Barbie trades in her pink convertible for a hoverboard drone

Barbie trades in her pink convertible for a hoverboard drone

After fifty years of pink convertibles and dream homes, Barbie is modernizing rapidly. First the iconic doll got three new body shapes to more realistically represent the proportions of actual human women, and now she’s getting that most important of contemporary status symbols — a hoverboard. But unlike the “hoverboards” marketed at real people, Barbie’s board actually hovers, carrying the doll aloft on a quadrotor drone that can be flown with a pink-and-blue wireless controller.

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Toymaker Mattel showed off Barbie’s new board at New York’s annual Toy Fair, confirming that the lightweight drone would cost $ 60 when the retail version arrives this fall. The device has been tweaked to support the extra weight of a doll rider — in this case,…

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