1972 Walk Lively Ken, & (Talking) Busy Ken

WALK LIVELY KEN #1184

Walk Lively Ken’s arms and head turn if you move his legs. In Germany he was also known as Geh-mit-Ken and in the Netherlands as Loop-met-Ken. He came with his own unique ‘walking’ stand.

1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken shoes
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken stand
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken stand
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken instruction sheet
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken instruction sheet
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. Pat. Pend. Taiwan
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken original packaging (Detail)
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken original packaging (Detail)
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken in original packaging
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken in original packaging
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken original packaging
Reverse of packaging
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken (Slight variation packaging)
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken (Slight variation packaging)
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken (Slight variation packaging)
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken (Slight variation packaging)
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken (Canadian version)
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken (Canadian version)
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken (Canadian version)
Reverse of Canadian packaging

The Australian version was packaged in a clear plastic tube, with the walking stand as base. The slogan on the tube says “PUSH ME FAST OR SLOW IN MY WALK ‘N’ TURN STAND. I TURN FROM HEAD TO TOE!”

1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken (Australian version)
1972 #1184 Walk Lively Ken (Australian version)

There were two Busy Kens, a talking and a regular version, both with gripping hands. Both came with the same accessories: TV, suitcase, telephone, record player with record, a tray with two glasses, and stickers, plus a white or clear plastic stand. The belts came in either dark- or mid-brown.

TALKING BUSY KEN #1196

1972 #1196 Busy Talking Ken
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken
1972 #1196 Busy Talking Ken
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken
1972 #1196 Busy Talking Ken
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken accessories
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken accessories
1972 #1196 Busy Talking Ken
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken identification
1972 Ken stands
1972 (Talking) Busy Ken stands
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken in original packaging
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken in original packaging
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken original packaging
Reverse of packaging
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken (slight variation)
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken (Slight variation)
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken
Reverse of packaging
1972 #1196 Busy Talking Ken Canadian packaging
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken (Canadian version)
1972 #1196 Busy Talking Ken Reverse
Reverse of Canadian packaging

Talking Busy Ken says:
I’ll bring my guitar to the party.
Help me pack for my vacation.
Heard Barbie’s new record?
Come on, let’s dance.
Hi, this is Ken.
Barbie’s a great cook.


BUSY KEN #3314

In Germany Busy Ken was known as Spiel-mit-Ken, in the Netherlands as Speel-mee-Ken, in Sweden as Ken Holding Hands, and in Italy as Ken mani vere.

1972 #3314 Busy Ken
1972 #3314 Busy Ken
1972 #3314 Busy Ken
1972 #3314 Busy Ken
1972 #3314 Busy Ken
1972 #3314 Busy Ken
1972 #3314 Busy Ken accessories
1972 #3314 Busy Ken accessories
1972 #3314 Busy Ken identification
Identification: © 1968 Mattel, Inc. U.S. & For. Pat’d. Other Pats. Pending Hong Kong.
1972 #3314 Busy Ken variation packaging
1972 #3314 Busy Ken
1972 #3314 Busy Ken variation packaging
Reverse of packaging
1972 #3314 Busy Ken in variation packaging
1972 #3314 Busy Ken in variation packaging
1972 #3314 Busy Ken variation packaging
1972 #3314 Busy Ken variation packaging
1972 #3314 Busy Ken (with variation top and stand)
1972 #3314 Busy Ken (with variation top and stand)
1972 #3314 Busy Ken variation tank top
1972 #3314 Busy Ken with variation fabric tank top

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

From 1972 Dolls & Preschool January Introductions catalogue
From 1972 Dolls and Preschool January Introductions catalogue
From 1972 Mattel Dolls and Preschool catalogue
From 1972 Mattel Dolls and Preschool catalogue
From 1972 Mattel Dolls and Preschool catalogue
From 1972 Mattel Dolls and Preschool catalogue

Notice that a picture of Talking Brad is used to advertise the non-talking #1142 version. More evidence that whoever put this catalogue together was not paying attention (This catalogue reprints the Casual Scene/Sea Scene mix-up from 1971).

From 1972 Mattel Dolls and Preschool catalogue
From 1972 Mattel Dolls and Preschool catalogue
From 1972 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1972 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1972 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1972 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1972 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1972 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1972 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1972 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1972 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1972 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1972 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1972 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1972 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1972 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1972 Canadian Eaton's Christmas catalogue
From 1972 Canadian Eaton’s Christmas catalogue
From 1972 Canadian Simpsons Sears Wish Book
From 1972 Canadian Simpsons Sears Wish Book
From 1972 Dutch Barbie booklet
From 1972 Dutch Barbie booklet
From 1972 German Barbie booklet
From 1972 German Barbie booklet
From 1972 German Barbie booklet
From 1972 German Barbie booklet
From 1972 German Barbie booklet
From 1972 German Barbie booklet

ARTICULATION

As well as their unique gripping hands and jointed wrists, the Busy Kens were the first to have arms that bend at the elbow. This feature wasn’t seen again until Sport & Shave Ken in 1980.

1972 #1196 Busy Talking Ken
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken
1972 #1196 Busy Talking Ken
1972 #1196 Talking Busy Ken