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Monday, January 22, 2018

King of the Crystal Cave Ken

Product Features:
First male and fifth doll in the Faraway Forest Collection
Body Type – Articulated Muscular
Facial Sculpt – Tango
Skin Tone – White
Release Date – 18 Apr 2017



I purchased King of the Crystal Cave (without being aware of a major design flaw) because he had a frowny face that appealed to me (though I wish his expression hadn’t been softened by smiley lips).


He arrived dressed in warrior costume, which he was quickly divested of by moi, the deboxer/player/redresser. And that’s when I discovered the flaw. His arms are black! WTF!



The hair is good, but I wish he’d come with extra hands so I could dispose of the fisted left hand.

He was redressed in a long sleeve sweater (no swimsuit for this boy) and I waited to see if he could attract a girl.

Turns out he could turn the heads of plenty a girl.

But I have a sinking feeling he’ll only be able to hang onto one as long as she remains clueless about those black arms.



Cheers!…`*.¸.*´
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19 comments:

  1. He is very handsome in his modern clothes! I do wonder why on earth he has black arms, that's strange, unless it has something to do with the character he represents? The sweater is awesome and fits him wonderfully!

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment. The arms make no sense to me and are really annoying because to my knowledge no other white, articulated Ken body exists to rebody him on.

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  2. LOL...I was really into him until I saw...dun dun dunnnnn...those black arms!! What were they thinking? Anyway, may I ask where you get the clothes that can fit him? I know they aren't Ken clothes.

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    1. His sweater is IT Homme, and his jeans and boots are AF. He's definitely not fitting into regular Ken clothes. I thought about purchasing those new (stiff) muscular playline kens for the clothes, but I didn't see one that came with a long sleeve shirt.

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  3. First, Happy New Year. Second, I am glad Miss Lonely Hearts caught someone's attention. Is there a possible future relationship with the two? Stay tuned for the exciting adventures of Roville. Whooppppeee!!!! Excitteed....

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    1. You put a big smile on my face. I've needed a bit of encouragement to get Roville 2018 off to a start. :)

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  4. I did the exact same thing! I think he is a great looking guy and I was excited to see another skintone for the hunky Superman body. Then when I saw those black arms! What was Mattel thinking?!!! He will always have to wear long sleeved shirts. What a shame!

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    1. It's a terrible, shame, I agree. There is one option of turning lemons into lemonade. Remember the ghostly white Twilight Ken dolls with their stiff bodies? Crystal Cave Ken is a perfect skin tone match, and though the arms have to be hidden this does give Twilight Ken dolls the option of articulation if switched to a Crystal Cave Ken body. The only thing worse than black arms is a stiff body, imo. ;)

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    2. I was thinking the same thing, but I did put my Twilight guys on Asian IT Homme bodies a long time ago. I wonder if anyone has tried to paint the black arms!

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  5. Hi Ro!
    This Ken has a very handsome face and great hair. I almost bought him myself until I read somewhere that the arms are black. As a result, he didn't make it here to Moreville! LOL Happy New Year! :-)

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    1. If I'd known about those arms beforehand he wouldn't have made it to Roville, either. *chuckles* Happy New Year to you, too!

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  6. I was just looking at some photos of guys with totally tattooed arms! I am thinking maybe do something to make it look like he has tattooed arms!

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    1. I like that idea. Sorta do an inverse tat using skin colored paint.

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  7. He is a very nice (handsome) doll. Why Mattel chose black arms is strange. It just does not seem to make sense. Maybe they had a stockpile of black arms from some other doll... He should have no problem pulling the ladies. Lol!

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  8. Yeah, I wish that info would be made public by Mattel! I think if you try to remove the black on the arms it would be a mess! He does have the "come to me" muscles so the girls are going to come and see!

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  9. I too was excited for him then everyone online started posting pics of him and big black arms and that ruined it for me. Mattel made a huge mistake on that. But I still look forward to see how he might fit in to future Roville story lines!!

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  10. He is a very good looking guy, right up until you see those black arms. It's a shame. What was Mattel thinking. Well, it looks like he'll have to love long sleeves and making love in the dark.

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  11. I could feel that WTF about the black arms, lol. I think Mattel did it to appear as though there were a black fabric under the silver net fabric sleeves? Hmmm ... annoying for collectors though. I don't know many - any - doll collectors who like molded on clothes. Shrug. Shame because that does detract from his otherwise hunky everything else. Still, I mean, Tango Ken face ... grrr ....

    I LOVE Phyllis's tattoo idea. Prefer that to "bionic arms" idea. I suppose Superman Ken has a pinker complexion? I can't think of any male action pale enough to swipe the arms from.

    Happy New Year! Great to see your post - and read about Roville 2018 stories. (Fingers crossed.)

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  12. I find all that eye make-up as disconcerting as the black arms. If you can't get the black off the arms with acetone, maybe you can give him a back story about having 2 tattoo sleeves that he no longer liked (something like the picture of an old girlfriend with her name) and wanted to cover up!! ;-)

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