1975 The Sun Set Malibu Ken, Funtime Ken, Gold Medal Skier Ken & Free Moving Ken & Curtis

THE SUN SET MALIBU KEN #1088

I have discovered several (The Sun Set) Malibu Kens with slightly different looks, markings and boxes. The first one to be made in Taiwan was packaged in a white box, though in Europe and Canada he came in the earlier packaging. His head is quite large, and he has very dark eyebrows and a big smile. All (The Sun Set) Malibu Kens I’ve seen MIB from here on came with green shorts and no towel.

1975 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
1975 #1088 The Sun Set Malibu Ken
1975 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
1975 #1088 The Sun Set Malibu Ken
1975 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
1975 #1088 The Sun Set Malibu Ken
1975 #1088 The Sun Set Malibu Ken identification
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Patd. Other Pats. Pending Taiwan
1975 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
1975 #1088 The Sun Set Malibu Ken in original packaging
1975 #1088 The Sun Set Malibu Ken original packaging
Reverse of packaging

The European/Canadian version kept the earlier packaging.

1975 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
1975 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken (European/Canadian version)
1975 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
Reverse of European/Canadian packaging

FUNTIME KEN #7194

Funtime Ken was a European release. Also known in Italy as Ken In Vacanza. There is a second version from 1976, with the Partytime Ken head and body (see the 1976 boys section).

1975 #7194 Funtime Ken
1975 #7194 Funtime Ken
1975 #7194 Funtime Ken
1975 #7194 Funtime Ken
1975 #7194 Funtime Ken
1975 #7194 Funtime Ken
1975 #7194 Funtime Ken
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Pat’d. Other Pats. Pending Taiwan.
1975 #7194 Funtime Ken in original packaging
1975 #7194 Funtime Ken in original packaging
1975 #7194 Funtime Ken original packaging
Reverse of packaging

GOLD MEDAL SKIER KEN #7261

The Gold Medal Ken Skier has lighter colouring and a smaller head than the Malibu blondes. Also known in Canada as Ken Médaille d’Or Ski and in the Netherlands as Ken op skies. I have seen a special Sears Winter Sports packaging for their Gold Medal Barbies (a printed pink and white box), so presumably there was a similar box for their Gold Medal Kens.

1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken
1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken
1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken
1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken
1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken
1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken
1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken
1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken accessories
1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken identification
Identification: © 1968 Mattel. Inc. Taiwan U.S. &. Foreign Patd. Patd in Cannda* 1967.
1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken in original packaging
1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken in original packaging

* Printing error for Canada

1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken variation interior packaging
1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken variation interior packaging
1975 #7261 Gold Medal Skier Ken reverse of packaging
Reverse of packaging

This Canadian Skier Ken has obviously been removed from the box, so the authenticity of the wrist tag is dubious. If genuine it makes him unique, as no other Ken after 1974 came with a wrist tag.

1975 #7261 Médaille d'or Ken Ski (Canadian version)
1975 #7261 Médaille d’or Ken Ski (Canadian version)
1975 #7261 Médaille d'or Ken Ski (Canadian version)
Reverse of Canadian packaging

The Free Moving boys both came with tennis and golf accessories. The outfit is a one-piece – the first to be made like this. They are both great dolls, though quite brittle, so need to be handled carefully. Despite using the Brad head-mold, Mattel called the black version Curtis. No other Curtis dolls were produced, and no other clothing was designed for him. In Canada Ken was also known as Ken La Sportive (see box below – surely a printing error for Le Sportif?), and in Italy they were also known as Ken Sportivo and Curtis Sportivo.

FREE MOVING KEN #7280

1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken accessories
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken identification
Identification: © 1968 Mattel, Inc Taiwan U.S. Patent Pending.
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken in original packaging
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken in original packaging
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken in original packaging
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken (variation liner)
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken
Reverse of packaging
1975 #7280 Ken La Sportive (Canadian version)
1975 #7280 Ken La Sportive (Canadian version)
1975 #7280 Ken La Sportive (Canadian version)
Reverse of Canadian packaging

FREE MOVING CURTIS #7282

1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis accessories
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis
Identification: © 1968 Mattel, Inc Taiwan U.S. Patent Pending.
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis in original packaging
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis in original packaging
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis in original packaging
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis (variation liner)
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis in original packaging
Reverse of packaging

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

From 1975 Mattel Toys Spring Introductions catalogue
From 1975 Mattel Toys Spring Introductions catalogue
From 1975 Mattel Toys '75 catalogue
From Mattel Toys ’75 catalogue
From Mattel Toys '75 catalogue
From Mattel Toys ’75 catalogue
From 1975 Sears Wish Book
From 1975 Sears Wish Book
From 1975 Sears Wish Book
From 1975 Sears Wish Book
From 1975 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1975 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue

Mod Hair Ken was still being sold in 1975, and the Montgomery Ward catalogue offered their tuxedo-version Mod Hair Ken from 1974 at a discount price.

From 1975 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1975 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1975 Eaton's Christmas catalogue
From 1975 Eaton’s Christmas catalogue
From 1975 Shop-Rite Buying Guide
From 1975 Shop-Rite Buying Guide
From 1975 White Stores Inc. Christmas catalogue
From 1975 White Stores Inc. Christmas catalogue
From 1975 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1975 Aldens Christmas catalogue

JCPenney still shows an original Sun Set Malibu Ken, though I doubt he was the version actually sold. The text certainly makes no mention of a towel.

From 1975 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1975 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1975 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1975 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1975 Simpsons Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1975 Simpsons Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1975 Simpsons Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1975 Simpsons Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1975 Italian Barbie booklet
From 1975 Italian Barbie booklet

The Italian Mattel dealer catalogue for 1975 still shows the original Sun Set Malibu Ken.

From 1975 Italian Mattel Toy catalogue
From 1975 Italian Mattel Toy catalogue
From 1975 Italian Mattel Toy catalogue
From 1975 Italian Mattel Toy catalogue
From 1975 Belgian Barbie booklet
From 1975 Belgian Barbie booklet
From 1975 Belgian Barbie booklet
From 1975 Belgian Barbie booklet
From 1975 Belgian Barbie booklet
From 1975 Belgian Barbie booklet
From 1975 French Barbie booklet
From 1975 French Barbie booklet
From 1975 French Barbie booklet
From 1975 French Barbie booklet
From 1975 German Barbie booklet
From 1975 German Barbie booklet
From 1975 German Barbie booklet
From 1975 German Barbie booklet
From 1975 German Barbie booklet
From 1975 German Barbie booklet
From 1975 German Barbie booklet
From 1975 German Barbie booklet
From 1975 Dutch Barbie booklet
From 1975 Dutch Barbie booklet
1975 German Funtime Ken advertisement
1975 German Funtime Ken advertisement
From 1975 German Hertie catalogue
From 1975 German Hertie catalogue
From 1975 German Franz Carl Weber catalogue
From 1975 German Franz Carl Weber catalogue
From 1975 French Pro-Jouets catalogue
From 1975 French Pro-Jouets catalogue

ARTICULATION

With their jointed waists and tabs on their backs, the Free Moving dolls can be moved and fixed into various positions. Unfortunately they are also fragile and brittle, and are very easily broken. Free Moving Ken is relatively easy and inexpensive to find MIB online, but Free Moving Curtis obviously wasn’t produced in the same quantities, and is now quite a rare doll.

1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken
1975 #7280 Free Moving Ken
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis
1975 #7282 Free Moving Curtis