Monday, December 12, 2016

Hip Hoodie Ken Photo Review

Hip Hoodie Ken

Two Hip Hoodie Kens arrived last week.  At first glance I was and still remain quite impressed with this new head sculpt.  He is very realistic looking, and although the hair is molded, the style is one that young males wear today.  (According to my husband,  all they needed to do was "color the top blonde or red" and his hair would be similar to the way many middle and high school boys are now coloring their hair.  Frankly, I'm glad Mattel remained conservative with regard to the hair color.)

As I wrote in my previous post about my plans for these two, one will remain in the box; the other, which has already been deboxed, as shown left would be rebodied.

This close-up of his handsome face illustrates Hip Hoodie's "curl pattern," which is seen in the next photo of the back of his hair.

While it's somewhat blurry, in this photo, you can see the damage Mattel is doing to these dolls by attaching the head to the box with plastic fasteners!  Ugh!  Why Mattel, why?
I used an articulated body that Bath-Play-Fun (BPF) Ken had been using (sorry BPF Ken, but Hip Hoodie needed the body more).  The new body is like the one Ekia sells here, which is not a perfect complexion match but it will have to do for now.

Head and neck of new body complexion comparison

As illustrated in the above photo, Hip Hoodie's head has more red undertones to the coloring while the new articulated body is a faded medium brown.   Hip Hoodie's curl definition is better seen here.

Full view, rebodied

The articulated body has two neck knobs.  The round knob works better for Hip Hoodie's head opening; however, the hack I used to provide a study fit for Bath-Play-Fun Ken will need adjusting by wrapping additional self-adhering bandage around the peg of the knob.  The existing hack is shown below:

More self-adhering tape wrapped around the peg of the knob will prevent Hip Hoodie's head from wobbling, yet still provide desired movement.
With his new body, Hip Hoodie showed off a bit by striking the following few poses, expecting me to photograph him (which, of course, I did).



This new body has given him a boost of confidence.  Watch out ladies in the doll room!


He and I both enjoy his new body.  In the final two photos, I caught him mocking or perhaps pitying the old body.




In trying to put a finger on who Hip Hoodie reminds me of, the actor, Keith Robinson, comes to mind.  I first became aware of him in his role as Effie's (Jennifer Hudson's) brother, C. C. White, in the movie, Dreamgirls.  I saw him again in This Christmas as Devean Brooks, the boyfriend of Lauren London's character, Melanie "Mel" Whitfield.  When Robinson gives "serious" face, as he does in this photo, I think Hip Hoodie does resemble him somewhat.

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23 comments:

  1. Love his face so much! But I'm really sad about all these molded hair in recent Fashionista Kens...

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    1. I had an aversion toward the molded hair when I saw the online photos, Shasha, but now that I have seen him in person, it is not as bad as I had imagined. Because his hair is curly and he has a lot of it on top make it more appealing.

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  2. Love his new body! He looks great! What complexion did you use. I find it hard to really judge the complexion from the website. You are right, he does seem more confident on new body! Great post!

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    1. Thanks, Ms. Leo! I am not sure about the color or style of this body, but I think it is TrueType TTL-T3.0c (dark brown). I have had it since 2012. I purchased it for the Michael Jordan head by Cian but the neck knob was not right for that head. I tried selling it on eBay. When it didn't sell, I used it for Bath-Play-Fun Ken. Now HH has it. Go here where you will see this style body which is sold in light (Caucasian), brown (which may be tan like the complexion for the TrueType Obama and Terrence Howard figures), and C, which is dark brown. I think the photos show it as darker than it actually is. I wish I could be more precise. I do know he will need this style body which has the neck attached to the body since his head does not have a neck. He will also need to use the rounded tipped neck prong as opposed to the narrow, pointed tipped one (the body comes with both style prongs). Hope this helps!

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  3. I thought he was giving me a little Michael B. Jordan... great to see people getting him! I'm excited to get mine.

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    1. Thanks for sharing who you think HH looks like, Havilland. I can see a little of Michael B. Jordan across the forehead/eye area. The way he holds his mouth is what makes him resemble Keith Robinson to me.

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  4. I got mine the other day too! I had an AA Texas A & M body waiting for him when he arrived. This was a very good match for him. I do like the body you chose too! I had one similar to that which I used for the Hispanic Ken. Not a perfect match, but definitely better than no articulation and he can now really move! I do not mind the molded hair on this guy because of the styling, but the Asian guys needs improvement for sure! Oh and the puncture wounds my HH suffered were in the curly hair area, so are not as noticeable. I still don't see why they have to do this! I can see a resemblance to Keith Robinson (even though I had never seen him before this). They are both (HH and KR) very good looking young men!

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    1. Hi Phyllis,

      I would imagine the hairstyle would make a difference on whether or not the hair looks nice molded. I'll have to take a look at the Asian guy. It's good to know the Texas A&M is a good match for HH. I only have one Texas A&M. I'll have to be on the lookout at thrift stores. eBay's current prices, when last checked, are outrageous!

      I'm glad some (like yours) have punctures in the curly area. Mattel really needs to stop this damage. He's fastened well enough with the elastic bands.

      I agree, both are handsome guys (HH and KR, who can also sing. He and Jennifer Hudson sang together in Dreamgirls.)

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  5. Hip Hoodie Ken with his new body reminds me a lot of some of the boys I work with. You did a great job !

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    1. Thank you, Arlette! You work with some really handsome boys.

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  6. What a wonderful new doll and great makeover! I have yet to see one in stores, but will be on the lookout. I need more Kens!! :)

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    1. Thank you, Farrah Lily. Mattel did a great job with him. I wish they would bring more articulated dolls back so we don't have to create our own versions.

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  7. Congrats on getting them both. I have been on the hunt for the last two weeks so I am hoping to find him soon. I already know how is girlfriend is going to be, lol.

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    1. Hope you find him Brini. I kept checking Shop Mattel and then read a post by a doll friend that he was in stock, so I scooted on over and purchased. Within hours, he was sold.

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  8. Congrats. Looks like I will have to wait until the new year to find him. They really did a great job on him.

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa. He will probably be plentiful after the holidays.

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  9. Hi Debbie,
    I'm sorry to hijack this thread but I wasn't sure if you see replies to much older posts, if Tyra is still looking for a product that can fix her doll, I think I may have found something she could look into. I left the info on the Poor Tyra post that was up a couple of months ago, the comment is pending approval. Bye :-)

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    1. Hi Maricha,

      Thank you for investigating and sharing your latest discovery on what might work to repair Tyra's doll. I do see all posts. Comments to posts older than 14 days have to be approved before they are published. I just approved your comment to the post about Tyra's doll. I will send an email to her to make sure she sees it. Thank you again!

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  10. Thanks for the great review on Hip Hoodie. I ordered three from Barbie.com, two of which I will give to my sisters. They should arrive today via USPS. I think Hip Hoodie is mocking that ole stiff body of his! (too funny) I'll be looking up bodies that I can use to articulate my new doll when it arrives. Hope this guy finds his way to my local Walmart soon.

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    1. Hi Ollie's Dollies!

      Thanks for letting me/us know Hip Hoodie is available at Barbie.com For those interested buying online, before he sells out, here is the direct link . They are offering free shipping for a limited time IF you spend $50. I see he's back in stock on ShopMattel too. Same free shipping applies if you spend $50. He should be in stores!

      Remember ShopMattel is an Ebates affiliate.


      I hope you're able to find the perfect body for your guy. I am sure your sisters will love him.

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  11. He's looking good on his new body! I had to break down and buy him recently. He is my first doll purchase this year I'm on the hunt for a suitable articulated body now.

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    1. Hi Roxanne,

      You've have excellent doll-buying restraint this year. Did Hip Hoodie's purchase lead to other dolls following him home later?

      I hope you are able to find the perfect body for him soon. I know you'll enjoy him more after he is able to move. I'll look forward to a blog post after his rebodying takes place.

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    2. His purchase led to the purchase of an action figure body. Depending on the results, I could be purchasing more action figure bodies soon. Barbie Basics Denim #17 is looking at me like "Hey!".

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