Just Who Was Jason Statham In Negotiations To Play In The Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Since negotiations broke down, this is a moot point, but still fun to speculate!

At one point, action superstar Jason Statham’s name had been mentioned as a possibility for the role of BullsEye in the DareDevil Netflix program. Well it turns out he may have been closer to a Marvel movie role than television one…

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Murdock’s thankful he didn’t have to fight the Transporter

While doing the press tour to promote Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Studios  frontman Kevin Feige confirmed to Den of Geek that Marvel Studios had been in negotiations with Statham for a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“We’re fans…” said Feige when the topic of Statham came up. “We talked with him about doing a role in one of our movies”. Feige continued, “It didn’t end up working out, his schedule didn’t work out… He was saying ‘sorry it didn’t work out, maybe next time’. He couldn’t have been nicer!”.

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Do Statham and Feige have the same forehead?

“Maybe next time…”  is one of those things that makes you go “hmmm…”

When pressed to reveal the role, Feige smiled and declined to answer, but a lack of information has never stopped me from speculating before!

Here are some Marvel options I would love to see Jason Statham (who will forever be Frank Martin to me) as:

Captain Britain

 

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Statham and Cap. Britain both have a similar jaw line…

Could the super-powered Captain Britain have been the role Marvel was exploring for Statham?

Recently Feige did confirm that Captain Britain was on the radar as a possible Marvel Studios project. Brian Braddock is a fun character and would add a bit of international flair to the Marvel cinematic universe.

Taskmaster

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Don’t tell me you can’t picture Statham’s voice with this face.

The Villain Taskmaster has the ability to learn any hero’s fighting style through “photographic reflexes and physical movement prediction” just by watching them. In other words, think of a Bruce Lee-esque Skeletor.

With Statham behind the Taskmaster’s mask, we could be in store for some epic fight scenes!

Scourge

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“After Cap, I’m going after Freddy Krueger…”

There have been a couple different Scourges throughout Marvel’s history (because comics, that’s why), but I am thinking of the most recent Scourge (formerly known as Nuke).

There are a couple reasons I think Statham would be a good fit for Scourge (beyond owning a copy of his first appearance that I would love to see go up in value):

  • Statham’s voice would be awesome behind the Jason Voorhees-ish hockey mask,
  • the fight scenes would be awesome (see: Taskmaster) and
  • Statham is always convincing playing a grizzled military vet.

 

Who would you like to see Jason Statham in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Comment below.

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Geeky Daddy To Appear On Friday Morning’s Fox 2 Detroit’s New Parenting Panel. Updated With Video!

Updated Friday June 30th.

Here is the video Fox 2 aired this morning of our “Me Time Parent 2 Parent discussion”

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Let Fox 2 know what you think of the format or what topics you would like to see discussed in the future!

As most of you know, in addition to my duties as Geeky Daddy, husband, daddy and all around geek, I am also a contributing writer for the Detroit City Mom’s Blog.

Our local Detroit Fox affiliate (Fox2) and the Detroit City Mom’s Blog have teamed up for a new parenting panel which will air its first segment Friday (tomorrow) morning during the 10 AM hour. Exactly what time will obviously depend on what is happening in the world tomorrow morning.

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One of the few times I am not in a Star Wars themed T-shirt

Join myself (Dave Levich AKA Geeky Daddy), Elizabeth, Jasmine and Fox 2’s Jessica Rose for our first panel discussion where we will talk about the pros and cons of daycare and “me-time” for parents.

Please tune in, program your DVR or if you are that person who still has a VCR or Betamax, set that as well to watch the segment and give us your feedback. Or if you have any suggestions for future topics you’d like to see discussed, we would love to hear that as well!

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Geeky Daddy & Lil G-Man Complete The Murph (In Less Than 12 Parsecs!)

Every June, Krav Maga Detroit holds a charity fundraiser where we voluntarily put our bodies through a torturous work called the “Murph“.

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My (very sweaty) Krav Maga Detroit Murph friends

The Murph is a physical challenge named after United States Navy Seal Lt. Michael P. Murphy who gave his life in combat against Taliban forces in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. He was posthumously given the Medal of Honor for his actions in Operation: Red Wing, later made famous in the Mark Wahlberg hit movie Lone Survivor.

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Soldiers of Operation Red Wing. Lt. Murphy is on the far right.

The workout is referred to as the “Murph” in honor of Lt. Murphy as it was one of his favorites. The workout consists of:

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull-ups
  • 200 push-ups
  • 300 squats
  • 1 mile run

Since Lt. Murphy would complete the challenge wearing a 20 lb weighted vest and Lil’G-Man is currently around 18 lbs, I wanted to challenge myself to attempt the challenge wearing G-Man in our Lille Baby Carrier as my resistance and utilizing a borrowed jogging stroller for the runs.

In the history of “Geeky” bad ideas, this lies somewhere between Fox cancelling Firefly mid-season and Greedo firing first.

We completed the first mile with surprisingly little walking, then things slowly progressed downhill from there…

I broke the exercises into 20 rounds of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 squats.

After 2 rounds, I took Lil’ G off and completed the rest with just body weight. It was a little demoralizing but Lil’ G was enjoying the exercises but was sliding around a little bit.

And while I am confident that he was safe from any kind of injury, this baby carrier is meant for simple walking and not this type of physical activity. When it comes to my little sidekick: if there is any doubt, there is no doubt.

Well…that and the fact that I am an overweight forty year-old who probably should have spent more time training for this challenge!

In the end, we all completed the challenge, with most of us setting new personal bests! This is a good testament to the physical training we received from Trevor Nelson and John Carra at Krav Maga Detroit

I completed the challenge in just under 41 minutes, which is nearly 7 minutes faster than my time from 2 years ago (full disclosure: I did have to cheat with assisted pull-ups for my last 3 rounds). I was unable to compete last year due to a back injury.

Fastest time went to Shannon with an incredible time of just over 30 minutes and special shout out to Trevor Nelson for completing the challenge in 44 minutes while wearing a 30 lb waited vest throughout the entire challenge!

Most impressive performance goes to Jim Davis who, one day shy of his 64th birthday, completed the challenge in just over 59 minutes! Amazing! (Updated June 28th, I initially incorrectly said Jim was a day shy of 63 but honesty got the better of him and he called me out on my mistake.)

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The White Board (My time should actually read 40:57, not 40:27)

By the end of the challenge, we all had a great time, got in one heck of a workout and raised some money for a great charity: Mathew Axelson Foundation. Please visit their site for more information about this wonderful organization.

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(Updated 6/29/17: Initially I mistakenly stated the Lone Survivor Foundation as the beneficiary of the charity. This year the money we raised is going to the Mathew Axelson Foundation. I apologize for the mistake.)

Special thanks goes to Trevor Nelson of Nelson Fight-Fit for organizing the event, John Carra for time keeping and providing positive encouragement (and maybe a little well-timed shaming) and Pawel Cichowlas of Krav Maga Detroit for use of the facility (and comedic relief).

Lil’ G-Man also got to blow off some steam on the heavy bag. Watch out if you mess with Lil’ G!

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The Top Teethers for Your Baby Geek

Lil’ G-Man still has no teeth, but he drools like Niagara and loves to put just about anything and everything in his mouth. Watch your fingers around this little guy! So we decided to save our knuckles and stock up on some epic teethers. Here are our top choices for geeky teethers.

Bumkins – DC Comics Silicon Teether Combo Pack – Superman & Batman

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Why have one superhero teether when you can have two? Bumkins really nails it with their superhero line-ups and the silicone makes it really easy to clean. For little girl geeks (or boys who think she’s awesome), they also have Wonder Woman, but not part of a set. Lil’ G has Batman because we purchased before we knew we could get in a two-pack.

Bumkins Nintendo Silicone Teether, Game Boy

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Did I mention how much I love Bumkins and how I think they’re super cool? They also show their geek love toward retro gaming with the Game Boy teether. You can also get a Nintendo NES remote, but the Game Boy is just too amazing not to get. And if Lil’ G ever gets interested in Game Boy, we still have a fully functioning system in black & white and everything!

Little Toader Teething Toys, Baconease Appe-Teethers

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Mmm…bacon. Not sure exactly how it happened but bacon has somehow made its place in geeky culture (much like the beloved Mountain Dew). This bacon-shaped teether is sure to get you plenty of looks when out in public. And love the name – Baconease, not to get confused with the condiment Baconnaise. (which is awesome)

MyBoo Autism/Sensory/Teething Chewable Dragon Pendant – Green

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While not quite as intimidating as Dany’s Drogon, all fantasy geeks need to have their own dragon chew toy. This dragon comes in a pendant format (with a safe, breakaway clash) so mommy or daddy can also look stylish. Ok, so maybe not stylish, but it’s better than a lot of teething necklaces on the market!

Fresh Baby So Easy First Teether, Green

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So while this teether isn’t technically a sword – it’s a SWORD! It has little nubbies on the top to soothe gums and feel like a baby toothbrush, and a guard so that your baby isn’t the next greatest sword swallower.

Sugarbooger Silicone Teether, Retro Robot, 2 Count

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So not exactly sure what a sugar booger is, or if I’d ever care to know (seriously – who approved that name for a company?), but these retro robots are pretty adorable. They feel very Mystery Science Theater 3000 to me, or even a little bit of Jetsons action. Just don’t think about boogers when you baby chews on these!

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Jackie Chan Channels His Inner Liam Neeson In The Foreigner And You Don’t Want Him Coming After You!

I love revenge movies!

And there have been some good revenge movies recently too!

I am especially interested in the “father avenging their child” genre. Since becoming a father, I can’t imagine the anguish and need for revenge on anyone who’d wronged my son.

The Taken series (although they could have stopped with the first one), Punisher, Gladiator, and the John Wick movies (a puppy is sorta like a child and I really loved John Wick 2).

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“whoa”

Well now Jackie Chan is (thankfully) taking a step away from his recent run of half-assed comedies to play the vengeful father of an innocent terrorist bombing victim in The Foreigner.

He decides to take advantage of his particular set of skillz (that go beyond his apparent super-power of tolerating Chris Tucker’s voice) to seek revenge on Pierce Brosnan, who may or may not know the identity of the bombers.

We have all seen Jackie Chan make attempts at serious acting before (Gorgeous), but he looks extremely convincing in this preview. If I had any idea who the bombers were, I’d tell him! The anti-hero is a much different and risky role for Jackie Chan and he appears to nail it.

Pierce Brosnan has been frozen in James Bond type-casting carbonite since the mid 90’s (and I’m not sure that an Irish accent is the “Princess Leia” to de thaw that type casting “carbonite”), but he does always puts forth a good acting performance.

So long as he doesn’t have to sing…

The Foreigner is directed by Martin Campbell who has proven action movie directing cred with previous hits such as Casino Royale, Mask of Zorro and the Mel Gibson revenge movie Edge of Darkness. He has also previously directed Brosnan as James Bond in Goldeneye (which was the best N64 video game ever).

Unfortunately, Campbell also has Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern on his list of accomplishments…

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Side Note: When I saw “Charlie Murphy” on the cast list I did a double take! I figured Charlie Murphy must have filmed his scenes before his death, but this is a much different looking (i.e. more attractive) Charlie Murphy.

The Foreigner has a USA release date of October 13th, 2017

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Nintendo Confirms SNES Classic Will Launch In September!

As Geeky Daddy reported last April, Nintendo will build upon the demand it saw for it’s NES Classic with a September launch of an SNES Classic!

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Source: Nintendo of America’s Twitter

Hopefully Nintendo will have the supply chain difficulties that they experienced with their NES Classic model resolved by the launch of this product, but based on the launch of their Switch system, I highly doubt it.

Geeky Daddy will keep you up-to-date on product availability. The unit is rumored to retail for $80 and will include two remotes and the following games:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars (Never played this one, but feel like the original is so far superior)
  • Donkey Kong Country (Love this game – I spent hours playing this one back in the day!)
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Same with Contra – the original was superior until the launch of the N64)
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox (OMG, OMG, OMG – YES!!!)
  • Star Fox 2 (OMG again – this was never originally released. Let’s hope it’s not a flop like other sequels tend to be)
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart (Always a classic)
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World (I played this recently and forgot how hard it is – were we just better gamers when we were kids?)
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

I really would have hoped for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but at least StarFox is on the list!

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Ron Howard Is The Right Choice To Direct The Han Solo Movie

I wanted to wait until StarWars.com confirmed the story before commenting on it, which they did the other day.

Original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie) have been dismissed by Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy over “creative differences” with writers Lawrence and Jon Kasdan. Lawrence was the screenwriter on many of Lucasfilm’s previous successes, such as Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Reportedly, he prefers to keep everything very structured with a “stick to the script” style where Lord and Miller have more of an improvisational style.

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Lord and Miller apparently wanted to turn the Han Solo movie into a comedy, at which they are very successful. I thought 21 Jump Street was hilarious. But that is simply not what Lucasfilm was going for with Solo’s origin story.


At some point, it would be great to see various film genres within the Star Wars Universe. Joe Schreiber’s (now non canon) novel “Death Troopers” would make an excellent Zombie horror movie.

A Michael Mann directed crime/heist drama taking place within the underworld of Coruscant involving the crime syndicate The Black Sun would be amazing.

Give John Woo a couple blasters and a slow motion camera and we could have an intergalactic Hard Boiled!

Since we aren’t at that point (yet), let’s talk about Ron Howard and Lucasfilm’s/Kasdan’s take on the Han Solo origin story.

Howard is a terrific director with a proven track record of making successful films, both critically and financially. Although his last go around with Lucasfilm, Willow, didn’t break the box office, it was still an enjoyable film with its mix of action, humor and unique creatures.

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I think Howard should be able to draw some fun parallels between Willow’s Madmartigan and Han Solo.

  • Both are dashing heroes (or scoundrels, if you prefer)
  • Both are great warriors (that may be a little too quick to jump into a fight)
  • Both are comedic womanizers
  • Both are excellent pilots (although Madmartigan did pilot a shield)

We have seen Howard’s versatility to deliver intense dramatic performances (Backdraft & Ransom) and comedic performances (Splash & Gung Ho). The only real thing we need to worry about would be if he decides to bring in Tom Hanks (who seems to be a Ron Howard staple).

In the Legends (now non canon) books The Han Solo Trilogy, written by A.C. Crispin, we see that Solo’s origin resembled that of Oliver Twist – a young orphan raised into a life of petty crime. Lucasfilm is keeping details of the new movie tightly sealed in carbonite, but we do know that we will see Han with his loyal first mate Chewbacca, his scoundrel buddy Lando Calrissian and his favorite hot rod, The Millennium Falcon.


As of now, Lucasfilm plans to hold firm on their current release date of May 25th, 2018 but we will see if that holds true.

Feature Image courtesy Starwars.com

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Monday Morning Meme Me With Grayson For June 26th

Merry Monday everyone!

Hope everyone had a fun weekend!

The Geeky Family was super busy this weekend.

Lil G started swim lessons, we had a surprise brunch for our friend Amber who is moving to California, 30th birthday party for our friend Mallory and completed a MURPH workout (with the help of our Lille Baby carrier and jogging stroller)! I’m tired just writing all that.

Well, without further ado, here are the options for this week’s Monday Morning Meme Me With Grayson:

Option A

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Option B

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Option C

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Option D

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And last week’s winner

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Comment below with your choice for this week’s winner or write in your own idea.

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GeekyDaddy’s Top 7 Choices To Play Carnage In The Upcoming Venom Movie

According to the HollyWood Reporter, the plan for the new Venom movie is to have Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock face off against a yet to be casted Cletus Kassidy – aka Carnage!

They are also reporting that the plan is to bring Tom Holland’s Spider-Man into the film as well to keep this Spider-Man spin-off as part of the Marvel cinematic universe.

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“Clowns on my left, Joker’s to my right…”

Venom and Carnage will most likely be computer generated, so it stands to reason that their human hosts will get the majority of screen time, making the proper casting of these characters extremely important (ahem…Topher Grace…ahem).

While I think all of us who are familiar with Eddie Brock’s character in the comics can agree that Tom Hardy is a better choice than Spider-Man 3’s Topher Grace, who do you think should be cast as Spider-Man’s psychotic super-powered ginger enemy, Carnage?

First, let’s review his alter ego, Cletus Kassidy. Cletus Kassidy was a serial killer and Eddie Brock’s prison cellmate in the Marvel comics. When the alien symbiote, Venom, merged with Brock and broke him out of prison, part of the symbiote was left behind and merged with Kassidy, creating Carnage.

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His powers are similar to Spider-Man and Venom’s except Carnage is stronger, able to shape shift and plant (generally not happy) thoughts into people’s minds.

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Here are Geeky Daddy’s Top 7 Actor’s we would like to see play Cletus Kassidy on screen:

Cameron Monaghan (Gotham/Shameless)

Not only does Cameron Monaghan have all the physical traits of Kassidy (skinny ginger), but, as we saw in “Gotham”, he also can pull off one hell of a psychopath! Who wouldn’t want to see two of Batman’s greatest villains (Bane & Joker) also go head-to-head as two of Spider-Man’s greatest villains!

Before anyone gets concerned about being able to cast the same actor as a character in two different superhero universes, remember Chris Evans has done exactly that within the same superhero universe… just people choose to forget the movies in which he played the first role because, you know, they sucked.


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Shamus (WWE Wrestler)

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Is this dude the scariest (and palest) red head on the planet or what?

While I am honestly not familiar with the acting skillz of Stephen Farrelly (A.K.A. Shamus of the WWE), Dwayne Johnson has shown that a successful transition from the squared circle to Hollywood is possible.

Although my all time favorite wrestler-as-an-actor scene will always be Hulk Hogan as Thunder Lips in Rocky III.

Michael C. Hall (Dexter)

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Mostly known for the title role in “Dexter” from 2006 to 2013, Michael C. Hall has experience playing a quirky character with an indifference to life and death. Aside from voicing Batman in Justice League: Gods and Monsters, we have not heard much from Hall in the past couple years, but hey, maybe he will be well rested.

Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Robocop)

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“Did I leave the iron on?”

While the film The Watchmen was met with mixed reviews, the performance of Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach was not. He nailed that role and was probably the most well received character in the film.

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Somewhere between his Rorschach and his Mattox in the 2014 Robocop remake lies a Kassidy just clawing to be released onto the world!

Walton Goggins (The Shield, Justified)

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This may depend a little bit on what the studio chooses to do with Kassidy’s character, but Walton Goggins has the versatility to pull off any type of villainous role.

He also possess an underutilized sense of comedic timing which we have only really seen in his sole appearance on “Community”. (Side note: Who else misses that show?)


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Finn Balor (WWE Wrestler)

I don’t know much about his acting chops and I was hesitant to have two WWE performers on a short list, but how could I ignore that Venom make-up.

Jim Carrey

This guy still exists right? I’ve always preferred the Jim Carrey roles that were slightly more grounded in reality (Liar, Liar or Mr. Popper Penguins) to his over-the-top characters (Ace Ventura or Cable Guy), but over-the-top could be exactly what the part of Cletus Kassidy needs. Carrey has been trying to move away from comedy lately and this could be a good option. It also could be his chance for redemption after his Riddler performance in Batman Forever. I wasn’t even going to mention this as I’ve tried to forget the Joel Schumacher Batman movies ever existed, but figured I’d mention it.

Who would you most like to see cast as Carnage in the new Venom movie?

Please comment with your suggestions!

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No Really. The New Ken Doll Will Have a Man Bun (AKA Douche Knot) Option

Mattel unveiled their new updated Ken doll line to go along with last year’s updated Barbie line and variety was the order of the day!

The new Ken line up will come with 3 different body types: slim, original and broad (i.e. Dad bod).

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“Hey ladies (& guys)!”

The variety goes beyond body builds as well. Skin tones, eye color and accessories, such as hipster style glasses, will also be customizable.

Hairstyle is another way to express individuality and Ken will be expressing his through multiple cuts, such as cornrows and man buns.

(At a previous job, I was actually sent to the H.R. office for referring to a co-worker’s “man bun” as a “douche knot”. If that person is reading this right now, I am sorry. Your douchie-ness is completely unrelated to your hair style choice. My bad.)

Mattel updated their Barbie line-up last year with a similar variety of options so this is a logical continuation of their new all-inclusive and diversified initiative. Could this be the first salvo in a new arms race between Mattel’s Barbie and American Girl Dolls?

I wrote previously this year how American Girl launched their first boy doll “Logan“, so it makes sense that Mattel needs to defend their market share. Especially since the toy market has been declining as children prefer to play with screens now and days as opposed to molded plastic.

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Don’t confuse this “Logan” with the Wolverine “Logan”

Will this work? Who can say? Fortunately, Lil G is still at the stage where a fast food napkin will entertain him just as well the most expensive toy.

The new Ken dolls saw a limited release this week and will be mass released July 8th.

I still prefer Transformers toys myself.

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