13-year-old succeeds in quest for boy-friendly Easy Bake Oven

Posted at 5:43 AM, Dec 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-18 07:44:04-05

PAWTUCKET, RI (WTVR) - A New Jersey child who wanted a more boy-friendly Easy Bake Oven for Christmas will soon get his wish, and it's all thanks to the hard work of his big sister.

Thirteen-year-old Mckenna Pope launched an online campaign asking Hasbro to start marketing the popular toy to boys by offering it in gender-neutral colors, and including boys on the packaging. Her four-year-old brother asked for one for Christmas, and Pope said she was frustrated to learn they only came in purple and pink.

The LA Times is now reporting Hasbro has a new black-and-silver Easy Bake Oven in the works, scheduled to hit toy shelves by fall of 2013. The toy maker reportedly even invited Pope in for a meeting Monday at their Pawtucket, R.I., headquarters to get her input on the plan.

Pope's petition eventually amassed more than 40,000 signatures, and prompted famed chef Bobby Flay to release a video backing the effort titled Everyone Can Cook. It features several top chefs, including Bobby Flay, throwing their support behind the idea.

You can watch the entire video below: