Filipina Dolls

This morning I dropped by Robinsons Galleria to undwind with my sister, I remember seeing souvenir dolls in their Philippine Crafts section last year, so I thought of checking them out if they’re still there because I was impressed with the details of their costumes, they’re quite bigger than Barbie. 

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Anyway, here are the dolls that I saw.  They have their own stand, and they represent different Philippine Ethnic Costumes for women,  they are tagged at around Php630.00 I think, so that’s about $12.35 and they are smaller than Barbie, maybe 10 inches.  I’m not sure if their bodies are hollow plastic,  the molded hands seemed ok and well defined, although they all have the same facial expression,  I love their outfit!  I was thinking of getting the Mandaya and Yakan Bride, but I don’t have the budget 😉

Early 19th Century Baro’t Saya

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THE BAGOBO

THE MANDAYA

THE YAKAN BRIDE

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THE MARANAO

She’s a Folkloric Dancer, I forgot to take a picture of the back of her box, so I’m not sure who she is.  She’s the only dancer among the souvenir dolls.  I’m sure there are other types, but they’re not available.

I do not have the link to their website, created by Philcrafts, Inc.

Below is one of their Collector Edition, she’s beautiful!  I forgot to check the price.

And then there are some that are really just for display.

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BRIDE DOLL Part 3

I’ve posted a few of my Bride Dolls here and here and this is the last (but not the least) one I have.

Wedding Day Barbie 1996, Collector Edition.  She is my 2nd Vintage Reproduction, my first was a thrift store find.

I bought this during the midnight sale at SM Megamall in JAE Collectibles.  I forgot what year I was “able” to buy her.  I remember visiting this store during weekends.  I always drop by to check if she’s still there.  She’s partly hidden behind other boxes of toys and other Barbies Thailand, AA Swan Lake, etc.  The tag price was way too high for me, so I just content myself staring at her each time I pass by the store.  I kept praying they mark down the price, and yes, I maybe crazy for talking….to the doll…he he he,  to reserve herself for me at an affordable price…ha ha ha, of course, it was just a thought inside my head.  This routine has taken me several months, until finally, she was put on sale, but still, expensive, so I tried (and prayed deep inside for the clerk to be kind) to haggle, I saw him called up someone on the phone, and its a deal!  I was so excited to take her home at last.  She wasn’t alone, I bought 2 of them.  The other one is also a Vintage Reproduction but will have her own limelight some other time.

  My second time to open her box and it was timing because the stem of her bouquet is starting to stain her sleeve.  So I immediately brushed it off and wrapped it in a plastic.  I didn’t take the doll off her cardboard, part of her veil and gown are still attached to the board, so i just use baking soda to scrub the stain off her sleeve.

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BRIDE DOLLS 2

The only Bride Doll I have with a Groom is a Kewpie Doll from Sekiguchi Doll Collection.  Although the company is a manufacturer in Japan, these dolls are made in China.  I forgot to take a photo of the box.  I found this pair MIB (mint in box) I thought they were porcelain.  They are made of hard rubber (I’m not familiar with the type of material but, I can say it has good quality) 5″ height and jointed limbs.  They can make a good wedding cake topper.  

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Now I have 4 Kewpies!  The other one which I fondly call Bethonk  and this 3″ mini cool guy below.

 

To be continued 😉

 

BRIDE DOLLS

June (late post) is usually the most popular month to wed, the history dates back to the Roman times because of new harvest, beautiful weather and flowers during summer time.  Anyway, there are a lot of reasons why, and it has something to do with beliefs and traditions.  But I’m not gonna dwell on that, I just want to post my Brides, and just one available Groom!

In August 2014 I have already dressed up some of my dolls in Wedding Gowns here,  I forgot to include these because they are way below the storage box where I keep them.

BLUSHING BRIDE BARBIE

She’s actually not a doll but an ornament.  Manufactured for Hallmark Cards, Inc. under license from Mattel, Inc. © 2002, a thrift store find.

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BLUSHING BRIDE BARBIE

Inspired by Millennium Barbie Doll 2000

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MARVEL MARY JANE

Got this from Toy Kingdom Warehouse Sale (can’t remember what year) for only Php400.00 🙂

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Spider-Man® Mary Jane Barbie® Doll

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To be continued

SLEEP EYES BARBIE

I have always wanted a Barbie with sleep eyes.  The one I saw was Miss Barbie from 1964, complete with wig wardrobe!  I wish I could chance one in a thrift store.  I don’t want to buy from ebay or amazon because I can’t afford.  My budget?  Php500.00 LOL!!  It’s like shooting for the moon! 

Anyway, I have already featured this doll a long time ago here , for my own reference, I’m posting her again, with a bit of detail who she is.

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SLEEPING BEAUTY 1998 by Mattel

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I found her nude, her left hand had been chewed off, luckily, her sleep eyes are OK.

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Raise her right arm and you’ll awaken her,  lower it back and she’s in deep slumber.

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If you wish to keep her eyes open while playing, raise her right arm, then switch down the lever on her back to lock it.  Now, her right arm is free to move up and down without affecting the eyes.  She will only close her eyes if you switch the lever up again.  Ha ha ha, of course I’m sure everybody knows that already, she was released in 1998, so that’s 19 years ago!  Again, its for my own reference.

Headmark 1991 Mattel Inc. China, Bob Mackie face sculpt, her head is hard plastic, has 3 separate parts, the face, nape and scalp. 

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Her scalp is made of a different plastic material for the purpose of  easy rooting, same way as Blythe dolls, etc.

I rummaged through my loot bin for a dress and this is the only princess outfit I have, which didn’t really fit her (boobs problem) and a few accessories.  I was suppose to let her try other clothing, but the sun is almost down, yay! 

 

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Bob Mackie Not Only for Barbie!

Since I’ve already started posting about dolly outfits and designer gowns (to which I only have a few) I might as well include this famous icon from the Disney World! 

2000 MILLENNIUM MINNIE BY BOB MACKIE!

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I’m giving her the limelight now, she does have the right to be posted here, after all, this line have been tagged by Disney as a fashion doll.  She stands 11.5″ tall, moveable arms, legs and head.

I bought her from a thrift store, in good condition, I don’t think she has been played with.  I guess she just got separated from her box while in transit, I lost her glasses, whew!

I loved how the gown fits her figure perfectly, the satin fabric is not the cheap type mind you, it is thick, the stitches, the underlay (if that’s what you call it inside the gown) properly constructed and clean.  I wish I could sew like this!

She can wear her white fur in many ways, but I’m not good in creating a style out of it  😉

My Fair Lady etc.

I previously posted 3 dolls wearing designer gown and handmade Kimono/Yukata which I have acquired from my thrift store trips.  The remaining two are traditional Korean dress and a handmade My Fair Lady imitation dress.

Traditional Korean Dress

I chose an anime looking doll, I presumed she’s a Takara Tomy brand, hence the logo (correct me if I’m wrong) at the back of her head.  She looks older than the rest of my Jenny and Licca dolls.  She resembles Olive, the earlier version.

 

I can’t remember what dress she was wearing when I found her and the body she came with is not hers so I swapped it with another doll with articulated body.  The donor is a Barbie wannabe.

The donor is also lovely, I’m sure she has her own identity.

For the shoes, I don’t have a Korean slipper so I just picked the pair which I think looked better and something that would fit her flat foot.  The shoes has “PG” embossed on it, I do not know which doll it belongs to, I found it along with the other shoes.  I think it’s from the 70s.

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My Fair Lady

I do not have an Audrey Hepburn doll, so I just picked another with what seem like a Superstar or Christie facemold.  She’s a collector barbie with rooted eyelashes.

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I do not know who she is (I’m lazy researching) but she’s one of my favorite doll.  I’ve already featured her here.

The Ascot Race Dress fits her perfectly!  I really admire those people who are so patient in following details and sewing miniature versions of designer clothes or just about any dress for dolls this size.  Whoever made this outfit, I’d like you to know you did a good job, it’s one of my precious find.

I do not have a mini umbrella, I can create one, but I’m too lazy, she borrowed the summer hat from Jenny.

 

Next, Barbie is not the only who wears a Bob Mackie!

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A Designer Gown 2

In my previous post I featured a few pieces of dolly dress which I found during my thrift store shopping.  I have limited time and photo shooting comes after my household chores 😦  so by the time I’m finished, the sun is almost setting.

I choose 5 dolls, one of them is a vintage reproduction Barbie which I bought for only Php125.00!  Wow!  She was not wearing her original clothes when I found her, but she’s in very good condition.  I have no time to research who she is, my only clues are her earrings. 

Second doll is Sidney from America’s Next Top Model, found her with original clothes and lovely sandals.  The outfit is like a Yukata on her, but would look like a Kimono to a much smaller doll, Oh well.

Third doll is supposed to be the Fair Lady outfit, but I haven’t taken her picture yet, so here is Ms. Carol Spencer’s creation.  The doll I used is from a Barbie Collector series, I do not know which one, again, earrings are my only clues, will look that up later if my time permits.  She’s got rooted eyelashes, her hair was in swirly style, I don’t remember.

It took me quite some time before I was able to put the dress on her, the gown fits her perfectly!  You can create a style in this gown in many ways, it’s just that I only have 3 in my mind because the sun is almost down, I’m already in a hurry.

To be continued.