1981 Golden Nights/Disco Ken & Western Ken

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 KEN #3208

The Canadian version was obviously originally also planned as Disco Ken, as the boxes are printed as such. Most versions however come with stickers covering the word ‘disco’, replacing it with Golden Nights/Soir Dorés.

1980 #3208 Golden Nights Ken
1981 #3208 Golden Nights Ken
1980 #3208 Golden Nights Ken
1981 #3208 Golden Nights Ken
1980 #3208 Golden Nights Ken
1981 #3208 Golden Nights Ken
1980 #3208 Golden Nights Ken shoes
1981 #3208 Golden Nights Ken shoes
1980 #3208 Golden Nights Ken
Identification: © 1968 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Patd. Other Pats. Pending Philippines
1981 #3208 Canadian Disco Ken
1981 #3208 Canadian Disco Ken in original packaging
1981 #3208 Canadian Disco Ken
Reverse of Canadian packaging
1980 #3208 Golden Nights Ken in original packaging
1981 #3208 Golden Nights/Soir Dorés Ken in original packaging
1980 #3208 Golden Nights Ken reverse of packaging
Reverse of Canadian Golden Nights/Soir Dorés packaging

DISCO KEN #3208

1981 #3208 Disco Ken
1981 #3208 Disco Ken
1981 #3208 Disco Ken
1981 #3208 Disco Ken
1981 #3208 Disco Ken
1981 #3208 Disco Ken
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1981 #3208 Disco Ken shoes
1981 #3208 Disco Ken (German version)
1981 #3208 Disco Ken (German version)
1981 #3208 Disco Ken in original packaging
1981 #3208 Disco Ken in original packaging
1981 #3208 Disco Ken original packaging
Reverse of European packaging

WESTERN KEN #3600

Also known in Canada as Ken Style Western.

1981 #3600 Western Ken
1981 #3600 Western Ken
1981 #3600 Western Ken
1981 #3600 Western Ken
1981 #3600 Western Ken
1981 #3600 Western Ken
1981 #3600 Western Ken
1981 #3600 Western Ken accessories
1981 #3600 Western Ken
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1981 #3600 Western Ken in original packaging
1981 #3600 Western Ken in original packaging
1981 #3600 Western Ken reverse of packaging
Reverse of packaging
1981 #3600 Western Ken Canadian version
1981 #3600 Western Ken (Canadian version)
1981 #3600 Western Ken Canadian version reverse
Reverse of Canadian packaging
1981 #3600 Western Ken (European version)
1981 #3600 Western Ken (European version)
1981 #3600 Western Ken (European version)
Reverse of European packaging

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

From 1981 Mattel Makes It Happen catalogue
From 1981 Mattel Makes It Happen catalogue
From 1981 Mattel Makes It Happen catalogue
From 1981 Mattel Makes It Happen catalogue
From 1981 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1981 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1981 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1981 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1981 Sears Wish Book
From 1981 Sears Wish Book
From 1981 Sears Wish Book
From 1981 Sears Wish Book
From 1981 Orgill Brothers & Co catalogue
From 1981 Orgill Brothers & Co catalogue
From 1981 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1981 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1981 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1981 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1981 Canadian Sears Wish Book
From 1981 Canadian Sears Wish Book

The new (‘neu’) Kens on this page from the 1981 German Mattel dealer catalogue are prototypes and have some differences to the final dolls. Disco Ken is shown with sneakers, and it states that he comes with “gold shaded sunglasses”. Western Ken is pictured with the classic straight-arm body.

From 1981 German Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1981 German Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1981 German Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1981 German Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1981 German Barbie booklet
From 1981 German Barbie booklet
From 1981 German Barbie booklet
From 1981 German Barbie booklet
From 1981 German Spielzeugland Wunderland catalogue
From 1981 German Spielzeugland Wunderland catalogue
From 1981 German Jelmoli catalogue
From 1981 German Jelmoli catalogue
From Italian Mattel Giocattoli 1981 catalogue
From Italian Mattel Giocattoli 1981 catalogue
1981 Advertisements from Danish Donald Duck magazine
1981 Advertisements from Danish Donald Duck magazine