1986 Tropical Ken, Dream Glow Ken, Music Lovin’ Ken & Great Shape (Walkman) Ken

The Rockers collection began this year. All information about the Kens and Dereks from this series can be found in the section 1986-87 Derek & Ken Rockers. During 1986 production of dolls moved from Hong Kong and Taiwan to Malaysia, so these Kens can be found with either markings.


TROPICAL KEN

Tropical Ken was released domestically as a Caucasian and a black doll. In Canada he was also known as Ken Sous les Tropiques, and in France as Ken Tropiques. Mattel Spain produced their own version and Rotoplast in Venezuela made a version with the more articulated body-mold. Mattel Mexico called their version Ken Malibu. The fabric used for the lei can vary, even with the regular US Kens.

TROPICAL KEN #1020

1986 #1020 Tropical Ken
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken lei
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Patd. Other Pats. Pending Hong Kong
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken in original packaging (Hong Kong)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken in original packaging (Made in Hong Kong)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken
Reverse of packaging (Made in Hong Kong)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken in original packaging
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken in original packaging (Made in Malaysia)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken (Malaysia)
Reverse of packaging (Made in Malaysia)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken (Canadian version)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken (Canadian version)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken (Canadian version)
Reverse of Canadian packaging (Made in Hong Kong)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken (European version made in Hong Kong)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken (European version made in Hong Kong)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken (Reverse of European packaging made in Hong Kong)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken (European version made in Malaysia)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken (European version made in Malaysia)
1986 #1020 Ken Tropical (Venezuelan version)
1986 #1020 Ken Tropical (Venezuelan version)
#1020 Ken Tropical by Rotoplast
Reverse of Venezuelan packaging
1986 #1020 Ken Malibu (Mexican version)
1986 #1020 Ken Malibu (Mexican version)
1986 #1020 Ken Malibu (Mexican version)
Reverse of Mexican packaging

My Mattel Spain version below is missing his lei, but he does have his original shorts. Like the other Mattel Spain Kens for 1986, he has no markings on his back.

1986 #1020 Tropical Ken (Spanish version)
1986 #1020 Ken Tropical (Spanish version)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken (Spanish version)
1986 #1020 Ken Tropical (Spanish version)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken (Spanish version)
1986 #1020 Ken Tropical (Spanish version)
1986 #1020 Tropical Ken (Spanish version)
1986 #1020 Ken Tropical (Spanish version)
1986 #1020 Ken Tropical Spanish packaging
1986 #1020 Ken Tropical Spanish packaging

TROPICAL KEN #1023

1986 #1023 Tropical Ken in original packaging
1986 #1023 Tropical Ken in original packaging (Made in Hong Kong)
1986 #1023 Tropical Ken
Reverse of packaging (Made in Hong Kong)
1986 #1023 Tropical Ken in original packaging (Malaysia)
1986 #1023 Tropical Ken in original packaging (Made in Malaysia)
1986 #1023 Tropical Ken reverse of packaging (Malaysia)
Reverse of packaging (Made in Malaysia)

DREAM GLOW KEN

Dream Glow Ken was available domestically as a Caucasian and a black Ken. In Germany he was also known as Zauberglanz Ken, in Italy as Ken Luce di Stelle, in France as Ken Féerie, and in Canada as Ken Eclat de Rêve. In 1988 (box date) he was repackaged in a very limited edition as Party Ken. Mattel Spain produced their own version called Ken Destellos which, like the Mattel Spain Ken Tropical above, has no markings on his back or bottom. There was also a Ken Sueño de Estrellas version produced by Rotoplast in Venezuela with darker skin, the Derek head-mold and a variation fabric outfit. Mattel Mexico also possibly produced a Ken Star Destello Mágico version as companion to their Barbie.

DREAM GLOW KEN #2250

1986 #2250 Dream Glow Ken in original packaging
1986 #2250 Dream Glow Ken in original packaging
1986 #2250 Dream Glow Ken
Reverse of packaging (Made in Taiwan)
1986 #2250 Dream Glow Ken (Canadian version)
1986 #2250 Dream Glow Ken (Canadian version)
1986 #2250 Dream Glow Ken (Canadian version)
Reverse of Canadian packaging (Made in Taiwan)
1986 #2250 Dream Glow Ken (European version)
1986 #2250 Dream Glow Ken (European version)
1986 #2250 Dream Glow Ken (European version)
Reverse of European packaging (Made in Malaysia)
1986 #2250 Destellos Ken (Spanish version)
1986 #2250 Ken Destellos (Spanish version)
1986 #2250 Destellos Ken (Spanish version)
1986 #2250 Ken Destellos (Spanish version)
1986 #2250 Destellos Ken (Spanish version)
1986 #2250 Ken Destellos (Spanish version)
1986 #2250 Destellos Ken (Spanish version)
1986 #2250 Ken Destellos (Spanish version) accessories
1986 #2250 Destellos Ken (Spanish version)
1986 #2250 Ken Destellos (Spanish version) label
1986 #2250 Destellos Ken (Spanish version)
1986 #2250 Ken Destellos (Spanish version)
1986 #2250 Ken Destellos (Spanish version)
1986 #2250 Ken Destellos (Spanish version)
1986 #2250 Destellos Ken (Spanish version)
Reverse of Spanish packaging

I haven’t yet found any printed reference to this Party Ken, but the only NRFB versions I’ve discovered so far were sold in Australia.

1989 #2250 Party Ken
1989 #2250 Party Ken
1989 #2250 Party Ken
Reverse of packaging

DREAM GLOW KEN #2421

1986 #2421 Dream Glow Ken in original packaging
1986 #2421 Dream Glow Ken in original packaging
1986 #2421 Dream Glow Ken reverse
Reverse of packaging

DREAM GLOW KEN #51-0277

1986 #51-0277 Dream Glow Ken (Venezuelan version)
1986 #51-0277 Dream Glow Ken (Venezuelan version)
1986 #51-0277 Dream Glow Ken (Venezuelan version)
Reverse of Venezuelan packaging

MUSIC LOVIN’ KEN #2388

Music Lovin’ Ken was released in Canada, Europe and Mexico. In France he was also known as Ken Tempo or Ken Super Tempo, in Germany as Music Ken, in Italy and Spain as Ken Music, and in Canada as Ken Melomane. Only the Canadian version describes his personal stereo as a “Walkman”, so presumably Mattel only had the Walkman name rights for North America. The Mattel Mexico version is called Ken Sport Music, and has the more articulated body-mold.

1986 #2388 Music Lovin' Ken
1986 #2388 Music Lovin’ Ken
1986 #2388 Music Lovin' Ken
1986 #2388 Music Lovin’ Ken
1986 #2388 Music Lovin' Ken
1986 #2388 Music Lovin’ Ken
1986 #2388 Music Lovin' Ken
1986 #2388 Music Lovin’ Ken accessories
1986 #2388 Music Lovin' Ken
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. Hong Kong
1986 #2388 Music Lovin' Ken
1986 #2388 Music Lovin’ Ken (European version)
1986 #2388 Music Lovin' Ken
Reverse of European packaging
1986 #2388 Music Lovin' Ken (Canadian version)
1986 #2388 Music Lovin’ Ken (Canadian version)
1986 #2388 Music Lovin' Ken (Canadian packaging)
Reverse of Canadian packaging
1986 Ken Super Tempo (French Tempo)
1986 #(?) Ken Super Tempo (French version)
1986 #2388 Ken Music (Spanish version)
1986 #2388 Ken Music (Spanish version)
1986 #2388 Ken Sport Music (Mexican version)
1986 #2388 Ken Sport Music (Mexican version)
1986 #2388 Ken Sport Music (Mexican version)
Reverse of Mexican packaging

GREAT SHAPE KEN #7318

In the US Great Shape Ken was now repackaged with a Walkman.

1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken accessories
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Patd. Other Pats. Pending Malaysia
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken in original packaging
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken in original packaging
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken original packaging
Reverse of packaging
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken in original packaging
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken in original packaging (Variation eyebrows)
1986 #7318 Great Shape Ken reverse of packaging
Reverse of packaging

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

From 1986 World of Fashion booklet
From 1986 World of Fashion booklet
From 1986 World of Fashion booklet
From 1986 World of Fashion booklet
From Mattel Toys 1986 catalogue
From Mattel Toys 1986 catalogue
From Mattel Toys 1986 catalogue
From Mattel Toys 1986 catalogue
From Mattel Toys 1986 catalogue
From Mattel Toys 1986 catalogue
From 1986 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1986 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
1986 Target advertisement
1986 Target advertisement
From 1986 Sears Toys Specialog
From 1986 Sears Toys Specialog
From 1986 Sears Wish Book
From 1986 Sears Wish Book
From 1986 Sears Wish Book
From 1986 Sears Wish Book
From 1986 British Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 British Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 British Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 British Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 German Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 German Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 German Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 German Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 German Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 German Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 German Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 German Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 French Barbie booklet
From 1986 French Barbie booklet
From 1986 French Barbie booklet
From 1986 French Barbie booklet
From 1986 French Barbie booklet
From 1986 French Barbie booklet
From 1986 French Barbie booklet
From 1986 French Barbie booklet
From 1986 French 1000 Jouets en Technicolor catalogue
From 1986 French 1000 Jouets en Technicolor catalogue
From 1986 Italian Barbie booklet
From 1986 Italian Barbie booklet

The Spanish Mattel promotional material and packaging mostly used stock photos, even though their dolls look quite different from the regular versions. The real Spanish Dream Glow Ken is pictured in the catalogue of the Spanish department store El Corte Inglés.

From 1986 Spanish Mattel catalogue
From 1986 Spanish Mattel catalogue
From 1986 Spanish Mattel catalogue
From 1986 Spanish Mattel catalogue
From 1986 Spanish Barbie booklet
From 1986 Spanish Barbie booklet
From 1986 Spanish Barbie booklet
From 1986 Spanish Barbie booklet
From 1986 Spanish El Cortes Inglés catalogue
From 1986 Spanish El Corte Inglés catalogue

The ONLY AT SEARS tag between the Music Lovin’ dolls certainly suggests that they were Sears exclusives.

From 1986 Canadian Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1986 Canadian Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1986 Canadian Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1986 Canadian Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1987 Canadian Sears Wish Book
From 1987 Canadian Sears Christmas catalogue