MISSING THE WIZARD!

I was out of touch for quite some time.  My 70’s doll posts was left hanging due to my inability to keep my storage organized, meaning to say, I forgot where I put most of my old dolls.  I only have big carton boxes where I toss them and forget them, now they got all mixed up.  

I’ve decided to write about my Oz character collections instead, and will get back to my 70’s doll in my future post.

In my pasts thrift store hopping, there was a time when all I could find are Oz characters by Mcdonalds.  I’m not into mini dolls, but got interested because the designs are based from Madam Alexander collections, a doll company that started in 1923. 

I love how McDonalds was able to present mini versions that are not cheap looking.  I mean, they’re included in Happy Meals, so they have to consider the manufacturing costs to fit the budget meal altogether.

One by one I was able to collect some of the characters released from different years.  So, just when I thought I got all of them ready to walk down yellow brick road….alas!  I realized I missed the Wizard!  I googled how the Wizard of Oz looked like, I was like….Oh man!  So I’ve already crossed path with the wizard! Dang!

He was wearing a green suit, I remember I found one years ago but left him at the counter last minute because I didn’t know who he was!  I picked the Mad Hatter doll instead!

Madame Alexander’s Wizard of Oz by McDonalds 2007 and 2008

WIZARD OF OZ BY MCDONALDS 2008 2007

BASED FROM MADAME ALEXANDER DOLLS

DOROTHY FROM MCDONALDS HAPPY MEAL 2007

DOROTHY FROM MCDONALDS HAPPY MEAL 2007

This is my favorite version of their Dorothy because she looked like an antique bisque doll.  She has this facial expression I liked.   

Mini Furniture: Study Room

My second box of mini is for the Study/Office Room.  I know there are a lot of manufacturers of mini doll furniture out there that creates a far more detailed home furnishings than the ones I got, but, I’m satisfied with my finds.  You don’t always get good stuff like these in a thrift store at a very affordable price, mint condition (at least for me) in a box.  I am amazed!OFC SET

The back of the box shows pictures of other available design.  However, I’m not sure what year these were produced.  I wish I could chance upon their Bedroom Showcase (looks more like bathroom actually) and the Living Room with the Grandfather’s Clock!

BACK OF BOXThese items are in 1/12th scale.  I can use it for Kelly sized dolls or with Madame Alexander Dolls by Mcdonald’s.

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Doll Furniture

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When you’re a doll collector, chances are, you’d also have a few pieces of mini furniture which you might want to have around for picture taking purpose.  They’re great background filler and makes your doll photos even more interesting specially if it’s scaled down to their sizes.

I’m not really collecting minis but sometimes I would come across a good buy that’s hard to pass and below are a few of them.  I found them on my visit to my fave thrift store, the price?  It’s a steal!  Means really cheap so i took 2 boxes along with a vintage doll (which i will post some other day) and it’s their new arrival day.  I haven’t been to a thrift store on a “new arrival” date.  Usually, I would come 3 days or even a week after!

I know I should have posted these a long time ago (bought last year), but I don’t have that much time to sort and I have other priorities set for posting.  Anywayz, on with the pictures!

LIVING ROOM SET OF 6

LIVING ROOM SET OF 6

CENTER TABLE

Made of wood in rosewood varnish finish with carving and moulding.

MADE OF WOOD-COMPLETE WITH MOULDING & CARVING IN VARNISH ROSEWOOD FINISH

SIDE/COFFEE TABLE

Made of wood in rosewood varnish finish, complete with bronze metal drawer pull, carved legs, moulded top

MADE OF WOOD COMPLETE WITH METAL DRAWER PULLS, CARVED LEGS IN VARNISH ROSEWOOD FINISH

SINGLE SEATER SOFA

Made with wooden frame, upholstered in leatherette cover with foam, fixed cushion on backrest and seat

SINGLE SEATER SOFA IN LEATHERETTE COVER, FIXED CUSHION WITH FOAM; WOODEN FRAME
 MADE BY SMALL WORLD MINIATURES
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:  CHINA
MINIATURE KITS DISTRIBUTED BY:
MODELCRAFT INC.

UP NEXT IS MY

STUDY ROOM SET

LAST DECEMBER…

Very late post!  That was some holiday indeed!  All work, less vacation, not much time to bond with dolls.  Anyway, last christmas, as usual, some of my “inaanak” (godchildren) came in their best dress, and holiday outfits bought by their parents.  Here in the Philippines, when we don’t have time to shop for gifts, we usually give money to children instead. As early as November, some folks would reserve/request from their banks for some crisp new Peso bills which we put in an envelope (white/red) to give to our visiting godchildren as our “aginaldo”  (from Spanish word aguinaldo, means christmas bonus). 

I usually asks children to line up (for fun) and one by one they would do the “mano po” gesture (a sign of respect/greeting where one would press their forehead to the hand of an elderly relative, same like kissing their hands).

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“For fun, since a lot of children come to visit us, I have asked them to line up, give respect and we give the aginaldo.”

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“We usually extend the right hand (unlike what 2D did above…ooops uses the left hand) for the children to do the mano po.”

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“After which, we do the picture taking…and as years go by, these kids gets older, some will not visit anymore, they get lesser and lesser….but only for a couple of years or so, when they get back, they would have their own children doing the same tradition, and the cycle goes on…”

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While me on the other hand remains to be single, and shall always welcome the next generation of kids who will come and visit….it was a MERRY CHRISTMAS indeed!