Mattel's Biggest Hit Began Her Life as a Gag Gift

In his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer writes about how Barbie was actually the result of a cultural misunderstanding -- an innocent mix-up that became a huge moneymaker for Mattel.

Super Spy Barbie? MGA Accuses Mattel of Toy Espionage

MGA Entertainment, maker of the controversial line of Bratz dolls, threw another punch in its extended copyright brawl with Barbie maker Mattel, alleging that Mattel has for years been falsifying credentials to spy on competitors at toy fairs.