I was putting my extra Moxie body into the spare parts box when I glanced at the headless Ken body laying there. I thought, "Hmmmm," and then I stroked my chin the way mad scientists do when we get a scathingly brilliant idea. Dremel: check. Goggles: check. To the operating theatre!!!
I did try boiling the Ken torso first to see if it would loosen the seams and I could just pull it apart. Didn't work. I thought of freezing it and then popping it open. The possibility of it cracking where I didn't want it to nixed that idea.
I attempted to use the entire upper body. The hope was to sandwich the chest and back around the Moxie. Failure. Then I tried to use just the front so the doll could have a solid ab structure. I didn't care for it.
By cutting just below the pecs I could keep the pivotal chest movement and not hinder its mobility. Success! Mwahaha!
Because Basics Kens and Japan Ken have longer neck stems than a playline version if I had wanted to use one of their heads I would have needed to use one of their bodies. Playline Ken, specifically, A Mermaid Tale 2 Ken, has a rather effeminate face so he works okay with a thinner body.
I think long or 3/4 sleeves might be the way to go fashion wise. Board shorts work well on him too. Those legs are thick enough to be a thin man's or woman's. I decided against reducing the hips for now.
He can fit into the Mini Cooper! He can shift gears and steer the wheel at the 6 o'clock position. However, he can not put his hands at 10 and 2 o'clock.
The patient is recovering nicely and is off to recuperate at an undisclosed location.