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.
Last Sunday I had a few hours of free time so I opened pandora’s box 😉 in an attempt to organize Barbie’s clothes that have accumulated over the years. I couldn’t remember the last time I tried sorting, I want to continue where I left off. I found out I haven’t really done much and seeing my bin with the contents in shambles, I felt like having a headache!
I changed my mind 🙂 and decided to do it next week instead. I just picked 5 outfit and 5 dolls to try them on. All of these are thrift store finds in mint condition.
JAPANESE YUKATA, the sleeves are not longer than the thigh, it does not have any label so I think this is one of those made to order, got lost in the mail, and landed in my bin 😉
This one has no label also, so I do not know to which doll this was made for. Neatly sewn! With Nagajuban undergarment.
Traditional Korean wedding dress, no label.
Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady, handmade replica for Barbie, no label.
I was really amazed, I thought it was original Mattel, but nope, this is handmade. Judging from the snap button, this was probably made during the 70’s?
Barbie Benefit Ball Gown 1992 from the Classique Collection Limited Edition created by Designer Carol Spencer!
I found this along with another creation of Carol Spencer sometime in Year 2012! I have forgotten about it coz I had it hung inside my wardrobe cabinet. I really liked that they used plastic mini zipper than the velcro that often damage the fabric.
When I went to my favorite toy store a few days ago, I took a snap of some cheap fashion dolls they put up for the holiday season (well actually, they’re not that cheap). Indeed, these dolls looked attractive because of their packaging, and at some point, have a lovelier product presentation. Of course, they are not as sturdy as those of the high end dolls.
These Dolls do have fashion sense, I liked the color combination.
I almost bought Abbie!
Amused by this Beauty Sea Journey Mermaid
I’m not a big fan of toddler dolls, but they’re cute!
Lady Miu looked like a Pullip Doll.
A Silkstone Barbie Clone! This one is actually in Divisoria’s 168 Mall. I already have one years ago, so I didn’t buy her. I just included her picture here for my own reference.
And from among the dolls that Mattel released this year, only these 2 MTM caught my fancy! They’re not cheap!
I’m taking a break from posting old/vintage dolls for a while to give my AA Dolls the limelight since it’s summertime.
I call these types my summer dolls because of their color which I really love! All these black beauties came from thrift stores nude.
I was supposed to dress them all up in bathing suits but I realized I don’t have much. I contemplated on creating identical swimsuits for them, but I got lazy so I settled for whatever I have.
To be continued.
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.
TO BE CONTINUED.
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?!
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!
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.
And 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!
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. Actually, 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?
I 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.
As 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.