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 Army & Air Force outfits predate the 1964 launch of GI Joe.


THE ENSEMBLE PAKS

FUN ON ICE #791

1963 #791 Fun On Ice
1963 #791 Fun On Ice
1963 #791 Fun On Ice
1963 #791 Fun On Ice
1963 #791 Fun On Ice
1963 #791 Fun On Ice
1963 #791 Fun On Ice accessories
1963 #791 Fun On Ice accessories

Later packaged versions of Fun On Ice came with red backing card.

1963 #791 Fun On Ice in original packaging
1963 #791 Fun On Ice in original packaging (Early version)
1963 #791 Fun On Ice in original packaging
1963 #791 Fun On Ice in original packaging (Later version)

PLAY BALL! #792

The earliest versions of this outfit have a lighter brown mitt.

1963 #792 Play Ball!
1963 #792 Play Ball!
1963 #792 Play Ball!
1963 #792 Play Ball!
1963 #792 Play Ball!
1963 #792 Play Ball!
1963 #792 Play Ball! accessories
1963 #792 Play Ball! accessories (Earlier version with light mitt)
1963 #792 Play Ball! in original packaging
1963 #792 Play Ball! in original packaging (Earlier ‘light mitt’ version)
Both versions of the 1963 #792 Play Ball! mitt
Both versions of the 1963 #792 Play Ball! mitt
1963 #792 Play Ball!
1963 #792 Play Ball! (with later dark mitt)
1963 #792 Play Ball! in original packaging (Later 'dark mitt' version)
1963 #792 Play Ball! in original packaging (Later ‘dark mitt’ version)

DR. KEN #793

1963 #793 Dr. Ken
1963 #793 Dr. Ken
1963 #793 Dr. Ken
1963 #793 Dr. Ken
1963 #793 Dr. Ken
1963 #793 Dr. Ken
1963 #793 Dr. Ken accessories
1963 #793 Dr. Ken accessories
1963 #793 Dr. Ken in original packaging
1963 #793 Dr. Ken in original packaging

MASQUERADE #794

1963 #794 Masquerade
1963 #794 Masquerade
1963 #794 Masquerade
1963 #794 Masquerade
1963 #794 Masquerade
1963 #794 Masquerade
1963 #794 Masquerade accessories
1963 #794 Masquerade accessories
1963 #794 Masquerade in original packaging
1963 #794 Masquerade in original packaging

GRADUATION #795

1963 #795 Graduation
1963 #795 Graduation (Cap, gown and diploma)
1963 #795 Graduation
1963 #795 Graduation
1963 #795 Graduation
1963 #795 Graduation
1963 #795 Graduation accessories
1963 #795 Graduation accessories

A second version of Graduation exists packed in a square box. It came with an extra illustrated slip.

1963 #795 Graduation in original packaging
1963 #795 Graduation in original packaging
1963 #0795 Graduation variation packaging
1963 #0795 Graduation variation packaging

SAILOR #796

1963 #796 Sailor
1963 #796 Sailor
1963 #796 Sailor
1963 #796 Sailor
1963 #796 Sailor
1963 #796 Sailor
1963 #796 Sailor accessories
1963 #796 Sailor accessories
1963 #796 Sailor in original packaging
1963 #796 Sailor in original packaging

ARMY & AIR FORCE #797

Army & Air Force came with unique navy blue shoes. The slacks have a YKK zip but no popper, presumably because of the belts. The set came with only one shirt and pair of slacks.

1963 #797 Army (& Air Force)
1963 #797 Army (& Air Force)
1963 #797 Army (& Air Force)
1963 #797 Army (& Air Force)
1963 #797 Army (& Air Force)
1963 #797 Army (& Air Force)
1963 #797 Army & Air Force accessories
1963 #797 Army & Air Force accessories
1963 #797 (Army &) Air Force
1963 #797 (Army &) Air Force
1963 #797 (Army &) Air Force
1963 #797 (Army &) Air Force
1963 #797 (Army &) Air Force
1963 #797 (Army &) Air Force
1963 #797 Army & Air Force 'instruction' slip
1963 #797 Army & Air Force ‘instruction’ slip
1963 #797 Army & Air Force in original packaging
1963 #797 Army & Air Force in original packaging

SKI CHAMPION #798

1963 #798 Ski Champion
1963 #798 Ski Champion (with replacement rubber bands on skis)
1963 #798 Ski Champion
1963 #798 Ski Champion
1963 #798 Ski Champion
1963 #798 Ski Champion
1963 #798 Ski Champion accessories (with original rubber bands on skis)
1963 #798 Ski Champion accessories (with original rubber bands on skis)
1963 #798 Ski Champion in original packaging
1963 #798 Ski Champion in original packaging

TOUCHDOWN! #799

1963 #799 Touchdown!
1963 #799 Touchdown!
1963 #799 Touchdown!
1963 #799 Touchdown!
1963 #799 Touchdown!
1963 #799 Touchdown!
1963 #799 Touchdown! accessories
1963 #799 Touchdown! accessories
1963 #799 Touchdown! in original packaging
1963 #799 Touchdown! in original packaging

THE FASHION PAKS

The Fashion Paks below obviously only originally included the items shown in the MOC versions. Any extra items or accessories are merely to enhance the photos. As well as the usual single items there were three ‘Outfit’ sets this year, though only two are complete outfits.

CARDIGAN SWEATER

1963 Cardigan Sweater
1963 Cardigan Sweater
1963 Cardigan Sweater
1963 Cardigan Sweater
1963 Cardigan Sweater in original packaging
1963 Cardigan Sweater in original packaging

JEANS

1963 Jeans
1963 Jeans
1963 Jeans
1963 Jeans
1963 Jeans in original packaging
1963 Jeans in original packaging

SWEATSHIRT

1963 Sweatshirt
1963 Sweatshirt
1963 Sweatshirt
1963 Sweatshirt
1963 Sweatshirt
1963 Sweatshirt in original packaging

BOXING OUTFIT

1963 Boxing Outfit
1963 Boxing Outfit
1963 Boxing Outfit
1963 Boxing Outfit
1963 Boxing Outfit
1963 Boxing Outfit
1963 Boxing Outfit accessories
1963 Boxing Outfit accessories
1963 Boxing Outfit in original packaging
1963 Boxing Outfit in original packaging

This ‘variation’ seemed like an exciting find, as I discovered it MOC. However, when I removed the ‘silver’ shorts from the card they were still blue on the reverse: they had changed colour through prolonged exposure to sunlight. My only option was to leave them in the sun for several weeks until the remaining blue faded, leaving them an even, silver grey.

1963 Boxing Outfit
1963 Boxing Outfit (with sun-bleached shorts)
1963 Boxing Outfit
1963 Boxing Outfit
1963 Boxing Outfit
1963 Boxing Outfit
1963 Boxing Outfit (with sun-bleached shorts) in original packaging
1963 Boxing Outfit (with sun-bleached shorts) in original packaging

HUNTING OUTFIT

1963 Hunting Outfit
1963 Hunting Outfit (Slacks not included)
1963 Hunting Outfit
1963 Hunting Outfit
1963 Hunting Outfit (slacks not included)
1963 Hunting Outfit
1963 Fashion Pak Hunting Outfit
1963 Hunting Outfit accessories
1963 Hunting Outfit in original packaging
1963 Hunting Outfit in original packaging

SKIN DIVER OUTFIT

1963 Skin Diver Outfit
1963 Skin Diver Outfit
1963 Skin Diver Outfit
1963 Skin Diver Outfit
1963 Skin Diver Outfit
1963 Skin Diver Outfit
1964 #1406 Ken Skin Diver accessories
1963 Skin Diver Outfit accessories
1963 Skin Diver Outfit in original packaging
1963 Skin Diver Outfit in original packaging

THE GIFT SETS

FASHION QUEEN BARBIE AND HER FRIENDS KEN & MIDGE SET #863

The Barbie & Friends gift set shown below is a later version, with a blue-eyed Ken. The earliest set I’ve seen contained the second version 1963 brunette Ken (green eyes with black line around iris, original hand/arm mold – see also section 1963 Painted hair Kens).

FASHION QUEEN BARBIE AND HER FRIENDS KEN & MIDGE SET #863
FASHION QUEEN BARBIE AND HER FRIENDS KEN & MIDGE SET #863

FASHION QUEEN BARBIE & KEN TROUSSEAU SET #864

The recommended retail price of the Fashion Queen Barbie & Ken Trousseau Set was $25, a massive amount at the time. Obviously few were sold, as a year later the Spiegel catalogue was offering the set at the bargain price of $12.88. I only have the de-boxed Ken and his clothing from this set, but this is still a rare find in itself. The Ken is the third 1963 version (the first to have the new hand/arm mold). This set was also available with the same Ken in blonde.

Most of this clothing is identical, or similar, to other Ken outfits. The Sports Shorts outfit has different shoes from the regular set. The Tuxedo outfit has to borrow the plain dress shirt from the grey suit. There is no corsage, cummerbund, or boutonnière on the tux jacket, and it comes with a white bow tie (instead of burgundy). The white bow tie is the real treasure, as it was only ever available with this set.

From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set

The set contained only one white shirt and one pair of black shoes. The white bow tie is unique to this set and is now extremely hard to find.

From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
From 1963 #864 Trousseau Set
1963 #864 Trousseau Set
1963 #864 Trousseau Set
1963 #864 Trousseau Set (with brunette Ken)
1963 #864 Trousseau Set (Brunette Ken)
1963 #864 Trousseau Set
1963 #864 Trousseau Set (Blonde Ken)

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

Three Barbie booklets were produced for 1963 with slightly different contents.

1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
1963 Barbie Ken blue booklet
1963 Barbie & Ken blue booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken blue booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken blue booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken blue booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken blue booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken blue booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken blue booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken blue booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken blue booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken blue booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken blue booklet
1963 Barbie Ken yellow booklet
1963 Barbie & Ken yellow booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken yellow booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken yellow booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken yellow booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken yellow booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken yellow booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken yellow booklet (Variation)
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken yellow booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken white booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken yellow booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken yellow booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken yellow booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken yellow booklet
From 1963 Barbie Ken yellow booklet
1963 Mattel store counter selection display
1963 Mattel Permanent Counter Catalogs
From Mattel Dolls 63 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls 63 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls 63 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls 63 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls 63 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls 63 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls 63 catalogue
From Mattel Dolls 63 catalogue
From 1963 Playthings magazine
From 1963 Playthings magazine

As the 1963 outfits were produced so far in advance, exceptionally they already feature in the Fall Winter catalogues. In 1963 JCPenney took over the General Merchandise Company. Their Fall Winter issue was the first to carry the Penney name.

From 1963 Penneys Fall Winter catalogue
From 1963 Penneys Fall Winter catalogue
From 1963 Spiegel Fall Winter catalogue
From 1963 Spiegel Fall Winter catalogue
From 1963 Montgomery Ward Fall Winter catalogue
From 1963 Montgomery Ward Fall Winter catalogue
From 1963 Penneys Christmas Toy catalogue
From 1963 Penneys Toy Catalog
From 1963 Western Auto order catalogue
From 1963 Western Auto order catalogue
From 1963 Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1963 Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1963 Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1963 Sears Christmas catalogue
1963 Aldens Christmas catalogue
1963 Aldens Christmas catalogue
1963 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1963 Aldens Christmas catalogue
1963 Canadian Eaton's Christmas catalogue
1963 Canadian Eaton’s Christmas catalogue
From 1963 Canadian Simpsons Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1963 Canadian Simpsons Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1963 Marshall Field & Company Christmas toy catalogue
From 1963 Marshall Field & Company Christmas toy catalogue
1963-64 Fall Winter World Wide Discount catalogue
1963-64 Fall Winter World Wide Discount catalogue
From 1963 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1963 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1963 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1963 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1963 Missouri Petroleum Products Company catalogue
From 1963 Missouri Petroleum Products Co. catalogue
1963 May D&F newspaper ad
From 1963 May D&F newspaper ad
From 1963 Tiedtkes newspaper ad
From 1963 Tiedtkes newspaper ad
1963 Gambles Fall Winter catalogue
From 1963 Gambles Fall Winter catalogue
From 1963-4 Robert Morton catalogue
From 1963-4 Robert Morton catalogue

The Gambles catalogue from Spring/Summer 1964 still uses the same layout as their previous issue, and the 1964 LC Mayers & Spors Yearbook has the exact same layout as the 1963-4 catalogue from Robert Morton.

1964 LC Mayers & Spors Yearbook
1964 LC Mayers & Spors Yearbook
From 1964 Gambles Spring Summer catalogue
From 1964 Gambles Spring Summer catalogue
From 1964 Mostow Co. Yearly Wholesale catalogue
From 1964 Mostow Co. Yearly Wholesale catalogue
From 1964 Western Auto Spring Summer catalogue
From 1964 Western Auto Order Service catalogue
From 1964 John Plain book
From John Plain book for 1964
From 1963-4 John Plain book
From John Plain book for 1964
From 1964 Aldens Spring Summer catalogue
From 1964 Aldens Spring Summer catalogue
From 1964 Spiegel Spring Summer catalogue
From 1964 Spiegel Spring Summer catalogue
From 1964 Spiegel Fall Winter catalogue
From 1964 Spiegel Fall Winter catalogue
From 1964 Aldens Fall Winter catalogue
From 1964 Aldens Fall Winter catalogue

Ken was also sold in Japan. The only ones I’ve seen so far are Dressed Dolls, like the Ken in Tuxedo shown in section 1964 Allan & the ‘shorty’ Kens. There is a unique ‘Royal Wedding’ Ken (see also section 1964 Allan & the ‘shorty’ Kens), but the Japanese booklets show only known Ken outfits, though many come with slight modifications. His outfits were also sold separately, packaged slightly differently to Ken outfits, and each contained a Japanese booklet.

1963 Japanese Barbie Ken & Midge booklet
1963 Japanese Barbie Ken & Midge booklet

The Ensemble Paks were available as follows.*

FUN ON ICE (1963-1964) (Until 1968 in Europe)
PLAY BALL! (1963-1964)
DR. KEN (1963-1965) (Until 1967 in Europe)
MASQUERADE (1963-1964)
GRADUATION (1963-1964)
SAILOR (1963-1965) (Until 1967 in Europe)
ARMY & AIR FORCE (1963-1965) (Until 1967 in Europe)
SKI CHAMPION (1963-1964)
TOUCHDOWN! (1963-1965) (Until 1966 in Europe). A reproduction of this outfit was issued in 2008 as part of the Barbie & Ken Campus Spirit gift set.

*Based on information from US and European Barbie booklets 1963-1968 and Mattel Employee Order Forms 1965-1967.