It’s A Gooble Gobble Plastic World

A while back, I blogged about the new So In Style line of black–er–African American Barbie dolls and now there’s another new addition to the Barbie family. Well, maybe not exactly new, but the latest incarnation of an old favorite. It’s the new Ken doll that won’t be available until next April…and we’ll need that long to work ourselves up for this one.

Like Barbie herself, who, over the years, went from a rigid, over-exaggerated plastic model of feminine pulchritude to, in subsequent steps, being posable, to tanning, to talking (“I’m a bitch…I have everything!”). She even had tattoos once and then went and got herself pregnant, Ken has had a variety of transformations. He had flocked hair once and he could also talk (“I hate that bitch!”). Ken could even shave, if you helped him and he played guitar for a new wave band even though he was once again sporting a crop of molded hair until finally, when he became more “street”, in his jeans and T-shirt, he got some slick nylon hair, just like his main squeeze, Barbie.

New Ken is currently available on pre-order at a savings of about twelve or so dollars off the regular price tag of $82 when Sugar Daddy Ken hits the store shelves next spring. Barbie’s one time surfin’, rockin’, 5 o’clock shadow sportin’ boyfriend had dipped his plastic bonded toes a little too far to the left in the “Metro” pool and settled all too comfortably one step beyond, almost like he’s on the prowl for one time pal Bendable Leg Allan he’s known since 1965. That must be a nice how-do-you-do to Barbie. Well, he did call her a bitch!

If the pastel green paisley print blazer over the pink shirt and starkly creased white slacks weren’t enough of an indication of this latest turn, perhaps it would be the West Highland Terrier tethered to a pink leash. Sugar is the name of the pooch, hence this Palm Beach edition Ken’s actual moniker, “Sugar’s Daddy Ken” (Sugar Daddy is a slight corruption, yet slightly more fitting). A spokeswoman for Mattel says that even though the name refers back to the dog, people are going to interpret it as they want to interpret it. Really? Ya think? Rest assured, though, this doll is geared toward adult collectors and not little girls on who the not so subtle innuendo of the new Ken would be wasted. And, oh, cripes, he’s even got sandals.

sugar daddy ken


And here, I know you need a purging from that, I can tell, so here  is a fun video. What grabbed my attention was the opening scene from the Tod Browning 1932 cult classic horror movie, “Freaks”.




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