MY FIRST VINTAGE BARBIE

I’m sure all Barbie Collectors would want to have even at least one vintage Barbie, the ones that came out in late 1950’s, unfortunately, I don’t own one.  Mine is just a reproduction.  I wasn’t aware that the Barbie I knew from the 80’s is not her original face.  So after seeing photos of vintage Barbies, I started wishing for one.

For weeks my thoughts were filled with the doll in a Zebra Bathing Suit!  I don’t want to buy online because they are too expensive.  But I have these strong feeling that I will have one.

Then one lazy Sunday afternoon, I just felt like going to American Depot in Scout Borromeo.  It wasn’t even my schedule to go thrifting because I was at the mall.  I often go there in the morning because it’s far from my place.  It’s a weird feeling, go there at 3pm?  I must be crazy (in 2 hours it will be dark soon) but I kept seeing the picture of a vintage Barbie in my head!  So I did go out on a hunch!

When I arrived at the store, there are already a lot of customers with their kids playing all over the place and a few collectors I believe, I could only sigh, what chances do I have now?  I went straight to that glass table where they piled up all the dolls, I can see in total disarray now.  An indication that a lot of buyers have already been there.  Anyway, I usually try to clear one side of the table and then pile them up back neatly one by one, yes, as if I’m one of the storekeeper!  I do these everytime so I leave no stones unturned he he he and besides, I feel pity for these nude dolls!

Lo and behold!  I just can’t believe it!  Oh my, so I have ESP now?!  My first vintage Barbie!  Never mind if she’s a reproduction.  Talk about the power of the mind, I was really so surprised!  All limbs are intact, however, she has stains all over her face, dent marks on some parts of her body, and the face paint, well check out her pictures here.  Now comes the hard part, how much will they give this to me?  Sometimes I sense they jack up the price at the counter, so I talked to Barbie (yes I’m crazy I talk to my dolls sometimes) “I traveled far, if you want to come with me, you have to convince them to give me an affordable price, otherwise, I will have to leave without you”….how weird can anyone get?

At the counter I asked the sales clerk if the stains would come off or not?  And if ever, can I return it?  That is my opening spiel (it usually work) and the clerk gave me a positive smile.  She said that the doll is a “returned item” and I can’t do anything about the stain just like the first buyer.  Then she gave me an offer I can’t refuse, Php65.00 for the doll!  No return, you buy it as is.  And we went home together, enjoying the view while riding the MRT!

To this day, I admit not having enough time to do something about the stains.  Not yet.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO FLY?

I found this doll in Cubao at Desibel (thrift store) it’s near MRT Cubao Station fronting Tropical Hut sometime in 2013.  She’s still in her plastic packaging, NRFB.  I remember seeing one like this nude in MSM I thought it was an Asian edition of Barbie but up close, nope, the head mold is flat, meaning to say her face features are not well defined. I’m clueless regarding her identity so I nixed the idea of buying.

Anyway, I’ve crossed path again with this Asian looking doll.  Standing alone on top of the shelf, probably waiting for her flight (or me?) he he he.  I stared for a while, I was murmuring, shall I take her with me or not?  I was actually hoping for a Takara Jenny doll.  But since she has traveled far and presented herself to me with all the info, why not.

She’s a special edition doll from Cathay Pacific’s “Follow The Crew Dolls” contest in 2009 (info here) which showcases the airline’s historical uniforms for the past 63 years, see them all here.  I got the year 1974-1983.

I wasn’t able to check her name.  Anyway, she has her own stand, her legs (not bendable) are lightly sprayed with black paint to make it looked like she’s wearing stockings, belly button type of body, black pump shoes & rubberized hat.  Her uniform is well made, not cheap or sloppy.  Her garment is well constructed inside out.

I liked how they packed the doll.  The neck is secured by a thick plastic strip not the usual pvc coated wire (that could hurt the doll? he he he) and her stand is not the type that easily breaks.  The doll’s head is protected by a molded plastic (sorry no close-up) attached to the stand. Call me ignorant but first time a I see a doll packed this way. 

Ni hau ma?!

WANJU DOLLS

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.  

BARBIE SUMMER DRESS, ETC.

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

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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

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DSC03404And the rest are:

TAKARA AND ELLY DOLLS DRESS

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!

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.