1961-1967 VINTAGE

1961 #750 'brownette' Ken

1961 Flocked hair Kens including the 'brownette' Ken

HE’S A DOLL!™ – Mattel copyrighted this line to introduce Barbie’s boyfriend Ken in March 1961, through the trade magazines Playthings and Toys & Novelties and at the American International Toy Fair in New York. The first Kens were issued with
1961 #782 Casuals

1961 The Outfits

There were nine complete outfits available for Ken in 1961: the basic wardrobe for a young undergraduate. All 1961 trousers have a visible YKK zip, but no popper/snap, and the Campus Hero, Dreamboat, and Saturday Date trousers all have turn-ups/cuffs. These
1962 #750 Ken

1962 Flocked hair Kens

During 1962 Mattel changed Ken’s original outfit and box design slightly. He now came with red sandals and trunks or plain red shorts, an unlabelled beach top, wire stand, and booklet. The towel was no longer included. These versions were
1962 #790 Time For Tennis

1962 The Outfits

In 1962 Mattel began to divide the clothing into Ensemble Paks; boxed like the outfits from 1961 and usually complete outfits with accessories, and Fashion Paks; smaller sets on card usually single fashion items or accessories. There are however several
1963 #750 Ken

1963 Painted hair Kens

Mattel produced two editions of their Mattel Dolls for Fall ’62 catalogue. The second edition (an enlarged – 56-page – version of the 24-page original) has many items which otherwise don’t appear until 1963, including the new painted hair version
1963 #796 Sailor

1963 The Outfits

Several great new Ensemble and Fashion Paks were produced for 1963, mostly sports- and profession-based. It is almost as if Mattel were beginning to re-imagine Ken as a toy for boys. It is certainly worth noting that Ken’s Sailor and
1964 #0750 Ken

1964 Allan & the 'shorty' Kens

The so-called ‘shorty’ Ken is not marked Japan on the feet like almost all other 750 Kens, and their boxes are made with different card, with no K stamp inside the lid. The box ends and wrist tags were redesigned
1964 #0782 Casuals

1964 The Outfits

1964 is arguably the best year for vintage Ken clothing. As well as loads of new regular outfits and accessories, Mattel also produced a Travel Costume Series and a Little Theatre Costume Series. Several earlier outfits were still being produced,
1965 #1010 Allan

1965 Bendable leg Ken & Allan

From 1965 Mattel sold only the Japan-made version of the 750 Ken. That is to say, the ‘shorty’ Ken no longer appears in any catalogues, and I’ve never found a MIB ‘shorty’ with a 1965, or later, booklet (although their
1965 #1414 Holiday

1965 The Outfits

No new Fashion Paks were produced for 1965, but Mattel released some really lovely Ensemble Paks, including my all-time favourite Holiday. Some older outfits were slightly modified for 1965: Going Bowling and American Airlines Captain were given extras, Roller Skate
1966 #0750 Ken

1966-67 'Blushing' Kens

The new Kens produced for 1966 came with a painted blush. Allan was discontinued this year, so (as far as I know) there were no blushing versions of him ever made. KEN #0750 (brunette) KEN #0750 (blonde) Having never found a 750
1966 #1420 Jazz Concert

1966 The Outfits

The 1966 outfits are the most collectable and expensive of all, but not quite as well-cut as the earlier stuff. As well as having basic collars, the shirts for Summer Job, Best Man and Here Comes the Groom only have
1967 Braniff International Pilot Uniform

1967 The Braniff International Pilot Uniform

Mattel produced no new items for Ken in 1967, but continued to sell off old stock in the US and Europe. The Braniff International Pilot Uniform was produced by Marx Toys (Louis Marx Co.). It was released in conjunction with
Andy by Eegee

Vintage Clones

The success of Ken encouraged the production of many ‘clones’, ie. cheap, superficially similar boy dolls, mostly made in Hong Kong. Some are obviously made to resemble Ken, while others are more original, though none came anywhere close to being
1961_786_Saturday_Date

Vintage Comparisons

IDENTIFYING VINTAGE SLACKS Online sellers will often claim to have slacks which fit several outfits. However, the slacks, although similar, varied for each outfit. The guide below should help. One other way to tell whether you have the correct ones,
1965 #1090 Ricky in original packaging

Ricky

Ricky was sold between 1965 and 1967. As with Ken and Allan, Ricky came with a beach outfit consisting of jacket, shorts and sandals. He also came with his own booklet, wrist tag and wire stand. He was packaged with