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Topic - Chris Byrne
A 13-year-old girl's campaign to get Hasbro to make an Easy-Bake Oven that isn't purple or pink so it would appeal to her little brother is a fresh sign of movement in an old debate. Parents who hope to expose their children to different kinds of play — can find themselves stymied by a toy industry that tends to reflect traditional gender roles.
NEW YORK (AP) — The first Barbie doll to hit the market in 1959 cost $3. Today, the fashion doll doesn't cost much more.
"The toy industry is always going to reflect the culture at large, and it's going to reflect the market," he said.
Chris Byrne, content director for timetoplaymag.com, said the market ultimately decides what makes it onto store shelves and into people's homes.