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    15 Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About The Ken Doll

    Six decades later, he is still Barbie’s favorite accessory.

    In case you didn't know, today is officially the Ken doll's 60th birthday!!! And to celebrate, the folks over at Mattel shared a few fun facts about the man, er...doll, himself.

    1. Ken, like Barbie, has a full name — it's Kenneth Sean Carson.

    Ken doll from the 80s with blonde hair wearing a wacky 80s sleeves less shirt and fish tie

    2. His official birthday is March 11, 1961, which makes him two years and two days younger than Barbie.

    A 1960s black and white photo of a little girl in braids holding a Barbie sing along book with Barbie and Ken standing on a record player

    3. Like Barbie, he is also from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin.

     the Wisconsin state flag waving in the sky

    4. He is exactly 12 inches tall, which makes him half an inch taller than Barbie.

    The Ken and Barbie from Toy Story 3

    5. For those wondering where Barbie and Ken met, their official story is that they met on the set of their first commercial together in 1961:

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    6. The first Ken — like the first Barbie — was sold wearing just a swimsuit, and he retailed for $3.50 (which would be around $30.89 today).

    The original Ken doll in a red swim suit and with blonde hair

    7. You could also buy him as either brunette or blonde.

    A young girl inspects the new line of 'Ken' dolls

    8. In 1964, Mattel introduced Allan, who was Ken's buddy.

    An Allan doll out his box wearing a blue swimsuit and stripped towel shirt

    9. In 1973, Mod Hair Ken was introduced and was the first Ken to have rooted hair. He also came with a mustache, beard, and sideburn decals that you could add to his face (to make him more groovy, I guess).

    A screen shot of a hand putting a mustache on a Ken doll

    10. The Superstar Ken and Barbie of the late '70s were the first dolls to resemble the classic look of the ones from the '80s and '90s.

    Ken in a blue velvet jumpsuit and Barbie in a pink dress with hot pink boa

    11. In 1984, Ken got his very first car, the Dream 'Vette.

    A blue toy Corvette

    12. While Toy Story 3 is Ken's big-screen debut, it's actually the 1987 animated TV special, Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World, that is his movie debut.

    Screenshot of Barbie and Ken from the Barbie and the Rockers

    13. Ken officially got a sibling, Tommy, in 1997.

    A Big Brother Ken doll with Tommy still in the box

    14. In 2004, Barbie and Ken broke up after 43 years of dating.

    A photo of Totally Hair Barbie and Ken looking at each other

    15. And lastly, after seven years apart, Barbie and Ken got back together on Valentine's Day 2011 — and they have been together ever since.

    A Barbie and Ken from 2011