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Mr. potato head becomes gender neutral

February 25, 2021. GMT

NEW YORK (AP) – Mr. Potato Head is no longer a mister.

Hasbro, a company that makes a plastic toy in the shape of a potato, gives the spud a new gender-neutral name: potato head. The change will appear on the boxes this year.

Toy manufacturers are updating their classic brands to attract children today. Barbie has thrown out her blue image and now comes in multiple skin tones and body shapes. Thomas the Tank Engine added more girl characters. And American Girl is now selling a boy doll.

Hasbro said Mr. Potato Head, which has existed for about 70 years, needs a modern makeover.

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