So the news is out. Ken is getting a makeover.
Mattel is bringing out a new line of Ken dolls to match the new style Barbies. Ken will come in Original, Broad or Slim which makes him sound like a pair of pants and there will be different hairstyles and more ethnic diversity.
I applaud the idea but I’m not overly thrilled with what they have come up with. Obviously Mattel make these dolls to match modern fashion trends and as I don’t like a lot of modern fashion trends it stands to reason that I wasn’t going to like these. It’s just my age I guess.
I personally think man buns look silly and are only acceptable when working with food or something else where hair round your face is an OH&S risk.If Ken is going to have a man bun couldn’t it at least be real hair so it could be taken down for a change in style?
I am also disappointed that none of the new dolls have any articulation. Perhaps if these new look Ken’s prove to be popular Mattel will bring out some more upmarket versions later on. I hope so anyway. Although they were not articulated I did think the Basics Kens were very nice and I had been hoping to see something more along those lines.
As for the revamped fashions I am not holding my breath as they will be based on what a seven year old thinks is trendy or it will be the same old tuxedo or board shorts choices. If they want to make Ken more interesting what about giving him a wardrobe as good as Barbie’s and that’s not a big ask these days. Originally Ken and Barbie both had outfits for every occasion that complemented each other.
That’s what a fashion doll is. A doll you can dress.