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!!

86 TOP PERFORMERTo follow, 3 more dolls 😉

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2D’s Thrift Store Sale: Picture Taking 4

One more post after this and I’ll be on to my next find!  Whew!

I DID REQUEST FOR A CLOSE UP!

I DID REQUEST FOR A CLOSE UP!

I'M SO IT!

I’M SO IT!

IM TAURUS!  I LOVE SHOPPING!

IM TAURUS! I LOVE SHOPPING!

SOPHIE

SOPHIE WEARS A BARBIE HOLIDAY OUTFIT

SORRY BARBIE, THIS IS MY TIME!

SORRY BARBIE, THIS IS MY TIME!

I'M WEARING A PEACH BLOSSOM BARBIE GOWN 1992

I’M WEARING A PEACH BLOSSOM BARBIE GOWN 1992

WHERE'S MY PRINCE?

WHERE’S MY PRINCE?

SHALL WE DANCE?

SHALL WE DANCE?

STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE!

STOP!  IN THE NAME OF LOVE!

NEXT MULAN!

2Ds Thrift Store Sale: The Picture Taking 2

This post is getting longer and I want to cut it short (I get impatient when I don’t get the result I want, like the outcome of the pictures..etc..etc)  anywayz these dolls waited long enough so here they are, the continuation.

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DOROTHY:  I’m so out of OZ!  After this, I’ll head for the corporate world!  I was from the 2007 Pink Label Edition,  there are so many versions of me produced by Mattel, for the record, I don’t talk and my ruby shoes (why’d ever called it slipper?) does not light up.

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SUMMER:  Tickled Pink!  I’m Summer Top Model, of course with a Model Muse body posed.  I like this winter outfit, you may say “Summer in Winter.” 

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SUMMER:  2D loved my “steffie headmold.”  We do not know who owns these outfit, it has no label, she found it along with the other dresses still in mint condition, unused (she could tell!), at bargain price and the quality is not the run-of-the-mill type!  We’re lucky because she has the knack for finding good stuff!

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AURORA:  From Disneyland to the street of  New York City to find our lost prince!  I enjoyed being Sleeping Beauty Sparkle Eyes of 1996, but the new me excites MEEEE!!

MS DISNEY:  Oh well, 2D calls me that because she couldn’t remember who I was!  Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty?!  Anyway at least I’m not wearing a long gown anymore because the air doesn’t circulate much with tons of petticoat & ruffles!

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AURORA:  Was called Sparkle Eyes because my pupils/iris are made of blue crystal studs! I guess that’s what you get for sleeping too much ha ha ha!

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MS DAVID:  Ok now why do I have to share the limelight with you?  You were already featured in the earlier post weren’t you?  I want my own solo picture please!

TERESA:  If it wasn’t for me posing beside you, you would looked like a ghostly apparition!  Aren’t you supposed to be Davids Unforgettable Blonde Bride?  You should be wearing a wedding gown…(he stood you up…?)

MS DAVID:  NO!  I only looked like her!  To correct 2D, I am from 2004 Birthstone Collection Ruby Barbie!

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2D:  OK, I stand corrected, my apology.

MS RUBY:  Accepted, now how about a close up shot?

2D:  Uhm, tired, next time.  Good night.

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