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.

BOB #10.53.00

1984-5 #10.53.00 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.00 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.00 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.00 Bob (from 1984 Estrela booklet)

BOB #10.53.01

1984-5 #10.53.01 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.01 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.01 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.01 Bob (from 1984 Estrela booklet)

BOB #10.53.02

1984-5 #10.53.02 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.02 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.02 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.02 Bob (from 1984 Estrela booklet)

BOB #10.53.03

1984 #105303 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.03 Bob
1984 #105303 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.03 Bob
1984 #105303 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.03 Bob
1984 #105303 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.03 Bob accessories

BOB #10.53.04

1984-5 #10.53.04 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.04 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.04 Bob
1984-5 #10.53.04 Bob in original packaging

BOB #10.53.06

1984 #105306 Bob
1984-6 #10.53.06 Bob (With replacement cummerbund)
1984 #105306 Bob
1984-6 #10.53.06 Bob
1984 #105306 Bob
1984-6 #10.53.06 Bob
1984 #105306 Bob
1984-6 #10.53.06 Bob
1984 #105306 Bob
1984-6 #10.53.06 Bob accessories (Replacement cummerbund)
1984_Estrela_Bob_Ken_Markings
Identification: Estrela S.A. Ind. Brasileira Made in Brazil

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.

1984-6 #10.53.06 Bob
1984-6 #10.53.06 Bob (With correct cummerbund)
From 1984 Estrela Barbie catalogue
From 1984 Brazilian Estrela Barbie booklet
1986 #105307 Bob
1986 #10.53.07 Bob in original packaging
1986 #105308 Bob
1986 #10.53.08 Bob in original packaging
1986 Reverse of Bob packaging by Estrela
Reverse of Barbie & BOB packaging
1986 #105309 Noivo Bob
1986 #10.53.09 Bob in original packaging
1986 #105309 Noivo Bob
Reverse of packaging

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

1987 #105310 Ken Sport
1987 #10.53.10 Ken Sport
1987 #105310 Ken Sport
1987 #10.53.10 Ken Sport
1987 #105310 Ken Sport
1987 #10.53.10 Ken Sport
1987 #105310 Ken Sport
1987 #10.53.10 Ken Sport
1987 #105310 Ken Sport
1987 #10.53.10 Ken Sport
1987 #105310 Ken Sport
1987 #10.53.10 Ken Sport
1987 #105310 Ken Sport
1987 #10.53.10 Ken Sport accesories
1987 #105310 Ken Sport
Identification: Estrela S.A. Ind. Brasileira Made in Brazil
1987 #105310 Ken Sport
1987 #10.53.10 Ken Sport in original packaging
1987 #10.53.10 Ken Sport original packaging
Reverse of packaging

KEN NOITE DE GALA #10.53.11

1987 #10.53.11 Ken Noite de Gala
1987 #10.53.11 Ken Noite de Gala
1987 #10.53.11 Ken Noite de Gala
From 1987 Estrela Barbie brochure

KEN ROQUEIRO #10.53.12

1987 #10.53.12 Ken Roqueiro in original packaging
1987 #10.53.12 Ken Roqueiro in original packaging
1987 #10.53.12 Ken Roqueiro
Reverse of packaging

KEN COR DE VERÃO #10.53.13

1987 #10.53.13 Ken Cor do Verão in original packaging
1987 #10.53.13 Ken Cor do Verão in original packaging
1987 Reverse of Cor do Verão Baribe packaging
Reverse of Barbie packaging

Many thanks to Sandrinha Cavalcante, and the following blogs, who have more information about Kens and Barbies produced by Estrela in Brazil:

http://anacaldatto.blogspot.com

http://bricio-pires.blogspot.com