Employment Agreement - Mattel Inc. and Kevin Farr


July 20, 2000


Mr. Kevin Farr
Chief Financial Officer
Mattel, Inc.
333 Continental Boulevard
El Segundo, California  90245-5012

Re:  Amendment to Your Employment Agreement and Stock Option Grant Agreements
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Dear Kevin:

          Pursuant to action taken by Mattel's Board of Directors and
Compensation Committee on March 30, 2000 to amend Mattel's 1990 and 1996 Stock
Option Plans (the "Plans") and to amend the Grant Agreements for Non-Qualified
Stock Options ("Grant Agreements") with respect to all of the stock options
which you hold under the Plans and which are outstanding as of March 30, 2000
(the "Outstanding Options"), this letter agreement constitutes an amendment to
each of your Grant Agreements and your Employment Agreement with Mattel.

          Notwithstanding any provision of your Grant Agreements or of your
Employment Agreement to the contrary, in the event that your employment with
Mattel is terminated (i) by Mattel without Cause (as defined in your Employment
Agreement), (ii) by you for Good Reason (as defined in your Employment
Agreement), (iii) by you for any reason during the 30-day period immediately
following the six (6) month anniversary of a Change of Control (as defined in
your Employment Agreement) or (iv) by reason of your death or Disability (as
defined in your Employment Agreement), all of the Outstanding Options shall
become immediately exercisable and you shall have until the date which is ten
(10) years from the date each Outstanding Option was granted to exercise such
Outstanding Option.

          I would appreciate it if you would sign, date and return a copy of
this letter agreement to me.  As such, it will constitute a written amendment to
your Grant Agreements and your Employment Agreement.

                              Sincerely yours,

                              MATTEL, INC.


                              By /s/ Alan Kaye
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                                 Alan Kaye, Senior Vice President
                                 Human Resources & Administration


Agreed to and accepted by:

/s/ Kevin M. Farr   
________________________      Dated:  July 21, 2000
Kevin Farr                            -------