Remembering Mattel…Philippines

It was in the 80’s after I graduated from college that I decided to give it a try working in a factory since it was much easier to get hired than looking for a white collared job that usually requires experience and…a backer (a somebody inside a company who can back you up.)

Anyway, Mattel Philippines, Inc. or MPI as how we call it then used to have its factory in Barrio Ugong, Pasig City which is just a short distance ride from our place.  I can’t help but reminisce the days I spent working there each time I happen to pass by on my way to Tiendesita’s (shopping center) or taking my shortcut going to Cubao.  A college friend encouraged me to try, she works as a face painter.

BARBIE UP CLOSE

LOOKING CHUBBY (I LIKED THIS FACE BETTER THAN TODAY’S BARBIE)

I was assigned at the Injection Section, the armature area, then  transferred as a deflasher (trimmer of excess plastic material) where I became one of the fastest deflasher of accessories in our shift during that time. Me and my operator partner always reach our daily quota & most times, we even go beyond that. Our teamwork pays off.  Mattel never fails to give credit to employees who works hard, we were given free meals at the canteen, gift checks, and a Top Performer Doll as our trophy which is a Barbie doll dressed up in our very own uniform, or whatever is the latest edition that year.

 MY FIRST BARBIE TOP PERFORMER DOLL

MY FIRST BARBIE TOP PERFORMER DOLL

Anyway, later on, I became an operator too (Injection Molding Machine) and was good at it.  Months before Mattel closed its operations in the Philippines, I was personally chosen by the Head of Quality Control in our shift to be trained as a QC, but of course, it didn’t take off.  There’s a looming labor dispute.  And the rest is history, I was heartbroken.  I enjoyed working in Mattel, but I belong to the batch of neophytes having worked for 2 years only.  Surely most of my batch mate would rather accept whatever reconciliation was being offered to us during that time just to keep our (my first) job.  But the voice of the old timers have more weight (majority wins) who are we to oppose?  So we have no other recourse but to join the picket line.

BARBIE TF

I was wondering, now where did all those weekly deduction of “union dues” went to?  I don’t remember being given any notice or refund, neither being given free meals at the picket line, or maybe I’ve missed it…darn!!

86 TOP PERFORMERTo follow, 3 more dolls ;-)

Mini Furniture: Study Room

My second box of mini is for the Study/Office Room.  I know there are a lot of manufacturers of mini doll furniture out there that creates a far more detailed home furnishings than the ones I got, but, I’m satisfied with my finds.  You don’t always get good stuff like these in a thrift store at a very affordable price, mint condition (at least for me) in a box.  I am amazed!OFC SET

The back of the box shows pictures of other available design.  However, I’m not sure what year these were produced.  I wish I could chance upon their Bedroom Showcase (looks more like bathroom actually) and the Living Room with the Grandfather’s Clock!

BACK OF BOXThese items are in 1/12th scale.  I can use it for Kelly sized dolls or with Madame Alexander Dolls by Mcdonald’s.

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Doll Furniture

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When you’re a doll collector, chances are, you’d also have a few pieces of mini furniture which you might want to have around for picture taking purpose.  They’re great background filler and makes your doll photos even more interesting specially if it’s scaled down to their sizes.

I’m not really collecting minis but sometimes I would come across a good buy that’s hard to pass and below are a few of them.  I found them on my visit to my fave thrift store, the price?  It’s a steal!  Means really cheap so i took 2 boxes along with a vintage doll (which i will post some other day) and it’s their new arrival day.  I haven’t been to a thrift store on a “new arrival” date.  Usually, I would come 3 days or even a week after!

I know I should have posted these a long time ago (bought last year), but I don’t have that much time to sort and I have other priorities set for posting.  Anywayz, on with the pictures!

LIVING ROOM SET OF 6

LIVING ROOM SET OF 6

CENTER TABLE

Made of wood in rosewood varnish finish with carving and moulding.

MADE OF WOOD-COMPLETE WITH MOULDING & CARVING IN VARNISH ROSEWOOD FINISH

SIDE/COFFEE TABLE

Made of wood in rosewood varnish finish, complete with bronze metal drawer pull, carved legs, moulded top

MADE OF WOOD COMPLETE WITH METAL DRAWER PULLS, CARVED LEGS IN VARNISH ROSEWOOD FINISH

SINGLE SEATER SOFA

Made with wooden frame, upholstered in leatherette cover with foam, fixed cushion on backrest and seat

SINGLE SEATER SOFA IN LEATHERETTE COVER, FIXED CUSHION WITH FOAM; WOODEN FRAME
 MADE BY SMALL WORLD MINIATURES
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:  CHINA
MINIATURE KITS DISTRIBUTED BY:
MODELCRAFT INC.

UP NEXT IS MY

STUDY ROOM SET