Even Bryan Cranston laughs at you.
So I haven’t seen any posts about it, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot because I’ve been a bit absent from tumblr, but I know toys in general mean a lot to you guys. I mean, afterall, I would imagine none of you would follow me. What I am about to get into gets a bit more political than I tend to… like, at all, but it’s really relevant I think.
So a Florida “mom” is outraged over Breaking Bad toys at Toys R Us.
In 2014. A person is upset. That toys are being sold in a toy store. That are clearly marketed to adults, in an aisle of the store that is the “collectibles” aisle, and those toys are from a show that is for adults as well.
She’s about twenty-two years too late to be upset that adult media is receiving toys, isn’t she? Afterall, Kenner made not one, not two, but THREE whole lines dedicated to adult movies in their Alien, Terminator and Predator toys. And these were marketed not to adults, but very much so to kids. Unlike BrBa toys, they were put right alongside the Ninja Turtles, Jurassic Park, Transformers and GI Joes!
NECA even makes horror movie action figures, and so did Mezco for a time. Even “worse” than horror movie toys in Toys R Us, is the fact that Game of Thrones has toys not only at TRU, but at Barnes & Noble AND Target! That’s totally worse, right?
No, not according to these jackasses.
You see, Alien, Predator, Terminator, horror movies, Game of Thrones, they all have one thing in common, and very different than Breaking Bad.
Violence vs. Drugs.
Alien, etc. are all violent media. People die, get dismembered, get eaten by beds, impregnated with suggestive face things, have their heads chopped off by a nutjob kid king, all sorts of violent things. But they don’t make meth. Sure, BrBa is violent too, but it has drugs and violence. And it’s that “little bag full of meth that he carries around”! that is front and center.
For some reason, in America, drugs are worse than violence. For years there have been adult-themed toys on the market, from violent adult-themed media. But as soon as it’s a guy who cooks meth? That’s terrible. But why? Why is what I do to myself worse than mass murderers (even if they are strange alien species and cyborgs, and nightmare boogeymen) getting toys?
I’ve heard stories about TRU actually doing this, and the idiot mother actually appeared on the Today Show apparently, and one of her main sticking points is the drugs. There has been no mention of even considering pulling the NECA horror movie figures, or the GoT figures from B&N, TRU and Target, the violent toys are okay, but the drug (and violence, mind you) toys gotta go.
And that’s fucked up.
As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.
The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.
The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.
As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.
My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.
I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.
These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.
Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.
The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.
You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls
i’ve figured out that horror games with grotesque monsters and spooky environments are -0009 scary if you pretend you’re steve irwin on a mission to document the monster(s)
"Lookie there. That’s a six-foot grunt from the basement. A’hm gonna wrassle it."
brb gonna try this with Alien Isolation
i would pay real money to hear markiplier do this