Kenneth Sean Carson is a fashion doll introduced by Mattel in 1961 as the fictional counterpart of Barbie, who was introduced two years earlier. Similar to his female counterpart, Ken has a fashionable line of clothing and accessories. In the Barbie mythos, Ken met Barbie on the set of a TV commercial. He is Barbie’s boyfriend, as it is written on every box produced since 1961. Since his debut, Ken has held at least 40 occupations. He was invented by Elliot Handler.
He has come a long way! I don't remember being much interested in boy dolls until I bought my son a He-Man. I was enamoured by Barbie and could not conceive the idea that a male version could exist. He would have been about 9 years old when I became interested in Barbie and I guess he wasn't that popular in 1970
|The original Ken|
|Ken in 2017|