Each and every year, Mattel puts out 8,000 toys--and redesigns 80% of its product line. Understatement alert: “We have to have a disciplined approach to creativity,” Evelyn Mazzocco says. She stresses collaboration, which recently led to the monster-hit Monster High. Designers hatched the idea after a consumer insights shopping trip with tween girls, who gravitated toward “scary cute” styles. The dolls debuted in 2010 with a web series and are now the No. 2 doll in the world, second only to Barbie (whose successful 2008 reboot Mazzocco also shepherded). Her latest: Max Steel, tough enough to take on G.I. Joe.
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