Brand new toys
sure have been popping up everywhere
of late, and now Mattel
's hitting us up with another gizmo being showcased at the International Toy Fair
. Presumably designed to latch onto the hard-earned dollars of paranoid mums who watch entirely too many of those "internet predator
" spots, the Girl Tech IM-Me is a very restrictive wireless instant messaging system that relies on parental okays in order to operate. Aside from only allowing texts to be sent and received from parent-approved usernames, the gal can only use her purple and pink IM machine within range (read: in the house) of the USB dongle, which must be plugged into an internet connected PC. So while we still prefer PictoChat
, we imagine this $64.99 device will sell like hotcakes when it lands this summer -- only to never be used by any halfway sane (and understandably rebellious) teenage daughter.