Diverse Ken Dolls Now Come in Different Body Types, Skin Colors

Mattel
Mattel

Ken dolls are getting a makeover for the modern era. The Huffington Post reports that Barbie’s other half will now be available in different body types, skin tones, hair colors, and styles.

The Barbie Fashionistas line—which added a more diverse range of Barbies in 2016—will now include Ken dolls that come in three body types (“slim,” “broad,” and “original”), seven skin tones, eight hair colors, and nine different hair styles (including a man-bun). Now, boys and girls can play with Barbies that look more like real people, who might sport cornrows, have a larger body, need glasses, or just be more inclined to wear flannel than the original Baywatch-bod Ken.

Four different Ken dolls advertised on the Barbie website
Barbie/Mattel

The update comes in the wake of competing toy companies debuting dolls with realistic body types and different skin colors. While Barbie is still an icon of the toy world, dolls (both male and female) like Lammily come in measurements that are based on average humans, without Barbie’s impossible proportions. Though the effect is not clear-cut, some studies have suggested that Barbie’s unrealistic looks could make girls less satisfied with their own bodies.

After years of getting flak for promoting gender stereotypes and insane beauty standards, Mattel has been trying to widen its appeal with moves like adding new skin tones and, in 2015, collaborating on an ad that showed a boy playing with Barbies for the first time.

If Barbie is getting a makeover to help her reflect how people look in real life, Ken can’t only come in one (clean-cut Caucasian beefcake) form. Even if that means we have to accept Man-Bun Ken.

[h/t The Huffington Post]

Can You Guess the Object Based on the Extreme Close-Up?

A microscope can make even the most familiar objects look unrecognizable. Up close, the things we see every day can appear completely foreign. To see this principle in action, Lenstore.co.uk (which has previously created other impressive hidden image puzzles and optical illusions) created the quiz below, which gives you 30 seconds to figure out what the object is pictured in each extreme close-up photo. Think you can tell the difference between a book, a harp, wheel spokes, and an air filter? Trust us, it’s harder than it sounds.

Close Up by Lenstore

Japan's Nutella Slot Machine Lets Players Win Different Flavor Combinations

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iStock.com/eserka

If you like Nutella, it's impossible to lose with Japan's latest slot machine. Instead of rewarding players with cash, the Nutella Morning Slot dispenses a slice of Nutella toast with a random topping, as Design Taxi alerts us.

Instead of a spinning array of cherries, dollar signs, and numbers, the Nutella slot machine at Japan's Grand Front Osaka mall will feature ingredients. The three spinning wheels will be loaded with different images of bread, Nutella, and toppings. When the wheels stop, users will receive Nutella toast made from those ingredients. The 20 potential flavor combinations include toppings like sliced banana, chopped pistachio, and coconut.

Though it's being advertised as a breakfast stand, the Nutella slot machine will be open to passersby from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.—so people can get their Nutella fix on their way to work, after dinner, or anytime in between. The promotion runs from November 23 to November 25, 2018.

[h/t Design Taxi]

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