The first Barbie doll goes on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City. sandals with red vinyl straps, a black wire stand, yellow towel (the earliest produced dolls did not have the towel). pronounced kneecaps, fatter arms & hands. © 1968 Mattel, Doll mark: Ken Handler was a teen at the time of Ken’s debut. At the time of her book’s publication, Gerber said, the toy company was attempting to downplay Ruth Handler’s historical significance. © 1968 Mattel, accessories. Inc. U.S. & For. One got a boner that he just couldn’t get rid of and obscured from an interrogating cop via a pizza box; another, to escape the lavish house of a love interest, wore drag and pretended to be a newly employed part of the family’s help. Ken and Barbie meet for the first time. His legacy would become inextricably linked with the namesake doll that eventually he’d come to resent. Both Gerber’s and Oppenheimer’s books claim that when Ken Handler died at age 50 in 1994, it was of AIDS. included. They are going to sit there and scratch that paint off to see what’s under it. Rest same as doll shown above. Forum | Doll Glossary | Marks | Stacey | Christie For each doll, photographs, dates of production, market prices, and other information are provided. Cloth | solid white shorts with a red and white striped knit top, With his close-cropped blonde hair, shiny lavender vest with a matching mesh shirt underneath, and of course, earring, this Ken became a minor sensation amongst gay men who spotted the signs and claimed Earring Magic Ken as one of their tribe. with bronze buttons, new clear X stand. Hong Kong. Very impressive." Barbie dolls have, however, adapted to changing times with expanded career options, broader representation across race, nationality, and body type, and of course, the latest styles. Would they see Ken as their fathers, brothers, or the boy next door? Pat'd Patented in Canada 1967 Other Pats Gerber was living in D.C., at the time and Harris, who worked there too, met her for coffee. Curtis are wearing a one piece short suit, Ken's has Bisque | Mattel manager of marketing and communications Lisa McKendall repeatedly denied to the press that Ken was packaged wearing a tool designed to make his dick harder and last longer in bed. China | plaid shirt, brown belt & shoes. Pending Taiwan, Doll mark: Barbie had boobs, I reasoned crudely, having no idea that that her lack of nipples was what made them socially acceptable for children to look at. © 1968 Mattel, Doll mark: Other Pat's. Doll mark: shoulders, no bangs and no receding forehead like the 1142 Brad Doll Bendable Leg 1970). stage, instead this one has a posing stand. The story gets slightly stranger from there, because it was Ken Handler’s doctor, Dr. Pamela Harris, who confirmed his diagnosis and spoke of treating him. 1088 0500 1 © For Sale | Doll mark: Customer complaints led some stores to remove the doll from shelves, but in 2011, a Barbie featuring even more elaborate tattoos across her neck, chest, arms and shoulders was launched in partnership with L.A. fashion company tokidoki. Doll mark: The first vintage Midge™ dolls now have a value of $350/400 NRFB. “My dream was to look like a Disney prince, but now after so many surgeries I look like a doll and not like a Disney prince,” he says. This dolls price guide presents modern Barbie dolls produced from 1973 through 2016. Pairs, Carla, Clothing Midge | The horny father attempted to coerce him into giving him oral sex through a glory hole he had installed in his room. © 1968 Mattel, Ken Carson was born and celebrates his official birthday on March 11, 1961. it shows, a much more muscular body, new solid red trunks and jacket all rights reserved including photos & content. She’s quoted separately in Gerber’s and Oppenheimer’s books. Barbie doll markings are found on the right side buttock, neck rims are not marked, any other markings on the backside, inside of arms and inside thigh were used by the manufacture for assembly and do not date the doll. 1967, © 1968 Mattel, Inc. Taiwan And yet, you can't look away. Historically, some variations of the toy have had embossed underwear the same color of his flesh, while some are completely smooth, suggesting just about nothing. Ken’s penislessness seemingly did not affect his bottom line. © 1960 by Mattel, Inc. clothes now he came dressed in red shorts and a red jacket. Pat'd. tennis racket and ball. A log stick with a school pennant accompanied his ‘Campus Hero’ outfit; an electric shaver with a dangling cord accompanied his bathrobe; and his weekend ‘Casuals,’ khakis and a T-shirt, came with car keys.”. Why couldn’t Ken have a penis? Pending Hong Kong, © 1968 jointed moveable waist, bendable legs, brown suede fringed vest, Other Pat's. Other Pats. Marvin Barab, director of marketing research for Mattel from 1959-65, is quoted in Barbie and Ruth as saying, “They decided it was better for Mattel if he was neutered, and that was the end of it.” Ultimately, this made no difference to consumers, according to Schneider. JESSICA Alves made a name of herself after spending thousands of pounds on plastic surgery to look like a Ken doll. Pat'd. Papier Mache in Canada First to have bendable elbows. Doll mark: Pending 0500 3 © Mattel Inc.1968 Hong Kong. 1962. | Patsy Type | Pat'd. Still, that hasn’t stopped him from getting more surgery. | Rest of World, By Material  From the early mockups, Johnson claimed that she and Handler chose the Ken of medium hung-ness “as being the one that was nice-looking.” However, according to Schneider, Ken’s package got a bump down during the manufacturing process, when it was determined that the molding on the shorts was too difficult for the plant in Japan to make—and that the large, rounded lump added a cent and a half to the cost of the doll. Pending  Mexico. Ken is named after the Handler's (founders of Hong Kong. 30 First-Issue Brunette Flocked Hair Ken Doll (Worth $450) via: worthpoint.com . Add to List Opens a popup. Delphine is a limited edition dressed Silkstone Barbie doll produced in 2000. painted hair in blonde or brunette, same body as earlier doll wearing solid red trunks either cotton or stretch jersey material,  a Wax | U.S. Patent Pending. Ken, in particular, has come a long way. that he shares with several friends, he also has a car, vinyl cases and many Rodrigo Alves, the man commonly known as the Human Ken Doll, looked dramatically different before his £450,000 worth of plastic surgery. Released in 1959, the first-ever Barbie doll features golden hair, a black and white bathing suit and blue eyeshadow. I think like a woman, I act like a woman, because I have always been one deep inside.’ Roddy got the Human Ken Doll nickname after having over 76 surgeries (Picture: GC Images) Ken ® © 1960 by/Mattel, They called his hair the "flocked hairstyle," which collector's look for when purchasing a first-issue Ken Doll from 1960-1961. If you’re a trans man, you might not have come with what Ken didn’t come with either. Pend. This goes not just for the doll, but for the man he was named after, Ken Handler, who died in 1994 with major parts of his life airbrushed out of public view. This guy is obsessed with plastic surgeries, and it looks like he cannot think about anything else rather than his body. pants & brown shoes. We can still feel it there, like a limb. But he later described the boy doll as "accurate. Pending All the dolls had white shoes, fashionbooklet and a metal doll stand. “If the child took off the swimsuit, we felt it would be inappropriate with an adult boy to show the penis—so we all reached a conclusion that he should have a permanent swimsuit.”, Johnson disagreed—she did want a doll with a penis showing and not some painted briefs: “Do you know what every little girl in this country is going to do? Lord writes that the accessories that came with Ken’s first garments sold separately from the doll, “came with long, thin accessories—symbols for the penis he lacked. Clothing Tags | Ken is named after the Handler's (founders of Mattel) son. Red Flare Barbie in 1962. we stand in solidarity with the staff - follow them on twitter. In the early days of Ken dolls, Ken had a specific hairstyle that would later be changed. Ruth Handler, who cofounded Mattel with her husband, Elliot, spearheaded the introduction of the doll. Mattel, Inc. U.S. Pat. Like Ken’s missing crotch, we too have a missing part. Barbie Gift sets | The next one was a little bit rounded and then next one really was. In September 2020 a collector’s line of six Sindy dolls was introduced by the Sindy Collectors Club. Three were made: “One was—you couldn’t even see it. Taiwan, © 1968 Mattel, Taiwan. How the remaining members of Ken Handler’s family felt about his disease finally being reported with credible sourcing is something of a mystery. 1960s: Christie (1969) Barbie got a new friend, Christie, the first African-American doll in the Barbie line. Handler thought that the design team lacked the guts to give Ken even the suggestion of genitalia, reports Gerber. New walking construction, brown New orange and turquoise jacket, same marks We at Bright Side decided to get you acquainted with these doll-people. An engineering supervisor “arbitrarily” eliminated both. shoes. Inc. Taiwan U.S. & Foreign Pat'd. Mattel) son. Chris, Pat'd. attire. 3 out of 5 Rating (1) (Reviewed by 1) Add to List Opens a popup. “The Human Ken Doll” Rodrigo Alves says he’s done with plastic surgery after undergoing 60 cosmetic procedures. Barbie 1959+ She popped out of the box in a mod-inspired swimsuit with a trendy short ’60s hairstyle. multi-colored swirled print trunks (same print as jeans & red tank top, brown belt & white tennis Gerber remembered Dr. Harris as initially “reticent” but she would go on to share the story of Ken Handler’s diagnosis, as well as her breaking the news with Ken to his wife Suzie (who stayed with him), and informing his parents of their son’s disease alongside Suzie while Ken walked on the nearby beach, not wanting to face them during the reveal. https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/762276/rodrigo-alves-before-after-pics Rubber | Ginger | Skooter, Ricky, Fluff, Tiff   ... "Christie" was the first African American doll, and was marketed as Barbie's friend. Apparently no grudge is being held against the author and her tea spilling. Now made in Inc. 1/4" shorter than previous dolls, loose legs, | Truly | Julia | “He pointed out the primary play mode for the Barbie and Ken dolls was dressing and undressing them,” wrote Schneider. Skipper | molded hair, blue short sleeve shirt, tan/blue plaid Tutti | Lord’s 1994 book Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll. Hawthorne Calif. U.S.A. New bendable legs, red trunks, blue jacket Doll mark: 1970 . Mattel Inc.1968 Hong Kong. as above Ken. blue eyes. Barbie Pending Hong Kong, 1088 SunSet Malibu Ken Doll (1975-early 1976). He was invented by Elliot Handler. It was hard not to confuse him with G.I. early version, paler skin tone than earlier doll and There was a lesson in this for all of us: do not substitute your own tastes, thoughts, or imagination for a child’s.”, All that hand- and dick-wringing for nothing. On March 9, 1959, the first Barbie doll goes on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City. In retrospect, it almost seems forward-thinking. 12" tall vinyl doll with straight-legs, flocked “None of us wanted a doll with a penis showing,” Handler is quoted in that book as saying. Doll mark: Steffie & Babs | Barbie’s official birthday is March 9, 1959—the day she was officially introduced to the world. 1966 Doll Marking | Jessica, formally known as Rodrigo, and has altered her appearance to look like a… Forum | Automata | Pat'd Patented in Canada 1967 Other Pats & © MCMLX by Mattel “I don’t even know if I look like a Ken Doll, but if other people want to say I do, it’s flattering,” he said. The bewigged delivery boy escaped unharmed by smearing the father’s genitals with whipped cream and having the house dog lick them, to the delight of his oblivious harasser. Pending Hong Kong. Dressed doll, in pale blue brocade The lifeless stare, the gaudy makeup, the boobs that are perfectly round like saucers. Pending. multi-colored tricot shirt, gold satin pants and brown shoes. Ken is first introduced when his boss, Lotso, tells him that Andy's toys have arrived. Miss America | Other Pats. 2 of 9 Joe" doll after she is accidentally knocked into a swimming pool by the "Ken" doll to Kiss's "Dr. Love". Like a perverted and plastic riff on the old chicken-or-egg cliche, Ken’s crotch was a key feature of his own conception. The movie’s young breakdancing, pizza-delivering characters found themselves in a variety of sexual predicaments. Dicks were even rarer commodities in movies and especially on TV than they are today. hands that can grasp and hold items, bendable legs, blue The Handler family allegedly sought to suppress this information, which was not mentioned in his obituaries. Other Pats. U.S. & For. moving tab on back of doll makes it very movable. Released in 1959, the first-ever Barbie doll features golden hair, a black and white bathing suit and blue eyeshadow. Pat'd. https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/human-ken-doll-comes-out-21214429 the arms have the hands facing towards the back rather Every ostensibly male doll I came across, and growing up with four younger sisters, there were a lot, I pantsed in the hope of an eyeful of plastic dick. So the men—especially one of the vice presidents—were terribly embarrassed,” recounted early Barbie clothing designer Charlotte Johnson in M.G. New rooted brown hair, extra beard, In the first commercial, a female doll is lured into a car by a doll resembling G.I. And, as Dan Savage pointed out in a piece published a few months after the doll’s release, “hanging around Ken’s neck, on a metallic silver thread, is what ten out of ten people in the know will tell you at a glance is a cock ring.”. All new head and body, Ken's been working out and in Canada | German Pat'd. https://www.insider.com/human-ken-doll-plastic-surgery-addiction-2019-10 bonded on, rest same as 1962 As a kid, I didn’t think Ken’s crotch was funny; I found it frustrating. Rest same as prior doll. U.S. & For. Antique Fashion | The ache. In 1970 Ken got new Rooted hair is much longer, to his Mattel itself drew inadvertent attention to Ken’s lack of a penis when it released the notorious Earring Magic Ken in 1993. |  Ricky   Ken After pressing, Handler was able to persuade the design team to make mockups hinting at Ken’s genitals. The first Barbie appeared on the market in 1959. 12" Dolls Ken | Jessica, formally known as Rodrigo, and has altered her appearance to look like … Other Pat's. here’s a list: https://twitter.com/SquinterMedia/following, https://lajskhclsahkchkad.kinja.com/jim-spanfeller-is-a-herb-1839451222#js_discussion-region. In her 1994 blend of history and criticism, Barbie’s Queer Accessories, academic Erica Rand interpreted the hubbub at Mattel over representing Ken’s penis versus the seeming nonissue that Barbie’s lack of genitalia was to be “sexist and heterosexist presumption.”. Other Pats. Pending Mexico, © 1968 Mattel, Inc. Psychologist, marketing expert, and the “father of motivational research,” Dr. Ernest Dichter had been commissioned to observe little girls playing with Barbies. New marking; Doll mark: U.S. & For. “It’s no surprise that Mattel considered the penis to be a crucial feature of girls’ sexual fantasy and psychological health, given the assumption widely promoted by Freud and his followers that child psychosexual development hinges on the discovery of the penis—not the vagina, which, overall, is rarely described as something to see—followed by an immediate realization of the penis’s great value and an inevitable conclusion that people who don’t have one are incomplete or wounded,” Rand continued. And when he was naked, why did he or didn’t he look like Daddy or a brother?”. Same outfit. | It took Ken 11 years to get “real” hair… Mod Hair Ken was the first Ken doll to have … New Shortly afterwards, Ken catches sight of Molly's old Barbie doll and falls in love with her. Alves, 34, suffers from body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD. American | Both the English & Spanish speaking Ken had the same Pat'd. With now 25 years passed and considerable advances made in (at least liberal) society of what constitutes manhood, the Rand of today expressed a different interpretation of Ken’s crotch when I recently reached her by phone. Silkstone is a patented type of vinyl which weighs, feels and looks like porcelain. What else would they do?”. Inc. U.S. & For. The answer, it turns out, is intricate and somewhat bizarre. Hawthorne Calif. U.S.A. © 1968 Mattel, Inc. Action figures, doll toys marketed toward boys appeared in 1964. Todd, Kewpie | Boudoir © 1968 Mattel, Inc. is Barbie's boyfriend. The doll’s overall anodyne nature was merely reaffirmed by his lack of a dick, to hear some experts tell it. Pat'd. Quick View Barbie® Fashions Pack: Ken® Doll Clothes with Red & Black Tee, Shorts & 1 Accessory Opens a popup. The Barbie and Ken dolls, loose legs, pronounced kneecaps, fatter arms & hands what did the first ken doll look like! 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