When we had a Barbie, we used our creativity to create scenarios and react to them. It seems that anymore companies are making toys that react to their surroundings, encouraging us to keep a distance and not use our imaginations anymore.
Mattel has put out a new toy for girls called Fijit Friends, which are squishy robots that have life-like movements, and will respond to being poked, something you�re watching on TV, or music you�re listening to. Not only is it fat, it looks like a bug, and has a voice that sounds like a little girl from some overly excited anime. They may have some neat capabilities, but the fact that they are reactionary when you don�t pay attention to them gets them bad marks from me. They don�t want you to be creative or play with them, you can only poke them and talk to them. That�s it. Nothing interactive that uses the imagination or asks the child to move around with it. The idea is interesting, but it is packaged all wrong. For the $50 you would spend on this thing, you can take your family out to dinner and talk, and react to the music and tv your kids are around.