Ken wants Barbie back. And honestly, he's being a little stalker-like in his advances, but maybe that works for some gals.
The two broke up in 2004, and it seems as though the dating scene hasn't been that great for either of them, since they each are using Match.com. (The Match.com You Tube video actually is pretty funny. Check it out.)
Ken also designed a cupcake for Barbie at New York's infamous Magnolia Bakery, because nothing says "I love you" like baked goods and frosting.
Is the reconciliation campaign for real? Or is it a marketing ploy for Mattel? Read about the wooing here and here.
You can also vote on whether or not you think the two should get back together here.
It probably helps that Ken has a new persona: Sweet Talkin' Ken - The Ultimate Boyfriend for Every Occasion.
The new Ken doll features a built-in microphone, and people can record up to five seconds of sound by press the heart on Ken's shirt. While theoretically little girls will be recording the messages, they play back in "Ken's" voice.
Oh, not only does he say the right things, but you know he's the right boyfriend because his graphic t-shirt says "The Ultimate Boyfriend" in 10 different languages. That's not overkill at all.
(And does anyone else think of the Pillsbury Doughboy when looking at the picture of Ken getting poked in the chest? Hoo-Hoo!)
Her dress is a wonderful representation of the opera house's sail-like architecture. According to Mattel, the blue skirt represents the water surrounding the building. Even her hair is sculptural and wave-like.
And check out the detail on that clutch! I wouldn't mind having a version for myself.
The opera house doll is more conceptual in its design than the others in the collection (Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, and Big Ben). They were more literal in their interpretations of the landmarks, especially the Eiffel Tower, which really just had a picture of the tower stuck on the dress.
The dolls in this collection are great examples of how Barbie can be art, and designers can use her form to create beautiful shapes. I like that the Sydney Opera House Barbie is beautiful and at first glance, maybe someone wouldn't immediately associate her with the landmark. But the more one looks at her, the more apparent it becomes.
You're reading this, so I can assume you like Barbie-focused blogs.
I can also assume that you are hanging out on the Internet to avoid the mountain of paperwork that people keep piling on your desk. What? Oh, maybe that's only me.
Here's a site that has rounded up 35 Barbie blogs and presented the links for you. (The site itself has nothing to do with Barbie, but I found some Barbie sites on the list that I had not visited before.)
Any of you handy with a video camera? If so, your skills and love of Barbie could come in handy.
A project centered on the Barbie "I Can Be..." campaign is looking for short videos that bring fresh approaches to campaign. "The goal is to have a video that resonates with consumers," according to the project site. The total prize package being given away is $20,000!
I'm not a huge watcher of reality TV (unless it's on Bravo), and I don't spend a lot of time watching shows online, so I don't know that I'll be keeping up with "Genuine Ken: The Search for the Next American Boyfriend."
Do you think you'll be watching?
This show begins Jan. 18.
From the teaser clip, it appears one of the qualities of an "American Boyfriend" is to have awesome abs. Who knew?
The series includes eight 22-minute episodes. In them, eight male contestants ages 21-30 compete for the title of The Great American Boyfriend: a Genuine Ken.
The contestants must endure a series of elimination challenges to determine if they have the qualities of an ultimate boyfriend, including a surfing competition, a talent show and a fashion challenge.
I collect Barbie dolls. It's a hobby most of my friends find perplexing. I haven't yet found anyone in my social circle who shares my love of the 11.5-inch plastic fashion queen — so I decided to branch out.
In blogging about Barbie, I hope to find and communicate with other collectors like me.