1976 Malibu Ken, Funtime Ken, Gold Medal Ken & The Now Look Ken

In 1976 Ken packaging was given a new style logo, which was used right through the Superstar era and beyond.


MALIBU KEN #1088

The 1976 Malibu Ken (The Sun Set was dropped from here on) was sold in both Taiwan and Hong Kong versions, and came in a new pink box. The shorts I’ve photographed him in here aren’t exactly the right pair. The exact ones were a more yellowish-green with darker stitching, as shown with the boxed version.

1976 #1088 Malibu Ken (Taiwan)
1976 #1088 Malibu Ken (Taiwan)
1976 #1088 Malibu Ken (Taiwan)
1976 #1088 Malibu Ken
1976 #1088 Malibu Ken (Taiwan)
1976 #1088 Malibu Ken
1976 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken (Taiwan)
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Patd. Other Pats. Pending Taiwan.
1976 #1088 Malibu Ken (Taiwan) in original packaging
1976 #1088 Malibu Ken (Taiwan) in original packaging
1976 #1088 Malibu Ken (Taiwan) reverse of packaging
Reverse of packaging

This handsome Ken with lighter eyebrows and slight variation markings was found in Europe, but came without any clothing, so I’m not 100% sure which Ken he was. I’ve never found a boxed Ken which looks exactly like him: he looks a little like the Gold Medal Skier Ken (see 1975 Boys section), but has Malibu Ken style markings. My guess is that he was a Malibu Ken packaged and dressed like the one above.

Probably 1976 #1088 Malibu Ken (Made in Taiwan)
Probably 1976 #1088 Malibu Ken (Made in Taiwan)
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Patd. Other Pats. Pending Taiwan
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Patd. Other Pats. Pending Taiwan

The Hong Kong version is almost identically-packaged, but looks quite different, with rear-facing hands and longer shorts.

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1976 #1088 Malibu Ken (Hong Kong) in original packaging
1975_1088_Sun_Set_Malibu_Ken_Hong_Kong_02
Reverse of packaging

FUNTIME KEN #7194

A second version of Funtime Ken was produced, using this new Hong Kong mold. He appears to have been packaged in the same box as previously. In Italy he was also known as Ken in Vacanza.

1976 #7194 Funtime Ken
1976 #7194 Funtime Ken
1976 #7194 Funtime Ken
1976 #7194 Funtime Ken
1976 #7194 Funtime Ken
1976 #7194 Funtime Ken
1976 #7194 Funtime Ken
Identification: 1088 0500 2 © Mattel Inc. 1968 Hong Kong.
1976 #7194 Funtime Ken in original packaging
1976 #7194 Funtime Ken in original packaging
1976 #7194 Funtime Ken
Reverse of packaging

GOLD MEDAL KEN #7380

Gold Medal Ken was released in Europe (and presumably Canada, where the Olympics were held). Also known in the Netherlands as Olympic Ken, in Germany as Gold Ken, and in France as Ken Olympique. A variation of this doll was released in Canada and Italy the following year (see the 1977 boys section). His box has the same design on the reverse.

1976 #7380 Gold Medal Ken
1976 #7380 Gold Medal Ken
1976 #7380 Gold Medal Ken
1976 #7380 Gold Medal Ken
1976 #7380 Gold Medal Ken
1976 #7380 Gold Medal Ken
1976 #7380 Gold Medal Ken
1976 #7380 Gold medal shown from both sides
1976 #7380 Gold Medal Ken
Identification: 1088 0500 4 © Mattel Inc.1968 Hong Kong.
1976 #7380 Gold Medal Ken original packaging
1976 #7380 Gold Medal Ken original packaging

THE NOW LOOK KEN #9342

The first version of The Now Look Ken appeared. He has jaw-length rooted hair and side-pointing hands. He was the first Ken to have the ‘feathered’ eyebrow design. Until then, all Mod Kens had been given perfect crescent eyebrows. Maybe the thicker eyebrows were to compensate for the long hair, and make him look more manly.
In Germany he was also known as To-Day-Look Ken, in Italy as Nuovo Ken Capelli Vere, and in France as Ken a la mode.

1976 #9342 The Now Look Ken
1976 #9342 The Now Look Ken
1976 #9342 The Now Look Ken
1976 #9342 The Now Look Ken
1976 #9342 The Now Look Ken
1976 #9342 The Now Look Ken
1976 #9342 The Now Look Ken
1976 #9342 The Now Look Ken accessories
1976 #9342 The Now Look Ken
Identification: © 1968 Mattel, Inc. U.S. & For. Pat’d. Other Pats. Pending Taiwan.
1976 #9342 The Now Look Ken in original packaging
1976 #9342 The Now Look Ken in original packaging
1976 #9342 The Now Look Ken original packaging
Reverse of packaging

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

From 1976 Movin' with Mattel catalogue
From 1976 Movin’ with Mattel catalogue
From 1976 Sears Wish Book
From 1976 Sears Wish Book
From 1976 Sears Wish Book
From 1976 Sears Wish Book
From 1976 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1976 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1976 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1976 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1976 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1976 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1976 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1976 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1976 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1976 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1976 True Value catalogue
From 1976 True Value catalogue

Note that Busy Ken (Ken Mani Vere) from 1972 was obviously still available in Italy.

From 1976 Italian Barbie booklet
From 1976 Italian Barbie booklet
From 1976 Italian Barbie booklet
From 1976 Italian Barbie booklet
From 1976 Italian Mattel catalogue
From 1976 Italian Mattel catalogue
From 1976 Italian Mattel catalogue
From 1976 Italian Mattel catalogue
1976 Belgian Barbie booklet
1976 Belgian Barbie booklet
1976 Belgian Barbie booklet
1976 Belgian Barbie booklet
From 1976 German Barbie booklet
From 1976 German Barbie booklet
From 1976 German Barbie booklet
From 1976 German Barbie booklet
From 1976 German Barbie booklet
From 1976 German Barbie booklet
From 1976 German Barbie booklet
From 1976 German Barbie booklet
From 1976 French Barbie booklet
From 1976 French Barbie booklet
1976 German Mattel advertisement
1976 German Mattel advertisement
1976 European Gold Medal Ken advertisements
1976 European Gold Medal Ken advertisements