A magazine advertisement for Barbie™and her friends available
at the time - including Allan™!
Markings and differences between the Allan™ dolls:
Differences between the 1964 Straight Leg Allan (made
in Japan) and the Vintage Reproduction Allan of 2008 and
2014 (made in China):
1. Head: No markings on the back of the head /
neck on either doll.
[Above: Some but not all head molds are marked with a
three digit number under the chin. It's not known what
this number refers to.
The number under the chin on the doll above is "219".]
[Above: 2014 Reproduction doll is
on the left; Original 1964 doll is on the
right. Reproduction doll has eyes that face
forward; Original doll has side-glancing
2014 "Double Date" Reproduction doll pictured
above also has the same color pink on the lips and
surrounding the eyes.
2008 "Campus Sweet Shop" Reproduction doll (not
pictured) and the Original 1964 Allan™ has brown
instead of pink surrounding his eyes.]
2. Inside the arm:
[Above: Some but not all dolls are marked with a
number on the inside of one of the arms (can be right or
left arm, I own both).
I've also seen dolls with these numbers under both
arms. It's not known what this number refers to.
The number under this Allan's arm above is "142 SN".]
3. Arm/hand molds
The 2008 Reproduction Allan™ doll was given Original 1961
Ken™ doll arms/hands. These hands have a definite
pronounced curve and bent to the fingers as well as face
inward. The 2014 Reproduction Allan™ doll was given
the 1964 Original Allan™ doll arms/hands (the same as the
1963 Painted Hair Ken™ doll) which hands have only a slight
and not as pronounced curve to them. These are two
different arm molds. It is not known why this
difference was made, except to possibly differentiate
between the two Repro Allans, along with the outline of the
eyes being different colors on the two dolls.
[Above: (left) 2008 Reproduction Allan™ hand, made from the
Original 1961 Ken™ doll mold.
Notice the curve of the fingers and the amount of space
between the thumb and fingers.
(right) 2014 Reproduction Allan™ hand, made from the 1964
Original Allan™ doll mold. Notice that the fingers are
more well defined, there is less space between the fingers
and the thumb, and the hand itself is not as curved as the
one on the left.]
4. Butt markings:
[Above:] Reproduction doll (left) text:
Made in China
1186 MJ. 1. NL
Original doll (right) text:
[Above: There are visible seams around the outside of
both hands on the Reproduction doll which are not present on
the Original doll.]
[Above: No markings at all on the Reproduction doll
(left); the word "Japan" clearly visible on the Original
doll's right foot.]
7. Wrist Tags
[Above: Original doll NRFB
has wrist tag that says on front "Genuine Allan™ by Mattel";
reverse side of tag says "Ken's Buddy™" "Imported From
[Above: Wrist tag of Reproduction doll says the same
thing on both sides, "Genuine Allan™ by Mattel". Seam
on the left hand is visible in this photo.]
a. Torso mold imperfections
[Below: This is not a "marking" as such, but something
that I have noticed repeatedly on various Original Allan™
and Original straight leg Ken™ dolls from 1963-66, including
ones I own.
There must have been some kind of defect in the mold process
for the torso of these dolls. There is frequently a
break in the outline of the right butt cheek; sometimes
there is a sharp plastic protrusion that sticks out from
this as well (which could damage outfits put on the
doll). The example on the below left side is one seen
most often; the one on the right side is an extreme example
of this defect. I don't know why something like this
wasn't caught by Mattel's quality control; it happened way
too often to just be a one-off.]
b. Lower back markings in Gift Set doll
[Below: This does not apply to Allan™ per se, but does
occur in the 2014 "Double Date - 50th Anniversary Gift Set"
that his Reproduction doll is a part of.
I found both engraved and stamped markings on the back of
the painted hair Reproduction Ken™ doll in this set.
These markings are:
1374HF2 (engraved on doll)
G25HF (silver stamped)
BDH36 (stamped in a darker silver; this number is the part
number of this complete 4-doll set).
It is not known what the first two numbers refer to.]
#1029 Bendable Leg Allan™
At this time, no other markings on the doll can be verified
to see if they are also the same as the straight leg version
[Above: This doll had a new red beach jacket
that was not lined. It did have the Allan™ "A" on the
left bottom corner of the jacket.
The blue swim trunks were a bit lighter in color and the
same cork sandals with blue strap were included with this
He was advertised "with 'lifelike' bendable legs".
Because this doll's legs could bend at the knee, the legs
were made of a more rubbery material than hardened vinyl.
This made this doll (as well as the other Bend Leg doll
friends) very hard to dress as a result.]
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