Originally Posted by Sajen
... I think that Ian accumulated them to a time when they still have been very cheap. ...
Quite so, Detlef. I bought many of mine more than 20 years ago when they were mostly around $10-15. I used to give them to friends as inexpensive gifts. However, these modern ones are not really used as weapons (although they could be) and many seem to have been made for the tourist and as keepsakes for the local population.
I like dogs and had a fondness for dog-headed talibon, and still have a couple left -- see attached pictures.