The style of the doll was thought to resemble fashions and accessories worn by some segments of the gay community at the time, and "Earring Magic Ken" subsequently attained a cult following, becoming a collector's item.In February, 2004, Mattel announced a split for Ken and Barbie, with Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, saying that Barbie and Ken "feel it's time to spend some quality time – apart...Ken's hair was made of felt in his first year (known to collectors as the "flocked" hair Ken), but this was replaced with a plastic, molded hairstyle when the felt hair was found to fall off when wet.
Although Ken is thought to stand 6-feet tall in accordance with Barbie's 1:6 scale, Yale University psychologist, Kelly Brownell, stated that to size up to what Barbie looks for in a mate, "a man would have to grow 20 inches taller and add nearly eight inches to his neck circumference, 11 inches to his chest and 10 inches to his waist to resemble the muscular Ken." In 1993, "Earring Magic Ken" was released.
” or “You’re imagining things.” Trivializing: the abusive partner makes the victim’s needs or feelings seem unimportant. “You’re going to get angry over a little thing like that?
” or “You’re too sensitive.” Forgetting/Denial: the abusive partner pretends to have forgotten what actually occurred or denies things like promises made to the victim. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” or “You’re just making stuff up.” Gaslighting typically happens very gradually in a relationship; in fact, the abusive partner’s actions may seem harmless at first.
Mattel defended the doll's name, saying that the puppy's name is "Sugar", thus making Ken "Sugar's Daddy".
He was also in the 2010 Pixar film Toy Story 3 voiced by Michael Keaton, who previously voiced Chick Hicks in the 2006 film Cars. In the 1960s Random House books, his surname is Carson, however, he has no middle name.