Showing posts with label Ken. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ken. Show all posts

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Look Back at 2011

This is the one time of year when I like to reflect on the craziness of the hobby.  So, let's all sit back, relax, have a cuppa or two, and reminisce.

From top to bottom row: [left to right]
Bundles Snuggle Stuff, Trudy Traveler, Earplug Santa Ddung,
Maki, Middie Blythe, Susie Sad Eyes, Miki

I have been collecting dolls for some time now.  And 2011 has, without a doubt, opened my eyes to the world of doll collecting like never before.  There's been a great diversity of dolls that entered my home this past year and I've really quite enjoyed the variety.

Da Vinci Barbie and BFC exclusive, Ekaterina Barbie

Of course, a few Barbie dolls have entered my domain in 2011 and I daresay they will continue to do so for years to come.  I have admired Barbie's beauty for as long as I've first held her in my hands and that admiration remains.  However, a trip to Japan in March of 2011 has made me come to truly appreciate anime-eyed beauties.  They're more playful, youthful and offers a wee more touch of whimsy!

Takara Dolls
[from top to bottom row, left to right]
Licca-chan's Dad-Pierre, Crepe Shop Ken, Fashionista Jenny,
School uniform Licca-chan LD.12, School uniform Licca-chan LD.07,
Maki and Miki

The big-headed cuties like Blythe and Dal takes that whimsy to another level.  And I just love it.  Monomono Dal, in particular, was the greatest doll find of 2011, as my aunt found her for 100yen [$1.00] at a local recycle shop in Saitama-ken.  I could not believe my eyes.  She had no box but she came in a display case with her original stand and personal effects.  I've had a soft spot for Dal ever since.

From left to right:
Steampunk Dal, Simply Guava Blythe, Monomono Dal

Integrity Toys irked me more times than I wanted to be irked with all their shipping delays so I can't say I was too excited with my dolly purchases with them in 2011.  Nevertheless, there is no denying my love for the Poppy and Misaki dolls.  They're just the right amount of fanciful and still a whole lot of glam.

From top to bottom row: [left to right]
Youthquake Poppy, Secret Code Amelie, Secret Code Misaki,
In the Air Poppy

Lastly, for this 2011 'remininsce' segment, I'm re-sharing my Lonely Lisa.  I had been eyeing this vintage doll for over a year and finally got a chance to own her last October.  She needs restuffing to maintain her cuddliness factor but she's otherwise in great condition.

1964 Lonely Lisa doll

Thanks for looking back with me.  I have latecomer dolls from 2011 that I have yet to share, though I'm sure they'll be making an appearance here soon enough!  Stay tuned and happy new dolly year to all!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Crepe Shop Ken Doll

Front of the Box

One of my Japan doll finds.  I spotted him at a local 24Hrs recycle shop not too far from my aunt's house [can't remember the name] that sold shelves upon shelves of anime figures and toys.  The beauty about recycle shops in Japan is while their items are previously owned, a lot of them are usually barely used or better yet, unopened and being sold for amazing prices.

Back of the Box
Although I had hoped to find something like this, I didn't think I was going to be able to so I was ecstatic with my 1280yen purchase.  He was still fastened to his cardboard.  His hat and shoes were clearly unopened and the box was in good condition.  Of course he came with his flaws...

There were visible white spots on his face and arms.  It looked like he was suffering from some kind of chicken pox, doll edition.

Still, I bought him.  This was a Ken doll before Mattel's licensing agreement with Takara ended so to a doll collector like myself, he's a piece of doll history and I wasn't going to leave him behind, chicken pox or not.  To my surprise, when I took him out of the box and started rubbing the white spots, they were coming off.  I quickly got a damp paper towel and gently rubbed all the chicken pox away!

And this is how he looks now!  Sweeeeeet!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Doll Tale Thursday #4: Barbie Said Yes!

Not that we didn't see it coming but just in case you've been living under a rock and didn't see Ken's extremely public love notes to Barbie across North America in January, see one of the bus stop ads HERE.   

On Valentine's day, the inevitable plastic reunion made the entertainment news.  Here's a photographic recap:

24 Hours Free Newspaper, Toronto

Metro Free Newspaper, Toronto

Sherbourne St. Bus Stop Ad, Downtown Toronto

Yonge and Dundas, Downtown Toronto

And now, the dolls that commemorate this auspicious occassion:

Front of the Box
Back of the Box

The Flirtatious Smile

The Kiss
To conclude, I love the doll set for its fun factor.  I don't care much for the quality of these sasquatch-footed dolls as I intend to keep them in the box.  I'm normally a deboxer but in this case, I only wish to have a keepsake of such a climatic episode in the Barbie saga.  I can only imagine how much Mattel must have spent on the advertising that went into Ken's pursuit of recapturing Barbie's heart....Now if only they went into that extreme in making quality dolls.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ken's Public Plea

Bus stop ad in downtown Toronto

The route I take to work is the last place I thought I'd ever find anything 'Barbie'.  Alas, there it was at a bus stop ad!  

To those unfamiliar with the Barbie saga, here's a quick recap:

-In 1959, Barbie made her way into the world at a New York toy fair.
-In 1961, Barbie was joined by a shiny, new accessory....known to the world as her boyfriend, Ken.
-In 2004, a day before Valentine's day, Barbie broke up with Ken, after 43 years of being together, to run off with an Australian dude named Blaine.

Debut Silkstone Barbie with Fashion Insider Silkstone Ken.
(Debut Silkstone Barbie debuted in 2009 as a tribute to the 1959 original for Barbie's 50th plastic year.)

Fast-forward to now....It's 2011 and Ken is turning 50.  Valentine's day is also just around the corner.  Can it be that Mattel is stirring something up for a triumphant reunion of the ultimate plastic couple to celebrate Ken's milestone?  I guess we just have to wait and see.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dolly Dismay

Roger Sterling Mad Men silkstone doll arrived yesterday.  Although I'm not a fan of the show, I very much adored the concept of the Mad Men dolls.  So, it was very disappointing to finally get the doll you've been waiting for to arrive for months, just to realize that it was damaged.

The most annoying part is that he's a Barbie Club and AMC exclusive so I had no choice but to get him shipped from the States...meaning, I will have to go through the hassle of returning him through the post and waiting some more for another one to arrive....of course, who's to say, the next one won't have a friggin bald spot too!  I'm thinking maybe he wasn't properly tied to his box that his head must have been knocked a few times against its lid, inevitably causing the bald spot.  I suppose, there comes a time in a doll collector's life when you have to return a doll back for some shitty reason like damaged goods.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Miniature Monday #2

Today's miniature is a Japanese sword I found at Pacific Mall in Markham.  Sometimes, I find myself to be a walking contradiction.  I absolutely adore cute stuff.  I also feel the same way for deadly things such as weapons.  One room in my house contains mostly dolls and anime figures while a wall in the hallway  at the lower level is home for swords and other weapons.  Naturally, I sometimes like to see both combined in one setting.  What better way to do it than in miniature form for my dolls!

It wasn't completely to scale with the dolls I pictured it with in my head as it seems slightly shorter than I imagined.  So, let's just pretend that Ken is offering the sword to a short Francie, maybe....