KEN & FRIENDS: MALE FASHION DOLLS & CLOTHING FROM 1961-1987
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.
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!”
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
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.
BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES
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).
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.