Some Fun Ken Doll Facts

After all the Barbie 50th birthday hoopla last year and well into this, prepare yourself for more of the same for her ‘arm candy’ Ken. In less than 6 months he too will be celebrating the big 5-0 and to celebrate here are some fun Ken doll facts:

  • His full name is Ken Carson
  • Ken® is named after the son of Mattel founders Ruth and Elliott Handle
  • Ken® is a Pisces — his “official birthday” is March 11, 1961
  • Ken® is two years and two days younger than Barbie
  • Ken® is from Willows, Wisconsin
  • Ken® stands 12” tall, 1⁄2” taller than Barbie
  • In 1961, a Ken® doll sold for $3.50
  • The first Ken® doll wore red swim trunks, sported cork sandals and carried a yellow towel
  • In 1961, two versions of Ken® doll were launched with “molded” plastic hair — blond and   brunette
  • In 1973, Ken® debuted a new “real” rooted hairstyle
  • Ken® has a younger brother, Tommy® (1997)
  • Ken’s best friend is AlanTM, the husband of Midge®
  • Ken® met Barbie® on the set of their first television commercial together in 1961
  • Barbie® and Ken® broke up on Valentine’s Day in 2004
  • Ken® received a makeover by celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch in 2006
  • In Summer 2010, Ken® made his big screen debut in Toy Story 3, which included more than 50 costume changes
  • Ken® has an official Facebook page and Twitter handle

And here are some great and classic Ken doll pics from across the years

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