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1992, A Year of Change
After the silver-lined year of 1987, Ken® was ready for yet another change in 1992. 1992 will become synonymous with the word confusing!
With the first of four new head molds produced in 1992, Mattel's first offering will augment the 1988 Ken head mold by making another Ken version with rooted hair. The facial appearance is the same on Totally Hair Ken, #1115 (BD 1991), but the new head mold is marked 1991. Collectors refer to this head mold as the 1991 Totally Hair Ken head mold. Most collectors know that Totally Hair Barbie was the best selling Barbie version in Mattel’s history, but most are unaware that the 1991 Totally Hair Ken head mold is used only on this doll. This fact is not well represented in secondary market value, where a NRFB version is usually below $20.
There were two
different production runs for Totally Hair Ken, but both have a
1991 head mold. This 1991 rooted head mold was only used
once, and it was for the Totally Hair Ken doll.
This is one of my favorite versions of Ken for several reasons: his tie-in with Barbie® doll’s history and the exclusiveness of the head mold. This exclusivity makes Ken® collecting as interesting as Barbie® collecting! With rooted brown hair, Totally Hair Ken captures the clothing style of this period perfectly. A pair of lilac parachute pants even has a "KEN" label on the front of the Velcro™ waist. They go great with the batik design of the shirt, in hot pink, white, mauve, lime, aqua, and purple. His accessories include white loafers, a lilac styling pick comb, a tube of Dep™ styling gel and coupon, and a styling booklet with the latest ‘90’s hairstyles!
M#: 1115 BD: 1991 HC: Rooted Brown. C: Lilac parachute pants with Velcro waist and "KEN" label on front of waist. Batik design, same material shirt in hot pink, white, mauve, lime, aqua and purple l/s. A: White loafers. Lilac styling pick comb. Tube of Dep styling gel. Styling booklet.
Below: Totally Hair Barbie® was available in a brunette (pictured), blonde and AA version. Mattel has identified that this doll is their best selling Barbie® doll version ever.
Below: Versions of Totally Hair Skipper® and Courtney were available only at TRU stores.
Totally Hair Ken (First Edition)
included a promotional coupon on the box with higher hairline and
greasy facial finish.
The Gooey World of Dep Gels
Dep was first marketed in 1954 by Robert Berglass. It was the very first hair gel on the market and created the foundation for what has become a $168 million category of hair care products today. Dep was a family-owned business up until recently when it was acquired by the very large German company Henkel. Following this acquisition the official company name was changed to Schwarzkopf & Dep. Incidentally, the Dep headquarters have always been in Southern California and remain there today. Plus Berglass and members of his family continue to work at the company.
Perspective on Hair Gel. "It's All
About Shine, Volume, Moisture, Shape, and Texture, Baby! at
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