Friends of Ken®
The first guy that made friends with
Ken was Allan
who also became the boyfriend and even later the husband
of Midge. He then had shortened his name to Alan.
After Allan moved out the first time two black guys came to stay for a while. Brad, that was said to be Christie's boyfriend came the year after Ken had been revamped and was part of the Talking-bunch in the late 60's - early 70's. He was the first African American male friend of Barbie and Ken's.
Curtis next, was boyfriend to a new girl in town - Cara, and they swinged their tennis rackets on the court. He toured the tennis- and golf courts for one year in 1975.
Next guy was another short lived friend - Todd. He invited Barbie and Ken to his wedding to the beautiful bride Tracy in 1983. This couple were the first ones to actually get married, despite all the wedding gowns through the years. They are all part of Barbie's dream of wedding the Prince of her Dreams.
Derek was never a true friend of Ken's, but rather a contrahent. This was a guy probably with Hispanic ancestors that accompanied Barbie as a member of The Rockers. Ken was so jealous of him, that he decided to grab his guitar and go on tour with them the next year!
A couple of guys are also included here that technically are not friends of Ken's but use the same body molds as he does so I decided to add them here too. They are part of the Generation Girl line; Blaine and Jazzie line of friends; Dude.
a new black friend joined the gang in 1988 and he is the
one to have stayed put the longest of them all, always in
the bathing suit line of dolls. Steven was
first introduced in the Island Fun series and had a new
fresh look. Ten+ years later he got a new handsome face -
the one Jamal had introduced in 1992.
2002 also gave Alan a way back into the Pink World. Happy Family Alan was part of just that, a big happy family that grew bigger as his wife Midge was expecting a second child, a sister to their son Ryan. Alan had a totally new sculpted face and also came in a black version.
* You'll never know what the future has to offer...
|1964 SL Allan with his
"teenish" face. This guy have lost some of the
color in his bangs, but he still got that mischievous
No markings on the head
|This is Alan as he looked the day he
came back, now to marry Midge. He's a really good looking guy with his brown hair and hazel eyes.
Head marked 1990
|In 2002 Alan returned with his son in a new mold quite
similar to the Frank Sinatra mold.
Happy Family Alan.
HF Alan facemold
||Todd (Groom) shares face with
|This cute guy reminds me of my sister's
Hot Rockin' Fun Derek (second issue).
Head marked 1985
**I don't know if Derek is to be
|Bobby BiBops is a European guy...
1986 Ken or
Other 12" male dolls
|This guys is a friend of Barbie's cousin Jazzie but
still a 12" guy...
High School Dude
||Not technically a friend of Ken's but a male doll :-)
Generation Girl Blaine
|Happy Family Neighbor dad
Doll and picture belongs to Felicity
||Fashion Fever Kurt
African American friends
|1970 Bendable Legs Brad here dressed in
#1431 Guruvy Formal
Head marked 1968
|Free Moving Curtis from 1975
Doll belongs to Anna-Lena Jönis
|Steven was the first black
male doll since the early '70s.
This is Glitter Beach Steven.
Head marked 1987
|Jamal was first with this good looking face and in 1997 Steven got it.
Splash 'n Color Steven. This series was called Miami in Europe, but Steven has never been sold here.
|Concert Date Steven was sold in Europe and was
otherwise the same doll as the US released CD Ken. This is a revised Jamal-mold.
Rooted Jamal headmold
||Alan came in an AA version too using the same mold as
his caucasian counterpart and with a rooted short cut.
Happy Family Alan AA.
HF Alan facemold
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