ANTEPRIMA DOLL CACOCUCO

Another thrift store find (Desibel) that I hold dear is an Anteprima Doll named CACOCUCO.  She looked different from the usual fashion dolls you see with long legs, slim figure with well-made up face like Barbie.  This one is chubby and maybe an inch shorter than Licca Chan.  Her body (jointed) is made of good quality hard plastic (Anteprima stamped on her back) and her head is of hard rubber not like the cheap ones.

Anteprima is not a toy company, check them out here.  There were 2 dolls actually.  Twins called Caco and Cuco.  So whether I got Caco or Cuco, does not matter coz they are identical twins LOL!  They were created for the 15th anniversary of Anteprima in 2008.  These dolls are not for sale.  They are given away as gifts only to close friends and clients of Anteprima.  I found this blog about the magical Twins.  See some of them here.

CACU DOLL

CACU DOLL

A sidewaysA stand

TO BE CONTINUED.

DAISO’S ELLY DOLL (PART 2 OF 2)

Here’s the 2nd part of Daiso’s Elly Doll.  I took a close up hoping to see a clear shot of her eye paint, the catchlight is smudged and the white base of her eyes are off centered.  Anyway, she’s cute despite being cheap.  For anyone who can’t afford a a new Licca doll, this one will do at least for me.

ELLY DOLL BY DAISO

ELLY DOLL BY DAISO

 I liked the way they packed her outfit, it’s simple and easy, just open the cardboard and peel off the scotch tape.

20150726_173411 20150726_173521Since Elly’s feet are slightly angled (not arched), the Japanese Slippers does not fit properly even though they are made supposedly for her.

20150726_172647I was amused at how they have constructed her uniform.  I thought it was a 4 piece ensemble (skirt, vest, blouse & bow) but was surprised (maybe because I’m not a dressmaker) when I opened the pack.

20150725_170820   Anyway, she’s adorable when I tried all the outfit on her.  And these fashion line belongs to her!

 I know there are a lot more in her fashion line but I’m Ok with my collection.  I was thinking of buying another clone called Beloved but nixed the idea at the last minute.  I’ve got a lot of original Liccas and Jennys already which I will post in the future.  Just for my reference, here are their pictures.

DAISO’S ELLY DOLL (Part 1 of 2)

The first time I saw Elly was in a thrift store.  Back then I didn’t know who she was, for me she’s just another cheap clone from China or made by our local manufacturers here in the Philippines.  But even though, I must say she has her own appeal, but not enough to make me take her home, so I left her with the rest of the mangled dolls.

Then in one of my visit to Daiso/Saizen at Robinson’s Galleria I found dolly clothes but for whom?  I searched for the doll but the clerk said the last piece was sold long ago and the management didn’t replenish their stocks anymore.  I was curious, I searched their branch in Glorietta but only found an assortment of her outfit.  I bought a few which I earlier posted here and several months later, the same pieces went on sale for as low as Php25.00 to Php10.00! 

Ok, I got all the design I want, but still no doll.  I know I can use it for Licca and some small dolls but these cute line belongs to her and created for her, she should get the credits!  So just recently visited the store at Galleria again and found a few of Elly’s dress on sale again.  I inquired about the doll, I got same answer.  I was not satisfied with “no stocks” reply specially when the clerk didn’t even budge to double check.  So I searched from one isle to another, it was gut feeling and I was right!  There she was hanging behind other toys! 

The last piece?  Maybe she got left behind in the stock room and now she looks pitiful. 

Clad in her jersey yellow bathing suit, Elly’s body is made of cheap hollow plastic.

ELLY DOLLHer hair is not as soft or as thick as Licca’s and her head is not fully rooted.  She has this round head connector that is molded as part of her neck which for me is good and safe.  I like dolls with this type of head connector, I don’t have to worry about accidentally breaking the neck.

ELLY'S PLASTIC BODY

ELLY’S PLASTIC BODY

I bought her school uniforms, will have to try them on for my next post.

ELLY'S SCHOOL UNIFORMS

ELLY’S SCHOOL UNIFORMS

To be continued.

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!