At this point, I should state that I already have the same (LITD) Ken, so I know the articulation is pretty good. I have never re-bodied a male before, but how much different could it be from a female, right?
UGH!!! The necks are not a match (INSERT POUTING HERE). I am so disappointed that I cannot switch these heads. Here's the issue:
This is the Ken head I wanted to keep and his original body behind him. As you can see there is a blue little thingy (I don't know what it's called) in his head, but I was able to remove it.
Just a closer look at the blue item I had to take out of the next, which did open up to a larger hole.
Here you can see my issue. The blue item is out, but the new body has a neck the same size as the circumference of Ken's neck. So even if I push that purple hook in, the bottom of Ken's head cannot go into the new neck.
So now what do I do? Well, my choices are limited as I don't plan to keep purchasing bodies and trying to find a match for his neck. I can always see if can re-root and repaint the other head. Which means 'thrift store Ken' may end up donated to my son's after school program. Not a pretty sight. I've seen those little girls be...well...not so kind to the dolls (most of which I donated, so I'm sure those dolls hate me).
But I have to ask: If it's so easy to re-body the females, why, oh, why, can't Mattel be consistent with the heads on the Ken-like dolls? I guess it will just have to remain one of life's mysteries. :-(
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye