In my collection of nearly 400 dolls, I only have two Ken dolls boxed alone.
Why these Kens, you ask?
Because they make me laugh.
Just look at them!
Rappin' Rockin' Ken is wearing a giant gold medallion and channeling Vanilla Ice. Or maybe he aspires to be Marky Mark with his Funky Bunch. Either way, it's pure early-90s kitsch.
(The "Yo!" on the lower right-hand side of the box is perfect. You can tell Mattel was going for authentic "rapper" lingo.)
While poor Rappin' Rockin' Ken is worthy of snark, Earring Magic Ken takes the prize for most ill-conceived styling and design.
He's wearing a purple mesh shirt, for Pete's sake! Who at Mattel thought that was a good idea? Then throw a purple pleather vest on top and add some highlights to his hair, and you've got a Ken doll that people assume is openly (and stereotypically) gay.
If fact, there are aspects of his outfit that I was unaware of until I read a Chicago Reader article from 1993. It's an interesting piece that offers some opinions regarding Ken's necklace, among other things.
Warning: This article contains adult content. I do not recommend it to anyone who is offended easily. If you choose to read it and are offended, please remember I warned you, and you decided to click here anyway.
I have a few Barbie/Ken combo boxes as well, but they aren't nearly as amusing as these two guys.
What Ken dolls are in your collection?
Jose´ Ferrand, Designer
12 hours ago