This Feature Story appeared in the Keeping Ken Ken News! on January 26, 2002.
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Ken Wish Lists 2002
Thanks to everyone who submitted your personal Ken® line wish lists. From each one, I compiled a list, starting with the most popular request. While every wish on your list may not be here, I tried to be as fair and consistent as possible. I feel that this list is important because it comprises thoughts and ideas from people who truly have Ken® doll's interests at heart.
The Next Generation For Blaine™?
Let's cross our fingers that some, all or most of these wishes come true in 2002 and beyond!
Wish List (starting with the most popular wish)
UPDATE: Responses in red following the original wishes reflect action currently taken by Mattel.
1. Continue Generation Girl Blaine doll in the play line. (Mattel's response: Pending)
2. Create a new sibling for Ken® doll that is male and teenaged. Most agree that (never manufactured) Zach doll should be introduced as Ken® doll's brother. (Mattel's response: None)
3. Return Allan® doll to the play line. Mattel's response: Happy Family Dad & Son Alan & Ryan, Happy Family Dad & Son Alan & Ryan AA, Happy Family Neighborhood Happy 1st Birthday Alan & Ryan.
4. Ethnic diversity in Ken® doll or new friends of Ken® doll. Hispanic and Asian are the most requested races. Other race requests included Indian, Persian and Puerto Rican. (Mattel's response: None)
5. Improvement in Ken fashions. More realistic clothes that average men wear, instead of shorts and sleeveless tops made of nylon. More career-minded clothing that includes suits with unattached shirts and pants. Include (at least one) trendy, hip Ken® doll fashion in the Barbie® "Metro" fashion line. (Mattel's response: Mattel is reacting to feedback. Fashions improved in 2002 line, but slipped again in 2003. Early 2004 line looks improved, but collectors still crave cutting edge fashion. One new fashion was introduced in a Barbie line for Ken: 2003 Ken Fashion #C1350)
6. Edgier Ken® hair design. Requested wishes included a bald version (most requested), more rooted blonde versions (second most requested), rooted black hair version, rooted red hair version and longer hair. (Mattel's response: Mattel responded immediately to this feedback since this wish was listed. Examples included providing rooted hair on AA play line dolls and experimenting with with new hair colors and styles).
7. Create a structure environment or vehicle for Ken® doll. Structure environment ideas included business office, another professional office, or Ken® doll's apartment. (Mattel's response: None)
8. Create a Vintage or Mod reproduction Ken® doll gift set in the Barbie® Collectibles™ line. Ideas submitted: (Vintage) Flock Hair Ken or (Mod) Talking Ken. (Mattel's response: Pending in regards to a Collector Request line Ken doll, although the Vintage head mold was reproduced for 1 Modern Circle™ Ken®).
11. Update Ken® doll's body molds. Get rid of the PTR arms, create new legs for a poseable body, and revise his torso. Barbie® doll's body got a makeover, now it's Ken® doll's turn. (Mattel's response: Happy Family Grandpa)
12. No more Prince Ken® dolls unless they are introduced into the Barbie® "Princesses' of the World™" series. (Mattel's response: None)
13. Reproduction of a Vintage or Mod era Ken® Fashion. (Mattel's response: Pending)
14. Designer Ken® doll. (Mattel's response: None)