KEN & FRIENDS: MALE FASHION DOLLS & CLOTHING FROM 1961-1987
Bob & Ken by Estrela Brazil
ESTRELA in Brazil introduced Ken as Bob, because Ken sounds very much like ‘who?’ in Portuguese, so was thought to be confusing for small children. Estrela was certainly prolific, and their Kens are my favorites of all the South American licensed versions. Some are variations of regular Kens, but many are unique. Estrela used the Superstar era head-mold until 1992. The information below is taken directly from period Estrela Barbie catalogues.
1984-86 THE BOB DOLLS
As far as I know, the Bob dolls were not given specific names. I have two Bobs – the Tennis and the Dream Date Bob. The other Bobs shown below are from the private collection of Sandrinha Cavalcante.
The Dream Date Bob shown below is also from the collection of Sandrinha Cavalcante. He has plain black trousers, like the one shown in the Estrela Barbie booklets.
1987 THE KENS
In 1987 Estrela renamed their doll Ken, and released my favourite of all the Estrela Kens, the fantastic Ken Sport.
KEN SPORT #10.53.10
KEN NOITE DE GALA #10.53.11
KEN ROQUEIRO #10.53.12
KEN COR DE VERÃO #10.53.13
Many thanks to Sandrinha Cavalcante, and the following blogs, who have more information about Kens and Barbies produced by Estrela in Brazil: