Saturday, May 27, 2006

Hasbro Stops Playing With "The Pussycat Dolls"

Hasbro Inc. has shelved plans to release a line of dolls based on the "Pussycat Dolls", an all-female music group known for risque lyrics and skimpy outfits.

Hasbro, the nation's second biggest toy maker, said it decided the dolls were "inappropriate" for the company to market and that the pop group catered to a more mature audience.

The company had reached a deal with Interscope Records, the group's label, to release dolls modeled after the popular sextet -- whose songs include the hit single, "Don't Cha." But it released a statement saying it had abandoned plans for the doll line.

"Interscope's current creative direction and images for the recording group are focused on a much older target than we had anticipated at the time of our original discussions, thereby making a doll line inappropriate for Hasbro," the company said.

Interscope is part of Universal Music Group Recordings.