Wanju Dolls are cheap dolls made in China with the body cloned from a Pivotal Barbie.  The head/face seems slightly bigger than Barb and is more anime looking.  So is it a clone or copycat of Kurhn Doll?  A crossbreed!

The plastic (which I already threw away) was labeled “Wanju”  and I couldn’t find (or maybe I’m too lazy to research) any other info about it.  Maybe Divisoria is already flooded with this type of doll and I’m the last to know he he he!  I have found it interesting because of the body and yes, I liked anime looking dolls.

These are thrift store hauls last March, but new.  A visitor commented there are articulated dolls being sold in Toy Kingdom similar to Barbie.  I have checked it out and indeed there are 3 more boxes left in the shelf.  It looked like these Wanju but their ankles are articulated, mine are not.  


Last Sunday I took the time to sort some of my haul from last year.  I found this pack in one of my boxes, I remember I still need to wash them because they smelled like soiled cardboard although most of them are actually clean and new.

DSC06705I think these are sold separately as Barbie Fashion Fever and how it got in a second hand store I have no idea.  Lost package? Factory overruns? Damaged boxes?  Well, my luck!

First set is Barbie Fashion Avenue Langerie Robe & Gown 1995 #14289

DSC03395Second set is the Barbie Fashion Avenue Pink Plaid Langerie


Third set Barbie and Kelly at the Ball Set (minus kelly’s dress)DSC03401Fourth set is a pink plaid summer dress w/ backpack

DSC03398Fifth set is a birthday ball gown


DSC03404And the rest are:


Late last year (yes, last year) one of the major toy stores here in the Philippines which is Toy Kingdom, had their annual warehouse sale.  I have no intentions whatsoever of buying any toy or doll stuff or dolls.  I just want to pass the time, relieve stress, so I took a peek, quickly scan the sale items.  I felt a tinge of excitement when I saw Takara items like Licca Chan and Mi-ki Chan!  So as expected, I gave in to some items that are hard to pass.  Almost 50% off!

Licca Chan's Dress

I have not tried them on yet.  That would be for future post. 

Also I was able to collect Elly wardrobes.  They are almost the same size as Licca Chan’s but are made of cheap materials and low quality finishing but are cute enough to pass as collectibles.  I bought these from Daiso in Glorietta Makati.  These are much cheaper than Takara Tomy’s so I hoard some. 

Elly is a Doll manufactured for DAISO.  She’s about the size (age) as Licca, but a bit smaller and is made of hollow plastic.  I do remember seeing some in thrift stores but was not that appealing to me.  Anyway, I immediately tried the school uniform to see if they fit Licca. 

Licca ChanAnd they did fit.  The shoes that came with the dress are small, I forced one shoe and it did, but I don’t want Licca to develop a disfigured feet later on so I just let her wear her original ankle length boots.  I wouldn’t recommend also allowing her to wear those black knee high socks for long.  It will stain her legs in the long run.  All in all, it looked cute!  I thought it’s a 4-piece ensemble, skirt-blouse-vest-bow, but I was amazed when I turned it inside out (sorry no picture)  they were bits and pieces of fabric sewn together!  Yay!


The last part of my Valentine Posts.

I guess almost all the lady’s around the world are dreaming that one day a knight in shining armor will sweep them off their feet and take them to his castle and live happily ever after.  I do ;-P

“I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream”

TAKARA JENNY AND RAPH“But if I know you, I know what you’ll do.  You’ll love me at once, the way you did, once upon a dream.”


“The gleam in your eyes is so familiar a gleam.”

dance1And they lived happily ever after.

TAKARA JENNY AND RAPHWouldn’t it be wonderful to have a Prince of your own? 

hearthandUntil then, all I have to do, is dream that someday my prince will come.





Continuing the Valentine Post I published earlier.

“Not in death, but just in sleep, the fateful prophecy you’ll keep, and from this slumber you shall wake, when true love’s kiss, the spell shall break”



“Listen well, all of you…the Princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her.  But, before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she shall prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and…die!”

Sounds familiar?  Nope, not posting about Maleficent.  This post is about my Jenny Doll as Sleeping Beauty.  She is from the series of Takara Jenny Marchen Collection, Made in Japan.

TAKARA JENNY CLOSED EYESShe’s in mint condition when I found her, yes, thrift store of course. Minus the shoes, crown and accessories.  It took me quite a while to look for her identity.  Who would want a doll with eyes closed permanently?  So this is rare, and I’m lucky!  I found her boyfriend Raph a year later.  So I thought they are perfect as Valentine post.


RAPH on the other hand is made in Korea, I’m not sure if this is his original outfit.  Maybe not, it looked like a woman’s clothing.

“A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re past asleep…”


“Whatever you wish for you keep…”

TAKARA JENNY SLEEPING BEAUTYSo what would it be?  Every girl in the planet would most likely wish for her own Prince Charming, right?  I do.



Yup! Was my birthday 2 weeks ago and as a treat to me and myself ;-)  for the “last time” I went to my favorite thrift store in Cubao.  I did mention in my previous posts that I have stopped going to and buying dolls from thrift stores.  But like an addict who’s trying to rehabilitate, there will always be that time when you give in.  Anyway, it was hard to just stop specially if you’re undergoing a series of stressful situations like moi, I need to take a breather, something that lifts me up.  I can’t always rely on binge eating, it makes me fat! At least going to thrift stores for me is like doing an exercise, I have to walk a few extra miles from one store to another, sweat while digging on all bins, not taking time out to eat for the next 3 hours or so.

In short I went to 3 stores and got none!  Just 1 Moroccan Barbie Collector dress and 3 hats. Shucks!  I was hoping to be lucky since it’s my day…he he he.  Two days later on my way to work I saw a “new arrival” sign on the glass pane of an ukay-ukay (thrift shop) neighbor nearby.  Come lunch time, I took a peek inside, I squat on 3 boxes full of assorted toy stuff and began rummaging, forgetting my lunch!  I need to keep a sharp eye, but I’m myopic! LOL!  With all the assortment, sizes, colors and shape, a good find might go unnoticed specially if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Lo and Behold!  I fished out a small doll with it’s disheveled hair covering her face.  She was as if clutching tightly on her bag and shirt almost slipping off her arm. Some customers who brought in their kids usually play around and take off clothes, shoes, and accessories from dolls, I dunno why, leaving the poor thing naked!  At least this one managed to keep her outfit, maybe I came right in time!  Excuse me kid, go find yourself another bin, this is my bin, so shoooooo! He he he!

PETITE BLYTHEShe was like a shabby beggar (was not able to take that shot) her legs were bent sideways I thought it was broken.  Anyway, broken or not, I’m willing to buy her at all cost!  You don’t get an original Blythe doll everyday so why let this pass?  Her hair was all over her face, eyes closed, and couldn’t get her to wake up even if I hold her upright in standing position.  Oh my, I hope she still has her eyes on!  I was still in a squat position while tinkering on her hair.  Some kids & their mom started staring at me like what??  So I stood up and paid for the doll without really checking it.  The clerk asked me “mam, did he told you how much this is?”  She pointed to the 2 guys talking near the kitchen who I recognized as their supervisor.  I just said “well usually an item that small, in that condition, costs P50.00″ and so as not to give her the chance to verify the price, I said “her legs are broken and her eyes cannot be opened anymore, can I return this if ever?”  The clerk looked at me and said “Oh it’s only P50.00 and it can’t be fixed, either you take it, or leave it mam”.  I rest my case ;-)

PETITE BLYTHESo the first thing I did when I got home was put a hair conditioner to detangle that stubborn hair!  Finally I heaved a sigh of relief seeing her open her eyes from a deep slumber.  Blue eyed blond, wow!  She has painted on vintage looking boots, bendable legs, vintage design wool (?) top and wrap skirt with faded olive green body bag.  I didn’t have much time to research who or what edition she is.  Anyway, I let her look at herself in the mirror after cleaning and setting a curler on her hair.  She’s happy to be with me!

PETITE BLYTHE IN VINTAGE WOOL TOPS AND WRAP SKIRTPETITE BLYTHE stands 4.5″ tall, she wears these vintage looking wool tops and wrap skirt, with matching body bag in faded olive green.  This one does not have a pull string to control the eyes, she only has this sleep eyes type.

VINTAGE DESIGN PETITE BLYTHE DOLLShe looked a bit shy at first when I finally spruced her up, extended her left hand to me and said “Happy Birthday! Let’s go thrift store hopping again and I promised you’ll get a bigger ME next time, as you wish, it’ll be a vintage”.


Being a collector means accumulating a lot of stuff that has something to do with what you collect.  So it is most likely that there would be an array of dolly outfits, accessories, shoes, bags, etc. including items that does not really belong but find useful.

I’m not really into dolly clothes and accessories, but I guess one can’t say no to a few good finds, specially if they are cheaper than it’s original cost when bought in toy stores.  Anyway I took a little time to force myself to get organized, I’ve been putting off this task coz it’s giving me quite a headache.  BARBIE OUTFITSActually, these are just some, I got the other stuff stashed away somewhere LOL!  Couldn’t find the plastic bag!  So I wanted to sort them out from tops, bottoms, skirt, gowns, panties and thinking about it just made me sigh!  How? big task (for me) so I thought of getting a photo album, the one with plastic leaves/pockets where you put photos.  I was thinking it will not only keep the clothes dust-free, but will make it easier for me to find clothes I need for photo shoot just by flipping thru the pockets right? 

BARBIE CLOTHES ALBUMI would be needing different sizes of these cheap plastic albums.  I bought this for just Php50.00 (a little over a $1) not bad.  Of course, from thrift stores also.  I need big ones for the gowns.  For now, only the tops will be organized.

DSC06198 DSC06199As for the shoes and bags, I have found the empty chocolate tin boxes helpful!  The plastic molded linings are perfect enough, I was planning to use these as background for my dolly photos, but I think these are better as an organizer instead.