Ken Carson was born and celebrates his official birthday on March 11, 1961. He is a 12" tall vinyl doll and
is Barbie's boyfriend. Ken is named after the Handler's (founders of
Ken, like Barbie is a slick dresser, with a fabulous wardrobe
that he shares with several friends, he also has a car, vinyl cases and many
accessories. The Ken doll like Barbie, also evolved over the years, but girls,
he's still single!
12" tall vinyl doll with straight-legs, flocked
hair (Fuzzy headed); blonde, brunette/black or brownette/lighter brown, a hollow torso wearing red trunks with a white stripe on side, cork
sandals with red vinyl straps, a black wire stand, yellow towel (the earliest produced dolls did not have the towel).
12" tall vinyl doll with straight-legs, new
painted hair in blonde or brunette, same body as earlier doll wearing solid red trunks either cotton or stretch jersey material, a
red/white striped jacket with the collar stitched on was added, cork sandals with red vinyl straps, black wire stand, no towel was
included. Same mark as 1961 doll.
All new head and body, Ken's been working out and
it shows, a much more muscular body, new solid red trunks and jacket
with bronze buttons, new clear X stand. In 1970 Ken got new
clothes now he came dressed in red shorts and a red jacket.
Same doll mark as below, same doll just no
stage, instead this one has a posing stand. Brown molded painted hair,
jointed moveable waist, bendable legs, brown suede fringed vest,
multi-colored tricot shirt, gold satin pants and brown shoes.
1172 Live Action on stage Ken doll (1971)
Has a medium blue stage, microphone & a 45 rpm
record. Rest same as doll shown above.
Rooted hair is much longer, to his
shoulders, no bangs and no receding forehead like the
early version, paler skin tone than earlier doll and
the arms have the hands facing towards the back rather
than towards the thighs. Same outfit. Now made in
Ken has painted brown hair, free
moving tab on back of doll makes it very movable.
By rotating the tab the doll could appear to be bending,
twisting or swinging an accessory. Both Ken and
Curtis are wearing a one piece short suit, Ken's has
solid white shorts with a red and white striped knit top,
white shoes and socks, accessories are a golf club,
tennis racket and ball.