Through the years, we have seen Mattel’s Barbie go through many transformations, but it looks like designers are now turning their attention to the doll’s other half. Ken is finally getting a new look that’s more stylish and in-tune with today’s man.
USA Today reports about Ken’s makeover that has him sporting different hairstyles and skin tones. The new Ken will have15 different looks in all and 3 different body types to choose from that include original, slim and broad. From hipster glasses to cornrows, Ken’s really stepping into 2017 in style. The new dolls can be seen wearing hip print shirts, polka- dot patterns and sunglasses. For better or worse (depending on how you feel about the man-bun), there are even two Kens proudly sporting a top-knot.
The new Ken dolls costs $9.99 at select shops and go perfectly with last year's line of more diverse Barbies that sport different skin tones, curvy and petitie sizes. Mattel has proven in the past that it plans to stay in tune with what the market wants. It’s a tall order to please kids who are usually seen gripping an iPad rather than a doll. But Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager of Barbie, believes they are on top of it. McKnight explains, “"By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation.”
What do you think of these new stylish Ken dolls?
Would you be more apt to purchase a Ken doll now that they’ve stepped into the 21st century?
im not really a fan - i miss the ken from my childhood
I love the new Ken dolls! I'm definitely more likely to buy one now, especially as a gift - or gag gift for a friend.
Dumb. Stick with timeless style instead of trends that will be passe quickly.
I've always been a big Barbie and Ken doll fan, but I can't get excited about these new, more modern Kens. They are too trendy and the man bun dolls just seem silly. I'm all for updating Ken, but keep him more simple!
I Love them, and the new Barbies . I think the more diversity the better ♡♡♡
I think kids will like them! I would've when I was a kid, I loved barbies!
I think they are horrible. The memes about them have cracked me up. I don't think they should have gone with the trends. They should have stayed classic male and given more diversity without the stereotypes.
Ken's always been kind of a hipster. The new looks are just part of the tradition of the Ken doll.
Love that they are offering more skin tone choices and more body types. Not all guys have a cookie cutter body shape. Girls like to have several Ken dolls for their Barbies to hang out with
I really want one of these they are so cool but I only have a son so maybe I will just buy one for myself. This will allow more kids to feel like ken is a reseal person.
This is great! Took them long enough to do this!
I think it is great that Barbie Dolls (including Ken) are receiving make-overs and the dolls are affordable compared to a ton of other Barbie's on the market. I think it will help children a lot with viewing themselves as part of the larger collective of the world and maybe not feel so different in a detrimental way.
While the man bun may work for Surfer Ken, the Original is still the best. Same with the Barbies. Leave them alone.
I would definitely purchase these modern Ken dolls!
I think they look like they belong in a boy band! But i do love barbie and grew up w the brand so would by no matter what century