I will add more bodies as I get the
time to shoot any piccies.
I'll start in totally opposite
chronological order.... with the newest body types. These bodies are made of
all hard plastic and came post Fashionistas. The first Fashionistas had
articulated arms and legs, a feature that is missed! These model guys can't
sit. At least not properly. They are just made to be clothes hangers - or to
stand in a corner, looking cool. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" - but dance?
Not so much.
Back and front pics show the hip/leg joint angles. The play dolls (well, technically, they all are play dolls but the Basics are semi collector items) have slanted hips as the legs protrude from the "underwear line", while the Basics have a straight line/joint. Doesn't add much to articulation though. Ryan is the only one that slightly can move his legs apart but just by a fraction. The others just go back/forward and hardly even that.
Side view of the model types. Arms and legs are very well defined muscular wise. The hands on the cheaper Fashionistas are more detailed than the Basics. And harder to dress with the divided pointy fingers. They are close to the same height, hard to get exact height compare as their stanse is different and Ryan can't stand properly on his two feet. Basics have longer legs though, which makes him a fraction taller.
Adding Steven to that compare. They all have different arms!
The hand finish is better on Basics but the details are similar on all arms and hands.
Straight beach body (Steven) stamp:
Fashionistas model stamp:
Bigger Male body type
Midge's Dad, Happy Family (Neighborhood) Grandpa has a new body. He shares face sculpt with Harley Ken - with a (unknown) change but he has a brand new body with love handles. Grandpa's arms are not as strong as they used to be - they are thinner. Below a comparison with McDreamy, or rather Robert Phillip from Enchanted, Patrick Dempsey - in the flesh. Grandpa seems shorter but I think that is just an illusion! He has way longer arms, but that is due to the chimpanzee arms. I should really have had a Ken doll with twist waist but I had none readily available when I decided to take these photos, so McDreamy will have to do. At least he has the 1968 Ken torso.
Happy Family Grandpa, marked 2003
Takara Ken vs 1968 Ken
I have one Takara Ken on hand and while cleaning some doll mess, I decided to compare him too, with a regular 1968 Ken body. There are some differences. Takara Ken has longer legs, narrower waist and hips, smaller hands and no package bulk at all. Further, the Ken I have is all stiff plastic, so he can't bend his legs.
Takara Ken is marked 1986.
His feet have noticeable features with pronounced toes. His feet are "squarer", than 1968 Ken's.
Well, not only Skipper's bfs but other dolls as well. Scott and Kevin are the only one produced in the Skipper line of dolls and both boys have the same stamp as Ken - 1968, although their bodies are way smaller. They are just resized Ken bodies. I had a Rebelde Miguel at hand to show off Ken's original size body. He will do for now. I also need to find the High School Musical guys and add one of them here.
Made-to-Move Action vs Pivotal Male
In 2016 we got a couple of new pivotal body sculpts, the Made-to-Move body for Barbie and this one for Ken. It was seen in the Superman and Batman dolls. They have different type of articulations and bending points. The Superman body have more points of articulation and is quite muscular.
Ken Pivotal Model Muse on left and Superman on right.