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01/28/2009

Was this Ken's 'action figure'?

by Jeremy Hooper

"Friend." "Roommate." "Special pal."

We gays are familiar with the kinds of terms that homo-squeamish aunts might use while introducing our partners at holiday parties. And it seems that back in the mid-60's, Barbie's parents at Mattel had their own special term for Ken's close friend:

Ken's-"buddy"

Ooh, it's his "buddy"!  Oh and look, the boys even swap clothes!  So sweet.  We always say that's one of the biggest perks of being...a doll.

they're very "close" [the blog of "unnecessary" quotations marks]
(H/t: Daimeon)

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Your thoughts

Oooh! And that "Rainbow" sweater!!! So stylish!!!
(And a dead giveaway!)
Show us a little chest, there, Allan!

Posted by: MirrorMan | Jan 28, 2009 5:45:06 PM

This explains so much.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Jan 28, 2009 6:56:24 PM

Interesting...
http://www.rubylane.com/shops/yearsafter/item/11833

Posted by: RogernDC | Jan 28, 2009 11:29:54 PM

They look like they are in Jr. High.
(As I am typing this, I noticed a Google Ad over to the right advertising Barbie collecter dolls on E-bay...wonder if they have Allan?????)

Posted by: Bob Miller | Jan 29, 2009 12:13:08 AM

I always knew my sister's Ken doll was gay. At least he was after I finished with him.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 29, 2009 12:19:45 AM

I'm having a difficult time coming to terms with those shorts. Must've been mighty tough to prevent things from peeking out and saying hey to buddy ken... I mean, how would allan even sit down in those?

Posted by: rbo | Jan 29, 2009 2:12:26 AM

It's not quotations - my mom had one, it's an (R) and a tm after the buddy.

Posted by: Corvidae | Jan 29, 2009 4:23:22 AM

Well aren't you a party pooper, Corvidae :-)

But actually, looking at it again, it looks like you're right. Weird, because even some people on eBay have listed it as quotes. Yours in the first Internet mention I've seen that cites it as an (r)/tm.

Oh well. He's still quite "buddy"-seeming.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 29, 2009 7:04:12 AM

My question would be, of course, how allan knows that ALL kens clothes fit him, either they are very good friends with their clothes *cough* or they've swapped enough items to be sure...
Either way.

Posted by: Corvidae | Jan 29, 2009 12:17:59 PM

Is that money in Allan's hand? He's a rent boy??!? *chuckle*

Posted by: Jamie | Jan 29, 2009 4:16:55 PM

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