Ken has blonde hair and is wearing a white vest, blue boarder shorts, a necklace and has a paper tag on his right hand which is blue with the word Ken written on it. The box is orange and cream printed card round the edges and back and an acrylic front to see the product inside. The word Barbie is written on a pink background of card at the top, and the words California Girl are in the box on orange card. There is a picture of Ken on the left hand side of the box. The back of the box has a flap, which when lifted up, reveals images of Barbie dolls and black text.
Barbie is a best-selling fashion doll launched in 1959. The doll is produced by Mattel, Inc and invented by Ruth Handler, whose own daughter was called Barbara. In recent years, however, Barbie has faced increasing competition from the Bratz range of dolls. This doll was produced in 2003 in Indonesia by Mattel.
This object was acquired in 2007, donated to the Museum from the BBC, who made a programme on Barbie for their Money Week special. The doll Ken, belongs to the California Girl range of Barbie which was launched to appeal to older girls; those who are getting too old for the fantasy Barbie themes such as Barbie Fairytopia.