submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
and have them answered here. Due to the volume of mail received, I
cannot respond to individual e-mails sent to "Ask Keeping Ken".
is nice to hear that Mattel will be making Ken as Prince Stefan a talking
Ken doll. (Ed: Ken as Prince Stefan will be released later
this year in the Barbie as Rapunzel line.) My question is
this...what Ken dolls have talked, and more importantly, what did they
have to say.
Sara, I agree that it is about time that Ken can be heard again! There
have been five talking Ken dolls and one talking Brad doll. The
dolls were available from 1969-1972. Each version said six different
phrases, and I assume the two Spanish versions said the same six phrases
in Spanish. I prepared the graph below, and added the phrases within
the descriptions on the Keeping Ken The Early &
Mod Era Ken doll listings. A lot can be said for the things that
the talking dolls said. Ken doll's conversation is mostly centered
around Barbie and the eventual date with her. Through Brad doll's
conversation, you might be surprised to hear that baseball is his favorite
sport. He also "digs the Mod look". (Check the New
Talking Brad listing for all six phrases.)
Ken and Talking Ken (Spanish)
Good Lookin' Talking Ken and Talking
Ken Spanish (New Good Lookin')
Photo by Alan Bisson
Photo by Alan Bisson
Photo by Alan Bisson
- Hi, I'm Ken.
- Let's go to the big game tonight.
- What are you doing next weekend?
- Why don't we all go to the movies?
- Let's go listen to Barbie's
- Let's go visit Barbie.
Ken (New Good Lookin') says:
- P.J.'s having a party. Let's go.
- Have you met Barbie's new friend?
- I'm taking the girls shopping.
Want to go?
- Put some records on and let's
- I'll get the food for the party.
- Barbie's a great dancer!
Busy Ken says:
- Iíll bring my guitar to the
- Help me pack for my vacation.
- Have you heard Barbieís new
- Come on, letís dance.
- Hi, this is Ken (as if he was
speaking on the phone).
- Barbieís a great cook.
This weekend I found an interesting looking male doll (Mattel) that
has the jointed Ken body stamped on lower back "Mattel, Inc.
1975/TAIWAN" and on the back of his neck is 1986. His wonderful
body is chrome silver, light blue molded underwear, flesh colored
head with blue hair. I think he is great for three dollars but have
no idea just who he is. If you have any idea, I'd appreciate the
is Tom Comet, part of the "Spectra" line of dolls
from Mattel that were available for one year in 1988. Here is a
picture of him (right) in his original box. The group of dolls were
"futuristic" and the line had five dolls: Spectra,
Astragold, Stylablue, Ultraviolet and Tom Comet who was the only
male doll. There was also a dog named Spark. Tom is the number one
sports fan and the fix-it man in the galaxy. His Shimmeron card
reveals that his favorite food is Shimmeron space dogs and his
favorite pastime is meeting Earth girls.
His head should be marked c MATTEL, INC. 1986.
His bendable body is the Young Sweethearts "Michael's"
body with unbending wrists and ankles marked c Mattel, Inc. 1975/
There is a Ken doll that I
didn't seem to find in your list. He's from the early 90's/late 80's.
He's wearing a red jacket, white shirt and navy blue pants. He has
with him a small Kelly, or Skipper, doll with a red dress. Do you know
which Ken I am speaking of?
From your description, it sounds like it's not actually Ken but
Mr. Heart. Mr. Heart borrows his look from Ken by using the 1977
Superstar Ken head mold. From the outfit description, it sounds
like you have a Heart Family Kiss & Cuddle gift set that included
the Dad and Baby Girl (Daughter) #3141 from 1987. His original
outfit included a red suit jacket, navy pants, white shirt with
attached red tie. The Baby girl wears a red velvet dress with
lace collar and tights. Mr. Heart's arms should be specially
designed to "hug" his baby daughter, and in turn the Baby
girl could kiss her Dad and leave a kiss print. This was
achieved by the addition of lipstick that you could apply to the
I have provide a picture of the gift
set (right). Let me know if I got this one right!