I've always thought Action Man was the first ever action figure to dispense with a painted head in favour of 'realistic' flocked hair in 1970 but...
It looks like Barbie's boyfriend Ken beat them too it by nine years!
Being 'Woven fur' it wasn't the same process as AM's flock but the results were similar!
(The pre-flocked, painted head ken.)
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