Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Return of the Tourist Dolls (Thailand Edition)

I didn't expect this post to be up a week later than the others, but life got in the way for a bit (an uncle-in-law passed away, so I went to Toronto for the funeral).  And I'm back just in time to start packing for my move on the 28th.  That's lots of time, right?

Still, there were a couple of Thai souvenirs left unpacked, so they get to be opened up first!

I brought home one major display item, a figure of a dancer in a monkey warrior mask.  As figures go, he's purely a display piece, having no articulation and being permanently attached to a stand.  Still, as display items go, I think he's fairly eye-catching.

In addition to him, I also brought home a small set of keychain dolls (each in traditional garb) to give away to friends. I've parted with half of them already, but I'm including photos of the remaining three here as well.

Starting with the mini dolls (interestingly, each of them actually has 4 points of articulation, so they're not static figures, unlike the big guy) :
Key-chain mini dolls

Up close: Each mini doll has a painted face and beaded hat.
There's not much else to say about the mini dolls, so back to the monkey warrior!

From this angle he appears to be beckoning to the viewer. 

Front view.
Back view
A close-up of the beading.
Close-up of the mask.


  1. Very nice souvenirs! I love the key chain dolls. They would definitely make a nice gift for friends and family. I think they could also be used as Christmas ornaments!

    1. That's a good idea! If I keep any of them they'll definitely end up on my tree this year.

  2. I'm with Phyllis! I second the Christmas ornaments idea. That's totally what I thought of when I saw them.

    1. Heh, maybe when I gift the others I should take off the keyring and just present them as ornaments!

  3. My first thoughts ... lovely colours and very Thai. Second thoughts ... that guy needs to give up smoking, he must be pretty desperate to smoke two cigarettes at once! LOL!

    The key chains are really cute and a thoughtful gift. Aside from my initial thoughts, I do think your little monkey warrior is quite sweet and will make a lovely addition to your collection.

    1. The colours really are the standout feature, aren't they? They actually had monkey warriors in slightly tamer outfits, but I thought the metallic threads and bright purple felt more like the "right" choice. :)

  4. Sorry to hear about your uncle-in-law's passing.

    Your Thai dancer is striking, but I like the poseable little ones. Cute!

    I saw them and thought, "dolls' dolls!" lol. Like one or more of my playscale dolls could have a "dolls from around the world" collection.

    Good luck packing.

    1. You're right, they're the perfect size for a doll's doll! I'll have use one of them for photos with some bigger dolls one of these days.

      And thanks for the condolences and good luck - best luck with your packing as well! :)

  5. I'm sorry to hear about your relative's death, but thank you for still taking the time to share your souvenirs from the trip. They are very colourful and a great reminder of your trip, I'm sure. The little keychain dolls could be dolls for dolls!
    Hope your move goes well!
    Hugs Sharon in Spain x