Princess Zara!

Let me introduce to you Princess Zara of Zaboomga.  She is a limited edition doll created for the benefit of Sickle Cell Anemia research.  Made in China for Princess Zara Inc. Elmhurst, NY 11373. 

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She’s a thrift store find last year, sealed in her box, NRFB, until only just recently when I posted her for sale online, I need to know her flaws for the benefit of the would be buyers.  So I have to unbox her.  It includes 1 Jewelry Box, 1 Hairbush, a CD but I guess, it doesn’t play.

When I found her, I didn’t think twice buying her because I liked AA dolls, and she’s ethnic, different from the usual model muse dolls.  A little expensive than the average thrift store nude dolls I usually buy.  Since she’s sealed, I wasn’t really able to check her for defects. 

Her face is made of hard rubber, her head is rooted along hairline only (I think) not sure coz I don’t want to tinker on her ‘do, that’s her crowning glory, I didn’t want to ruin the twisted hairstyle.  She has TNT body, the material they used on her body is similar to the cheap Barbie clones being sold in department stores.  Her legs & knees are bendable, they are not like those thin legs of clone dolls, but, alas! 

These are manufacturing defects, the knees can bend yes only at some extent, but the vinyl (skin) is damaged.  Actually, we usually call it “short shots” wherein the legs were taken out of the mold without waiting for the proper time for it to fully form. 

Some plastic flash on her arms not fully trimmed. 

My apology Princess Zara, I have to disrobe you!

Why am I selling her along with another AA doll?  I am cash strapped right now, plus, I might have to let go of at least half of my collection.  Although not really final decision.  Just another thought because I have not much playtime anymore.

Thoughts On (2)

The continuing thoughts…

Oh just because Barbie is one of my favorites doesn’t mean she’s saved from my scrutiny.  I hated the 2009 (?) Barbie.  And I didn’t like how they’ve changed Barbs eyes, I kinda liked the wide eyed look of the early 80’s. 

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Most of the dolls that Mattel produced in the succeeding years has this face, I didn’t like the wide open mouth and the lifeless flat eyes.  But then again, of course, these are made for young girls to be played with and maybe these type appeals to them, not for oldies like me ha ha ha!

I wish Barbie will stay like this forever.  The Superstar Barbie!

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These types are ok.  Forever young!

Or how about using any of these as the new face of Barbie!

Ciao!

My Thoughts On…

Since I have not yet taken any new photos yet, I might as well just write about these dolls I saw a few months ago in a toy store.  I don’t know if you can call this a review, but I am not in any way a professional product reviewer or tester or whatever you may call it.  I just wanna write my thoughts about these dolls.

MONSTER HIGH DOLLS

I know these dolls have been in the market for quite sometime and they have a strong following. But when I saw these particular designs, I had mixed feelings.  I was a bit shocked? surprised? appalled?  I find it disturbing.  I was thinking, I won’t give my little girls dolls like these.  Am I just overreacting?  That’s why they are called Monster High Dolls, because they are monsters!  I have 3 MH dolls myself which I bought from thrift stores, but they were not as troubling as the above. Maybe I’m just getting old, or maybe I’m too old fashioned.  Maybe, I just got used to Barbie!

BRATZ

I was supposed to write about my thoughts on the new Bratz the first time they came back last year (?)  and feature my Bratz collection at same time but I was busy with something else.  Anyway, when they disappeared from the shelves to hibernate, I felt sad.  Bratz is one of the reasons I started collecting dolls.  Yes, I have not yet given them the spotlight in my blog.  Anyway, when I saw these dolls again, I thought they were just copycats, dupes, fake?  They are even more disproportionate than before.  The eyes are lackluster, flat, unlike the original.  Yes, the accessories maybe better than before, but I still prefer the old ones.

 

To be continued

AA Dolls

I was out for 2 months or so?  I’ve became too lazy to take photos due to the weather.  I only do my photo shoot upstairs and the heat is unbearable!  Anyways, the last I took was these 2 AA dolls.  Yes, these are thrift store finds.

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 AA BEAD BLAST BARBIE 1997

AA Dolls (continuation)

Among the AA dolls I have, my favorite is Kiyoni Brown because of her dark chocolate skintone, I just didn’t like the bent body.  The one I have is from the Bike Date series created by Mattel in 2003.  She was with Tre (her date) when I found her dressed in her original clothes.  I don’t really collect male dolls, so she has to say goodbye to her date.  She is my first Flava doll.  

Kiyoni Brown by Mattel

Kiyoni B1

She resembles Barbie Basic Black Model #4 and stands 10-1/2″ tall, 8 points of articulation with bendable knees.

Jakks AA

Jakks Pacific Inc. (made in China) 11-1/2″ tall, she wears a pair of violet earrings and a gold pearl necklace (which i took off because of the bikini of course).  I do not know who she is, what series she belongs to.

Cristy

 Soccer Christie Doll 1999, Made in Malaysia by Mattel, I don’t have her original Goalie uniform.

Brandy

Brandy Doll by Mattel 1999, I have nothing much to say except I love her make up!  She’s all hard plastic like Christie above except their heads.

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Flava Doll Street Style Tika by Mattel with 10 points of articulation.  She looked like fresh from the shower.

Flava black 

Flava Doll Tika by Mattel with 10 points of articulation.  I don’t know which series she belongs to.

Nichelle

Generation Girl Nichelle by Mattel 1998

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Fashion Fever New York Barbie Benetton

AAs with Liam

Flava Doll Liam at the center with flocked hair.  I already sold him, the girls are going crazy!

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Naked Glory, I forgot I still have 3 more.

AA Dolls (My summer dolls)

I’m taking a break from posting old/vintage dolls for a while to give my AA Dolls the limelight since it’s summertime.

I call these types my summer dolls because of their color which I really love!  All these black beauties came from thrift stores nude. 

I was supposed to dress them all up in bathing suits but I realized I don’t have much.  I contemplated on creating identical swimsuits for them, but I got lazy so I settled for whatever I have.

To be continued.

Ginny Dolls

Created by the Vogue Doll Company in 1977 is the 8″ Irish Girl from their “Far Away Lands” series with painted on eyes.  Vinyl head (fully rooted) and arms, torso and legs are not the typical hard plastic, its more of hard vinyl, I’m not that familiar with the types of plastics. 

Skinny Ginny

The Vogue Doll company has had transitions, and so as the dolls.  Lesney Corporation and Tonka has bought the rights to produce Ginny Dolls.  Since I am not a historian he-he-he, I will just share a link for anyone who’s interested check this Kaylee’s Korner. 

 

I let Skinny Ginny wear the handmade Victorian dress that Dinah-Mite was wearing on top of her Happy Hippy outfit when I found her.  Skinny originally wears the red dress with lace apron, white shoes and stockings.  She’s probably from the  same Far Away Lands series but I don’t know which country she represents, maybe Dutch Girl?

My Other Vintage Dolls

Yes, I changed the title for this post (and this is part 8, still the continuation of my 70s Dolls) I just don’t want to confuse myself or anyone reading this.  Like what I said in my previous post, the dolls I have here may or may not came from the 70s.  Sooo, I’m quite a disorganized person.

DINAH-MITE (1971-1974)

Produced by The Mego Corporation.  She stands 7-1/2″ although most of the site indicates she’s 8″ well, I measured her twice of course at the back, from head to heel.  Move over MTM, he he he, anyway, she’s got 15 points of articulation, fully rooted hair, and originally wears a purple jumpsuit.

Wearing a Happy Hippy fashion from her 1975 Catalog 

She was wearing this underneath an old handmade Victorian inspired dress.  I can’t find her boots!  She’s a thrift store find.

JODY THE COUNTRY GIRL DOLL (1975)

She’s 9″ tall, rooted auburn hair, jointed body, her torso is made of hard plastic while her limbs are made of vinyl.  Her head sculpt has a bony (?) features or a well defined cheekbones (I forgot to snap a side view) and I liked how her knees bend in two clicks and still able to hold that position.  Made by Ideal Toy Company 1975.  I found her wearing a blouse and long skirt with black boots.

STEPHIE 1974-1978

She belongs to the Sunshine Family by Mattel.  I found her in good condition with her house dress and apron minus the slippers.  But just last week, I found out she’s starting to melt.  Lessons learned, never store them in contacts with the other dolls, the pressure, the heat, the plasticizer, they all contribute to the melting issues.  I admit being lazy at times I store them on top of another without plastic or protection.