He's A Doll! Newsletter August 2010
by Micheal Rose-Newsletter Editor
Pictured Above: Made For Each Other Barbie and Ken Giftset.
Happy Shopping!....Oh, and if you find a reasonable Tango Barbie and Ken set…let me know…I’m going CRAZY looking for it!!!
There is one thing I like to do almost as much as I like collecting Ken and his friends…and that’s to SHOP!! As a member of several doll collecting groups I often see posts regarding how difficult it is to find a particular Ken doll. Well, I’ve done a bit of research and, while I can’t guarantee availability by the time you read this, I can tell you where you can find several of the “HOT” Kens today:Toy Story 3 Ken - Toy Story 3 Made For Each Other - Let’s face it…we all saw the movie and are kicking ourselves for not having obtained the original Animal Lovin’ Ken from 1988. Mattel has decided we can ONLY purchase the remake of this doll as a set with Barbie from the movie. They are still available here (Just follow these handy links):
Toy Story 3 Ken - Toy Story 3 Ken Loves Barbie - Not the doll from the movie…but, he IS cute and he comes with a tiny Barbie doll! If you get Barbie loves Ken, you’ll get a tiny Ken doll!!!: Amazon and eBay
Toy Story 3 Buddy Packs - These have been VERY
difficult to find, and they come in several variations.
It is interesting to note that this is the first EVER product
where you can more easily find Ken than Barbie!
I have several of each (Get ready friends for Christmastime!
LOL) I find that if you
go back to Toys R Us, Target, and Shop Rite, you’ll find that they
have been replenished several times already…but while Target still
carries them at $6.99, Shop Rite has gone up to $10.99, and Toys R Us
has gone up to $12.99. I’m not
sure about Walmart and Kmart (Two other places where I’ve found them)
but prices and availability varies all over the place.
Kmart - H
Toy Story 3 Buddy Packs - These have been VERY difficult to find, and they come in several variations. It is interesting to note that this is the first EVER product where you can more easily find Ken than Barbie! I have several of each (Get ready friends for Christmastime! LOL) I find that if you go back to Toys R Us, Target, and Shop Rite, you’ll find that they have been replenished several times already…but while Target still carries them at $6.99, Shop Rite has gone up to $10.99, and Toys R Us has gone up to $12.99. I’m not sure about Walmart and Kmart (Two other places where I’ve found them) but prices and availability varies all over the place. Kmart - Had to put this one in...never saw I before…it has Astronaut Barbie!!
Mad Men Kens - OK, technically they aren’t NAMED Ken…but without heads is there REALLY a difference?!?!?!?
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Meet The Members
Every month He's A
Doll will feature a fellow club member so while distance may separate us,
the internet and our Ken collecting won't!
1) What made you decide to join He’s A Doll?
I have been a member and been involved with the Windy City Collector’s Barbie Doll Club for several years now, and I’ve always enjoyed my Ken dolls, so I thought it would be fun.
2) What sparked your interest in collecting male dolls?
When I began, I was actually collecting various action figures and not dolls. But, one day, my friend and I wandered down the Barbie aisle in Toys-R-Us. Keep in mind, this was back when the Barbie aisle was ALL Barbie, on both sides, and was incredibly overwhelming in the stock on the shelves, and the glass collector doll displays, etc. I found a Caboodles Barbie that day that I fell in love with for her silky blonde hair and rainbow-colored fashion. As I began slowly collecting Barbie, it just made sense to collect the Ken dolls as well. Since they weren’t produced as often, or in such abundance, it seemed easier (and cheaper) to collect the male dolls. As I learned more details about the dolls, I found I shared my birth year with Ken doll as well, so there seemed to be a kinship. Or, maybe I should say “Ken-ship!” LOL I have also enjoyed adding other male dolls to my collection over the years, for added variety.
3) How long have you been collecting?
I started collecting in 1995.
4) How many dolls do you have in your collection?Way too many to even count. I really need to get them more organized.
Pictured Below: A small part of Jim's collection.
5) Which ones are amongst your favorites?
I picked up a vintage “Live Action” Ken doll on Ebay a few years ago, near complete. I had this particular Ken doll as a boy and I was happy to add it to my current collection. It’s like having some of my past and childhood back.
6) What doll purchase was most exciting for you?
The “Live Action” ken doll mentioned, as well as a Matt Trujillo Ken doll. This doll is also a particular favorite of mine.
Pictured Above: Jim's Matt Trujillo (Artist) Doll.
7) What doll - or doll items - do you not own, that you would love to have in your collection? (i.e. consider your ultimate acquisition or “Holy Grail” of dolls)
I would love to add a “Pop Life Ken” doll to my collection.
8) What doll or accessory are you currently looking for?
Anything that is interesting and different.
9) What do you do when you’re not collecting dolls?
I also enjoy watching movies, reading, and working so I can afford my collecting habit.
10) If you could be any doll, which doll would you be?
The Ken doll in the picture below.
11) What other things do you collect (if applicable)?
I still collect Barbie doll (more selectively these days) and also various Tonner Fashion dolls.
Cooking With Ken®--Fun with Soda!
Wondering what to prepare for a great meal if you are as busy as I am? Just get up a bit earlier before you go to work and rediscover your crockpot. I can ASSURE you if you make this EVERYONE will think you spent all day.
Crock "Pop" Chicken
Easy crockpot chicken recipe with cola and ketchup.
INGREDIENTS (Serves 4-6)
Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker; cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
Serve over rice, noodles, or potatoes.