafil 50 mg bactrim tablete tadalafil generic 20mg zovirax buy online best place how to use cialis viagra en farmacias legit viagra online meclizine buy online hcl levitra without rx online zoloft mexico pharmacy precio de pastillas viagra pfizer order zantac online kaufen tretinoin cream 0.05; no script aladdin asthma mexican medicine mercury drug order online clomid to buy no prescription sri lanka pharmacy online how do i buy viagra online indian viagra name vigara buying prednisolone uk buy lasix 40 mg where to buy unisom in singapore viagra vs cialis side effects what is the best generic viagra review order stromectol mastercard generic viagra overnight buy clarisonic brush heads canada doxycycline online without prescription female viagra powders tretinoin gel with no prescription buy digoxin with no prescription discount metoclopramide qt sildenafilo mexican pharmacies betnovate n for pimples buy paroxetine cialis online brand name viagra for men in dubai buy alligator gar online apa itu doxycycline 100mg can buy colchicine 0 5 at store viagra, gift card suhagra100 best genetic viagra no rx mirtazapine 30 mg antidepressants buy viagra super active online pedir-cialis-por-correo.htm order proscar for hair loss sore throat with clomid skypharmacy cialis street value online canadian pharmacy buy arimidex australia diflucan generic over the counter brand cialis viagra trial pack where can i purchase voveran sr viagra shoppers drug mart walgreens cialis 5mg price donde comprar cialis generico where to buy viagra online cheap crestor over the counter pharmacy overnight shipping tetracycline dosage for dogs magnesium clomid for women over 40 comment extraire la codeine du dafalgan order nitrofurantoin online illegal order medicine from canada tadapox canada legally buy pain medication online medication similar to advair cialis on line contrassegno terramycin canadian pharmacy tamoxifen citrate uk buy order birth control pills kamagra viagra diazepam without prescription best prices on ed medications overnight prednisone no prescription can you take naproxen with prednisone buy cialis express shipping ordering cheap prednisone without x healthy man nexium in mexico overseas foreign pharmacy gabapentin over de counter walgreens cialis generika versand aus europa prednisone for sale cipro cheapest price yojimbo obagi tretinoin cream 0.1 uk cialis tablets price in india wellbutrin from mexico degra 100 mg kaufen buy accutane online canada betnovate cream for acne buy ginseng online osu levitra comprar order inderal canadian pharmacy no prescriptions cialis five day delivery usps mailinorder colchinchin where to buy xalatan legal best place to buy generic cialis buy zanaflex online rx canadian pharm buy silagra pills best prices for 60mg. orlistat over the counter antibiotic where to buy mentax a prescription propecia from worldwide sale canadianvalium best prices for legal levitra emsam sale melbourne is nexium available over the counter zithromax 500mg dosage midamor canadian pharmacy zenegra tablet buy robaxin japan walmart alli 60 mg combivent online order prescription viagra noprescription is generic cialis as good as cialis order cialis canadian pharmacy reputable on line pharmacies what insurance covers viagra cialis 5mg for sale synthroid order online buying pills online canadian pharmacys that accept paypal brand levitra cheap remicade price in egypt buy elocon ointment no prescription gabapentin street value shop erection packs minecraft zoloft 100 mg no script and very cheap non prescription canadian viagra buyventolin onlinewithout script how to find real cialis on the internet purple front pharmise buy dog prednisolone when will cialis go generic cialais or viagra can you get clomid from gp cialis online deutschland provera canada free trial viagra sample best diet pills on the market prozac without script purchase dulcolax work tadalafil online pharmacy np prescription tadalafil power v8 viagra buy emsam cheap viagra brand next day delivery levitra canada pharmacy online wholesale generic saw palmetto berries cialis super active reviews lasix diuretic where can i purchase xeloda a prescription buy albuterol inhaler no prescription magnus sildenafil buy eli lilly brand cialis meclizine sale hcl canadian pharmacy 24 hr no script buy metronizadole online paypal buy lasix online in europe can i get atarax over the counter buy cheap cafergot diego online farmacy croatia dulcolax sale cuanto prescription drugs for acid refux on line erectile dysfunction medication next day express delivery for viagra buy pain pills online no prescription online pharamacuticals india where to buy rogaine in ontario cost of generic viagra super o sildenafil 50 mg buy naltrexone buy amitryptryline fast acting viagra uk lipitor withpout presp viagra preis viagra at cvs price antivert otc bactrim ds fors sale ventolin without prescription cheapest crestor cost without insurance alesse buy online l) cheap ralista paskaleva obat lasix cheap levitra purchasing keflex online buy sublingual cialis vigorex 50 hyzaar non perscription xanex buy imagran on line soloxine without prescription cialis sample packs pastillas alli en mexico propecia pris tadalafil paypal kamagra kaufen indian onlinepharmacy kamagra oral jelly medication without prescription buy lisinopril 20 mg accutane se apoquel canada pharmacy blueberry 100 sildenafil review cheapest accutane without prescription drug-price-check-at-walmart-pharmacy oxycontin pill canada buy acticin without prescription over the counter inhaler 2013 best generic viagra websites where can i buy online cheap cialis sildenafil citrate in natural form viagra ohne rezept bestellen viagra clinic fast shipping revatio online prednisone 10mg dose pack viagra without prescription. buy cheap alli iphone 5 prednisone on line how much is crestor at costco commander cialis en ligne depression drugs sale buy indinavir online kopen citalopram buy no prescription prednisolone buy usa bactrim chew vytorin lowest price cialis omline buy generic accutane fast delivery 2052 rhine inc palghar india buy cheap copegus online canada viagra on line purchases lamisil tab 250 mg shop online buy nexium online from mexico canada pharmach amoxicillian torontodrugstorephonenumber log time sex tablet name myambutol pharmacy online medications sildenafil tablets 50mg cyprus buy viagra in hungary sildenafil citrate 250mg zestril on line without prescription do some aftermarket viagras work buy zithromax tablets otc lamisil where to buy voltaren gel cheapest price on xeloda philippines buy metformin online somotrphoine cipla tadafil buy tamoxifen citrate no prescription buy amoxicillin capsules in uk aciclovir creme brand viagra from mexico rogaine lowest price ireland viagra serve prescrizione medica ed meds with no rx maxifort zimax sildenafil 50 mg antabuse purchase canada levitra on line superactive tablet 10 mg finasteride doxycycline pills for sale generic clonidine uses what if cialis doesnt work
Home Articles Spotlight Blog The Hunger Games: Mattel feasts upon a cautionary look at future kids in America.
The Hunger Games: Mattel feasts upon a cautionary look at future kids in America.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:06
The Hunger Games BooksI’m not sure if Suzanne Collins was picturing me when she pounded out the “Hunger Games” trilogy. Certainly, I was not who she envisioned as one of her youthful, teen warriors, but did she ever imagine that her three books would be adopted as a battle-cry for folks of every age, and every background, who worry about the fate of the United States and what lies in store for us over the next generation? Published by Scholastic—which immediately suggests school book clubs and pre-teen passions—the fictional account of a post-Apocalyptic America is gritty and gruesome and captures the real essence of personal responsibility and grrrrl power!

Never mind the Spice Girls, who really were just a slightly less tawdry forerunner of the Pussycat Dolls, the gals and guys who inhabit the Hunger Games landscape are gladiators—expected to enter a surreal reality-TV setup where they battle to the death. Teenagers are an angst-riddled group—and their emotions can shift on a dime—but the Hunger Games shows how a kid can go from baking a cupcake one day to perfecting full-body camouflage the next. Their world is such that concerns over acne instantly fade away to worries over battle scars and missing limbs.

Rugged, hyper rational, and ready for warfare (and these are the girls, mind you), the characters of these books and the film define rough-and-tumble. And now Mattel is going to release movie tie-in dolls.

Katniss with BowIn years past, dolls were accessorized with hairbrushes, slip-on kitten heels, and maybe a hair clip or hair bow. This year’s version ofKatniss Everdeen Doll Katniss Everdeen comes with a bow, all right—a bow and a quiver of arrows. She is a stripped-down, severe combatant who is more Artemis the Huntress than artistic or honey-sweet. She is formidable and fierce, and Mattel has made her portrait doll pretty spot-on.

Who will buy the Katniss doll? Since she rises to be a symbol of populist sentiments in the script, she seems very solitary and out of sorts in her current form. Will she be accompanied by a male companion (the characters of Peeta and Gale spring to mind) or by a younger, female counterpart who tugged at her heartstrings and solidified her role as a champion for the underdog? (I’m envisioning the ill-fated tiny Rue.)

The fascinating thing about converting characters from this blockbuster book into dolls is that these young heroes and heroines are growing up in a world devoid of play. Though they do have occasions of merriment, the specter of looming, possible death cloaks everything they do.

Odds in Your Favor ShirtIf you haven’t read the series, do so. It is a meshing of Shirley Jackson’s classic short story “The Lottery” and Stephen King’s “The Running Man.” The youth of a future, decayed America (called Panem) are chosen at random to battle for their district’s reputation and for their own life. The life-and-death struggles are beamed into homes as nightly entertainment—a sweeping version of “Survivor” but with real consequences.

Though an abbreviated explanation of the novels makes it seem silly and ridiculous, the book stands on its own weight. It is so thoroughly detailed and constructed that a reader accepts the premise and cares about the outcome of the doomed District candidates.

Will Mattel introduce the other players in this ultimate fighting battleground? Will the designers re-create the outfits that the participants wear for the pre-games pageantry? Will Katniss eventually morph from being an emblem of freedom and defiance to a fashion-plate who is packaged with her armoire rather than her armor?

It depends upon how well this premiere doll does, won’t it? She is slated to debut in August, keyed into the DVD’s release. If KatnissGirl on Fire Dress racks up large advance sales, and generates lots of buzz, then we might see her in different ensembles: “Girl on Fire,” “Mockingjay Rises,” “Return to District 12,” or “Sacrifice with the Berries.”

With the Hunger Games, Mattel has a franchise that is the antithesis of playing dress-up and building a dream house. In this upside-down world, the youth of America clad themselves for battle and attempt to tear down a nightmare civilization.

Instead of the pink box marketing campaign, Katniss would be perfectly matched with a desolate gray. Here’s hoping that the brave yet flawed, powerful but scared character retains her humanity in her new Barbie-esque form. Her strength comes from her youth and her determination—it’ll be worth watching to see if her moral compass remains intact, or if it will be supplanted by a host of added-on toy extras.

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (2)

Subscribe to this comment's feed
...
Katniss represents the best in all of us--men and women. Selfless, brave, self-sacrificing, and authentic--that's an awful lot to expect from a doll. The sculpting is really good. It looks a lot like the character, but how can any doll measure up to what Katniss stands for? Even in the books, she often feels like a fraud. Mattel has a hard heroine to tackle!
Cat P , April 12, 2012
...
Sounds noble, gray box and all but i somehow doubt that Mattel is going to go all dour and postapocalypse even with Katniss. Will this doll come solo or have outfits you can buy to pretty her up? Seems like the flame dress is a natural to come with the Warrior Maid, though she'd have to redo her hair. I do find it interesting that Mattel is not doing the "Barbie as Katniss" route but actually posting a Katniss doll (although the sculpt is i think one they already had for other fashionista dolls)
Has she got the model body? (looks like it with the leg pose) Regardless, JMHO the doll will be out there as another doll to redress and play with in the more commercial fairy tale superhero optimist Barbie tradition. The darkness will be glossed over in favor of play. Not saying that's a bad thing, just kind of expected.
Now the Tonner dolls, well they will be aimed more at adult collectors and likely keep more of the dark power.
frankie , April 11, 2012

Write comment

smaller | bigger

busy