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 Date had an item swapped, while Tuxedo and Goin’ Huntin’ had accessories removed.

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THE ENSEMBLE PAKS

AMERICAN AIRLINES CAPTAIN #0779

American Airlines Captain now came with a travel bag, but still had no shirt or tie.

1965 #0779 American Airlines Captain
1965 #0779 American Airlines Captain (Shirt not included)
1965 #0779 American Airlines Captain in original packaging
1965 #0779 American Airlines Captain in original packaging

In keeping with the other outfits for 1965, this version of the suit is cut slightly looser than the more slim-fitting and tailored version from 1964. Ken’s travel bag is navy blue to match his uniform. It is now exceptionally hard to find. Compare his bag with the regular blue version for Barbie below.

#0779 American Airlines Captain from 1964 (left) and 1965
#0779 American Airlines Captain from 1964 (left) and 1965
Mattel American Barbie Ken travel cases
Barbie travel bag (left) and Ken travel bag (right)

TUXEDO #0787

Tuxedo now came without the cummerbund and corsage. Again, notice how loose-fitting this is, compared to previous versions.

1965 #0787 Tuxedo
1965 #0787 Tuxedo
1965 #0787 Tuxedo
1965 #0787 Tuxedo in original packaging

GOING BOWLING #1403

Going Bowling now came with socks and shoes. (The original 1964 version of this outfit consists of shirt and slacks only – see section 1964 The Outfits). The shirt has been found in different fabrics (all red). The one shown here is made of a much softer fabric than the other versions I have. These trousers also use a slight variation fabric, and are cut much looser than the original version from 1964.

1965 #1403 Going Bowling
1965 #1403 Going Bowling
1965 #1403 Going Bowling in original packaging
1965 #1403 Going Bowling in original packaging
1964 #1403 Going Bowling trousers
1964 #1403 Going Bowling trousers
1965 #1403 Going Bowling trousers
1965 #1403 Going Bowling trousers

ROLLER SKATE DATE #1405

Roller Skate Date was reissued with white trousers instead of a cap. In the 1965 Mattel catalogue it is shown with white wheels on the skates. I’ve yet to find a version like that NRFB, but this is quite a rare outfit, so I’ve only ever seen a few. Considering that the 1964 version came with either colour of wheels, it is highly likely that this did too.

1965 #1405 Roller Skate Date
1965 #1405 Roller Skate Date
1965 #1405 Roller Skate Date in original packaging
1965 #1405 Roller Skate Date in original packaging

The Roller Skate Date slacks (above and below right) are unique to this outfit. They are unlabelled and are much looser-fitting than the slacks from Campus Hero and Victory Dance.

1964 #1411 Victory Dance slacks
1964 #1411 Victory Dance slacks
1965 #1405 Roller Skate Date slacks
1965 #1405 Roller Skate Date slacks

GOIN’ HUNTIN’ #1409

The 1965 version of Goin’ Huntin’ came without boots and socks.

1965 #1409 Goin' Huntin' in original packaging
1965 #1409 Goin’ Huntin’ in original packaging

HIKING HOLIDAY #1412

1965 #1412 Hiking Holiday
1965 #1412 Hiking Holiday
1965 #1412 Hiking Holiday in original packaging
1965 #1412 Hiking Holiday in original packaging

OFF TO BED #1413

The Mattel Fall ’65 dealer catalogue pictures this outfit with the book HOW TO GET A RAISE, but all the NRFB versions I’ve seen so far (and I’ve seen a lot) had A TALE OF TWO CITIES as shown here.

1965 #1413 Off To Bed
1965 #1413 Off To Bed
1965 #1413 Off To Bed in original packaging
1965 #1413 Off To Bed in original packaging

HOLIDAY #1414

1965 #1414 Holiday
1965 #1414 Holiday
1965 #1414 Holiday accessories
1965 #1414 Holiday accessories
1965 #1414 Holiday in original packaging
1965 #1414 Holiday in original packaging
1965 #1414 Holiday variation fabric top
1965 #1414 Holiday variation fabric top

MR. ASTRONAUT #1415

The space suit comes with a button and loop to fasten on the outside collar, but also has an inner collar which fastens tightly around the neck with an additional button and loop.

1965 #1415 Mr. Astronaut
1965 #1415 Mr. Astronaut
1965 #1415 Mr. Astronaut in original packaging
1965 #1415 Mr. Astronaut in original packaging
1965 #1415 M. Astronaut showing inner collar
1965 #1415 M. Astronaut showing inner collar

COLLEGE STUDENT #1416

1965 #1416 College Student
1965 #1416 College Student
1965 #1416 College Student in original packaging
1965 #1416 College Student in original packaging

The booklets and catalogues only mention this outfit coming with brown shoes, and for sure most versions did. However, the bottle-green ones shown here came with a version of College Student I bought out-of-box. They are definitely genuine Mattel, as they are marked Japan and made identically to all other Ken shoes. Obviously I can’t be 100% sure until I find further documentary evidence or a version NRFB, but this discovery has been corroborated by other collectors who have found similar green shoes with an out-of-box College Student.

Vintage Ken shoes in brown, green, blue & black
Vintage Ken shoes in brown, green, blue & black

ROVIN’ REPORTER #1417

Online sellers often put red socks with Rovin’ Reporter, but all the MIB versions of this outfit I’ve seen, as well as the Mattel catalogues and Barbie booklets for 1965, all have black socks.

1965 #1417 Rovin' Reporter
1965 #1417 Rovin’ Reporter
1965 #1417 Rovin' Reporter in original packaging
1965 #1417 Rovin’ Reporter in original packaging

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

There were four Exclusive Fashions booklets for 1965.

1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 1
1965 Fashion Exclusives book 2
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 2
From 1965 Fashion Exclusives book 2
From 1965 Exclusive Fashions book 2
From 1965 Fashion Exclusives book 2
From 1965 Exclusive Fashions book 2
From 1965 Fashion Exclusives book 2
From 1965 Exclusive Fashions book 2
From 1965 Fashion Exclusives book 2
From 1965 Exclusive Fashions book 2
From 1965 Fashion Exclusives book 2
From 1965 Exclusive Fashions book 2
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 3
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 3
From 1965 Fashion Exclusives book 3
From 1965 Exclusive Fashions book 3
From 1965 Fashion Exclusives book 3
From 1965 Exclusive Fashions book 3
From 1965 Fashion Exclusives book 3
From 1965 Exclusive Fashions book 3
From 1965 Fashion Exclusives book 3
From 1965 Exclusive Fashions book 3
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 4
1965 Exclusive Fashions book 4
From 1965 Fashion Exclusives book 4
From 1965 Exclusive Fashions book 4
From 1965 Fashion Exclusives book 4
From 1965 Exclusive Fashions book 4
From 1965 Mattel For Fall 65 catalogue
From Mattel Catalog For Fall ’65
From Mattel Catalog For Fall '65
From Mattel Catalog For Fall ’65
From Mattel Catalog For Fall '65
From Mattel Catalog For Fall ’65
From Mattel Catalog For Fall '65
From Mattel Catalog For Fall ’65
From 1965 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1965 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1965 Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1965 Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1965 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1965 Aldens Christmas catalogue
From 1965 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1965 Penneys Christmas catalogue
From 1965 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1965 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1965 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1965 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
1965 Century Christmas catalogue
From 1965 Century Christmas catalogue
From December 1965 Australian Woman's Day magazine
From December 1965 Australian Woman’s Day magazine

In the 1965 Simpsons Sears Christmas catalogue Holiday is called Vacation Time and Off To Bed is called Sleeper Set.

1965 Canadian Simpsons Sears Christmas catalogue
1965 Canadian Simpsons Sears Christmas catalogue

The Mostow Co. 1966 Yearly Wholesale catalog No. 153 (below left) features Campus Hero. Presumably they had old stock to sell off, as this is the only US reference I’ve ever found to this outfit after 1964 (it was still sold in Japan – see below).

From 1966 Mostow Co. Wholesale catalogue
From 1966 Mostow Co. Wholesale catalogue
1966 Co-op catalogue
1966 Co-op catalogue
From John Plain book for 1966
From John Plain book for 1966

Mattel also produced sewing kits with McCall, which had outfits for Ken.

Mattel McCalls pattern kits
Mattel McCalls pattern kits
From 1965 Sears Christmas catalogue
From 1965 Sears Christmas catalogue
1966 McCalls counter catalogue
1966 McCalls counter catalogue
1966 McCalls counter catalogue
1966 McCalls counter catalogue

From the mid-1960s Ken was also sold in Europe, often imported and distributed through existing toy companies in the various countries. In 1965 there was a European booklet available in Belgian, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Swedish and Swiss versions. They all use the same format and stock photos, but I am showing them all because each country (with the exception of Denmark) gives the outfits different names.

1965 Belgian Mattel Ebiex booklet
1965 Belgian Ebiex Mattel booklet
1965 Dutch Mattel Barbie booklet
1965 Dutch Mattel Barbie booklet
1965 French Mattel Jouets rationnels Barbie booklet
1965 French Mattel Jouets rationnels Barbie booklet
1965 German Mattel Barbie booklet
1965 German Mattel Rheinische Gummi- und Celluloid-Fabrik Barbie booklet
1965 Swedish Mattel Brio Barbie booklet
1965 Swedish Mattel Brio Barbie booklet
1965 Italian Mattel Editrice Giochi Barbie booklet
1965 Italian Mattel Editrice Giochi Barbie booklet
1965 Italian booklet advertising slip
1965 Italian Barbie booklet advertising slip
1965 Swiss Mattel Barbie booklet
1965 Swiss Mattel Barbie booklet
1965 Danish Brio booklet
1965 Danish Mattel Brio Barbie booklet
1965 Dutch Barbie advertisement
1965 Dutch Barbie advertisement
1965 Belgian Barbie advertisement
1965 Belgian Barbie advertisement
From 1965 German Das Spielzeug magazine
From 1965 German Das Spielzeug magazine

There were also separate German brochures in a lavish magazine style using great colour photography and set design.

1965 German Barbie brochure (I)
1965 German Barbie brochure (I)
1965 German Barbie brochure (I)
1965 German Barbie brochure (I)
1965 German Barbie brochure (I)
1965 German Barbie brochure (I)
1965 German Barbie brochure
1965 German Barbie brochure (II)
1965 German Karstadt toy catalogue
c.1965 German Karstadt toy catalogue
1965 French Jouets rationnels advertisement
1965 French Jouets rationnels advertisement
From 1965 French Nouvelles Galeries catalogue
From 1965 French Nouvelles Galeries catalogue

This Japanese booklet is interesting, as it shows outfits like Dreamboat and Saturday Date, which were no longer available elsewhere. Curiously it shows Dreamboat with the green Fashion Pak shirt, Sailor with a blue hand towel, and Goin’ Huntin’ with the boots from Mr. Astronaut. The outfits were sold separately, but the Kens pictured in the Japanese booklets all seem to have been available as Dressed Dolls (see also section 1964 Allan & the ‘shorty’ Kens).

1965 Japanese Barbie booklet
1965 Japanese Barbie booklet
From 1965 Japanese Barbie booklet
From 1965 Japanese Barbie booklet
From 1965 Japanese Barbie booklet
From 1965 Japanese Barbie booklet
From 1965 Japanese Barbie booklet
From 1965 Japanese Barbie booklet
From 1965 Japanese Barbie booklet
From 1965 Japanese Barbie booklet

This fantastic advertisement from the January 1965 issue of Japanese Toy Magazine shows both Barbie and Ken in kimonos! The advertisement simply wishes a Happy New Year, and there is no indication as to whether or not these beautiful, ceremonial kimonos were available commercially. What a contrast to the December issue, which shows the Barbie & Ken family looking like the Kennedys at a Charity Gala.

From 1965 January Japanese Toy Magazine photo Yuko K.
From January 1965 issue of Japanese Toy magazine
From December 1965 Japanese Toy magazine
From December 1965 Japanese Toy magazine

REVERSE OF PACKAGING

Now that Ken had a buddy who could wear his clothes, Mattel designed new illustrations for the reverse of both the Ensemble Pak packaging, and the Fashion Paks. The later packaging is also noticeably different from the front, as the stripes are much thicker and more brightly-coloured.

Reverse of larger Ensemble Pak packaging 1964
Reverse of larger Ensemble Pak packaging 1964 (Earlier version)
Reverse of smaller Ensemble Pak packaging 1964
Reverse of smaller Ensemble Pak packaging 1964 (Earlier version)
Reverse of larger Ensemble Pak packaging 1964-5
Reverse of larger Ensemble Pak packaging 1964 (Later version)
Reverse of smaller Ensemble Pak packaging 1964-5
Reverse of smaller Ensemble Pak packaging 1964 (Later version)
Reverse of larger Ensemble Pak packaging 1964-5
Reverse of larger Ensemble Pak packaging 1964 (slight variation)
Reverse of smaller Ensemble Pak packaging 1964-5
Reverse of smaller Ensemble Pak packaging 1964 (slight variation)
Reverse of larger Ensemble Pak packaging 1965-7
Reverse of larger Ensemble Pak packaging 1964-67
Reverse of smaller Ensemble Pak packaging 1965-7
Reverse of smaller Ensemble Pak packaging 1964-67
Reverse of Fashion Pak packaging 1964
Reverse of Fashion Pak packaging 1964
Reverse of Fashion Pak packaging 1964-65
Reverse of Fashion Pak packaging 1964-65