Donated

This morning I went to Toy Kingdom with my sister.  I donated 7 of my dollies!  I just want to have a remembrance before I let them go.  The past years, I usually drop my toys either at Jollibee or our local church office.  Not just dolls, but stuff toys as well.

I was thinking, donate a toy in exchange for a Php50.00 coupon per toy.  I didn’t choose TK just because of the coupon, I thought for a change.  Is it still a donation when you where given something in return?

Anyway, I hope my dolls will make some kids happy and vice versa!

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I dressed the 3 fashion dolls, I don’t want them to travel nude.

20161130_110705These 2 vintage dolls has a complete outfit.  While taking their photos I was contemplating on replacing their clothes, they’ve got nice costumes.  But of course, I didn’t, like with the past dolls I donated, they should go with the dress they were born with.  Did I say born with?  It’s a pity if I rob them of their belongings and then give them away.

Happy trip my babies!

 

 

Devastatia

As written behind the box of Begoths doll.

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“Toys That Refuse to Conform!”

I thought I was over and done with buying dolls.  After my mom died in 2013, I started to lessen my trips to thrift stores, was able to curb the urge to buy like I used to.  Yes, every now and then I yield, but unlike before, now I am more discerning.   So, I’m not yet totally…cured! LOL!

Anyway, I stumbled upon a YouTube video of Andrea B. Divisoria shopping and haul! I got curious so I watched her video.  And there, one store they went to, she held up a box of Begoth Doll Fiona Fatale! My pupils suddenly dilated!  Checking the date, she posted it only a week before I saw it, there’s a possibility that the doll is still there, after all, she didn’t buy it.  There’s no info where in 168 Mall it is located, heck, not even a store sign!  So I replayed the video over and over again, took mental note of the area, a few signs, and at the end of her trip a flash of Soler Wing.  The old wing being the Sta. Elena Street.  After 2 weeks I finally decided to go, it was like treasure hunting! 168 Mall is a huge maze and its my first time there.  After scouring the entire toy section, I felt exasperated, I couldn’t find the store! I decided to give up and just went downstairs to window shop at the clothes section.  Lo and behold!  The store with no name!  

Yes, Fiona is still there but I decided to buy Devastatia.  

  So now I have 3 Begoths Doll!

 There were 2 Devastatia, I chose this one even though her box is not in good condition, the doll even has spots on her face which I’m not sure would come off.

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But it did came off with one swipe!  The other doll has better packaging condition, but I noticed the color of her head is not the same as her body, its yellowish!  Anyway, I’m contented with my pick.

Afraid…

A Post-Halloween tale.  I know that time of season has passed, but I still want to write about this because I want to.

Oftentimes when I came home from thrifting my mother would ask me what I got and like a child (ha ha ha) I would immediately show her my loot with excitement and a short story to boot of how I got it.  My sister on the other hand will say “Aren’t you afraid these dolls might come alive at night?  You don’t even know where they came from and who owns them…” to which I always say “No, why should I? I adopted them, I’m saving them in a way and giving them TLC, they should be thankful.” 

Well, to be honest there are times it crossed my mind, having watched a lot of horror movies about dolls, I sort of have these feelings.  What if these dolls have inherited negative energies from their previous owner?  What if they are cursed?  What if there’s a soul living inside these dolls?

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There was a time when I brought home a doll from a thrift store, I was excited because she’s a 16″ princess doll and looked new.  My mom said she’s beautiful, I’m not quite sure, but I think she raised the dolls arms and tried to scare me by saying “She’s about to strangle you…” and I just laugh it off.  I went upstairs, examine the doll and noticed how odd that her arms seems longer and her hands…, but I dismissed the thought and immediately bathe and spruce her up.  I let her sit on top of my bed.  Days passed, each time I go up, the first thing I noticed about her are her arms and hands, not her angelic face.  I guess my mom’s joke stuck my mind.

Then one Sunday afternoon, the 5 year old daughter of our neighbor came up with me in our bedroom.  She often comes to play with my dolls, so she’s used to seeing different types of them.  But that day, she refused to enter our bedroom, she was slightly whimpering, looking at the doll.  

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I convinced her to come in, hiding behind my back, she doesn’t want to come near the doll.  I asked why, she just shook her head and started whimpering again so I took her downstairs worried she might cry.  Then I went up and that started the “feeling” again.  Crazy thought, I asked why, maybe you (doll) are meant to be with someone else, not with me.  So I took the doll to the Church (yes, because I’m crazy) then the Parish Office where there are donation boxes for clothes and toys.  I bid her happy trip!

Then, there’s another one, an antique German Bisque Doll.  She’s still in good condition but quite old.  I got curious and was contemplating on buying her, but hesitated when I saw she has teeth behind the slightly parted lips.  I tried to peep further inside her mouth but it was dark, well who knows, she might even have a tongue!  I took out my camera and tried to take a snap of her, but no matter how I tried several times, adjusting the settings and all, the photos comes out blurred.  I tried using my cellphone, but it wouldn’t focus on her face!  I gave up and said “Ok I knew it now, the signs, you’re not for me.” 

That day I googled her name and indeed she’s an antique doll.  Sorry no picture, I have forgotten her name now, I couldn’t find it in my gallery, I’m sure I didn’t delete it.  

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THE END!

  

Toy Kingdom 10th Warehouse Sale

Wow! On their 10th year!  It means I’ve been going to this yearly event for 10 years now.  Well, the first 5 years was great, they had big bargains and a lot of collectible items, wide selection of toys from cheap to high end.  But the succeeding years wasn’t as grand.  Anyway, I did went just the same, yes, parents can still enjoy shopping for their kids, but not much for collectors.

The first thing I searched for was the BRATZ booth, I was hoping they still have leftover stocks of the old line.  But nah!  They only have the 2015 release.

The Barbie booth is boring has nothing much in terms of collectible dolls.

Monster High Dolls for me still has a monstrous price tag despite the slash!

 Descendants and EAH dolls, they never caught my fancy.

But these dolls got me interested though…I almost bought this one, not cheap looking. The stand seems durable unlike those Php50.00 I bought from Market! Market!

These dolls looked like Kyla, its like those Chic Boutique Dolls, seems all hard plastic except for the head.

I carried these Moxie while I was doing my rounds, I was trying to decide if I will buy these or not because they’re cheap!

Aww!  I pitty these dolls! Novi Stars at Php100.00 due to damaged box.

At the end of the day, I left empty handed.  Hurrahhh!!  I was able to restrain myself from buying!

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Early this year I found a naked doll in one of my fave thrift shops, I rarely go to thrift stores now, my company has relocated so change of route has made it impossible for me to visit during lunch break.

I’m not really into small dolls, but she’s kind’a looked vintage so I took her home.  She was made by HORNBY a company in UK that produces model railways, locomotives and educational devices for children during the 1900s and began marketing dolls in 1980s. 

Anyway, this doll I found belongs to the Flower Fairies produced in 1983.  Inspired by Cicely Mary Barker’s drawings.

Since she was naked, I don’t know which one she is among the Flower Fairy Dolls.  I forgot the color of the petal I found tied around her, I threw it away, awww!  She’s 7″ tall, same material as Barbie’s.  There were 7 Original Flower Fairies produced and many more were made after.

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