1961 #750 flocked Hair brunette Ken dressed in #782 Casuals (1961) and #788 Rally Day (1962)
#750 Blonde painted hair straight leg Ken, dressed in #798 Ski Champion in his dressed Ken Ski Champion Box (1963)
1961 flocked hair
The big difference between the 1962 & 1963 Ken is the height. The 1963 version is a little bit shorter, about 1/4 inch shorter! His arms were a little shorter as well. Both have painted hair. The 1963 Ken also had beefier legs. He must have taken up weight lifting. By 1964, he went back to the same height as the 1962 dolls, but a new marking.
In 1961#750 Ken was available. He was named after Barbie creator Ruth Handlers, son. He was Barbies boyfriend. He had blue eyes and either brunette or blonde flocked hair. In 1962 his hair was changed to a molded head. (He didn't get real hair again until 1972.) In 1963 he was made 1/4 inch shorter, in 1964 he went back to the 1962 size and finally in 1965 a bendable version was released.
#750 Flocked Ken and his box. Notice he isn't wearing a jacket with his swim trunks on the early box.
#750 Flocked Hair Ken was released in 1961. Ken was originally released wearing his red cotton trunks with the white stripe down the side or red knit trunks and his sandals. Soon after his release, a yellow towel was added. Other variations in his trucks were sold red cotton and sold red knit.
1962 #750 Painted Hair Ken and his new box. In 1962 his jacket lining was stitched in. In 1964, the lining was bonded onto the jacket.
1963 #750 Painted Hair Ken (1/4 inch shorter version) knobbly knees. He came in the knit red shorts or red cotton shorts,jacket, and sandals. Also included a yellow or blue towel. He was only available for one year.