Next, we have Model #16, my favorite of the 2 Ken dolls I purchased (there are 3 total):
The other thing I love about this guy is his hair. I'm thinking he'd make a great OOAK Regency guy, maybe Mr. Tilney or Mr. Bingley? Can't you just see him in Regency attire?
They've really done a great job on the muscle detail on these dolls...I love the way they're sculpted. I'm not trying to sound swoony, I just enjoy the attention to detail. :)
And here's Model #15:
I think a big problem is the eyebrows...they're just a little too long. And it might help if his eyes weren't so narrow and elongated, too.
When I was looking for online photos of these, I saw that someone used this guy as a Prince Caspian doll (as portrayed by Ben Barnes). He was dressed in a simple Barbie prince outfit, and he actually did remind me of Prince Caspian.
These are pics of the entire available line.
The girls on the ends of these two pics probably looked the nicest. And see how much better the brunette Ken looks in these pics? Still a little sultry himself, but much less girly.
Some fun facts about blue jeans on the sides of the boxes:
So, my final opinion? Realize, of course, that I can't give a truly researched opinion since I didn't open the boxes. Nevertheless, here goes.
Pros: I like the variety of Ken hair, eyes and skin (there were three options, including a handsome African American Ken). I love the idea of a whole box of Ken shoes, shirt, etc. There are great OOAK possibilities with these dolls. Also, here's a chance to own some dolls with very unique face molds without paying the $50 or more you might pay for more collectible dolls.
Cons: It's still $20 per doll, which adds up if you're planning on having more than one in your collection. Call me stingy, but for someone who finds Barbies at the thrift store for $2.99, it's a little hard to cough up $20 for one doll. Also, their elbows don't bend. I really like the option of more poseability. And they're all so sickly skinny (this applies more to the Barbies than the Kens). Why can't we have a fashion doll out there with a somewhat realistic body size? Finally, from a mom's perspective, I'd be a little wary about letting my girls play with some of the Barbies in this series, simply because I don't want to encourage them towards the modeling industry AT ALL. And let's face it: some of the poses and expressions on the dolls' faces are not exactly a good example of Biblical femininity. :}
I'd love to find a nice, sweet-looking Barbie to make into a Jane Austen heroine, though. Then I'd buy Ken #16 and make him into a Jane Austen hero. That would be pretty spiffy!! :)
P.S. The link I included above goes to part of the incredible "Keeping Ken" website. This is a great place to research just about any Ken doll that's ever been produced. :)