Kung Hei Fat Choi?

I missed posting for Chinese New Year so I thought I could still write one and feature 2 Asian dolls, one I thought to be Chinese, but she’s Balinese.

Takara Jenny Doll World Collection Balinese

In ebay she’s being sold for about $50.00 and was tagged as vintage.  I’m not sure if she is indeed vintage because her feet has “Made in China, Takara 1999.”  She’s supposed to be holding a gold fan, and a headress I suppose, I wonder if she’s wearing slippers.  Anyway, she’s lovely, her skintone is darker than the usual Jenny, her body is posable (wire inside) and seamless.

 

And then Princess Jade, she’s been in my collection for almost 6 years.  I wasn’t sure of her identity back then, so I kept her hair as is, no shampooing or anything.    

Just Girlz Princess Jade Doll, Celebrating Cultural Diversity

At first I thought she’s Vietnamese, but after seeing a picture of her on ebay, I found out she’s Chinese, well I suppose so because of her costume.  I found her nude in one of my thrift store hopping.  I just love her eyes!

 

P.S.  if she’s not Chinese, please let me know 😛

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!

AA Dolls (continuation)

Among the AA dolls I have, my favorite is Kiyoni Brown because of her dark chocolate skintone, I just didn’t like the bent body.  The one I have is from the Bike Date series created by Mattel in 2003.  She was with Tre (her date) when I found her dressed in her original clothes.  I don’t really collect male dolls, so she has to say goodbye to her date.  She is my first Flava doll.  

Kiyoni Brown by Mattel

Kiyoni B1

She resembles Barbie Basic Black Model #4 and stands 10-1/2″ tall, 8 points of articulation with bendable knees.

Jakks AA

Jakks Pacific Inc. (made in China) 11-1/2″ tall, she wears a pair of violet earrings and a gold pearl necklace (which i took off because of the bikini of course).  I do not know who she is, what series she belongs to.

Cristy

 Soccer Christie Doll 1999, Made in Malaysia by Mattel, I don’t have her original Goalie uniform.

Brandy

Brandy Doll by Mattel 1999, I have nothing much to say except I love her make up!  She’s all hard plastic like Christie above except their heads.

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Flava Doll Street Style Tika by Mattel with 10 points of articulation.  She looked like fresh from the shower.

Flava black 

Flava Doll Tika by Mattel with 10 points of articulation.  I don’t know which series she belongs to.

Nichelle

Generation Girl Nichelle by Mattel 1998

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Fashion Fever New York Barbie Benetton

AAs with Liam

Flava Doll Liam at the center with flocked hair.  I already sold him, the girls are going crazy!

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Naked Glory, I forgot I still have 3 more.

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.

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MORE BRIDES!

More Brides with no groom……..yet!

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Remembering Mattel…Philippines

It was in the 80’s after I graduated from college that I decided to give it a try working in a factory since it was much easier to get hired than looking for a white collared job that usually requires experience and…a backer (a somebody inside a company who can back you up.)

Anyway, Mattel Philippines, Inc. or MPI as how we call it then used to have its factory in Barrio Ugong, Pasig City which is just a short distance ride from our place.  I can’t help but reminisce the days I spent working there each time I happen to pass by on my way to Tiendesita’s (shopping center) or taking my shortcut going to Cubao.  A college friend encouraged me to try, she works as a face painter.

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LOOKING CHUBBY (I LIKED THIS FACE BETTER THAN TODAY’S BARBIE)

I was assigned at the Injection Section, the armature area, then  transferred as a deflasher (trimmer of excess plastic material) where I became one of the fastest deflasher of accessories in our shift during that time. Me and my operator partner always reach our daily quota & most times, we even go beyond that. Our teamwork pays off.  Mattel never fails to give credit to employees who works hard, we were given free meals at the canteen, gift checks, and a Top Performer Doll as our trophy which is a Barbie doll dressed up in our very own uniform, or whatever is the latest edition that year.

 MY FIRST BARBIE TOP PERFORMER DOLL

MY FIRST BARBIE TOP PERFORMER DOLL

Anyway, later on, I became an operator too (Injection Molding Machine) and was good at it.  Months before Mattel closed its operations in the Philippines, I was personally chosen by the Head of Quality Control in our shift to be trained as a QC, but of course, it didn’t take off.  There’s a looming labor dispute.  And the rest is history, I was heartbroken.  I enjoyed working in Mattel, but I belong to the batch of neophytes having worked for 2 years only.  Surely most of my batch mate would rather accept whatever reconciliation was being offered to us during that time just to keep our (my first) job.  But the voice of the old timers have more weight (majority wins) who are we to oppose?  So we have no other recourse but to join the picket line.

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I was wondering, now where did all those weekly deduction of “union dues” went to?  I don’t remember being given any notice or refund, neither being given free meals at the picket line, or maybe I’ve missed it…darn!!

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My First Fashionista Barbie, etc.

I found this doll 2 years ago, naked with only her shoes on!  She is Girly.  I felt so lucky I paid only Php130.00 bucks (in US dollars that would be $3.00 only) in good condition.  During that time, I wasn’t too eager to buy one from department stores because, honestly speaking, I didn’t like the facial expression of these dolls.  They looked flat and has no dimension (for me its how I see it…my own opinion) and of course I can’t afford it  ;-p

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FASHIONISTA BARBIE GIRLY
(Wearing an 80’s / 70’s Barbie fashion outfit)

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Another find is this ANTM (America’s Next Top Model) Doll named Sidney Sienna!  I liked her make up/face paint, her sandals (and her parted toes! which I wasn’t able to snap a close up) but like the model muse Barbies, she can’t bend her legs.

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AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (ANTM) DOLL SIDNEY
by MGA Entertainment