1971 New Good-Lookin’ (Talking) Ken, New Talking Brad, The Sun Set Malibu Ken & Live Action Ken

NEW GOOD-LOOKIN’ TALKING KEN #1111

During 1970 doll production moved to Hong Kong, and Ken was given a new head-mold. This is the version which would have been sold from late 1970 onward.

1971 #1111 New Good-Lookin' Talking Ken
1971 #1111 New Good-Lookin’ Talking Ken
1971 #1111 New Good-Lookin' Talking Ken
1971 #1111 New Good-Lookin’ Talking Ken
1971 #1111 New Good-Lookin' Talking Ken
1971 #1111 New Good-Lookin’ Talking Ken
1970 #1111 New Good Lookin' Talking Ken
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Pat’d. Other Pat’s. Pending Hong Kong.
1971 #1111 New Good-Lookin' Talking Ken in original packaging
1971 #1111 New Good-Lookin’ Talking Ken in original packaging
1971 #1111 New Good-Lookin' Talking original packaging
Reverse of packaging
1971 #1111 New Good-Lookin' Talking Ken
Reverse of packaging (Later version)
1971 #1111 Talking Ken box detail
1971 #1111 Talking Ken box (Later version) detail

He spoke new phrases:
PJ’s having a party. Let’s go!
Have you met Barbie’s new friend?
I’m taking the girls shopping. Want to go?
Put some records on and let’s dance!
I’ll get some food for the party.
Barbie’s a great dancer.


NEW GOOD-LOOKIN’ KEN #1124

The regular New Good-Lookin’ Ken was also produced in Hong Kong with the new head-mold. This Ken was included in the Sears 1970 exclusive Red, White ‘N Wild Set, which can be seen in the section 1970 The Outfits.

1971 #1124 New Good-Lookin' Ken
1971 #1124 New Good-Lookin’ Ken
1971 #1124 New Good-Lookin' Ken
1971 #1124 New Good-Lookin’ Ken
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1971 #1124 New Good-Lookin’ Ken
1971 #1124 New Good Lookin' Ken
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Pat’d. Other Pat’s. Pending Hong Kong.
1971 #1124 New Good-Lookin' Ken in original packaging
1971 #1124 New Good-Lookin’ Ken in original packaging
1971 #1124 New Good-Lookin' Ken original packaging
Reverse of packaging
1971 #1124 New Good-Lookin' Ken in original packaging
Reverse of packaging (Later version)
1971 #1124 New Good-Lookin' Ken original packaging
Reverse of packaging (Slight variation imprint)

NEW TALKING BRAD #1114

Brad was also produced in Hong Kong. He is almost identical to the Mexico version, with just a slightly harder head and darker skin.

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1971 #1114 New Talking Brad
1971 #1114 New Talking Brad
1971 #1114 New Talking Brad
1970 #1114 1971 #1114 New Talking Brad Talking Brad
1971 #1114 New Talking Brad
1971 #1114 New Talking Brad
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Pat’d. Other Pat’s. Pending Hong Kong.
1971 #1114 New Talking Brad in original packaging
1971 #1114 New Talking Brad in original packaging
1971 #1114 New Talking Brad
Reverse of packaging
1971 #1114 New Talking Brad original packaging
Reverse of packaging (Later version)
1971 #1114 New Talking Brad wrist tag
1971 #1114 New Talking Brad wrist tag reverse

THE SUN SET MALIBU KEN #1088

The Sun Set Malibu Ken was also included in the Sears Malibu Ken Surf’s Up gift set (See section 1971 The Outfits). He would prove to be one of Mattel’s most enduring dolls, and a version of him was still being sold in 1978. From 1971-1974 he was sold with red shorts and a blue towel.

1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Pat’d. Other Pat’s. Pending Hong Kong.

Of the two types of packaging used, the one with the clear plastic stuck on card presumably came first. It certainly appears in the department store guide from 1971 (and 1972) shown below.

From 1971 Mattel Doll & Toy Quick Reference Guide
From 1971 Mattel Doll & Toy Quick Reference Guide
From 1972 Department 730 Merchandise Arrangement Guide
From 1972 Department 730 Merchandise Arrangement Guide
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken in original packaging
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
Reverse of packaging

Note that the versions packaged with red card do not come with wrist tags.

1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken (Variation packaging I)
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken packaging reverse
Reverse of packaging

This version is possibly a ‘factory flaw’, as it uses the backing card for a Barbie/Francie, with the cut-out for the legs.

1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken in original packaging
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken (Variation packaging II)
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken reverse
Reverse of packaging

Malibu P.J. was not introduced until 1972, so the versions below which mention her must date from 1972 or later.

1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken
#1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken (in 1972-3 packaging)
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken in 1972-3 packaging
Reverse of 1972-3 packaging
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken in variation packaging (III)
#1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken (in 1973-4 packaging)
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken in variation packaging (III)
Reverse of 1973-4 packaging

The dolls which were sent by mail order were usually packaged quite plainly. According to the code numbers on the packaging, the Ken below would have been the version sent by Sears and JCPenney.

1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken in Sears mail order packaging
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken (Sears/Penney)
1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken Sears mail order packaging
From 1971 #1088 Sun Set Malibu Ken (Sears/JCPenney) mail order packaging

LIVE ACTION KEN #1159

Live Action Ken was also known in France as Ken Tout-en-mouvement, Germany as Tanz-mit Ken (1971), and in Germany and the Netherlands as Swinging Ken (1972). He came with a unique clear plastic stand, which can be seen illustrated in the instruction sheet below. In 1973-4 he was repackaged as Action Ken in a simple plastic bag.

1971 #1159 Live Action Ken
1971 #1159 Live Action Ken
1971 #1159 Live Action Ken
1971 #1159 Live Action Ken
1971 #1159 Live Action Ken
1971 #1159 Live Action Ken
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1971 #1159 Live Action Ken shoes

Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. Taiwan U.S. & For. Pat’d Patented in Canada 1967 Other Pats Pending.

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1971 #1159 Live Action Ken markings
1971 #1159 Live Action Ken instruction sheet
1971 #1159 Live Action Ken instruction sheet
1971 #1159 Live Action Ken in original packaging
1971 #1159 Live Action Ken in original packaging
1971 #1159 Live Action Ken original packaging
Reverse of packaging

LIVE ACTION KEN ON STAGE #1172

He was also available in a deluxe Live Action Ken On Stage set, which came with a motorized ‘stage’, microphone, a real record and stickers to decorate the stage.

1971 #1172 Live Action Ken On Stage in original packaging
1971 #1172 Live Action Ken On Stage in original packaging
1971 #1172 Live Action Ken On Stage original packaging
Reverse of packaging
1971 #1172 Live Action Ken On Stage
1971 #1172 Live Action Ken On Stage stickers
1971 #1172 Live Action Ken microphone & stand
1971 #1172 Live Action Ken On Stage microphone & stand
1971 #1172 Live Action Ken On Stage record
1971 #1172 Live Action Ken On Stage record

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

1971-72 The Lively World of Barbie booklet
1971-72 The Lively World of Barbie booklet
1971-72 The Lively World of Barbie booklet
1971-72 The Lively World of Barbie booklet

In this booklet (and the Mattel Dolls ’71 catalogue) New Good-Lookin’ Talking Ken is given the code #1117-7, yet the actual box still has the original code #1111.

From 1971-72 The Lively World of Barbie booklet
From 1971-72 The Lively World of Barbie booklet
From 1971-72 Barbie booklet
1971-72 The Lively World of Barbie booklet
From 1971-72 Barbie booklet
1971-72 The Lively World of Barbie booklet
From Mattel Dolls '71 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls ’71 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls '71 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls ’71 catalogue
Mattel Dolls '71 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls ’71 catalogue
From 1971 Mattel Presents the Greatest Toy Show on Earth newspaper supplement
From 1971 Mattel Presents the Greatest Toy Show on Earth newspaper supplement
From 1971 Mattel Presents the Greatest Toy Show on Earth newspaper supplement
From 1971 Mattel Presents the Greatest Toy Show on Earth newspaper supplement
From 1971 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1971 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1971 Sears Wish Book
From 1971 Sears Wish Book
From 1971 Sears Wish Book
From 1971 Sears Wish Book
From 1971 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
1971 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1971 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1971 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1971 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1971 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1971 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1971 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1971 Own Own (Hardware) Toys catalogue
From 1971 Our Own (Hardware) Toys catalogue
From 1971 Zeff catalogue
From 1971 Zeff General Merchandise catalogue
From 1971 Canadian Simpsons Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1971 Canadian Simpsons Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1971 French Simpsons Sears catalogue
From 1971 Simpsons Sears (French) Christmas catalogue
1971 Canadian Eaton's Christmas catalogue
From 1971 Canadian Eaton’s Christmas catalogue
1971 Dutch Barbie & Ken advertisement
1971 Dutch Barbie & Ken advertisement
From French Mattel Jouets 71 catalogue
From French Mattel Jouets 71 catalogue
From 1971 German Barbie booklet
From 1971 German Barbie booklet
From 1971 German Toy catalogue
From 1971 German Toy catalogue
From 1971 Swedish Leksakslandet catalogue
From 1971 Swedish Leksakslandet catalogue

In the 1972 Italian Il Bimbo nel suo Mondo Meraviglioso Christmas toy catalogue below left, Live Action Ken is described as ‘Balla con Ken’ (Dance with Ken).

From 1972 Italian toy catalogue
From 1972 Italian toy catalogue
Advertisement from 1971 Italian Topolino maagzine
Advertisement from 1971 Italian Topolino book/magazine

ARTICULATION

Live Action Ken was the first Ken to have a jointed waist. The design (which gives him only a limited flexibility) is unique to this doll.

1971 #1159 Live Action Ken
1971 #1159 Live Action Ken
1971 #1159 Live Action Ken
1971 #1159 Live Action Ken