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A Ken in Barbie’s Clothing

July 20, 1990

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Barbie and Ken dolls have changed through the years, but a woman here believes she’s purchased a one-of-a-kind - a Ken doll dressed in Barbie’s clothing.

When Carina Guillot and her 12-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, shopped in a toy store Wednesday night, they were shocked to find a ″My First Ken″ doll clad in a purple tank top and lace apron over a turquoise and purple skirt.

″My daughter was looking at the Barbies. I was looking at the Kens,″ said Mrs. Guillot. ″When I looked at this one, I said, ’Oh, my God, now we have a crossed-dressed Ken.‴

Toys R Us store director Greg Warren said Thursday he and other employees examined the cardboard package and concluded its seal was intact. Employees found no duplicates, Warren said.

Mattel Inc. spokeswoman Donna Gibbs said she had ″no idea how this woman got the Ken doll she got.″ ″This either slipped through or something happened on the retail level, but I’d guess it slipped through the inspectors,″ she said, adding that Mattel would replace the $8.99 doll.

″We don’t want another Ken doll,″ Mrs. Guillot said. ″This is like a real collector’s item.″

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