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 cross-overs and exceptions, like Rally Day below.

For more information and many more detailed photographs see THE VINTAGE KEN® BOOK.


THE ENSEMBLE PAKS

RALLY DAY #788

1962 #788 Rally Day
1962 #788 Rally Day (Shirt and slacks not included)
1962 #788 Rally Day in original packaging
1962 #788 Rally Day in original packaging

THE YACHTSMAN #789

In 1964 The Yachtsman was reissued with the addition of a cap (see section 1964 The Outfits).

1962 #789 The Yachtsman
1962 #789 The Yachtsman
1962 #789 The Yachtsman in original packaging
1962 #789 The Yachtsman in original packaging

TIME FOR TENNIS #790

1962 #790 Time For Tennis
1962 #790 Time For Tennis
#790 Time For Tennis in original packaging
#790 Time For Tennis in original packaging

The polo shirt which came with the later version of Time For Tennis had a shallower neck line. This version was also used in the outfit Fraternity Meeting. The cardigan with the grey trim could be a variation, but is more likely to be a regular cardigan which has been washed a few times too many.

1962 #790 Time For Tennis
#790 Time For Tennis variation shirts
1962 #790 Time For Tennis variation cardigan
#790 Time For Tennis ‘variation’ cardigan

THE FASHION PAKS

Some of these clothes were only ever available as single Fashion Pak items, and some also appeared in other Ensemble or Fashion Pak sets. There are several variations, but mostly very slight. These items were produced for a couple of years, so there could be slight fabric variations, but it could equally just be the effects of repeated washing and/or fading with time.

The Fashion Paks shown below obviously only originally included the items shown in the MOC versions. Any extra items or accessories are merely to enhance the photos.

ACCESSORY PACK

1962 Accessory Pack
1962 Accessory Pack
1962 Accessory Pack in original packaging
1962 Accessory Pack in original packaging

BLAZER, BLUE

1962 Blue Blazer
1962 Blazer
1962 Blue Blazer
1962 Blazer
1962 Blazer in original packaging
1962 Blazer in original packaging

CORD SLACKS

1962 Cord Slacks
1962 Cord Slacks (beige)
1962 Cord Slacks
1962 Cord Slacks
1962 Cord Slacks in original packaging
1962 Cord Slacks in original packaging
1962 Cord Slacks
1962 Cord Slacks (tan)
1962 Cord Slacks
1962 Cord Slacks
1962 Cord Slacks
1962 Cord Slacks
1962 Cord Slacks
1962 Cord Slacks
1962 Cord Slacks in original packaging
1962 Cord Slacks in original packaging

CORDUROY JACKET

1962 Corduroy Jacket
1962 Corduroy Jacket (beige)
1962 Corduroy Jacket
1962 Corduroy Jacket
1962 Corduroy Jacket in original packaging
1962 Corduroy Jacket in original packaging
1962 Corduroy Jacket
1962 Corduroy Jacket (tan)
1962 Corduroy Jacket
1962 Corduroy Jacket
1962 Corduroy Jacket in original packaging
1962 Corduroy Jacket in original packaging

PATTERN PRINT SHIRT

1962 Pattern Print Shirt
1962 Pattern Print Shirt
1962 Pattern Print Shirt
1962 Pattern Print Shirt
1962 Pattern Print Shirt in original packaging
1962 Pattern Print Shirt in original packaging
1962 Pattern Print Shirt
1962 Pattern Print Shirt
1962 Pattern Print Shirt
1962 Pattern Print Shirt
1962 Pattern Print Shirt in original packaging
1962 Pattern Print Shirt in original packaging

The version below is either a slight variation or just the exact same shirt, which has changed through prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.

1962 Pattern Print Shirt
1962 Pattern Print Shirt
1962 Pattern Print Shirt
1962 Pattern Print Shirt
1962 Pattern Print Shirt in original packaging
1962 Pattern Print Shirt in original packaging

POLO SHIRT

1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt in original packaging
1962 Polo Shirt in original packaging

Again, the version below is either a slight variation or the same shirt which has faded over time.

1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt in original packaging
1962 Polo Shirt in original packaging
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt in original packaging
1962 Polo Shirt in original packaging
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt in original packaging
1962 Polo Shirt in original packaging

Ken’s white polo shirt usually came without label (Time For Tennis, Fraternity Meeting), so the one shown below was possibly sold as a Fashion Pak item. It must have been extremely rare though, as I’m yet to find a version MOC. It is more likely to have been a regular tennis t-shirt which was given a label by mistake.

1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt
1962 Polo Shirt (Rare labelled white version)
1962 Polo Shirt (Rare labelled white shirt possibly sold as Fashion Pak)

RED VEST

1962 Red Vest
1962 Red Vest
1962 Red Vest
1962 Red Vest
1962 Red Vest in original packaging
1962 Red Vest in original packaging

SEWN SWEATER, RED or PULLOVER SWEATER

1962 Sewn Sweater (or Pullover Sweater)
1962 Sewn Sweater (or Pullover Sweater)
1962 Sewn Sweater (or Pullover Sweater)
1962 Sewn Sweater (or Pullover Sweater)
1962 Sewn Sweater in original packaging
1962 Sewn Sweater in original packaging

SLACKS, BROWN

1962 Brown Slacks
1962 Brown Slacks
1962 Brown Slacks
1962 Brown Slacks
1962 Brown Slacks in original packaging
1962 Brown Slacks in original packaging

SLACKS, GREY

1962 Grey Slacks
1962 Grey Slacks
1962 Grey Slacks
1962 Grey Slacks
1962 Grey Slacks in original packaging
1962 Grey Slacks in original packaging

SOLID COLOR SPORT SHIRT

1962 Sport Shirt
1962 Sport Shirt
1962 Sport Shirt
1962 Sport Shirt
1962 Sport Shirt in original packaging
1962 Sport Shirt in original packaging
1962 Sport Shirt
1962 Sport Shirt
1962 Sport Shirt
1962 Sport Shirt
1962 Sport Shirt in original packaging
1962 Sport Shirt in original packaging

WHITE DRESS SHIRT

1962 White Dress Shirt
1962 White Dress Shirt
1962 White Dress Shirt
1962 White Dress Shirt
1962 White Dress Shirt in original packaging
1962 White Dress Shirt in original packaging

WINDBREAKER, BEIGE

1962 Windbreaker
1962 Windbreaker
1962 Windbreaker
1962 Windbreaker
1962 Windbreaker in original packaging
1962 Windbreaker in original packaging
Two 1962 Windbreakers.
Two 1962 Windbreakers. The one on the left is very unusual. It is more common to find them with darker brown collar and cuffs.

BARBIE & KEN GIFT SET #892

The Barbie & Ken Gift Set obviously also contained a Barbie doll and her clothing. In some early advertising the set is shown with a red cap for Ken. The earliest advertisements also show it with the original 1961 flocked hair Ken with shorts and towel.

1962 Jewel Tea catalogue
From Jewel Tea catalogue 1962
1963 Jewel Tea catalogue
From Jewel Tea catalogue 1963

As the boxes are dated 1962 I doubt it ever came with the 1961 Ken. The original set as I know it included a blonde or brunette flocked hair Ken (initially the ‘thick-brow’ Kens and then later the ‘thin-brow’ versions – see 1962 Flocked hair Kens) wearing his 1962 (unlabelled) ‘cabana’ beach outfit, and with the clothing shown here. The short green socks would only appear for sale once more (with the 1966 Ensemble Pak Summer Job). The set was still being sold in 1964, so later versions came with a painted hair Ken.

From 1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892
From 1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892
From 1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892
From 1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892
From 1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892
From 1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892
From 1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892
From 1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892
1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set
1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892
1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892 reverse of packaging
1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892 reverse of packaging
1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892
1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892 (with blonde Ken)
1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892
1962 Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892 (with brunette Ken)
Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892
Barbie & Ken Gift Set #892 (Later version with painted hair Ken)

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet

The illustration for Sleeper Set is still the one from 1961 showing the pajama top with short sleeves, like the prototype.

From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
From 1962 Barbie & Ken booklet
1962 Mattel Toys booklet
From Mattel Toys 1962 booklet
From Mattel Dolls for Fall '62 catalogue (1st edition)
From Mattel Dolls for Fall ’62 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls for Fall '62 catalogue (1st edition)
From Mattel Dolls for Fall ’62 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls For Fall '62 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls for Fall ’62 catalogue
1962 Barbie & Ken Fashion Bar Display
1962 Barbie & Ken Fashion Bar Display
1962 Barbie & Ken Fashion Bar Display ad
1962 Barbie & Ken Fashion Bar Display ad

In 1962 Mattel even produced sewing kits with outfits for Ken.

1962 Mattel Advance Pattern Company kit
1962 Mattel Advance Pattern Company kit
1962 Ken Wardrobe Patterns Display
1962 Ken Wardrobe Patterns Display
1962 Publicity photo for Barbie & Ken Patterns
1962 Publicity photo for Barbie & Ken Patterns
From 1962 Mattel Dolls For Fall '62 catalogue (1st edition)
From 1962 Mattel Dolls For Fall ’62 catalogue (1st edition)

Dreamboat and Campus Hero were mixed up in the GMC catalogue below, and Sleeper Set is called Sleeper.

From 1962 Aldens Fall Winter catalogue
From 1962 Aldens Fall Winter catalogue
From 1962 General Merchandise catalogue
From 1962 General Merchandise Fall Winter catalogue
From 1962 Weinstein Fall Winter catalogue
From 1962 Weinstein Fall Winter catalogue
From Fall 1962-Summer 1963 Don's Discount House catalogue
From Fall 1962-Summer 1963 Don’s Discount House catalogue
From 1962 Western Auto Fall Winter catalogue
From 1962 Western Auto Fall Winter catalogue
From 1962 Coast To Coast Stores Toys catalogue
From 1962 Coast To Coast Stores Toys catalogue
From 1962 Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1962 Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1962-3 Our Own Hardware Toys catalogue
From 1962-3 Our Own Hardware Toys catalogue
From 1962 Americana Home Shoppers catalogue
From 1962 Americana Home Shoppers catalogue
From 1962 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1962 Aldens Christmas catalogue
1962 Aldens Christmas catalogue
1962 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1962 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1962 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1962 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1962 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue

If Annual or Spring Summer issues have toys at all, they tend to show only items from the previous Christmas. In the 1963 Spiegel Spring Summer catalogue Time For Tennis is incorrectly described as Tennis Time.

From 1963 Spiegel Spring Summer catalogue
From 1963 Spiegel Spring Summer catalogue
From 1963 Aldens Spring Summer catalogue
From 1963 Aldens Spring Summer catalogue
From 1963 Robertson & Ruth Wholesale Catalog No.134
From 1963 Robertson & Ruth Wholesale Catalog No.134
From John Plain book for 1963
From John Plain book for 1963

The #892 Barbie & Ken Gift Set was still being sold in 1964, though now came with a painted hair (Japan-made) Ken.

From 1963 Atlas-United catalogue
From 1963 Atlas-United catalogue
From 1964 First Distributors Year Round catalogue
From 1964 First Distributors Year Round catalogue
From 1964 Mostow Yearly Wholesale catalogue
From 1964 Mostow Yearly Wholesale catalogue

The Fashion Pak items were available in 1962-63. The Ensemble Paks were available as follows.*

RALLY DAY (1962-1964)
THE YACHTSMAN (1962-1964) (Until 1968 in Europe)
TIME FOR TENNIS (1962-1965) (Until 1968 in Europe)

* Based on information taken from US and European Barbie booklets 1961-1968, Mattel catalogues from 1962-1968, and Mattel Employee Order Forms 1965-1967.


REVERSE OF PACKAGING

All Ken Ensemble Paks and the larger Fashion Paks were illustrated on the reverse. Apart from a slight alteration to the written information on reverse during 1962, these designs remained the same until the introduction of Ken’s Buddy Allan in 1964. Booklets were always included, even with the smallest Fashion Pak item, and obviously varied according to year.

Reverse of larger Ensemble Pak packaging 1961
Reverse of larger Ensemble Pak packaging 1961-62
Reverse of smaller Ensemble Pak packaging 1961
Reverse of smaller Ensemble Pak packaging 1961-62

In 1964 the Ensemble Paks were packaged in a new box featuring Allan on the reverse (see section 1965 The Outfits, bottom of page), but the earliest packed outfits for 1964 still came in the original packaging, shown below.

Reverse of larger Ensemble Pak packaging 1962-4
Reverse of larger Ensemble Pak packaging 1962-64
Reverse of smaller Ensemble Pak packaging 1962-64
Reverse of smaller Ensemble Pak packaging 1962-64
Reverse of larger Fashion Pak packaging 1962
Reverse of larger Fashion Pak packaging 1962
Reverse of slim Fashion Pak packaging 1962
Reverse of slim Fashion Pak packaging 1962
Reverse of small Fashion Pak packaging 1962
Reverse of small Fashion Pak packaging 1962
Reverse of larger Fashion Pak packaging 1962
Reverse of larger Fashion Pak packaging 1962
Reverse of slim Fashion Pak packaging 1962
Reverse of slim Fashion Pak packaging 1962
Reverse of small Fashion Pak packaging 1962
Reverse of small Fashion Pak packaging 1962
Reverse of larger Fashion Pak packaging 1962-3
Reverse of larger Fashion Pak packaging 1962-3
Reverse of slim Fashion Pak packaging 1962-3
Reverse of slim Fashion Pak packaging 1962-3
Reverse of small Fashion Pak packaging 1962-3
Reverse of small Fashion Pak packaging 1962-3
Reverse of larger Fashion Pak packaging 1963
Reverse of larger Fashion Pak packaging 1963
Reverse of slim Fashion Pak packaging 1963
Reverse of slim Fashion Pak packaging 1963
Reverse of small Fashion Pak packaging 1963
Reverse of small Fashion Pak packaging 1963

THE KEN LABEL

Genuine Ken clothing was labelled. From 1961-1964 the labels were marked Ken™ BY MATTEL. From 1964 onward there was a new label, which read Ken® ©MATTEL INC., though the earlier version can still occasionally be found on Ken clothing right up to the Fashion Originals in 1972.

All single Fashion Pak items were labelled, but larger sets usually only had one or two labelled pieces. This is most noticeable with the trousers. If Ken’s trousers were part of an outfit (like the Ensemble Pak Going Bowling or the Fashion Pak Soda Date), they were not labelled. The only exceptions are the outfits containing knitted pullovers (Campus Hero, Mountain Hike, Hiking Holiday), in which the labels are found in the trousers/shorts. As another example, the orange hooded top from Ensemble Pak Ken Skin Diver #1406 was not labelled, because there was a label in the trunks. But, the same top released as the Fashion Pak Sweatshirt did have a label.

1961-72 Ken clothing labels
Two beach jackets showing original label (left) and later label (right)
1963 Ken Sweatshirts
Two versions of 1963-64 sweatshirt