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February 2018 Retro Gaming Article

February 25, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Lara Croft is returning to theaters as our rugged hero and to retail shelves as a Barbie product

Barbie has made several evolutions over her reign at Mattel from glamor princess to STEM avenger and now Lara Croft.
Tomb Raider Barbie doll Growing up with G.I. Joe leaves me wondering what my afternoon adventures might have been like if Tomb Raider Barbie existed in the 70's.

I encountered a few armed services style Babies in the 90s, but they still wore fashion-forward glittery cammo outfits. There was nothing on retail shelves like the adventurous Ms. Croft.

If you look down the aisles at most toy stores, you'll see the girl's toy aisles are predominantly pink and those with boy-centric toys reflect a lot of green and blue. I think it's important to stop trying to label toys as exclusively for boys or girls. Kids are smart - let them decide.

This mentality helps parents who want convenient shopping, but it leaves a mark on kids who see the accentuated differences.

Tomb Raider Barbie doll As a fan of G.I. Joe for much of my childhood, I was fanatical about the adventures I had with my Joes. Before I discovered G.I. Joe vehicles scaled for my 12" heroes, the daughters of a family friend had a Barbie Camper and I became obsessed with it! All I could think of was having four Joes with all of their guns and gear in one vehicle.

Not really knowing about the gender-divide in the toy aisles, I asked my parents to buy me a Barbie Camper as a vehicle for my growing army. They complied and I was the only boy I knew who had a pink and orange Barbie camper full of weapons, gear, and G.I. Joes... and a Barbie logo. It was awesome and that boxy camper transported my Joes in and out of perilous dangers every day after school.

I would have loved a rugged woman to team up with my Joes. Lara Croft would have been a great addition to the team's daily adventures. I suppose times are changing, but attitudes need to change faster. Lara could lead my team of Joes any day of the week!

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