1970 New Good-Lookin’ (Talking) Ken & New (Talking) Brad

NEW GOOD-LOOKIN’ TALKING KEN #1111

The original New Good-Lookin’ Talking Ken was quickly replaced by a second version which came in the same packaging, but wearing a turquoise and orange beach outfit. There is also a Spanish-speaking version of this Ken. Later versions of the regular English-speaking Ken have a differently designed box, which fits better to Brad’s. They were all produced in Mexico and came with a clear plastic stand.

1970 #1111 New Good-Lookin' Talking Ken in original packaging
1970 #1111 New Good-Lookin’ Talking Ken in original packaging
1970 #1111 New Good-Lookin' Talking Ken original packaging
Reverse of packaging
1970 #8372 Nuevo y Más Guapo Ken que habla in original packaging
1970 #8372 Nuevo y Más Guapo Ken que habla in original packaging
1970 #8372 Talking Ken Spanish
Reverse of packaging

What the Spanish-speaking Ken said:
Hola, me llamo Ken.
Vamos al gran juego este noche.
Vas a la fiesta?
Por que no vamos al cine?
Escuchamos los discos de Barbie?
Vamos a visitar Barbie.

1970 #1111 New Good-Lookin' Talking Ken
1970 #1111 New Good-Lookin’ Talking Ken (New box version)
1970 #1111 New Good-Lookin' Talking Ken packaging reverse
Reverse of packaging

NEW GOOD-LOOKIN’ KEN #1124

A non-talking version of New Good-Lookin’ Ken was also released, with a new beach outfit.

1970 #1124 New Good-Lookin' Ken
1970 #1124 New Good-Lookin’ Ken
1970 #1124 New Good Lookin' Ken
1970 #1124 New Good Lookin’ Ken
1970 #1124 New Good-Lookin' Ken
1970 #1124 New Good-Lookin’ Ken
1970 #1124 New Good Lookin' Ken
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Pat’d. Other Pat’s. Pending Mexico.
1970 #1124 New Good-Lookin' Ken in original packaging
1970 #1124 New Good-Lookin’ Ken in original packaging
1970 #1124 New Good-Lookin' Ken original packaging
Reverse of packaging
1970 #1124 New Good Lookin' Ken
Reverse of packaging (Slight variation imprint)
1970 #1124 New Good-Lookin' Ken original packaging (detail)
1970 #1124 New Good-Lookin’ Ken original packaging (Detail)

NEW TALKING BRAD #1114

Allan, sadly, was never to be seen again (Mattel produced various Alan dolls much later, but they bore no resemblance). Instead Ken was given a new friend, Brad – the first black teenage boy doll. Unlike the black ‘clones’ that followed (which tended to be just darker-skinned versions of the regular Caucasian doll), Brad was given a unique look. By 1973 he had been discontinued, though Mattel did reuse his head-mold for Free Moving Curtis (see 1975 boys section). Arguably still the most handsome of all Mattel’s black dolls, he is now extremely popular with collectors.

The first New Talking Brad was produced in Mexico (with clothing made in Hong Kong), and came with a clear plastic stand.

1970 #1114 New Talking Brad
1970 #1114 New Talking Brad
1970 #1114 New Talking Brad
1970 #1114 New Talking Brad
1970 #1114 New Talking Brad
1970 #1114 New Talking Brad
1970 #1114 New Talking Brad
1970 #1114 New Talking Brad
1970-1 #1114 New Talking Brad wrist tag
1970 #1114 New Talking Brad wrist tag
1970 Brad wrist tag (Made in Mexico)
1970 #1114 New Talking Brad wrist tag reverse
1970 #1114 New Talking Brad in original packaging
1970 #1114 New Talking Brad in original packaging
1970 #1114 New Talking Brad original packaging
Reverse of packaging

What he said:
My name is Brad.
Christie is the greatest.
Baseball is my favorite.
Let’s go to the movies.
I kinda dig the mod look.
Hey, let’s all go for a ride.


(NEW) BRAD #1142

There was also a non-speaking version of Brad to fit with the similar, regular Ken. This Brad was a later addition, only ever produced in Hong Kong.

1970 #1142 Brad
1970 #1142 Brad
1970 #1142 Brad
1970 #1142 Brad
1970 #1142 Brad
1970 #1142 Brad
1970 #1142 Brad
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Pat’d. Other Pat’s. Pending Hong Kong.
1970-1 Brad wrist tag (Made in Hong Kong)
1970 #1142 Brad wrist tag
1970 #1142 (New) Brad
1970 #1142 Brad in original packaging
1970 #1142 (New) Brad
Reverse of packaging

The Brad below is presumably a later version, as it is no longer described as NEW anywhere on the packaging.

1970 #1142 Brad
1970-71 #1142 Brad in original packaging
1970 #1142 Brad
Reverse of packaging

BRAD NECK MARKINGS

Brad’s head-mold was reused in 1975 for Free Moving Curtis (see 1975 Boys section).

1970 #1142 Brad
Brad & Curtis neck markings: © 1969 Mattel Inc.

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

1969 Living Barbie booklet
1969-70 Living Barbie booklet
From 1969-70 Living Barbie booklet
From 1969-70 Living Barbie booklet
From 1969 Living Barbie booklet
From 1969-70 Living Barbie booklet

There appear to be two versions of the Barbie booklet below, with slight differences to the layout and content. The first booklet does not feature the #1142 Brad.

1970-71 Living Barbie booklet
1970 Living Barbie booklet (I)
From 1970 Living Barbie booklet (I)
From 1970 Living Barbie booklet (I)
From 1970 Living Barbie booklet (I)
From 1970 Living Barbie booklet (I)
From 1970 Living Barbie booklet (I)
From 1970 Living Barbie booklet (I)
1970 Living Barbie booklet
1970 Living Barbie booklet (II)
From 1970 Living Barbie booklet (II)
From 1970 Living Barbie booklet (II)
From 1970 Living Barbie booklet (II)
From 1970 Living Barbie booklet (II)
From Mattels Dolls 1970 catalogue
From Mattels Dolls 1970 catalogue
From 1970 British Mattel catalogue
From 1970 British Mattel catalogue
From 1970 Mattel For Kids Only supplement
From 1970 For Kids Only (Mattel Christmas Book) newspaper supplement
From 1970 Sears Wish Book
From 1970 Sears Wish Book
From 1970 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1970 Penneys Christmas catalogue
From 1970 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1970 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1970 Coast to Coast Christmas catalogue
From 1970 Coast to Coast Christmas catalogue

The Gamble Aldens Christmas catalogue still shows the original Ken.

From 1970 Gamble Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1970 Gamble Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1970 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1970 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1970-1 Americana Publication catalogue
From 1970-1 Americana (John Plain) catalogue
1969-70 German Barbie booklet
1969-70 German Barbie booklet
From 1969-70 German Barbie booklet
From 1969-70 German Barbie booklet

According to the 1970 Mattel Spielzeug catalogue two of Ken’s German phrases were: “Let’s go to the cinema today” and “Let’s play tennis together”.

From 1970 German Mattel Spielzeug catalogue
From 1970 German Mattel Spielzeug catalogue
From 1970 German Gutes Spielzeug catalogue
From 1970 German Gutes Spielzeug catalogue