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Old 02-10-06, 10:48 AM
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Barbie to reunite with metrosexual Ken?

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/02/09/ken...eut/index.html


Madeover Ken hopes to win back Barbie

Friday, February 10, 2006; Posted: 8:59 a.m. EST (13:59 GMT)

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- He's been to the gym, looks buff and stylish, and now Barbie's boy toy Ken wants to win back the doll he split from two years ago.

After a two-year separation, Mattel Inc. said Thursday that Barbie's long-time suitor wants to rekindle his decades-long romance with his plastic paramour.

Mattel is hoping Ken's return to retail stores can also revitalize the company's overall fortunes. In January, the company blamed sagging Barbie sales for sagging profits. (Watch how Ken blends Orlando Bloom and Matthew McConaughey -- 2:07)

"Ken has revamped his life -- mind, body and soul," Hollywood stylist and Mattel consultant Phillip Bloch said in a statement. "Everyone knows how difficult it is to change, especially when you've lived your life a certain way for more than four decades."

Mattel said in February 2004 that Barbie and Ken had split after 43 years because they wanted to spend some time apart.

Ken, who appears to have spent time in the gym and at the stylist, returns wearing a beach-wear ensemble complete with board shorts and white T-shirt.

For her part, Barbie publicist Lauren Dougherty said Barbie "appreciates the new look Ken is sporting. He really looks great. But we'll have to stay tuned to see whether these two will get back together."

At a press conference unveiling Ken, Bloch said the company was going for a "worldly, European thing," and "definitely wanted to be looking hot."

Mattel's fourth-quarter results January showed an 18 percent decline in Barbie's U.S. sales. The company said that in addition to "tweaking" the Barbie line this year, more dramatic changes would be made in 2007.
So basically they've been living in sin for 40 years.
Old 02-10-06, 10:53 AM
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I'm digging that 70's Ken! They should go "old school" and re-release it instead of the smoothie-drinking, messenger bag carriying fool they just came up with.
Old 02-10-06, 11:01 AM
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What the fuck was up with his look in the 90s?
Old 02-10-06, 11:18 AM
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So the ascot was in style not only in the 70's but the 90's as well? And why did 80's Ken get stuck with plastic hair?
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Originally Posted by Timber
And why did 80's Ken get stuck with plastic hair?
You don't remember the 80's that well do you? Watch Wall Street and you will know the look they were going for.

Is it just me or does the 90s and 2000 Ken look extremely gay?
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How did I miss the big-haired, Ralph-Furley-inspired-clothing movement of the '90s?
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That 80s Ken looks like Dirk Diggler.
Old 02-10-06, 12:15 PM
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Ken, who appears to have spent time in the gym and at the stylist, returns wearing a beach-wear ensemble complete with board shorts and white T-shirt.
It sounds like they are describing 2000's Ken and not Metrosexual Ken.
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The mainstream toy industry is willfully turning it's back on the progressive social views of today's America. We need more male-male interaction in our dolls.
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Originally Posted by Bandoman
The mainstream toy industry is willfully turning it's back on the progressive social views of today's America. We need more male-male interaction in our dolls.
But in a totally straight and non-gay way.
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Exactly.
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
But in a totally straight and non-gay way.
Listen, pick one or the other. Asking for both is crazy.
Old 02-10-06, 03:34 PM
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Looks like the 2000 ken has a receding hair line (gigantic forehead)


The clothes look good - except for the *** bag he has.
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Originally Posted by Bandoman
The mainstream toy industry is willfully turning it's back on the progressive social views of today's America. We need more male-male interaction in our dolls.
'Zackly. Art will be so pissed at this news!
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80s Ken looks like JFK and 70s Ken looks Jackie O. Weird.
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Once Metrosexual Ken gets a look at Magic Earring Ken from the 80s, he will dump Barbie and ride off into the sunset. Probably with some cats in the saddle, too.
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That reminds me that I haven't seen Mr. Salty around here much lately. Has anyone?




Did she get involved with that well hung UPS driver?

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