When young girls play, their dolls and other toys interact in relationships that are more like our day-to-day world. They don’t have to do battle, even if they come out of the Skylanders universe, where the toy characters are trying to take their home back from evil forces.
In girlfriend play, Stealth Elf can come to tea, or hang out in Friend Olivia’s tree house with the kitty and butterflies. And they can all go outdoors to enjoy a sunny afternoon in the garden in the real world, studying nature and talking about their common interests.
That won’t make the Skylander girl characters any less powerful when they are home in their video game world, engaged in battle with the bad guys of Kaos. And don’t think those tea-party-playing young girls don’t like that game, as much as they like the pretty, dainty stuff.
There has been some controversy in the real world over these toys as well, and specifically whether the Lego Friends line is too pink, too girly, and whether the product line helps perpetuate female stereotypes.
All that said, if you’re a grandparent, or your little girls are only now getting old enough for these toys, or you are otherwise just hearing about these two top toy franchises, what are they?
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