Ypulse Essentials: Mattel's Monster High, Ford Fiesta @ Bonnarroo, Neo-Frugalism

Monster HighMattel to unveil ‘Monster High’ (this summer in a major launch featuring dolls based on the teen characters, an apparel line, a series of books, an interactive website/webisodes and a movie expected in 2011 or 2012) (Los Angeles Business Journal)

- Ford Fiesta @ Bonnaroo (targets Gen Y music lovers with experiential elements like the “Fiesta Garage,” a ‘70s themed performance space. Also auto care company Midas and SPIN magazine are teaming up to launch the “Rock the Highway” sweepstakes for young musicians. And a look at Millennials’ changing attitudes towards car culture) (MediaPost, reg. required) (Brandchannel)

- ‘MTV’s True Life: Resist the Power, Saudi Arabia’ (brings potential legal trouble from the country’s religious police for the Saudi youths featured in the episode. Also religious groups in America are not surprisingly less than pleased with Comedy Central’s plans for a cartoon featuring a Jesus Christ character) (Reuters) (THR)

- Sony Online Entertainment launches ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ (as a free, browser-based virtual world. And good news for Moshi Monsters fans—Penguin is publishing a children’s series based on the world. Plus over on Gamasutra, Sony’s John Koller talks PSPs, price points and piracy) (Virtual World News) (Forbes)

- [Bare]feet first (a Canadian teen launches a campaign to go barefoot to raise money for impoverished children. While a teacher in the Midwest sets out to eat and anonymously blog every school lunch served in her school’s cafeteria over the course of a year)  (BBC News) (PSFK)

- Summit Entertainment and Mastercard debut pre-paid ‘Eclipse’ gift cards (to coincide with the release of the  third “Twilight” film. Also it looks like Batgirl fans will have to apply some muscle if they want to see the girl wonder in her own comic book movie)…

 
 

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“I move around every few years so it would be a huge hassle to have to buy and sell property so frequently.”—Female, 28, IN

Gen Z will spend the most on rent of any generation, but Millennials aren’t far behind. HotPads estimates that 2-20-year-olds will spend $226,000 on rent before they buy a home and 24-38-year-olds will ring in at $202,000. Despite the difference, Gen Z will own their first home one year earlier than Millennials because they’ll have “a stronger job market than [M]illennials”—but, despite the myths, they are buying homes in greater numbers. PS: Los Angeles tops the list of where young demos will spend the most on rent. (Business Insider)

What’s behind board games' popularity today? The NPD Group found that board games grew 8% compared to the toy industry’s overall growth of 8% in the past year and has “no signs of slowing down.” Digital detoxing plays a part, as more Millennial parents worry about their kids’ screen time and seek toys that foster face-to-face relationships. But despite the analog appeal, games are also getting high-tech and the word-of-mouth media they receive propels social media-friendly games like Pie Face to the top of toy charts. (Kidscreen)

Parents still have the most influence over kids today, but online celebrities are also top role models. Mintel research found that 86% of 6-17-year-olds say their parents are among their top role models, 62% say teachers, and 41% say siblings. But the top kind of celebrity that gets added to the category are social media celebrities at 35%, followed closely by musicians and athletes. Only 22% said actors were among their top role models and just 16% said the President. (MediaPost)

Disney has a new beverage to fill your Instagram feed: The Purple Wall Slushie. The Millennial & Gen Z-loved company has had no problem coming up with social media-friendly items, from Baby Groot bread to a viral Beauty and the Beast-inspired tumbler, and now they’ve rolled out a boba and taro beverage at Disney World. The Purple Wall is a famous destination to snap a pic for social media in the Magic Kingdom, and this slushy is made specifically to match up with the wall (and monetize on it). (POPSUGARInsider)

Speaking of Instagrammability, the Space Needle’s new, clear benches are sure to make for a thrilling photo op. The iconic viewing deck for the Seattle skyline has been in the midst of a makeover to create a better (and decidedly more social media-worthy) viewing experience. A metal base and caging has been replaced with a high glass wall from floor to sky, and so-called “skyrisers” will let visitors sit right on the edge of it all—and snap a selfie. (Curbed)

“People have been planning outfits since the start of the year [for prom].”—Male, 15, NC

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