Do Not Buy A Blythe Doll Before Reading This

What Is A Blythe Doll?

From the legacy of Barbie and Cabbage Patch Kids comes a new era of dolls, Blythe dolls. Like Barbie, Blythe dolls are fashion dolls that stand 11 inches high with an oversized head and eyes that change colour by a pull of a string. They can come with moveable body parts for an additional charge. The unique charm and appeal of these dolls stem from the adorable characters that they portray. Once you choose your doll by hair type, you will receive your doll with one outfit and accessories. The surprise of what you receive makes for an exciting reception. In the rare occasion that the particular style of the doll is not to your taste, you can also customize clothing to suit your taste. The eyes can be changed to match with a specific outfit or personality. A cord coming out of the back of the head will close the eyes and change them to another colour. The direction of the eyes also changes in the process. You will be able to buy additional outfits and, with some research, find patterns to sew your own clothing. These dolls are an art that ties at the heartstrings. Sentimental doll enthusiasts will complete their collection with these dolls and retain enjoyment for years to come.

 

How Tall Is A Blythe Doll? What Sizes Does The Blythe Doll Come In?

There are 3 types of Blythe dolls: Neo, Petite, and Middie. Neo Blythe is 11 inches tall, Middie Blythe is 8 inches tall, and Petite Blythe is 4 inches tall.

 

When Were Blythe Dolls Created and Who Designed Blythe Dolls?

Blythe dolls were originally created in 1972 by Allison Katzman and produced by Kenner but were not well received as a children’s toy. This model was only produced for one year.

Later Gina Garan used a Blythe doll as the subject in many photographs and published a book called Blythe Style, which showed her Blythe doll as the model for her fashions. In 2001, Takara and Ashton Drake produced Blythe Dolls and Takara continues to produce these dolls today.

 

What Are Some Features Of Blythe Dolls?

These dolls are great as collectors items and make a great toy for children and adults alike. Their gigantic head, eyes and shiny skin set these dolls apart from other dolls, though they are also available with less glossy matte faces also. If you prefer a matte finish, a matt sealant can be sprayed on. The hair is put into the scalp piece of the doll and is available in a variety of colours. Legs are made out of a thick rubber that makes them bendable. Arms and the upper body are made of a harder plastic and are not as flexible unless you upgrade to the more moveable option. Real stock dolls from Takara will come in a box specific to that doll’s release and will have a specific outfit. They will have a set of eye chips, hairstyle and stand. Factory dolls are not the original stock dolls and do not have a stand; however, they are great if you plan to do a lot of modifications to change the stock look or if you want to purchase your own accessories and clothes for them.

 

How To Customize A Blythe Doll?

Modifications can be made to the dolls to change the look of the eyes or to changing their gaze to appear higher. Purchasing factory dolls are preferred for those planning to modify the dolls. This way it does not take away from the collector’s resale value and reduces some of the stress for those who are new to doll modification. Below is a list of some of the modifications that people have done:

 

Advanced Customization

  • Sanding, removing glossy outer coat of face and makeup, repainting
  • Purchasing other eye chips
  • Adding an additional pull cord so that one closes the eyes (called a sleeping pull cord) and the other changes them – this could keep the eyes closed for a sleeping doll
  • Carving using dremels to change the shape of the face and lips or using sculpey to change the esthetic of the face
  • Rerouting Blythe hair

 

What Is The Timeline For The Evolution Of Blythe Dolls?

1972 Kenner -70’s look

2000 TBL Factory Fake stolen or rejected parts that employees took and reassembled

2001 BL Neo Blythe posable eyes and legs, boggled eyes, some matte faces

2002 EBL Excellent Blythe – posable legs, no longer had boggled eyes – softer eye gaze

2004 SBL Superior sparklier eyes and based on original Kenner design

2006 BBL Radiance Blythe – more childlike face and modified head

2009 FBL Fairest Blythe – fuller cheeks, semimatte skin, larger eye pupils

2013 RBL Radiance Blythe Plus – slight modifications to face and thinner plastic

2014 FG Factory Girl model – modern factory version

 

How Much Is A Blythe Doll? What Is The Approximate Cost?

Factory Girls or Fake Blythes range from $50-$120. Original release Blythe dolls from 1972 start at $2500 because they are rare collectors items. Modern Blythe dolls range from $80-$1000 depending on artist and customization.

 

What Are Some Tips for Newbies Buying Their First Blythe Doll?

Purchase original releases if possible because of the collector value; however, if you are new to Blythe dolls, a factory girl makes sense because of the price point and for you to see if you would like to invest more into a collection.

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Blythe Poem

Believes there is no fear in love
Says that when her legs are black and blue it’s time to take a holiday
Likes to put sugar on her avocados
Looks at life thru news lenses – one blue, one pink
Will hold a buttercup under your chin
Never misses an episode of “Will and Grace”
Wears flowers in her hair
Knows a good moneyshot when she sees it
Knows when to say no
Has a lot of legal issues
Bases her entire existence on the number 3
Will never EVER fall asleep with her makeup on
Believes that when you love someone it’ll be for all time
 

Blythe is every woman
She’s all you need 

Submit your poems here to be featured.
Thanks to hongse_m for the feature photo.

New Blythe Doll Additions

Happy Summer!! Busy times here in Blytheworld. Let’s get it started!

Over the years, I’ve donated so many Blythe prints to charity events I can’t keep track of them. Giving back is an essential part of my involvement with Blythe, so the more the better!  Last month, I was involved in two auctions, one for an organization called LOVE and one for Art for Change, whose proceeds were split between Haitian earthquake victims and the Future Multimedia Arts Programs at The Ella Baker School in NYC. Both projects were so fulfilling and in the end raised lots of money for well-deserved causes. I got a thrill at the LOVE Auction because Sting and his wife Trudie Styler were in attendance (no way!). When I spotted them, they were ogling one of my prints (eek!). I nearly started to cry! I was stupidly shy and didn’t approach them, but next time, watch out! Full-on attack! (I did at least take this undercover photo on my cell phone!)

The next auction I’m involved in is called All Love, All Woodstock, a benefit party for Constance McMillen and the ACLU. Constance is the Mississippi-based lesbian teenager who made national headlines recently when her high school chose to cancel its prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. Further, after state courts ordered the school district to reinstate the prom, the parents at Constance’s high school arranged a “secret prom” to be held the same night as the school-sanctioned party. The school prom was only attended by Constance, her girlfriend, and a few learning-disabled students that had been singled out, while the rest of the student body celebrated in an undisclosed location — in other words, the parents and students at Constance’s school went out of their way to keep Constance and other “undesirable” students from the party.

 

Um ,we can’t have that. Seriously.  So please, if you’re anywhere near Woodstock, NY, and can attend the event, I hope you’ll go. Alongside my print will be some AMAZING auctions — plus, Kate Pierson of the B-52’s, hot new band Cobra Starship, and the legendary Ronnie Spector are scheduled to play. Fun night for all, but more importantly a GREAT cause to support.

On a happy note, I was recently asked to write a bi-monthly column in Haute Doll magazine, my first of which hit the stands a few weeks ago. I have always LOVED Haute Doll and am tickled to be part of their family! If there’s anything you wanna hear about, please let me know and I’d be happy to consider it for one of my upcoming columns.

 

The folks at Simplicity patterns are about to announce a line of Blythe-sized clothing patterns, so I was asked to shoot some of my girls wearing them!  They’re really cute designs and, from what I’ve been told, they’re quite easy to work with. I of course can’t sew a loose button, so the notion of making my own frocks is alien to me.  But for the craftier peeps out there, I’m excited to see what you can do!

 

For a little retail therapy, my shop has had some amazing additions lately, including Jiajia doll’s gorgeous knits, Dot-Z’s colorful dresses, Princess Sara’s beautiful handmade shoes, and a new girl, Kiss Me True! Pop by when you have a minute.  You’ll be glad you did!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer so far.  Please keep in touch! Thanks to kathringiertz for feature photo.

Blythe Dolls & Celebrities

blythe con 2009

Happy, happy spring!!  I’m so happy to finally stow my parka in storage!

I’ve got some pretty great news to start things off.  On October 17th get ready for the very first BlytheCon!!  It’s being held in Atlanta, GA at the Youngblood Gallery and Boutique.  Linda, Kristen, Jessica and Megumi have been working tirelessly to pull this off and from what I can see, it’s gonna be fabulous!!  I will be attending accompanied by TIB’s famed Megan/Minklet, Minister of On-line Conflict Resolution (and so much more!).

 

blythe jenickThe Manna Energy Dress Drive is going gangbusters!!  I’m expecting to get close to 300 dresses once I reach the April 15th deadline.  THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this amazing event!!   If you’d like to read about it, you can do so

here.  To see the dresses that have come in so far, check out the Manna dress page in my TIB Shop.  The dresses will be sold sometime before the end of April (date TBD).  PLEASE c’mon by and pick a few up.  It’s for such a wonderful cause!!  to read more about Manna Energy, stop by their website here.

Manna dresses left to right:  Millie and Jill, Jenink, and carousel.girl.
blythe millie
Speaking of gangbusters….my Blythe/Target/McQueen ads are out in full-force right now.  Billboards (including a few that are SIX STORIES HIGH) are all over NYC.  Here are just a few:

blythe carrie

What fun it’s been to see Blythe peeping down at me from different spots around the city.  We attended the kick-off party last month and were treated to a fantastic show by The Duke Spirit.  We had a chance to go backstage to say hello to the band as well as some of the celebs who swung by.  It was definitely a fun night.

 

 

 

Blythe and The Duke Spiritblythe duke spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Trachtenberg

Sassy Michelle Trachtenberg

Amanda Bynes

Even sassier Amanda Bynes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of celebs, I had a very exciting encounter last month that I have to share with you.  When I was a kid I was absolutely head over heels with the ENTIRE Osmond family.  Even the non-singing brothers.  My favorite of all wasn’t Donny or little Jimmy, it was Marie.  I loved her fierce hairdos, the insane outfits she wore and those mile long false eyelashes.  She was PERFECTION.  Who would ever have guessed that decades later she and I would end up in similar circles?  She designs her own line of dolls for QVC — and though they’re quite different than the dolly genre I dabble in, I really do appreciate their beauty.  I met her (and Donny) backstage at their very fabulous Vegas show and got a chance to talk dolls with her (among other things).  They’re both super sweet and the show is incredible!!  If you’re anywhere near Vegas be sure to pop in as it’s a total treat!  And by the way, Marie’s hair, outfits and lashes do not disappoint!  It’s all better than ever!

Thanks!!  Happy spring to all!!

blythe outdoor billboardblythe on billboard

Thanks to antiquewolf for the feature photo!

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