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Mattel’s New Ken Doll Has Cornrows, Geek Glasses, Even Abs

Ten of the new dolls were for sale on Mattel’s website as of Tuesday, with the other five expected to be released in the upcoming months.”Barbie’s bff, Ken, now comes with a man bun or cornrows”, author Stephen King weighed in. “You go with your bad self, Kenny”.People had a hilarious reaction to the new Kens, particularly the one sporting a man bun.That’s right, you can meet this plastic stereotype at Brooklyn Roasting Company at 25 Jay Street in DUMBO on Wednesday, as the coffee house “has teamed up with Barbie to give away free Man Bun Ken dolls to customers rocking a man bun”.Ken will be sold in three body shapes: “slim”, “broad” and “original”.”Evolving Ken was a natural evolution for the brand and allows girls to further personalize the role they want him to play in Barbie’s world”, McKnight said.Mattel announced Tuesday the expansion of its “Fashionistas” line with 15 new Ken dolls, as part of an ongoing development to diversify both Barbie and Ken. The doll will also be available in a variety of skin tones, eye colors, and hairstyles. However, the internet is only interested in the 15 “hip” Ken dolls.It’s certainly not the first time the 56-year-old boyfriend of Barbie has switched up his look. Like their recent changes, Mattel explained back in the ’90s that the change was due to their need to keep Ken “cool”.While nowhere near the more than 100 diverse-look Barbies released by Mattel in the last three years, the more than one dozen new Kens seem like just the beginning.The El Segundo, California-based company also announced new Barbie looks Tuesday, including one with a almost shaved head and another with an Afro.