KEN & FRIENDS: MALE FASHION DOLLS & CLOTHING FROM 1961-1987
1985 The Outfits
TWICE AS NICE
The Twice As Nice reversible fashion range continued, all produced in Taiwan. Mattel used some experimental fabrics here, which didn’t all stand the test of time. All my pieces are in mint condition, but the red vest from #9114 flakes, and the silver paint on the jacket from #9116 has been known to melt together.
Included here are a few exceptionally rare outfits (or parts of) produced by Mattel Spain. Most Mattel Spain outfits are similar to the regular versions, with slightly different construction techniques and different fabrics. The shoes are made of a hard plastic, but unlike the regular ones, have no markings. The Spanish versions of the Twice As Nice outfits shown below are noticeably different (and non-reversible). You can find other examples of Mattel Spain outfits and dolls in the sections 1986 The Outfits, 1986-87 Derek & Ken Rockers, Heart Family Dad and Mattel Spain & Mattel France.
TWICE AS NICE #9113
TWICE AS NICE #9114
TWICE AS NICE #9115
The 1985 Twice As Nice European packaging was almost identical from the front, with just minor differences to the layout.
TWICE AS NICE #9116
TWICE AS NICE #9117
TWICE AS NICE #4888
This outfit is a reissue/repackaging of #4888 Rain or Shine from 1984.
REVERSE OF TWICE AS NICE PACKAGING
TV Sports Reporter! #9086
This is a one-off outfit designed to fit with Mattel’s Day-to-Night Ken released this year. Mattel Spain also produced a version of this outfit called Ejecutivo #9086. It can be seen in the Spanish Barbie booklet below.