Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Retrospection On The New Year's Eve - The Gain and The Lost

Today is the New Year’s Eve, it is time to gather the bits and pieces of what have happened on me in 2009 and draw some conclusions.

It has been a fruitful year to me in terms of doll collection in 2009. First of all, I have started this blog in 29th. Nov. 2008. With 80 posts (this one is the 81st), it recorded 73,738 (as the time writing is 9:22pm) hits in 13 months’ time, which is equivalent to 5,672 hits per month and 186 hits per day. I have no idea about other doll blogs, but I am so overwhelmed by this figure of mine.

Besides this quantitative result, I also have other qualitative ones. I did not realize how much I have learnt about doll of various types until I have put them down into words. I also have made some very good dolly friends, and have the privileges to interview some great artists or even met with them in person. I have received emails from collectors from time to time telling me they treat my blog as a buying guide reference. A few even telling me that the artists that I have featured did inspire them to be a doll fashion designer.

These experiences have enriched my life as a doll collector as well as brightened up my down spirit caused by the pathetic investment lost after the financial tsunami. The original purpose on having this blog was to record my doll collection track, and express my perspectives on various dolls as an Asian collector, which could be very different from non-Asian. Now my blog seems to have other new missions.

Counting about the lost of this year, I think the pass away of my forever teenage idol, Farrah Fawcett, is the next biggest lost to my hard saving. I heard this sad news when I was traveling in Eastern Europe. Farrah played a very important part of my teenager life and I was the biggest die hard fan of hers. After my return, I gathered quite a lot of stories through various media about her life, which I have never heard of. Despite of the inspiring documentary on her cancel fighting true-man show, some of the others stories of her are not so good – drugs, infidelity, ill relationships with the wrong men, and family pathology.

After her death, I have seen some OOAKs which were tributes to the late Farrah. The best two that I have seen are the one by the very talented Noel Cruz, the other one is on eBay (did not know the artist name). Although Farrah’s actual life might not be as angelic as the image she had projected on the screen, her cheerful, sassy, optimistic and athletic Jill Monore character would live in my heart forever. I would surely love to have an OOAK Jill Monore doll in the nearest future to remind me of keep being positive and energetic!

2010 is just round the corner, I am sure no matter what I have learnt, earned or lost in 2009, it would enrich my life and make me a wiser and better man for the years to come - Keep faith, do good and be true to myself!!

The OOAK Farrah by Noel Cruz - Original 12" doll by Mego

An OOAK on eBay - Original The Glamour Center Farrah Doll by Mego

The left one is the original doll, the right one is the amazing OOAK

Picture credit: Noel Cruz, OOAK the Farrah Glamour Center (don't know who is the owner)

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Kyra is Now Officially Known as Ms. Latte with a Reason

Going back to Bangkok is a ritual of mine in the past decade. The main purpose is to give my gratitude to the 4-face Buddha for her blessing of the whole year; meeting my dear friends and doing some shopping are also part of the reasons. In the past few years, I have other good excuses to return to Bangkok by the year end - that is for doll hunting and doll chatting as well.

This time of visit was 2 weeks before Christmas time, yet the high season hotel rate had already applied. So I told myself that there better be something enjoyable and memorable to justify my high spending on hotel accommodation this time – either it happens or I will make it happen! And…yea, its just happened out in a way out of everybody’s expectation!

How It Turned Out To Be a Memorable Trip

Chewin and I have met for twice during my trip, and had some longer chat then before. One of our meetings has high lighted this trip and made it a memorable one for all of us!

The day me and my friend met with Chewin was at a shopping center near where he lives. He was supposed to review his repaint of my basic FR Homme Pierre and Kyra, the black Jamieshow doll! Probably, it is the very first Kyra which got a new “faceup” that I have ever seen since she is shipped out! And, doubtlessly, it is the also the very first “face-down” of any repaints that I have ever seen.

On that day we met, my Thai friend also joined this meeting at a fast food shop at Lak Pao. Chewin came with big smile on his face as usual. He took out my repainted Pierre which I had waited for months! Chewin never disappointed me with his works. Pierre has a gorgeous faceup with subtle body hair. I know Pierre would be as gorgeous, so he was not my focus of this meeting. Instead, my heart was pumping hard and fast waiting for Chewin to take out the very first Kyra repaint that would be.

My only instruction to Chewin is “bold color to brighten up Kyra’s face”. Chewin’s repaint is far much vivid than the original one. Now, Kyra has more smoky eyes, big area of gold and yellow eye shadow, orange and brownish glossy lips, coated with matt finish to reduce the glossy on her. Out of my surprise, Chewin brought along Patta’s color Afro wig to let me see the effect. He told me how much his gangs (Patta, Niramol, Phong, Deva guys) love the face mold and the body of Jaimeshow, and that they would definitely love to order a few for his friends and himself.

Face Up and Face Down

While Chewin and I were chit chatting of this and then, my Thai friend tried to put Kyra’s head into Patta’s Afro wig. In order to avoid destroying the shape of afro wig or adding greasy finger prints on Kyra, he “carefully” held it with only his thumb and middle finger. I saw his hands were shaking and struggling. Before I could warn him, Kyra’s head had slipped out from his 2 cutie fingers like a wet soap slipping out from his hands, and dived into’s his Café Latte within a flash. Before Kyra could even yield an “Ouch!”, her face was downward and hit at the bottom of the Café Latte cup.

Kyra after being "resined"
My friend had jumped up from his seat and did not know what to do! The gossiping between Chewin and I had stopped! All of us faced “down” to that cup of Latte. Then, the next thing I heard was “Resin!” from Chewin. After the chaos, we checked the faceup of Kyra which was totally faced “down” a minute ago. Although my friend said Kyra still looked the same, I have a feeling that she has changed! Fortunately, Chewin was there and has kindly agreed to retouch Kyra’s face again and add more shaping on her cheek for me, and that I could collect her the next day at the same place. The 2nd face up came up with stronger impact on her eyes and better cheek bone shading! I am so pleased!
Kyra after being resured from the Cafe Latte

Since then, when we mention about my Kyra, we all refer her as Ms. Latte! So, when you want to ask any questions about my Kyra repaint by Chewin in the future, you know how to address her - “Ms. Latte”!

This funny episode has become one of the highlights of this trip, which would be a laughing topic amongst my Thai dolly buddies forever!

This is the first face up

Kyra with the factory faceup

Picture credit: All by Cliff CHAN,

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sparking New Year Theme of Deva Official Website - Amazing!!!

Hum... excuse me! It seems that I could not local my brain!
I guess it has just got blown off!!!!!
What a nice surprise to see a totally different makeup style from what we are familiar with Deva dolls. just uploaded pictures of 3 new OOAK Angie"s" with vibrant color i.e.: different level of red, pink, yellow, green etc. I could not tell all 3 of them are actually from the same face mould. Each make up is unique and show how versatile Angie could be. The posing of the girls are so vivid and full of motion too, with the bold color of their wig and x'mas "dress", it has created a really festival mood pictures! It surely is one of my best 2009 X'mas surprises.

Picture credits: Deva Dolls (

Friday, December 25, 2009

Golden Tian Shi

Red and brown work well on this tan skin Tian Shi but I had no idea that gold color also works on her! I always looking for dresses which could show her long legs, this one work wonderfully on her. The multi fabric applied on this dress gives 3D effect on the layers. Picture credit: All by Cliff CHAN
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2010 (with Angie, Deva)

Wishing Everybody
Happy Dolly New Year

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I Like Asymmetrical Style with Color Contrast – Malaika Deva Doll

(Doll Nudity - view it at your own discretion please!)
*** I have posted these pictures on Prego before I left for Bangkok. When I showed these pictures to Deva guys, they commented why I did not upload it in my blog also! Then I think, "Yes, why not? ***

Although I have been collecting action figures and fashion dolls for quite some years now, my knowledge on how to describe fashion is still very limited. Such as the style, fabric, color, not to mention how to pronounce some of the dolls’ names which are in French or Italian! However, there are 2 words that I learnt about on describing cuttings --> “asymmetrical” and “bias” as I love these 2 styles.
I am lucky enough to have a Deva black Malaika, a white Afro wig by Patta, and the ensemble of Sybarite’s Voltaire (is that French again?). The Voltaire ensemble is cool, it has asymmetrical bias lace up on the chocker and the corset. I found the cap of this outfits is a bit too tight for Malaika, so I decided to use it as the single sleeve, and it has become an "asymmetrical" point. What so happened is that the left eye lash of Malaika has fallen off, so it created another "asymmetrical" element.
I LOVE color with big “contrast”, Malaika's skin tone goes so well with the white of Voltaire ensemble. I coordinated them all but gave up using the original white stocking and replaced it with a golden one. I found it with stronger impact that way.
I have taken a few shots before I flew to Bangkok for another amazing trip! It was in a rush. Otherwise, I could pose her more with whatever pops that I could fine!

Picture credits: All by Cliff CHAN

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