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Blythe is a fashion doll with an oversized head and large eyes that change color up to four times with the pull of a string. Blythe Dolls are a stylish generation of fashionable, high quality and highly individualized dolls. Characterized by oversized heads and great big eyes, these waif-like figures stand 12 inches (30cm) tall. Their enchanting eyes change both color and gaze with the pull of a string to match a specific mood, personality or outfit.
They also have moveable body parts and you can buy extra hands for a variety of gestures. You can adapt and customize any Blythe Dolls with an enormous choice of clothing and all kinds of accessories. You can also find patterns to sew your own outfits.
These adorable collectible dolls have unique charm and appeal.
The Story of Blythe Dolls
Information: The first Blythe Doll was created by Allison Katzman in 1972.
Blythes were then produced by the toy firm, Kenner LLC, but gained little popularity among children and production was stopped after just one year. As a result, the dolls made during this early spell gained a cult following and now sell for thousands of dollars.
Gina Garan, a photographer and producer from New York, is central to the revival of Blythe Dolls. In the late 90s, she popularized the dolls globally, particularly in Japan, after publishing the book This Is Blythe, along with later works, Blythe Style, Hello Blythe! and Susie Says. These showcased her dolls in a range of fashion shots with exotic and artistic backdrops.
Today, Blythe Dolls have a huge following and like worldwide in 2021. Whether you want to share your ideas and creations with an ever-growing community of collectors and people, or you want to develop your photography through your unique ideas and designs, Blythe Dolls make the perfect models and muses, as well as wonderful gifts for family and friends that everyone will like.
What Size is a Blythe Doll?
If you are wondering what scale Blythe dolls are, there are 3 sizes of Blythes:
What Does Blythe Mean?
The word name “Blythe” or “Blithe” means carefree or nonchalant. The word Blithe alternatively means happy and joyful. Blithe is an energetic, modern and contemporary word that a lot of people think of with Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit — a fun, lively, elaborate little play. The spelling of the word “Blythe” or “Blithe” actually combines all those good vibes into an elegant English surname. Blithe is an uncommon yet stylish name and word to contribute to the dictionary.
What Are the Dolls with Big Eyes Called?
“Big Eyes”: The Reincarnation of the Blythe Doll. Today, it is thought that the Kenner Toy Company LLC introduced a unique doll design called Blythe in 1972 after being inspired by the “big eyes” trend in the silk faced decorative dolls from Japan.
Who Created Blythe dolls?
The very first original Blythe doll was created by designer Allison Katzman in 1972. Back then, Blythes were only sold by the toy company called Kenner LLC. However, her oversized head and eyes that changed colors with the use of a pull string did not go over well with children, and the four original dolls were only sold for a year.
In 1997, a NY, United States based photographer Gina Garan received an original Kenner Blythe as a gift and began using the doll to practice her photography skills. After taking thousands of photos of the doll, Garan’s work was spotted by a toy producer in New York. Together, they realized that this eccentric doll would be popular in Japan and started to seek out the right to reproduce Blythe Dolls again.
Where are Blythe Dolls Made?
In 2000, the toy company decided to produce a TV commercial featuring a new and improved Blythe doll for a department store called Parco. These newly improved dolls became an enormous hit in Japan and surrounding areas and more than 1000 dolls were produced to meet customer demand. The United States company, Ashton Drake Gallery, also began producing dolls for the United States market, however, they were not as favored as their Japanese counterparts. While Takara’s Neo Blythes were based loosely on the 1972 originals, Ashton Drake attempted to produce exact replicas.
Nowadays, This Is Blythe proudly provides every single kind of Blythe doll product and services to all customers and people around the world including the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, and the UAE. Our Collectible Premium Custom Neo Blythes, which were redeveloped in 2021, are much more admired and their prices can range from around $50 to $250 (United States Dollars) for limited edition premium releases. Buy your 2021 Premium Blythe Doll now.
Are There Any Blythe Accessories?
There’s an entire world of Blythe products, extras and additions: hands, hair, clothes, shoes, purses, hats, jewelry, socks and even more. Take a look here.
How Much Is a Blythe Doll?
When searching, you may see nude regular Blythes starting from $49. Original release Blythes from 1972 start at $3500 because of their rarity. Any modern Custom Blythe Doll range from $180-$6500 depending on the artist and level of customization.
If you buy a Blythe Doll today, it will most likely triple in value in a few years. Some of our dedicated doll collectors on This Is Blythe have collected an incredible 2020 dolls in the United States! They are a great investment opportunity to contribute to your budget whether you are a collector or customizer for years to come.
What are Blythe Dolls Ideal for?
Every day, new customers come to us complaining that the Blythes they bought from other websites and shops smell bad and are made from cheap plastic. Since our Blythes are made with real original parts using our custom patented limbs and joints, our dolls and other products do not have unpleasant odors. They do not smell of plastic or chemicals.
Our high-quality doll hair is not dirty or faded unlikely other doll wigs online. When buying from us, you are also buying a quality handmade fiber hair wig that will last a lifetime. This Is Blythe loves to contribute and give back to society and the community frequently. We work on your dolls, designs, and new additions for hours and days, there is simply no shortcut in our company. We love crafting dolls that you will like!
Are you looking for specific information on our site? We got you covered. Our sales representatives will help you by using Intercom Chat 24/7. We are always available and will help you find the right information or advice. No English? No problem! You have the option to use your native language in our language menu below our site. You can also use our search bar with a simple word or keywords to search for a product. We also provide free unlimited assistance with buying your custom Blythe doll – please simply start by asking your question. Please don’t hesitate to direct your questions to us to find the right product. If you are not sure if a product is available or you need a custom solution, you may use our chat line anytime.
Customers also tell us that some companies did not ship their dolls at all. We also received complaints that there were hidden fees, high customs charges, and taxes, as well as difficulty receiving their packages. We always receive compliments on how we are the fastest and most responsive doll company compared to other Blythe shops. In fact, a lot of doll customizers and competitors buy and resell from us using our text and photos while making us the busiest doll maker. You’ve made the right decision by visiting us and shopping Blythes with us. Thank you for your support and loyalty.
Updated: March 2021.
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COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE MARCH
Please see what This Is Blythe is doing to stay safe while continuing to deliver for you during the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
In view of the coronavirus situation, ThisIsBlythe has taken increased precautions in all areas of its activity. All preventive actions we carry out are aimed at protecting the health and maximal reducing the risks associated with the current situation. The health and safety of our customers and employees is our absolute priority. We have equipped all locations and areas with disinfectants and non-contact thermometers. In addition, procedures related to the disinfection of infrastructure elements are introduced in our facilities. We also carry out educational activities aimed at all employees, people, and delivery personnel who handle our products that leave our studio.
As of today (March 2021), we are still open and shipping packages daily while following strict health and safety practices. We understand how these Blythe gifts are important to you especially during the pandemic of the COVID-19 outbreak days, and now work 24/7 hours to craft your Blythe dolls and do our best to ship them on time due to unusual higher demand resulting in more dollmakers joining our team.
The health and safety of our people, employees, and service to our customers remain our top priorities. The WHO and CDC, based in the United States of America, confirm that it’s safe to handle and receive packages, as catching the COVID-19 virus from shipping materials is highly unlikely. Please order with confidence.
Thank you for your support, courage and loyalty in 2021. This Is Blythe Team wishes you to stay safe and have a great day.
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