1979 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken, Beach Fun Ken & Hawaiian Ken

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 outfit. He was available in various depths of tan, and the fabrics used for bag and shorts also varied. He was also known in Germany as Spiel & Sport Malibu Ken, in Canada and France as Malibu Ken (Au) Soleil, and in Italy as Malibu Ken Abbronzato.

1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken accessories
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken
Identification: 1088-0500 5 © Mattel Inc. 1968 Hong Kong
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken variation bags
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken variation bags
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken variation bags and shorts
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken in original packaging
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken
Reverse of packaging
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken (Darker version)
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken (European version)
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken (European version)
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken (European factory-flaw printing)
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken (European version)
Reverse of European packaging
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken (Canadian version)
1979 #1088 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken (Canadian version)
Reverse of Canadian packaging

BEACH FUN KEN #2683

Apart from the outfit and packaging, Beach Fun Ken is identical to Ken #2168, and was also a European release. It is rare to find him complete with his sports bag. Also known in Germany as Strandspaß Ken, in France as Ken à la Plage, and in Italy as Ken Spiaggia or Ken Acapulco.

1979 #2683 Beach Fun Ken
1979 #2683 Beach Fun Ken
1979 #2683 Beach Fun Ken
1979 #2683 Beach Fun Ken
1979 #2683 Beach Fun Ken
1979 #2683 Beach Fun Ken
1979 #2683 Beach Fun Ken
Identification: 1088 0500 5 © Mattel Inc. 1968 Hong Kong
1979 #2683 Beach Fun Ken
1979 #2683 Beach Fun Ken bag
1979 #2683 Beach Fun Ken (German version)1979 #2683 Beach Fun Ken (German version)
1979 #2683 Beach Fun Ken (German version)

HAWAIIAN KEN #2960

Similar to Partytime and Funtime Ken, Haiwaiian Ken has darker skin, and was the only Mod Ken to have brown eyes. Haiwaiian Barbie was released much earlier, but as his box is dated 1978, he was presumably released in 1979. Despite the fact that he is not rare and appears for sale regularly online, the only contemporary references to him I have found are from the 1980 and 1981 Mattel Department Store Division guides (shown below).

1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken accessories
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken
Identification: 1088-0500 3 © Mattel Inc. 1968 Hong Kong
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken in original packaging
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken in original packaging
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken original packaging
Reverse of packaging
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken shorts (I)
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken shorts (I)
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken shorts (I)
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken shorts (I)
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken in original packaging
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken variation (I)
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken shorts (II)
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken shorts (II)
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken shorts (II)
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken shorts (II)
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken in original packaging
1979 #2960 Hawaiian Ken variation (II)

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

From 1979 World of Fashions booklet
From 1979 World of Fashions booklet
From Mattel Toys '79 catalogue
Mattel Toys ’79 catalogue
1979 Mattel Toys catalogue
Mattel Toys ’79 catalogue
From 1979 Sears Wish Book
From 1979 Sears Wish Book
From 1979 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1979 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1979 Service Merchandise catalogue
From 1979 Service Merchandise catalogue
From 1979 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1979 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1979 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1979 Spiegel Christmas catalogue

The Canadian Sears catalogue shows a Barbie with the swimsuit and bag from the European Beach Fun/Acapulco doll so, although he is not shown, it is quite possible that a version of Beach Fun Ken was also released in Canada.

From 1979 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1979 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1979 Sears Canada Christmas catalogue
From 1979 Sears Canada Christmas catalogue
From 1979 German Mattel Toy catalogue
From 1979 German Mattel Toy catalogue
From 1979 German Barbie booklet
From 1979 German Barbie booklet
From 1979 French Barbie booklet
From 1979 French Barbie booklet
1979 French Barbie & Ken Soleil advertisement
1979 French Ken Soleil advertisement
1979 Italian Ken Acapulco advertisement
1979 Italian Ken Acapulco advertisement
From 1979 Italian Barbie bookletFrom 1979 Italian Barbie booklet
From 1979 Italian Barbie booklet
From 1979 Italian Barbie booklet
From 1979 Italian Barbie booklet
From 1980 Mattel Department Store Division guide
From 1980 Mattel Department Store Division guide
From 1981 Mattel Department Store Division guide
From 1981 Mattel Department Store Division guide