1961 - Mattel introduces Ken and his wardrobe. The first Ken stood twelve inches tall and was sold in a box, with fashion booklet, sandals, a towel and black wire stand. The first Ken was sold with flocked hair available as a blonde, a rare brunette, sold as a store exclusive, and dark brunette.
1962 - The first Ken doll's flocked hair would rub off easily so Mattel issued a new version of Ken in 1962 with painted hair.
1963 - This year, the painted hair on Ken shrunk a quarter of an inch to 11 3/4 inches! This oddball version of Ken also had loose leg joints and more pronounced kneecaps.
1964 - By this year Mattel corrected the fading vinyl issue, and the knobby kneecaps, and then returned Ken to his original 12-inch stature! (article continues below)... Read more
Vintage Malibu Barbie was introduced in 1971. It was available to purchase up until the early eighties and it was one of the cheapest Barbie dolls to own at that time period.
This meant that it quickly gained in popularity and new dolls were introduced into the Malibu range such as Malibu Ken and Sunsational Malibu Barbie.
These days Malibu Barbie is still quite popular after she was reintroduced in the year 2002. However, for many people you cannot beat the vintage Malibu Barbie.
How to Recognize an Original Malibu Barbie
If you are interested in the vintage Malibu Barbie, then it would be a good idea to learn how to recognize it from its more recent predecessor. One way to do this is through the accessories that came with it. (article continues below)...