Superstar Clones & Clothing

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 yellow track suit from the 1979 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue. Presumably Wentoys is the same company as Wenco, who sold many clone Papa and Udo outfits in Germany during the 1970s.

From 1979 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1979 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
c.1979-80 Harry doll by Wentoys (Germany)
c.1979-80 Harry doll by Wentoys (Germany)
1979 (Montgomery Ward) Gary
1979 (Montgomery Ward) Gary
From 1979 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1979 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
1979 JCPenney Christmas catalogue clone clothing
1979 JCPenney Christmas catalogue clone clothing
1979 JCPenney Christmas catalogue clone clothing
1979 JCPenney Christmas catalogue clone clothing
From 1979 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1979 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1979 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1979 Aldens Christmas catalogue

FRED BY PLASTY (GERMANY)

Without any catalogues as reference it’s difficult to be exact, but these Fred dolls seem to have appeared around the early 1980s. Despite Mattel moving on with a new-look SuperStar Ken, Plasty’s new Fred (like most other clones) has the classic Mod Ken look.

c.1979 Fred by Plasty in original packaging
c.1979-80 Fred by Plasty in original packaging
c.1980 Fred by Plasty in original packaging
c.1981-3 Fred by Plasty in new packaging
c.1980-81 Fred Modell-Kleidung by Plasty in original packaging
c.1981-83 Fred Modell-Kleidung by Plasty

SHAUN BY MATTEL

Shaun (boyfriend of Starr) was a one-off doll by Mattel. He’s a kind of cross between mid-70s Shaun Cassidy and the Grease-inspired 50’s revival, with a bit of Mork from Ork thrown in. He was released with a small clothing range. He is constructed quite differently from Ken, more articulated and much skinnier, so his clothes are not really designed to fit Ken.

1980 #1283 Shaun in original packaging
1980 #1283 Shaun in original packaging
From 1980 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1980 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
1980 #1395 Shaun tuxedo
1980 #1395 Shaun tuxedo
1980 #1395 Shaun casual outfit
1980 #1398 Shaun casual outfit
1980 #1395 Shaun sport outfit
1980 #3320 Shaun sport outfit

From 1980 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1980 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1980 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1980 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1980 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1980 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1980 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1980 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
1980 Gary Doll
1980 (Montgomery Ward) Gary
1980 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue clothing set
1980 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue clone clothing

FASHION LABEL JEANS DOLLS

Jeans worn as fashion items (rather than workwear) had been around for a while, but by the late 1970s even designer labels were producing their own brand jeans. The early 1980s saw the appearance of Fashion Jeans Ken (see the 1982 boys section) and a few own brand dolls. The Jordache doll is by Mego and dated 1981. The Sergio Valente doll by Toy-Time Inc. was also available with dark skin – they were first produced in Hong Kong and later in China. Both the Jordache and the Valente dolls had extra outfits, as shown on the packaging reverse. The Sergio Valente packaging shows an outfit similar to Ken’s outfit Western Fringe!.

1981 Jordache high fashion male doll by Mego
1981 Jordache high fashion male doll by Mego
c.1982 Sergio Valente male fashion doll by Toy-Time Inc.
1981 Sergio Valente male fashion doll by Toy-Time Inc.
1981 Sergio Valente male fashion doll markings (Hong Kong)
1981 Sergio Valente male fashion doll markings (Hong Kong)
1981 Sergio Valente male fashion doll markings
1981 Sergio Valente male fashion doll markings (China)

ROBERT & JOHNNY BY OCEAN DESERT SALES

The Robert doll is another obvious Mod Ken clone, but Johnny is one of the rare black boy dolls to be given a unique look. The packages are not dated, but I guess they are from the early 1980s from the design. I’ve seen both of these dolls with variation clothing.

Robert and Johnny dolls by Ocean Desert Sales
Robert and Johnny dolls by Ocean Desert Sales

From 1981 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1981 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
1981 Montgomery Ward clothing set
1981 Montgomery Ward clothing set
From 1981 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1981 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1981 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1981 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1981 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1981 Aldens Christmas catalogue

By 1981 even Sears began offering their own clothing sets instead of selling genuine Mattel outfits (by this time the quality of Mattel clothing had become the same as, or worse than, that sold by most clone companies). The set of four outfits from the 1981 Sears Christmas Wish Book was sold by Totsy as Dollys Fashion, and the Flair For Him tennis outfit by Totsy (below, dated 1982) also appears on the same page of the 1981 Wish Book.

From 1981 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1981 Sears Christmas Wish Book
c.1981 Dollys Fashion for boy dolls by Totsy
c.1981 Dollys Fashion for boy dolls by Totsy
1982 Flair For Him by Totsy
1982 Flair For Him outfits by Totsy
From 1981 Canadian Sears Wish Book
From 1981 Canadian Sears Wish Book
From 1982 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1982 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1982 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1982 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1982 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1982 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1982 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1982 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1982 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1982 JCPenney Christmas catalogue

In 1982 Sears introduced their own boy doll called Craig, who was also sold by Shillman as Our Boy/Sport Club throughout the 1980s. Both are marked M & S Shillman Inc. on their backs.

c.1982-3 Our Boy by Shillman
c.1982-3 Our Boy by Shillman
1982 Sears Craig doll set
1982 Sears Craig doll set
1982 Craig identification markings
1982 Craig identification markings
From 1982 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1982 Sears Christmas Wish Book

JCPenney sold a clone version of the Shillman/Sears Craig doll called Rod. I’ve yet to find him in the catalogues, so presumably he was sold in the stores.

JCPenney Rod doll
JCPenney Rod doll