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2013-12-08 04:26:03 PM
Typically I'd start ranting about the "pinking and shrinking" of cool stuff in order to market them for girls (farking pink Legos....) but this one's just too awesome. I don't care how it's marketed, anything that gets crossbows & Gatling guns into the hands of little girls is a great idea.
 
2013-12-08 05:23:19 PM
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2013-12-08 05:23:35 PM
My 10 yr old daughter loves hers.
 
2013-12-08 05:25:45 PM

brigid_fitch: Typically I'd start ranting about the "pinking and shrinking" of cool stuff in order to market them for girls (farking pink Legos....) but this one's just too awesome. I don't care how it's marketed, anything that gets crossbows & Gatling guns into the hands of little girls is a great idea.


Agreed. Why not just make it green so everyone can enjoy it?
 
2013-12-08 05:26:31 PM
Why can't pink be for boys?
 
2013-12-08 05:27:27 PM
Blah blah girls should stick to traditional gender roles. You can trust me on this because I've bought a lot of Pony toys.
 
2013-12-08 05:30:43 PM
Brilliant? Creating a toy related to a hollywood blockbuster?
 
GBB [TotalFark]
2013-12-08 05:31:11 PM
Does it shoot tampons?

/DRTFA
 
2013-12-08 05:34:11 PM
Fun? Ban it. Someone might be allergic to the plasticizer.
 
2013-12-08 05:34:26 PM
I was just happy to see Hunger Games Barbie in the shops.
Nice to know she has a Homicidal Killer in a Dystopican Future side to her.
 
2013-12-08 05:34:39 PM
Nerf sells shiat.
Little girls get their parents to buy them pink shiat.
If nerf doesn't make their shiat pink, little girls won't get their parents to buy it.

This isn't called sexist, it's called making money.  Sexist should be applied to the poor excuses for parents who raise their little girls to think that pink is a girl's color.
 
2013-12-08 05:36:36 PM
They should make it rainbow colored to market it to the gays.
 
2013-12-08 05:36:46 PM

DrewCurtisJr: Brilliant? Creating a toy related to a hollywood blockbuster?


I'm sure they are thinking of the rising popularity of bows because of Katniss in the Hunger Games.

A friend of mine owns an archery range and she's seen an increase of tweens and teens learning the sport since the movie.
 
2013-12-08 05:36:54 PM
> don't market products to girls
> people complain about leaving girls out

> market products to girls
> people complain about sexism

Solution: ignore the whiners. You'll never be happy trying to appease them.
 
2013-12-08 05:37:06 PM
Just don't make pretend archery motions in school...
 
2013-12-08 05:38:43 PM
I wonder what it's like to be perpetually offended by... well, EVERYTHING. How empty and bereft of joy must your existence be if you have to pass everything though your agenda filters to see if it's "acceptable" or if it's something that throws you into yet another histrionic fit of outrage.
 
2013-12-08 05:39:33 PM
I'm going to reserve judgment on this until Jezebel has a chance to weigh in.
 
2013-12-08 05:39:40 PM
Oh, man. I was thinking there was some tension on those strings which propelled objects like a traditional crossbow, and mayhem could ensue. But turns out all that is for show and things a fired by an inner spring. Disappointing.
 
2013-12-08 05:40:11 PM
The Hunger Games and one Katniss Everdeen. The character was a rough and tumble young woman because she had to be. Because in her world, there was no room for being delicate. Strength, determination and the ability to hunt for food meant survival.

Too bad she never actually looks strong in any depictions of her I see.

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This fictional character is a bit better.
 
2013-12-08 05:40:44 PM
Girls like colorful things. My 13 year old daughter has 3 (real) guns, 1 of them is pink, another is purple. The 3rd is black.
 
2013-12-08 05:41:27 PM

that was my nickname in highschool: I'm going to reserve judgment on this until Jezebel has a chance to weigh in.


Heh heh "Jezebel"... "weigh in". That's funny. And I'm guessing an average of about 210 pounds.
 
2013-12-08 05:43:44 PM

Relatively Obscure: The Hunger Games and one Katniss Everdeen. The character was a rough and tumble young woman because she had to be. Because in her world, there was no room for being delicate. Strength, determination and the ability to hunt for food meant survival.

Too bad she never actually looks strong in any depictions of her I see.


This fictional character is a bit better.


Too bad she's reduced to the stereotypical sobbing mess when confronting the cyberdyne guy
 
2013-12-08 05:44:31 PM
While the color coding is often annoying to see, little girls wear far more pink and softer colors than boys. This is due to socialization, of course, but cannot fault a company for wanting to appeal to girls with the color often associated with girls. As long as the roles of girls are not outlined as nurturers, secretaries, homemakers, etc., while boys are the workers, bread-winners, and heroes, I see little problem with the color. Rather, this may be the way to get girls who have been through this socialization to see themselves in new roles.

I remember there were sets of 'girl' Lego predominantly composed of pinks, which is how one saw this was marketed at girls. Whereas my Lego were castles, dragons, the frontier, exploration, etc., where the only girl face belonged to the princess bedecked in pink, the Lego marketed at girls was of houses, with pets, sitting around drinking coffee, or heading shopping. This was horrible, and I am glad my young cousin enjoys the Ninjago Lego sets because I was able to build with her this holiday season a gargantuan four headed dragon and temple, of which pink was not to be found.
 
2013-12-08 05:44:47 PM

baconbeard: that was my nickname in highschool: I'm going to reserve judgment on this until Jezebel has a chance to weigh in.

Heh heh "Jezebel"... "weigh in". That's funny. And I'm guessing an average of about 210 pounds.



I'm neutral on the issue.  Their opinion could tip the scales one way or the other.
 
2013-12-08 05:44:53 PM

brigid_fitch: "Typically I'd start ranting about the "pinking and shrinking" of cool stuff in order to market them for girls (farking pink Legos....)"



Dude. Whatever it takes to get girls to play with Legos. Seriously. I don't care if they have to infuse glitter into the plastic and paint the bricks with farking nail polish to get girls to choose building a Lego construction over brushing Barbie's hair. If it works, and more girls start engineering shiat, more power to them.
 
2013-12-08 05:45:38 PM

OgreMagi: DrewCurtisJr: Brilliant? Creating a toy related to a hollywood blockbuster?

I'm sure they are thinking of the rising popularity of bows because of Katniss in the Hunger Games.

A friend of mine owns an archery range and she's seen an increase of tweens and teens learning the sport since the movie.


I shoot spot leagues and a lot of 3D and can confirm the onslaught of young girls partipating in archery. While it's good to see, they do crowd the lanes. Build more lanes! It will be interesting to see if they keep it up. Archery is an addictive sport they can participate in all their lives.
 
2013-12-08 05:46:06 PM
And then there's this one.  Looks great.  Minimal pink or purple.  Sure, it uses an aqua blue, but that's okay.

But... it's called the Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker bow vine.

Just think on that for a moment.
 
2013-12-08 05:46:53 PM

BadReligion: Girls like colorful things. My 13 year old daughter has 3 (real) guns, 1 of them is pink, another is purple. The 3rd is black.


Why? Do you live in some kind of war-torn third-world lawless decrepit republic?
 
2013-12-08 05:48:03 PM

Relatively Obscure: Too bad she never actually looks strong in any depictions of her I see.


Thanks to Buffy, a strong female is now 90 pounds and 4 feet tall, and can send bad guys backflipping into the air and through walls with an uppercut.
 
2013-12-08 05:49:08 PM

spmkk: brigid_fitch: "Typically I'd start ranting about the "pinking and shrinking" of cool stuff in order to market them for girls (farking pink Legos....)"


Dude. Whatever it takes to get girls to play with Legos. Seriously. I don't care if they have to infuse glitter into the plastic and paint the bricks with farking nail polish to get girls to choose building a Lego construction over brushing Barbie's hair. If it works, and more girls start engineering shiat, more power to them.


So they can grow up to design pink and violet bridges and skyscrapers. Just farkin great.
 
2013-12-08 05:50:07 PM
Geesh subby.. why is your butt so sore from this?  They make a "boys" version too.

/totally want either one for the office!!
 
2013-12-08 05:50:32 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: BadReligion: Girls like colorful things. My 13 year old daughter has 3 (real) guns, 1 of them is pink, another is purple. The 3rd is black.

Why? Do you live in some kind of war-torn third-world lawless decrepit republic?


You mean like the U.S.?
 
2013-12-08 05:50:33 PM
Not as sexist as this:

www.sunshinecoasttoyshobbies.com.au
 
2013-12-08 05:50:46 PM
Do you know why they pick the colors they pick?  TEST GROUPS.

There aren't a bunch of executives standing around, saying, "Let's make it pink so girls like it!"

What they do is gather test groups of ACTUAL LITTLE GIRLS to see what they respond to.  They provide several versions of the toys.  The girls pick what they like best.

I don't prefer chocolate ice cream to vanilla because some marketing team convinced me that chocolate tastes better.  It just does.

The data very clearly shows that little girls' interest in nerf toys has increased since pink/purple versions became available.

WHAT THE fark IS WRONG WITH THAT?  It's not like the color pink is hurting you.  It's not oppressive.
 
2013-12-08 05:50:52 PM

that was my nickname in highschool: I'm going to reserve judgment on this until Jezebel has a chance to weigh in.


I would take them pretty seriously. The website has tons of followers despite being so few in numbers.
 
2013-12-08 05:50:59 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: BadReligion: Girls like colorful things. My 13 year old daughter has 3 (real) guns, 1 of them is pink, another is purple. The 3rd is black.

Why? Do you live in some kind of war-torn third-world lawless decrepit republic?


Las Vegas is indeed in the US, yes.
 
2013-12-08 05:52:25 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: BadReligion: Girls like colorful things. My 13 year old daughter has 3 (real) guns, 1 of them is pink, another is purple. The 3rd is black.

Why? Do you live in some kind of war-torn third-world lawless decrepit republic?


shooting is fun.
 
2013-12-08 05:52:32 PM

fusillade762: Not as sexist as this:

[www.sunshinecoasttoyshobbies.com.au image 495x559]


fark you.

You know why that toy is available?  Because LITTLE GIRLS LIKE TO PLAY HOUSE.

Nobody told little girls they should want to play house just the same as nobody told little boys to pretend a stick is a sword.

Too many of you idiots have ACTUALLY been brainwashed into thinking our children have been brainwashed.  Children are fine.  It's the "adults" who go insane.
 
2013-12-08 05:52:37 PM

big-simon: And then there's this one.  Looks great.  Minimal pink or purple.  Sure, it uses an aqua blue, but that's okay.

But... it's called the Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker bow vine.

Just think on that for a moment.


"Vine" is the color scheme.  There's also "Phoenix" and "Blaster".
 
2013-12-08 05:53:20 PM

BadReligion: Girls like colorful things. My 13 year old daughter has 3 (real) guns, 1 of them is pink, another is purple. The 3rd is black.


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Is this one of them?
 
2013-12-08 05:53:30 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: BadReligion: Girls like colorful things. My 13 year old daughter has 3 (real) guns, 1 of them is pink, another is purple. The 3rd is black.

Why? Do you live in some kind of war-torn third-world lawless decrepit republic?


Because target shooting is fun.  Or maybe they like to hunt.  Or because, they farking can.  Why is none of your business.
 
2013-12-08 05:53:44 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: BadReligion: Girls like colorful things. My 13 year old daughter has 3 (real) guns, 1 of them is pink, another is purple. The 3rd is black.

Why? Do you live in some kind of war-torn third-world lawless decrepit republic?


Are you kidding me? War-torn third-world republics rarely have QUALITY child firearms for purchase.
 
2013-12-08 05:53:48 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: BadReligion: Girls like colorful things. My 13 year old daughter has 3 (real) guns, 1 of them is pink, another is purple. The 3rd is black.

Why? Do you live in some kind of war-torn third-world lawless decrepit republic?


If he lives in the US, of course he does.

/thanks Bush
 
2013-12-08 05:53:48 PM
So on top of being a misogynist for being sexually aroused by women showing skin and curves, now I'm a sexist for thinking pink is a color that tends to appeal to females.
 
2013-12-08 05:54:26 PM

OgreMagi: Quantum Apostrophe: BadReligion: Girls like colorful things. My 13 year old daughter has 3 (real) guns, 1 of them is pink, another is purple. The 3rd is black.

Why? Do you live in some kind of war-torn third-world lawless decrepit republic?

Because target shooting is fun.  Or maybe they like to hunt.  Or because, they farking can.  Why is none of your business.


People who live in fear are funny.  (*fear of guns or other "scary" things like the color pink)
 
2013-12-08 05:54:29 PM

XanthPrime: Why can't pink be for boys?


Not that theres anything wrong with that.
 
2013-12-08 05:55:42 PM

minuslars: So on top of being a misogynist for being sexually aroused by women showing skin and curves, now I'm a sexist for thinking pink is a color that tends to appeal to females.


I blame the little girls for liking pink.  It's all their fault.  We should beat them until they renounce the color pink and start demanding blue toys!
 
2013-12-08 05:55:50 PM
It is really funny that in 2013 if you walk into a toy store there is a VERY obvious girls' section which is VERY much pink. And of course, the boys' section is full of blue. It's all very 1950s still in a toy store.
 
2013-12-08 05:56:25 PM

fusillade762: Not as sexist as this:

[www.sunshinecoasttoyshobbies.com.au image 495x559]


You'd think that, but most girls actually like playing house.

/ cue the toy cars tucked in baby crib
 
2013-12-08 05:56:36 PM

spmkk: brigid_fitch: "Typically I'd start ranting about the "pinking and shrinking" of cool stuff in order to market them for girls (farking pink Legos....)"


Dude. Whatever it takes to get girls to play with Legos. Seriously. I don't care if they have to infuse glitter into the plastic and paint the bricks with farking nail polish to get girls to choose building a Lego construction over brushing Barbie's hair. If it works, and more girls start engineering shiat, more power to them.


This.  Both of these.  My toys growing up were Lincoln Logs and Tinkertoys, until my dad remarried and the stepmom took all the "boys' toys" away and forced me to play with Barbies.  Biatch.  I farking hated them, and so pretty-much stopped playing and started reading.  It wasn't until I got out of that house that I was able to go play again, with the boys in the neighborhood.  We had EPIC war games.
 
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