KEN & FRIENDS: MALE FASHION DOLLS & CLOTHING FROM 1961-1987
1981 The Outfits
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 Fashion Collectibles (and some Fashion Favorites) were glued into the original packaging. This means that it is better to find good condition out-of-box versions than MIB versions, if you intend to open them, as the glue solidifies over the years and can leave nasty marks, or damage the clothing, on removal.
Again, I will only include close-ups of shoes and accessories if they were included with the original outfit. The Fashion Add-Ons shoes were partly made in Taiwan. All other shoes were produced in Hong Kong.
FASHION COLLECTIBLES #1930
FASHION COLLECTIBLES #1931
FASHION COLLECTIBLES #1932
FASHION COLLECTIBLES #1933
FASHION FAVORITES Blueprint for success #1947
FASHION FAVORITES Snow Bound #1948
FASHION FAVORITES Classic Cowboy #1949
THE KMART EXCLUSIVE FASHION FAVORITES
All Fashion Favorites are dated 1978 or 1979, so without any printed reference, such as a Kmart catalogue, I’m relying on the received wisdom of other collectors that these outfits are indeed Kmart exclusives from this year.
FASHION FAVORITES #5207
FASHION FAVORITES #5208
FASHION FAVORITES #5209
FASHION FAVORITES #5210
Shoes & Stuff #2459
Paint the Town Red #1956
The version below is even more Chippendales-like. The variation black trousers (the regular ones are navy blue – as shown above), though not noticeable on the photos, are actually see-through!
BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES
The dealer catalogues often show prototypes. Here for example you can see Snowbound with goggles/sunglasses, and the Fashion Collectibles #1932 orange robe with pockets (as it appears in the illustration).
The Italian Mattel dealer catalogue shows much earlier outfits, including Best Buy Fashions #2059, which was sold in the US as a Sears store exclusive in 1977 (see section 1977 The Outfits).