Heart Family Dad

Between 1985 and 1990 Mattel released a Barbie & Ken spin-off series called The Heart Family. This is a vast series, presumably produced for very young children. It is mostly quite tacky and even a little creepy: Mom & Dad are rather dwarfed by their massive, cartoon-like offspring. It is worth mentioning however, as ‘Dad’ is basically Ken under a different name, and he does have a few interesting outfits.


THE DADS

Mattel produced eight differently-themed dads in total, each with their own outfit. There are Canadian (La Famille Boncoeur) and European versions (Famille Doucoeur, Die Familie mit Herz, Famiglia Cuore), some with variations. Mattel Mexico (La Familia Heart) and Rotoplast in Venezuela (Familia Corazón) also produced slight variations of many sets. Shown here are all the versions I’ve so far discovered, but there are undoubtedly many more. Mattel Spain produced their own Familia Corazón versions. Their dads have slightly different looks, variation fabric outfits, and most of them have the straight-arm body mold. All dads keep the same head-molds throughout the entire series, with the exception of the black Disneyland dad from 1990.

DAD & BABY #9079 & #9719 (1985)

This first dad came without a wedding ring. Someone must have alerted Mattel to the ‘moral’ implications of this, as all later dads sport a painted-on silver ring. Oddly, the Mattel Spain dad also has a ring on the left hand, even though in Spain (and many other European countries) the wedding ring is worn on the right.

1985 #9079 Dad & Baby
1985 #9079 Dad & Baby
1985 #9079 Dad & Baby
1985 #9079 Dad & Baby
1985 #9079 Dad & Baby
1985 #9079 Dad & Baby
1985 #9079 Dad & Baby
1985 #9079 Dad & Baby
1985 #9079 Dad & Baby
Identification: © Mattel Inc. 1968 Taiwan
1985 #9079 Dad & Baby
1985 #9079 Dad & Baby in original packaging
1985 #9079 Dad & Baby (European version)
1985 #9079 Dad & Baby (European version)
1985 #9079 Papa y Bebe (Spanish version)
1985 #9079 Papá y Bebé (Spanish version)
1985 #9719 Dad & Baby
1985 #9719 Dad & Baby

THE CLONES

A similar set exists by the Greek company EL GRECO, who also produced their own Barbie & Ken type dolls. For some reason the baby is usually upside-down. Plasty in Germany also produced several similar sets with their Fred doll.

1985 Dad & Baby clone version by ElGreco
c.1985 Dad & Baby clone version by ElGreco
c.1986 Fred and Baby by Plasty (Germany)
c.1985 Fred & Baby by Plasty (Germany)

NEW ARRIVAL SET#2415 & #2499 (1986)

1986 #2415 New Arrival Set
1986 #2415 New Arrival Set
1986 #2415 New Arrival Set
1986 #2415 New Arrival Set (Canadian version)
1986 #2499 New Arrival Dad by Mattel Mexico
1986 #2415 New Arrival Dad by Mattel Mexico
1986 #2499 New Arrival
1986 #2499 New Arrival

SURPRISE PARTY! #2382 & #2512 (1986)

1986 #2382 Surprise Party
1986 #2382 Surprise Party!
1986 #2382 Surprise Party (European)
1986 #2382 Surprise Party (European)
1986 #2512 Surprise Party
1986 #2512 Surprise Party
1986 #2382 Aniversario
1986 #2382 Aniversario (Spanish version)
1986 #2382 Aniversario
1986 #2382 Aniversario (Spanish version)
1986 #2382 Aniversario
1986 #2382 Aniversario (Spanish)
1986 #2382 Aniversario
1986 #2382 Aniversario (Spanish version) accessories
1986 #2382 Aniversario
Identification: © Mattel Inc. 1968 Spain
1986 #2382 Aniversario
1986 #2382 Aniversario (Spanish version)

KISS & CUDDLE #3141 & #3769 (1987)

1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle (Canadian version)
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle (Canadian version)
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle (European version)
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle (European version)
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle (European version)
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle (European version)
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle (European version)
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle (European version)
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle (European version)
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle (European version) shoes
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle (European version)
Identification: © Mattel Inc. 1968 Taiwan
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle (European version)
1987 #3141 Kiss & Cuddle (European version)

The Mattel Spain Kiss & Cuddle dad also has the articulated body-mold.

1987 #3141 Mimitos (Spanish version)
1987 #3141 Mimitos (Spanish version)
1987 #56-3141 Vestidos de Fiesta (Venezuelan version)
1987 #56-3141 Vestidos de Fiesta (Venezuelan version)
1987 #3769 Kiss & Cuddle
1987 #3769 Kiss & Cuddle

All regular dads except New Arrival were also available in deluxe box sets together with a mom, girl and boy.


ESTRELA (BRAZIL) DADS

Some of the licensed South American companies produced their own versions. Rotoplast in Venezuela obviously produced the Dads featured above (and at least three Familia Corazón deluxe sets), and Estrela in Brazil produced these Família Coração dads below.

Estrela uniquely used the Great Shape era head-mold, with a reddish, mid-brown hair colour. Unlike the various regular dads though, which all have slight variations to hair and face-paint, making it just about possible to tell them apart, the Estrela dads have absolutely identical looks and markings. I haven’t yet discovered if Estrela produced any extra clothing sets, but they certainly produced some uniquely-themed dads. The outfits fasten with buttons, exactly like the Estrela outfits for Bob and Ken.

#10.60.(?) CHEGADA DO NENÊ (1986)

1986 Chegada Do Nenê set
1986 Chegada Do Nenê set
1986 Chegada Do Nenê set
1986 Chegada Do Nenê set

#10.60.30 DIA DE FESTA (1986)

1986 #106030 Dia de Festa
1986 #10.60.30 Dia de Festa
1986 #106030 Dia de Festa
1986 #10.60.30 Dia de Festa
1986 #106030 Dia de Festa
1986 #10.60.30 Dia de Festa
1986 #106030 Dia de Festa
1986 #10.60.30 Dia de Festa
#10.60.30 Dia de Festa accessories
#10.60.30 Dia de Festa accessories
1986 #106030 Dia de Festa
1986 #10.60.30 Dia de Festa prototype

#10.60.31 DIA DE PASSEAR (1986)

#106031 Pai e Filho Dia de Passear
1986 #10.60.31 Dia de Passear
#106031 Pai e Filho Dia de Passear
1986 #10.60.31 Dia de Passear
#10.60.31 Dia de Passear
1986 #10.60.31 Dia de Passear
#10.60.31 Dia de Passear
1986 #10.60.31 Dia de Passear
#106031 Pai e Filho Dia de Passear
1986 #10.60.31 Dia de Passear accessories
1986 #10.60.31 Dia de Passear
1986 #10.60.31 Dia de Passear

#10.60.32 DIA DE ESPORTE (1986)

1986 #10.60.32 Dia de Esporte
1986 #10.60.32 Dia de Esporte

1986 #10.60.33 DIA DE PRAIA (1986)

1986 #106033 Dia de Praia
1986 #10.60.33 Dia de Praia
1986 #106033 Dia de Praia
1986 #10.60.33 Dia de Praia
1986 #106033 Dia de Praia
1986 #10.60.33 Dia de Praia
1986 #106033 Dia de Praia
1986 #10.60.33 Dia de Praia sneakers

#10.60.(34?) DIA DE ESPORTE (1987)

1987 #10.60.(34?) Dia de Esporte
1987 #10.60.(34?) Dia de Esporte

#10.60.35 DIA DE FESTA (1987)

#106035 Dia de Festa
#10.60.35 Dia de Festa

From reverse of Familia Coracao packaging
From reverse of Familia Coracao packaging
1986-7 Estrela Brazil booklets
1986-7 Estrela Brazil booklets

THE OUTFITS

Four Dad & Baby outfits were released between 1985 and 1986. I have found regular US, Canadian, and European versions, plus Mattel Spain versions of the first three outfits.

DAD AND BABY FASHIONS #9597

1985 #9597 Dad & Baby Fashions
1985 #9597 Dad & Baby Fashions
1985 #9597 Dad & Baby Fashions
1985 #9597 Dad & Baby Fashions
1985 #9597 Dad & Baby Fashions
1985 #9597 Dad & Baby Fashions
1985 #9597 Dad & Baby Fashions
1985 #9597 Dad & Baby Fashions accessories
1985 #9597 Dad & Baby Fashions
US, European, Canadian & Spanish versions

FAMILY FASHIONS JOGGING OUTFIT #2620

1986 #2620 Jogging Outfit
1986 #2620 Jogging Outfit
1986 #2620 Jogging Outfit
1986 #2620 Jogging Outfit
1986 #2620 Jogging Outfit
1986 #2620 Jogging Outfit
1986 #2620 Jogging Outfit
1986 #2620 Jogging Outfit accessories
1986 #2620 Jogging Outfit
US, European, Canadian & Spanish versions

FAMILY FASHIONS HIKING OUTFIT #2622

1986 #2622 Hiking Outfit
1986 #2622 Hiking Outfit
1986 #2622 Hiking Outfit
1986 #2622 Hiking Outfit
1986 #2622 Hiking Outfit
1986 #2622 Hiking Outfit
1986 #2622 Hiking Outfit
1986 #2622 Hiking Outfit accessories
1986 #2622 Hiking Outfit
US, European, Canadian & Spanish versions

FAMILY FASHIONS BEACH OUTFIT #2624

1986 #2624 Beach Outfit
1986 #2624 Beach Outfit
1986 #2624 Beach Outfit
1986 #2624 Beach Outfit
1986 #2624 Beach Outfit
1986 #2624 Beach Outfit
1986 #2624 Beach Outfit
1986 #2624 Beach Outfit accessories
1986 #2624 Beach Outfit
US, European & Canadian versions

THE BOX SETS

Three FUN! box sets were released in 1987 and all contain outfits for dad. There were at least three versions produced of each set: the regular US, European, and a separate version by Mattel Spain. I have discovered a Mattel Mexico version of Water Fun!, so presumably they also produced all three sets.

CAMPING FUN! #3146

From 1987 #3146 Camping Fun
From 1987 #3146 Camping Fun!
From 1987 #3146 Camping Fun
From 1987 #3146 Camping Fun!
From 1987 #3146 Camping Fun
From 1987 #3146 Camping Fun!
From 1987 #3146 Camping Fun
From 1987 #3146 Camping Fun!
1987 #3146 Camping Fun!
US, European & Spanish versions

SNOW FUN! #3147
The Snow Fun! box photo shows a different fabric for the pullovers etc. to the one actually used, i.e. the tackier ‘heart’ fabric, shown here. This heart fabric was used in all versions of this set.

From 1987 #3147 Snow Fun!
From 1987 #3147 Snow Fun!
From 1987 #3147 Snow Fun!
From 1987 #3147 Snow Fun!
From 1987 #3147 Snow Fun!
From 1987 #3147 Snow Fun!
From 1987 #3147 Snow Fun!
From 1987 #3147 Snow Fun!
1987 #3147 Snow Fun!
European & Spanish versions

WATER FUN! #3148

The Water Fun! set contains a pair of swim trunks for dad.

1987 #3148 Water Fun!
US, European, Spanish & Mexican versions

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

From 1985 Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1985 Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1985 Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1985 Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1986 Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1987 Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1987 Mattel Toys catalogue

The Christmas catalogues offered their own brand Dad and Baby outfits.

From 1985 Sears Wish Book
From 1985 Sears Wish Book
From 1986 Sears Wish Book
From 1986 Sears Wish Book
From 1986 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1986 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1987 Sears Wish Book For Kids
From 1987 Sears Wish Book For Kids
From 1987 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1987 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1987 Canadian Sears Wish Book
From 1987 Canadian Sears Wish Book
From 1987 French Heart Family booklet
From 1987 French Heart Family booklet
From 1987 French Heart Family booklet
From 1987 French Heart Family booklet