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)

1966 #0750 Ken
1966 #0750 Ken
1966 #0750 Ken
1966 #0750 Ken

KEN #0750 (blonde)

1966 #0750 Ken
1966 #0750 Ken
1966 #0750 Ken
1966 #0750 Ken

Having never found a 750 Ken from 1966-67 NRFB, I can only assume that he came in the same box, with the same wrist tag, as the previous year. There is certainly no evidence to suggest that he came in a different style box.

1963 #750 Ken box lids
1966 #0750 Ken box lids
1965 #0750 Ken wrist tag
1966 #0750 Ken wrist tag
1965 #1020 Ken booklet (Later version)
1966 #0750 Ken booklet

KEN #1020 (brunette)

1966 #1020 Ken
1966 #1020 Ken
1966 #1020 Ken
1966 #1020 Ken
1966 #1020 Ken
1966 #1020 Ken
1966 #1020 Ken in original packaging
1966 #1020 Ken in original packaging

KEN #1020 (blonde)

1966 #1020 Ken
1966 #1020 Ken
1966 #1020 Ken
1966 #1020 Ken
1966 #1020 Ken
1966 #1020 Ken
1966 #1020 Ken in original packaging
1966 #1020 Ken in original packaging
1965-66 #1020 Ken box reverse (Printed in Japan)
1966 #1020 Ken box reverse
1965-66 #1020 Ken box lid sides
1966 #1020 Ken box sides
1966 #1020 Ken box top end
1966 #1020 Ken box top end
1966 #1020 Ken box bottom end (Blonde)
1966 #1020 Ken box bottom end (Blonde)
1965 #1020 Ken booklet (Later version)
1966 #1020 Ken booklet in original cellophane bag
1965-66 #1020 Ken wrist tag
1966 #1020 Ken wrist tag

1965 Ken markings
Identification: © 1960 by Mattel Inc. Hawthorne Calif.

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

Bendable leg Allan must have been discontinued by 1966. A drawing of him appears in the Barbie booklet for 1966 (below left), but the code number is that of the regular version, and there is no mention that he has bendable legs. He doesn’t appear in any catalogues, not even the Mattel ’66 Preview. The regular Allan was discontinued during 1966 (see Mattel Toys 1966 catalogue below).

From 1966 Fashion Playthings book 4
From 1966 Fashions & Playthings book 4
From Mattel Preview '66 World of Barbie catalogue
Mattel Preview ’66 World of Barbie catalogue
Mattel Toys 1966 catalogue
Mattel Toys 1966 catalogue
From 1966 Western Auto order catalogue
From 1966 Western Auto order catalogue
1966 Fleet & Farm Christmas catalogue
1966 Fleet & Farm Christmas catalogue
From 1966 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1966 Sears Christmas Wish Book
1966 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
1966 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
1966 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
1966 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
1966 German Barbie brochure
From 1966 German Barbie brochure
1966 Belgian Ebiex Mattel booklet
From 1966 Belgian Mattel/Ebiex booklet
1966 French Mattel Jouets rationnels booklet
From 1966 French Mattel/Jouets rationnels booklet
1966 Italian Mattel EG (Editrice Giochi) booklet
1966 Italian Mattel/Editrice Giochi booklet
1966 Grand Passage Switzerland advertisement
From 1966 Swiss Grand Passage department store catalogue

1967

The Kens below vary from other 1020 Kens in as much as they have darker eyes and lighter lips. They are possibly from 1967, though could also belong to 1966. There are simply not enough contemporary sources to definitively show what Kens from 1967 looked like. The few catalogue references I have found are detailed below.

KEN #1020 (blonde)

1966-67 #1020 Ken
1966-67 #1020 Ken
1966-67 #1020 Ken
1966-67 #1020 Ken

KEN #1020 (brunette)

1966-7 #1020 Ken
1966-67 #1020 Ken
1966-7 #1020 Ken
1966-67 #1020 Ken

BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

It is not apparent from the 1967 catalogues whether Mattel produced new Kens, or whether they simply sold off old stock. There is certainly nothing to indicate that any dramatically different type of Ken was introduced for 1967. The regular #0750 Ken features in all three Mattel Toys catalogues for 1967, and is presumably the Ken sold with the Braniff Pilot uniform in the 1967 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue. These are the only contemporary references I have so far discovered for Ken in the USA during 1967. From 1968 vintage Ken no longer appears in American catalogues, but both regular and bendable leg Kens were available in Europe as late as Spring 1969. The European booklets only show pictures of bendable leg Ken, but the French booklet for 1968-9 also offers the #0750 Ken. In Europe he was still shown with a blush, but the few US references seem to show him without.

From Mattel Toys 1967 catalogue
From Mattel Toys 1967 (blue and black cover) catalogues
Mattel Toys 1967 catalogues (Index)
From top: Mattel Toys Feb. 1967, Mattel Toys 1967 (blue), Mattel Toys 1967 (black)
From 1967 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1967 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
1967- French Mattel booklet
From 1967-68 French Mattel Jouets rationnels booklet
From 1967-68 Belgian Ebiex Mattel booklet
From 1967-68 Belgian Mattel Ebiex booklet
From 1968 French Mattel catalogue
From 1968-69 French Mattel Jouets rationnels booklet
From 1968-69 Belgian Mattel Ebiex booklet
From 1968-69 Belgian Mattel Ebiex booklet
From 1968-69 Swiss Mattel booklet
From 1968-69 Swiss Mattel Top Toy booklet

The German catalogue page (below right) still shows vintage Kens – though as models only – as late as 1969-70. It is impossible to say for sure, but they certainly appear to have darker eyes, like the ones I’ve featured above.

c.1967-68 Belgian advertisement
c.1968 Belgian advertisement
From 1970 German Gutes Spielzeug catalogue
From 1970 German Gutes Spielzeug catalogue