Toy markets in everything

by on January 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm in Current Affairs | Permalink

As another swipe at the West, Iranians will soon be able to buy toy versions of the US spy drone that it captured in December, Iranian media reported.

Models of the bat-wing RQ-170 Sentinel – which Iran’s military displayed on TV after it was downed near the Afghan border – will be mass produced in a variety of colours, reports said.

Here is more, mostly on the cultural war against Barbie dolls in Iran.

1 Andreas Moser January 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Except that most Iranian families are already struggling to pay rent, utilities and food.

2 Bernard Guerrero January 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Why the “except that”? The two phenomena are not in opposition, quite the opposite, the one is driven by a need to secure social control in the face of the other.

3 Matt Young January 17, 2012 at 8:42 pm More detail:
An Iranian firm, seeking to capitalize on the frenzy that followed the crash of the drone — and American calls to have it returned — is now producing miniaturized toy versions of the craft. Most of the toys, which come in several colors and are made of Iranian plastic, have already been snapped up by Iranian government organizations, according to the group that manufactures them.

4 Gabe January 17, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I’d buy one of those toys, seems like Iranians have a healthy free enterprise spirit. I Americans don’t decide to mass murder them, especially the ones who don’t even like their government.

I thought there was a culture war in America against barbies, don’t the femnazis & fatties dislike them?

5 anon January 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

I would definitely buy one if it came in pink. There is an opportunity here….

Re: the culture war against Barbie. It’s like the culture war against WalMart: I’m guessing that most of the people who buy Barbies and shop at WalMart don’t watch or read the NYT and other house organs of the cultural elite, and even if they do watch or read those house organs their decisions aren’t based on what the cultural elite thinks is best for them. Just guessing they could not care less if they even think about it all.

6 anon January 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

You can get an RQ-170 mouse pad on Amazon and someone has made a few on the Makerbot

7 Eric H January 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Integrated circuits, hybrid seed, internet … spy drones, the list is indeed endless.

8 Ed January 18, 2012 at 8:39 am

Wait a minute. People didn’t buy model planes and ships, and toy soldiers, after World War II?

Is someone selling toy soldiers, humvees, cruise missles, and toy terrorists (with cell phones and suicide vests) and IEDs for the American market? If not, why not? Do people only want these things when the war is popular? There was even a small wargame industry that took off in the decades after World War II and then died down, even though the U.S. kept fighting wars.

9 Andrew' January 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

Holy crap! The Iranians are developing a drone program! This must not be allowed!

10 Mark Thorson January 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm

The way to win the culture war against Barbie is to make a chador that fits her.

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