One of our most prestigious styles of Blythe Doll is the Neo Blythes. These are not standard factory dolls, but a line of production released to mark the extraordinary revival of the Blythe Doll genre in 2001.
The very first Blythe Dolls were designed in the United States by Allison Katzman, who sadly passed away this February, aged 95. These original dolls, which are now known as ‘vintage dolls’, were manufactured in Hong Kong way back in the early 1970s. However, Blythe Dolls as a children’s toy never gained mainstream traction and only enjoyed a short production run.
For almost 30 years the famous American toymaker, Kenner, allowed this unique and adorable doll design to gather dust as the pattern was shelved and forgotten at their Cincinnati factory.
Over that time, Kenner passed into various corporate hands until they were acquired by Hasbro in 1991. Then in 2000, with disappointing demand for its Star Wars and Jurassic Park figures, a recession-strapped Hasbro chose to finally pull the shutters on Kenner.
Around the same time, Japanese consumers suddenly fell in love with Blythe Dolls as a result of a highly successful advertising campaign for a large chain of department stores. As demand for vintage and rare Blythes soared, CWC, the agency responsible for the campaign, seized the opportunity by acquiring the license for Blythe Dolls from Hasbro and commissioned toy giant Takara to produce this long-forgotten line, while Hasbro held onto the US rights.
Thus, Blythe Dolls were saved from becoming all but museum pieces.
CWC named their new dolls, Neo Blythe. The Neo Blythe Dolls are 12 inches in height and come in dozens of varieties. Each model is exquisitely designed by CWC and Takara and inspired by contemporary fashion designers so that the dolls reflect some of the trends of when they were produced.
The most notable feature of Neo Blythe Dolls is her changing eyes, whose colour and gaze can be adjusted to alter her look and mood.
This Is Blythe stock a wide range of nearly Neo Blythes with all kinds of clothes, shoes and accessories, as well as different hairstyles and colours, faceplates and eyes. And we sell great value nude Neo Blythe Dolls that can be completely customized from scratch.
So if you’re curious about the styles of Neo Blythes, take a look at our selection and enjoy the various special offers we have throughout the site to celebrate our 20th anniversary as the world’s biggest Blythe Doll retailer.
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Customizing Blythe Dolls is an immensely rewarding pursuit. Not many hobbies bring as much fulfillment and happiness. It’s not a task to be undertaken lightly, however. So learn as much as you can about the process before you start customizing Blythe dolls. Here are the four key areas for customizing: Face and complexion: Makeup can...
Blythe’s unique look was envisioned by the toy designer and Arts Institute of Chicago alumna, Allison Katzman’s early 1970s creations while working as a toy designer for Marvin Glass and Associates. Allison passed away recently at the age of 95 at her home in Seattle. Her dolls were ahead of their time, being not so...