Germans balk at new ‘Soviet snitch’ Barbie

Germans balk at new ‘Soviet snitch’ Barbie

Toy maker Mattel has unveiled a new Barbie that talks and remembers kids’ unique preferences. “Hello Barbie” is being marketed as a cutting-edge toy that builds relationships, but one German magazine says she is more like a Soviet-era informant. The latest incarnation of Mattel’s flagship doll was curtly re-baptised “Barbie IM” by German weekly Stern. […]