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Good News, Barbie! Ken Just Got a Major Man-Makeover

Good News, Barbie! Ken Just Got a Major Man-Makeover

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?

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  • aneube By aneube
    06.28.17  

    I think it is always good to offer options that look like more of the population. Not all boys/girls are blond and blue-eyed, so why must that be the default? I am not likely to purchase Barbie/Ken dolls for a variety of reasons, but I do give them props for coming into the 21st century!!

  • VickiCoffey By VickiCoffey
    06.28.17  

    All I can think of to say is, interesting! Love it, but the man bun HAS to go!

  • TheAnnMarieJohn By TheAnnMarieJohn
    06.28.17  

    These new Ken dolls look like guys I wouldn't want my daughter to date.

  • pjgriff By pjgriff
    06.28.17  

    Man bun, get real. For one thing, I don't see that many of them and when that style (and the others) are not hip anymore, those dolls will be sitting on the shelves, then trashed. I think they have made a stupid decision regarding the hairstyles. I thought they already offered different skin colors, I guess I haven't checked recently.

  • cutie720 By cutie720
    06.28.17  

    Love that they are showing different and unique styles and individuals. Shows diversity and acceptance of all.

  • Joanna_Topaz By Joanna_Topaz
    06.28.17  

    Yes, I would be more likely to purchase an updated Ken. I (still) love dolls, but the basic Ken has always been pretty boring.

  • jackiepalombo By jackiepalombo
    06.28.17  

    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

  • Vanityvixen93 By Vanityvixen93
    06.28.17  

    I would definitely purchase these modern Ken dolls!

  • dotbabejules By dotbabejules
    06.28.17  

    While the man bun may work for Surfer Ken, the Original is still the best. Same with the Barbies. Leave them alone.

  • megtheotter By megtheotter
    06.28.17  

    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.

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