"MY POST-CHRISTMAS TOY POST mentioned the limited appeal of the Flava dolls' Liam, whose excessive metrosexuality got him dubbed a "girly boy" by one of my daughter's friends. Back at the mall today, I managed to snap a picture of one of the (many) remaining Liam dolls at Kaybee Toys, so you can judge for yourself.
A couple of readers named Liam emailed to protest that they were quite manly, and to stress that Liam-the-Flava isn't representative of Liamhood in general.
I certainly won't argue. I don't know exactly what Liam is supposed to represent, but it's hard to imagine him having a lot of appeal in today's world. And judging by available anecdotal evidence, he's striking out on a number of different fronts, jaunty "man-purse" notwithstanding."