The Elusive Quest for the Perfect Ken Doll: A Collector’s Dilemma

Introduction:

Collecting dolls is a passion that brings joy to many enthusiasts around the world. Whether it’s Barbie dolls, action figures, or rare collectibles, the hunt for that one missing piece can be both thrilling and frustrating. In this blog article, we will explore the common experience collectors face when they think they have found the perfect Ken doll, only to have it slip through their fingers at the last moment.

The Anticipation: The Perfect Ken

As a doll collector, you understand the excitement that comes with finding a specific doll you’ve been searching for. The anticipation builds up, imagining all the possibilities of showcasing it in your collection or featuring it in your next video. The thrill of finally getting your hands on that elusive Ken doll is unparalleled.

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Perfect Ken?

The Disappointment:

However, the unfortunate reality is that sometimes, even after finding what seems to be the perfect Ken doll, things don’t go as planned. The seller, who initially appeared responsive and eager to make the sale, suddenly becomes unresponsive. This unexpected turn of events can leave collectors feeling disappointed and frustrated. What to do in this situation?

The Collector’s Dilemma:

This scenario is not uncommon among collectors who actively hunt for rare and sought-after items. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, from the initial exhilaration of finding the doll to the heart-wrenching disappointment when the seller disappears. The collector is left wondering what to do next, how to fill the void that was created by the lost opportunity.

Maybe the collector is wondering what went wrong. In some cases it’s good when the seller is not responding. You have often scammers especially when the perfect Ken or Barbie is hard to find. Using stolen pictures for their offers is a common problem collectors talk about again and again. Of course you can use marketplaces like ebay or less known ones for your dolls but usually the offers are overpriced.

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Maritime Ken, a perfect Ken?

In moments like these, it’s important for collectors to take a step back and evaluate their options. Here are a few suggestions on how to deal with the situation:

1. Patience is key: Give the seller some time to respond. They might have encountered unexpected circumstances that are preventing them from getting back to you promptly. Remember, everyone has their own schedule and commitments.

2. Communication is crucial: Reach out to the seller again, expressing your continued interest in the Ken doll. Politely inquire about the delay in communication and ask if there are any updates regarding the sale. Clear and respectful communication can often help resolve issues.

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Day to Night Ken, a perfect Ken?

3. Explore alternative sources: While it’s disappointing when a potential purchase falls through, it’s important not to lose hope. Keep searching through different platforms, such as online marketplaces, auction sites, or even local toy stores. Persistence can pay off in the end.

4. Connect with fellow collectors: Engaging with other collectors who share your passion can provide a sense of support and understanding. They might have valuable insights, suggestions, or even connections that could assist you in finding the Ken doll you desire.

Conclusion:

The journey of a collector is filled with highs and lows, and the experience of finding a Ken doll only to have it slip away is a common occurrence. Patience, communication, and perseverance are essential when facing such situations. Remember, the joy of collecting lies not only in the acquisition of the dolls but also in the thrill of the chase. So, keep searching, and who knows, the perfect Ken doll might just be waiting around the corner, ready to join your collection. If you want to read more about Ken read here https://somethingabouttheboy.com/ or

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Butterfly Prince Ken in Sea Holiday Ken outfit, a perfect Ken?

All the Things I Use for Restoring Barbie Dolls

When it comes to restoring Barbie dolls, there are several essential tools that I rely on. This blog post will delve into the various items that I use to bring my Barbie dolls back to their former glory. From cleaning to repairing, these tools are essential for maintaining and preserving these treasured collectibles.

Cleaning Barbie with Rubbing Alcohol and Q-Tips

One of the essential tools for cleaning Barbie dolls is rubbing alcohol and q-tips. Rubbing alcohol is a powerful disinfectant that helps remove dirt, grime, and other impurities from the delicate surface of the dolls. Using q-tips, I can gently and carefully wipe away any accumulated dust or dirt without disturbing the doll’s delicate features.

Things you should know :Cleaning Barbie Clothes with Boost

When it comes to cleaning Barbie clothes, I rely on a product called Boost. This specially formulated detergent is designed to gently clean delicate fabrics and help remove stains. By using Boost, I can restore the vibrant colors and pristine condition of Barbie’s outfits, ensuring that they look their best.

Things like Remove Zit, Poliboy or dental tabs for Vintage Barbie with Green Ears

Another challenge that can arise when restoring Barbie dolls is the removal of green ears. Vintage Barbie dolls with green ears often suffered from this problem, but luckily, there is a simple solution. You have different options when you treat green ears. You can use Remove Zit when you get it in your country. There’s also a liquid with the name Poliboy for cleaning silver available in Europe. Danchlorix is another secret weapon I heard of but never used it until now. It’s a liquid used for cleaning toilets. Recently I head of a new solution called Bar Keepers Friend Power Cream available via amazon but I have neither used Danchlorix nor Power Cream.

Dental tabs are highly effective at removing yellow, and they work just as well on Barbie’s skin as they do on our own. Simply apply the dental tabs over night or over two nights, let the head rest in the solution as long as the yellow is gone, and then gently let the head dry on a towel.

Please be careful when using CLR, a cleaner wide spread in the USA. When used like Poliboy it can destroy the head in the long term. I don’t know about the content but a chemist who worked in the doll production industry wrote about the problem in his book that I can recommend to all of you.

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Bobby pins and end paper

An electric kettle is useful for different things

From taking Barbie head, legs and arms to hair style an electric kettle is versatile for Barbie restoration. For removing heads, arms or legs or restoring hair and curls it’s a super versatile thing to have.

Super handy and not forgotten – Things like a toothbrush and bobby pins

We also should mention here that a toothbrush is always useful when you are working with Barbie. Especially when your dolls are older than 40 years they can become fragile and it’s a good idea to use a toothbrush to bring their hair in shape again. Bobby pins are another secret weapon when you have to deal with Vintage Barbie dolls ( 1959 – 1966) to get the curls back in they may have lost over the years.

Fixing Push Buttons with Needle and Thread

Fixing push buttons on Barbie dolls is a breeze with needle and thread. Many vintage Barbies had these tiny buttons that could easily come loose, but with a bit of patience and a steady hand, you can easily sew them back on. Start by carefully removing the button from the doll’s clothing, making sure not to pull too hard and damage the fabric. Next, use matching thread and a sewing needle to sew the button back on, being careful not to catch any stray threads on the doll’s body. With a little patience and attention to detail, you can restore the functionality and beauty of these beloved buttons.

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The definitive book on the care and preservation of Vinyl dolls and action figures

Conclusion

In conclusion, restoring Barbie dolls requires a carefully selected set of tools. Using rubbing alcohol and q-tips, Boost for clothing cleaning, dental tabs for zits, and needle and thread for repairing push buttons, you can bring your Barbie dolls back to their former glory. Remember to handle these collectibles with care and cherish them for years to come. If you want to read more about Barbie cleaning I wrote an article two years ago https://barbie.final-memory.org/how-to-clean-a-vintage-barbie-body/ and if you want to read more about Barbie cleaning you can read more here https://hobbylark.com/collecting/How-to-Restore-and-Clean-Barbie-Dolls

The Frustrating Saga of Missing Congost Ken continues: A Journey of 3 Weeks and a Missing Comma

My Tropical Ken from Congost embarked on a journey of a lifetime. After weeks of anticipation and excitement, he finally arrived at his destination in Germany. However, there was a slight hiccup in the last delivery that threatened to delay his highly anticipated arrival.

The Last Delivery: A Missing Comma

The saga began when Congost Ken’s package was sent out via postal service from Spain to Germany. Little did the sender in Spain know that a simple comma would make all the difference. Unfortunately, when the package arrived, the post office was unable to locate the correct address. The missing comma left the package stranded, waiting to be discovered.

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The Problem with the Address, Congost Ken undeliverable?

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the problem lay in the address details. The numerical portion of the address lacked a comma, rendering it unreadable to the post office’s automated system. As a result, the package was incorrectly routed and couldn’t be delivered to the intended destination. So instead of being delivered he made a trip via Denmark back to Spain. There’s no need to understand why via Denmark. I even tried to contact the hub in Denmark to get him delivered to me but the only things I got to hear was that I contacted the wrong subsidy of DHL. They possibly could have helped me but who cares?

The Importance of Local Knowledge

Had someone with knowledge of the area stumbled upon the missing comma, the saga would have likely ended there. However, this unfortunate oversight left Congost Ken’s package untraceable, causing frustration for all parties involved. Nothing is more exciting than chasing and tracking your parcels every day.

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The Solution: Another Shipping Fee

After days of searching and deliberation, a solution presented itself. The sender agreed to pay a small fee of 12 euros to have Congost Ken’s package reshipped to the correct address. This additional measure ensured that Congost Ken would arrive at his destination without further delay.

Lessons Learned

The frustrating saga of missing Congost Ken serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of attention to detail. A missing comma, a seemingly insignificant error, can have far-reaching consequences. This experience also highlights the value of local knowledge and the significance of double-checking addresses before sending packages.

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Just freshly deboxed Tropical Ken, still tired from the Journey

Conclusion

In the end, Congost Ken’s journey was not without its fair share of challenges. However, thanks to the persistence of the sender and the resourcefulness of the postal service, Congost Ken finally arrived at his destination. The saga may have started as a frustrating ordeal, but it ultimately served as a lesson in the importance of attention to detail, local knowledge, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Own experiences

Many many years ago a friend of my parents wrote a postcard from his vacation. Instead of the postal code a part of the phone number of my parents was written down. You may be surprised but the card arrived at my parent’s with a little delay but it arrived with the request to tell the friend the right postal code for the next card. From my own experience I can tell you that I also do mistakes concerning postal codes. Last year I ordered mountain cheese from Austria for the whole family. Being in hurry I changed the numbers in the postal code but the city and the street of my parents were correct. It was delivered despite mistake but it was not DHL that delivered last year. Be sure that this year I check the postal code of my parents twice before I order anything.

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Congost Ken enjoying his new home for X-mas

For more information and pictures use this article about Congost Barbie https://barbie.final-memory.org/the-enigmatic-spanish-barbie-dolls-from-congost-unraveling-the-untold-story and for more information about Ken himself you can use https://somethingabouttheboy.com/superstar/mattel-european-exclusives/

The Frustrating Saga of the Missing Tropical Congost Ken

Introduction of Tropical Congost Ken:

In today’s interconnected world, online shopping has become a common practice. With just a few clicks, you can order products from anywhere in the world and have them delivered right to your doorstep. However, as many have experienced, not every delivery goes as smoothly as expected. In this blog post, we will delve into the frustrating tale of Busy B, who ordered a Tropical Congost Ken from Spain two weeks ago but has yet to receive it. Let’s uncover the series of events that unfolded, leading to a Barbie Ken doll chaos .

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Tropical Congost Ken

Ordering the Congost Ken:

Around two weeks ago, Busy B from Germany placed an order for a Tropical Congost Ken doll from Spain. Excitement filled her heart as he eagerly anticipated the arrival of his long-awaited package. Little did she know that this would be the start of a frustrating journey.

The Elusive Delivery:

After a few days, she received a tracking link from the buyer, allowing her to monitor the progress of this package. With anticipation, she checked the tracking details regularly, hoping to see the status change to “Out for Delivery.” However, to her dismay, the tracking information showed that the package had already been delivered by last week Friday. Being home all day long she know this a pure lie having him delivered.

The Missing Postman:

She was puzzled by this information since she have been home all day on the supposed delivery date. Busy B. has eagerly awaited the arrival of the postman, but to my surprise, no one showed up. Determined to find out what had happened, she contacted the delivery service, DHL, to inquire about the situation.

The Blame Game:

When she reached out to DHL, they claimed that the postman could not find my doorbell, hence the failed delivery attempt. She couldn’t help but feel incredulous at this response. She knew for a fact that her doorbell was functioning perfectly fine. Unfortunately, lazy postmen seem to have become a standard problem in Germany, and she couldn’t help but wonder if this was the case in her situation as well. Speaking German has become a big problem to all the postmen somehow.

The Parcel’s Unexpected Journey:

Driven by frustration, she decided to take matters into my own hands. Busy B diligently continued tracking the package and was surprised to discover that it had somehow ended up in Denmark in the last few days. In a last-ditch effort, she contacted DHL Denmark, hoping they could shed some light on the situation and assist her in retrieving her long-awaited Tropical Congost Ken.

A Disappointing Response:

To her dismay, DHL Denmark informed me that they were unable to help me as she had reached out to the wrong division of DHL. Frustration overwhelmed her as she realized she had been caught in a bureaucratic maze, unable to find a way out. The lack of proper customer service left her feeling exasperated and dissatisfied.

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Arrival of Tropical Congost Ken, end of November 2023

Conclusion:

Her experience with the missing Congost Ken serves as a reminder that even in today’s modern world, where online shopping has become the norm, there can still be hurdles and frustrations along the way. From lazy postmen to unhelpful customer service, the journey to receive a package can be much more complicated than expected. Let Ken’s story be a cautionary tale for all online shoppers and a reminder to stay patient when faced with delivery mishaps. She doesn’t know how this story will end.

Last update

Today she got a feedback from DHL still stating that my address is not available!? What a nonsense! Busy B hopes she can get the seller to send her back to me again as soon as the Ken is back in Spain. The next part of the story how Ken finally arrived at his new destination can you find here https://barbie.final-memory.org/the-frustrating-saga-of-missing-congost-ken-continues-a-journey-of-3-weeks-and-a-missing-comma/ . For more information about Spanish Ken dolls read here https://somethingabouttheboy.com/superstar/mattel-european-exclusives/ or for Congost as a toy company from Spain https://en.barbiepedia.com/blog/barbie-congost.html.