MALIBU KEN #1088 The final Malibu Ken was released, looking exactly like the last model from the previous year. The packaging is different (‘open’ on one side, resealable ends), with slightly different graphics and illustration. He was called Malibu Ken everywhere
SUN LOVIN’ MALIBU KEN #1088 Mattel produced several near-identical dolls over the next few years with different names and outfits, but Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken is the only one with tan lines. There are several slight variations of both doll and
In 1979 the Best Buy and Get-Ups ‘N Go ranges were replaced by Fashion Collectibles and Fashion Favorites. The Collectibles, like the Best Buy Fashions, tended to be just a basic outfit with an occasional accessory, and the Favorites, like
SPORT & SHAVE KEN #1294 Sport & Shave Ken was Mattel’s most flexible Ken ever at the time; a similar body to SuperStar Ken, but with articulated wrists, and arms which bend at the elbow. He has a unique head-mold,
Until 1980 the design of Ken’s trousers hadn’t changed since 1972, with a half-elasticated waistband (at back). During the Superstar era Mattel began to experiment with new styles. A few remained the same, but some had a totally elasticated waistband,
GOLDEN NIGHTS/DISCO KEN #3208 This Ken was made in the Philippines. He has side-pointing hands and unusual caramel-colour hair. He was only released in Europe as Disco Ken and Canada as Golden Nights or Soir Dorés Ken. GOLDEN NIGHTS/SOIR DORÉS
The Fashion Collectibles and Fashion Favorites ranges continued. The clothing is better made than the previous two years (except Paint The Town Red, which is very shoddy), and there are some fantastic outfits here, with loads of great variations. Unfortunately the
SUNSATIONAL MALIBU KEN #1088 Sunsational Malibu Ken was the first Ken available in various ethnic types, unless of course you count Hawaiian Ken from 1979, but he was just a regular Mod Ken with slightly darker skin and brown eyes.
WESTERN FASHIONS Western Fringe! #3580 This is a one-off outfit, designed to tie in with Western Ken and Horse Lovin’ Ken. It was part of a larger series for Barbie, though Mattel sadly only made this one outfit for Ken.
KEN CÉRÉMONIE #693 Ken Cérémonie was unique to Mattel France. He looks almost identical to the regular domestic Superstar Kens, but is shorter with slightly waxier skin. His suit is a variation of the Designer Originals outfit Dandy Lines #3797
Mattel France and Mattel Spain both produced their own versions of several regular Kens (as well as Derek and the Heart Family Dad) throughout the 1980s. Mattel Spain even produced their own clothing. The French Kens are marked Made in
The classic Mod Ken clone doll continued to be sold by various companies as shown below, packaged as Harry in Germany, and Gary in the US (see also section Best Buy Clones & Clothing). Note that Harry is wearing the