A POST VALENTINE POST part 3 of 3

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.”

PRINCE PHILLIP AND AURORA

“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.

TAKARA JENNY TAKARA JENNY MARCHEN COLLECTION

SLEEPING BEAUTY

MADE IN JAPAN

A POST VALENTINE POST PART 2!

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”

SLEEPING BEAUTY AND PRINCE PHILLIPPRINCE PHILLIP AND AURORAPRINCESS AURORA AND PRINCE PHILLIPSLEEPING BEAUTYTAKARA JENNY AND RAPHAnd so the spell had been broken, and she still has her eyes closed!  To be continued ;-)

A POST VALENTINE POST!

“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 TAKARA JENNY BF

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…”

TAKARA JENNY SLEEPING BEAUTY

“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.

TO BE CONTINUED.

MY BIRTHDAY DOLL!

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”.

ORGANIZE!

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.

DSC02815 DSC02811 DSC02807 BARBIE SHOES BAGS ORGANIZER

COPY CATS! AGAIN!

Nope!  I’ve not run out of dolls to post, something’s wrong with the cam I’m using so I was not able to take pictures of my valentine post.  Anyway, it’s too early for that.  I want to take note of the dolls I saw in some toy stores.  Slowly catching up with Barb!  Soon you can never tell the difference.

This Princess looks expensive because of her majestic box.

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Look she has her own Ken…ny!  Even if he’s cheaply made, the next day I went back to the store, he’s gone!  Never to be seen again.

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I remember Jess is the first doll I saw in toy stores years ago that resembles Barbie.  So they revived her?

DSC02798 DSC02797Fashion Fever wannabe?

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Just a little more adjustment on the legs and you’ll look like Chic Teresa 2006! If Barbie won’t look at your legs, she wouldn’t be able to know the difference!

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Go forth and multiply!  I’m not saying all of them are trying to copy or clone Barbie.  I’d say the manufacturers just took the fabrication to the next level using the concept that is more saleable in the market.  You know, bendable arms & legs, slimmer figure, a doll that wears fashionable clothing complete with accessories. 

MY FAVORITE TAKARA DOLL: JENNY (PART 2)

I don’t have much info on Jenny, all I know is that she used to be Takara Barbie a joint project between Takara & Mattel in 1981.  She doesn’t even have a last name like Licca Chan, but I maybe wrong.  So I read she was fashioned after a popular model in Japan during the 1970’s named Agnes Lam.  Anyway, because of Jenny (my doll) I started to appreciate other dolls with articulated features. I adore her anime look, sweet and innocent.  My sister asked, why does Jenny looked sad at certain angles, and happy in another?

DSC03057She’s got 14 points of articulation, good condition, a bit loose in the bikini area, but she can very well stand on her own without the need for a doll stand.

Most of the doll clothes I have are fitted for Barbie and Licca Chan, so I have not really experimented on trying everything on, just chose these dress.

I read somewhere that you can identify Takara dolls by the dots on their eyes, where the eyelashes are positioned, and by the color of their eye shadow.  But at this moment, I have not fully researched on that.  I’ll just enjoy taking pics of her for now!

MY FAVORITE TAKARA DOLL: JENNY!

This is a long overdue post.  Last year I mentioned about a Lucky Charm which is actually a doll named Jenny.  She is my 2nd thrift store doll.  Ever since I found her, a lucky streak befell upon moi and I can’t believe it!  Nope, it’s not winning any lottery or marrying Keanu Reeves ;-) mind you, but it’s finding good stuff like dolls, accessories and dolly outfits!

Meet Jenny!

TAKARA JENNY DOLLWhen I found her, she was wearing a tattered generic Korean dress with her hair disheveled showing her scalp.  The pattern in which her hair was rooted has large gap in between, I don’t think its a factory defect, it’s just the way they made her.

I didn’t buy her right away, I was sort of disappointed when I took a close look.  Her limbs are thin and she’s like the female version of the G.I. Joe that my nephew collects with bendable parts.  I didn’t find her attractive due to that, I have gotten used to Barbie’s body structure.  I remember the saleslady tried to talked me into buying it saying she’s cute, blah, blah.. but I just shook my head and left.

A week later, as I was waiting for my ride, my eyes wondered off to that thrift store just across the street.  I can still see Jenny from behind the glass pane, pinned by stuff toys and baby dolls.  I don’t know, but I rushed inside and pull her out, took a second look, and finally bought her!  When I reached home, I checked her again for any damages, and underneath the worn out dress she had her original suit! Wow!

jenny lyingJenny is wearing a Black Jumpsuit with an ankle-length yellow wrap-around chiffon skirt (which my niece took home with her for Barb) and a pair of white earring studs.  Printed on her back – © Takara ’96 Made in China. Her suit is labeled with japanese characters similar to the other original Takara dress I saw online.  

After cleaning, I kept her in my closet along with my Bratz, and there she stayed for a very long time.  I have began posting the other dolls, but kept skipping on Jenny because I was still trying to look for info about her.  At least this one in particular.  Takara Jenny has a lot of series and at first, they all looked the same.  I found out that this one belongs to the Super Model series.

Jenny BoxNOTE:  This picture of her box is taken from Google and does not belong to me, used only for reference and identification of my doll.

So now comes Jenny’s time to take the spotlight! Of course, the following belongs to moi!

jenny white ballJenny Sitting 1Jenny pinkTo be continued!