Will toy companies keep us from ever getting a superheroine movie?

Welcome to Postal Apocalypse, the only mail column on the internet written by a fake mailman from the future (that I know of)! Today we're discussing how toys affect movies — or prevent them, why DC seems determined to piss off everybody, and the best songs to sing around your apocalyptic campfire (besides "Every Rose… » 9/11/13 8:30am 9/11/13 8:30am

NASA teams up with Mattel to create Mars Explorer Barbie

The Red Planet is about to get a lot more pink (sorry, couldn't resist). Introducing Mars Explorer Barbie, a new spacesuited version of the famous fashion doll that was launched this week to commemorate the first anniversary of NASA's Curiosity rover landing on Mars. » 8/06/13 8:45am 8/06/13 8:45am

Photo portraits of retired ventriloquist dummies are filled with…

Ventriloquist dummies are made to be anthropomorphized, and their not-quite-human appearance is precisely what makes them so unnerving. So when I first heard of celebrity photographer Matthew Rolston's book of dummy portraits, I expected a creepy celebration of the uncanny valley. But so many of these photos, depicting … » 2/23/13 11:30am 2/23/13 11:30am

Take a tour through Mexico's island of creepy, mutilated dolls

Mexico's Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls) is one of the most unnerving locales on Earth, a place where you are greeted by dirty, damaged baby dolls wherever you look. Take a video tour of this creeptastic island if you don't mind plastic infants popping up in your nightmares. » 2/17/13 4:00pm 2/17/13 4:00pm

Gaze into the soulless, dead eyes of baby Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker …

I'm not sure what compels amateur Geppettos to construct infantilized incarnations of say, Lord Voldemort, but hey, the world is a weird place. Right now, somebody is eagerly filling their entire Netflix queue with every episode of Home Improvement. It's happening, trust me. » 10/29/11 7:30am 10/29/11 7:30am

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Joss Whedon's Dollhouse

Dollhouse will be about "identity, self-determination" and the fact that "free will is both a blessing and a pain in the ass, " says creator Joss Whedon, who helped revolutionize science fiction with his space western Firefly. Also important strands in the show: Joss' view that Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation "is a … » 4/16/08 2:00pm 4/16/08 2:00pm

Univac Predicts Data Drives Smaller Than Cold Capsules, 1969

"The white ones are the men and the yellow ones are the women" is the tag line on this odd ad for Univac's experiemental photochromatic technology. Odd because it was 1969 and drugs were the new social scourge - at least the ones used by hippies. Diet pills, cold capsules, and tranquilizers - those were respectable drugs … » 4/10/08 1:33pm 4/10/08 1:33pm