The unfortunate lack of specialty shops in Manila selling dolls and clothing for the Pullip, Taeyang, and Dal lines makes it necessary for local collectors to venture abroad for their dolly fix. Online transactions as well as trips to and from cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong have become par for course for Manila Pullip collectors. However, there’s a new city to add to your destination list: Bangkok.
Formerly the stronghold of Blythe and Barbie collectors, a new shop has opened its doors in Thailand to provide a home for Pullips and their owners. Bambino Dolls is located on the second floor of JJ Mall, beside the infamous Chatuchak Weekend Market. The store spans two storefronts — Bambino Doll which sells in-box Pullip, Taeyang, and Dal sets, and BAMBI C which sells doll clothing and accessories on consignment.
Bambino Doll has a massive display of rare and semi-rare releases amounting to a small fortune in dollies. The most inexpensive doll they have starts at THB 4800 (around PhP 6700) while the store exclusives (from Tokyu, Takashimaya, etc.) and the limited edition dolls start at a staggering ThB 16000 (or PhP 22400). If that’s too rich for your blood, you can opt to purchase repair and customization supplies such as Obitsu bodies, wigs, and eye chips instead.
Next door to the main store is Bambi C, a consignment shop that sells clothing designed and made by local Pullip collectors. The shop is lined with small glass cases that the clothing sellers rent out to display their wares. Transactions are taken care of by the store staff, who take a small commission out of each sale they make, and whatever is left goes to the pocket of the designer. We had a great time hunting for stuff amongst the many nooks and crannies of the stores, and I personally walked away with two new outfits for my Hime.
So, if you collect 1/6th scale dolls and have a hankering to do some traveling, include Bangkok in your plans. We promise you that you won’t be sorry you went 😀