Saturday, February 8, 2014

The wide-eyed world of (neo) Blythe

I miss doing regular outfit posts but I haven't been going out much, because of the heat, and when I do I don't feel much like posing for photos. I do need to get back in the habit of taking regular outfit photos, though. But, until I get back into that routine, I don't want my blog to be empty, so I'm trying to think of some non-outfit centred ideas to fill in the gaps.

A very small number of my readers enjoy my doll posts so I thought I'd post one today, this time on Blythe! Blythe was one of those dolls I didn't like at first, then warmed to but swore I'd never collect...until I inevitably caved. And, boy, is she addictive. Barbie will always be my main collection but there's something about Blythe that makes it so easy to attribute very individualised personalities to her.

My current Blythe family.
This is my current Blythe family. From left to right we have Trillian, Charlie (for Felicia Day's character in Supernatural), Dylan and Beau.

These are all Neo Blythes by Takara - the original Blythe dolls were made by Kenner in 1972 but children didn't really warm to her and Kenner stopped production in the same year. In 2001 Takara started making dolls based on the original Kenner beauties and, since then, Blythe has found her way into the hearts of many, many doll collectors. You can read a brief history of Blythe here and about Kenner Blythes here.

Here are a few more photos of my girls:

Trillian's New Dress
Trillian, named after Zooey Deschanel's portayal of Trillian in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (because I think she looks like Zooey), is wearing a Bratz outfit! It definitely looks vintage, though. She's posing in front of Carole King's Tapestry, if anyone wondered.

Beau {Blythe Simply Sparkly Spark}
Beau, whose name was inspired by Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, is wearing a vintage Skipper outfit in this photo. One of my favourite things about Blythe is that she can wear vintage Skipper clothes. As I collect Skippers, too, it's like having double the wardrobe! I love dolls that can share clothes.


Dylan, who is named after Drew Barrymore's character in Charlie's Angels, is wearing a vintage Kenner dress I found in a bag full of 1970s Barbies at an op-shop once. The sleeves have been cut off but I was astonished to find anything Kenner Blythe, so I was very happy. I found the dress (with another) before I was going to collect Blythe so one of my Francies was wearing it but now that I have a little Blythe family it's generally sported by one of them. Dylan looks the best in it.

Have I posted about Blythe here before? I honestly can't remember. Oops. One day I'd love to have a vintage Kenner Blythe but that's probably just a pipe dream (although Trish was once lucky enough to find one so maybe, just maybe, I'll find one, one day).

I'd also love to start taking more interesting photos of my dolls - I'm so inspired and amazed by all the little dioramas people set up but I just don't have the patience, right now. They're wonderful to look at, though.

And I thought I'd leave you with the original Australian ad for Blythe!

15 comments:

  1. Your girls are so adorable!! I still would like to own a Blythe. I had a friend find one in a Salvation Army once, and I'm still jealous!
    I love Dylan's freckles ; v;

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    1. Thank-you! :D Oh, I hope you get one - she's such a fun doll. Ahhhh, what? I'd still be jealous, too. Haha.
      Thank-you :D I love dolls with freckles!

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  2. Beau has beautiful hair! That shade of blue is amazing! I haven't yet gotten into Blythe collecting, because as you mentioned, she very addicting, but I'm sure it'll happen one day. Mini Blythes are also sold with many Littlest Pet Shop dolls here in the US, so if I start anywhere, it'll probably be there.

    And yes, more doll posts, please! <3

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    1. Thanks :D Yes, I love her hair, too. Yeah, I think it's inevitable lol They sell LPS Blythes, here, too - I have 2 of them and they're really cute and inexpensive. I didn't even think to include them in this post! Oops.

      Hee, thanks for the encouragement :D <3

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    2. Ooh, I would love to see your mini Blythe collection too! :) Do you keep the LPS pets, too?

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    3. Thanks :) maybe when I do an update I'll put them in as well. No, mine were single packs so they didn't come with the pets, sadly.

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  3. Your girls are gorgeous, I think Dylan is possibly my favourite too but I'm such a sucker for anything with freckles haha!

    One of the things I love about dolls like Blythe are the customization aspects, some of the eye chips you can get made by people on Etsy these days are amazing!

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    1. Thank-you, so much. Yes I'm definitely a sucker for freckles, too! :D

      Yes, definitely! I love looking at all of the custom Blythes. So impressive.

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  4. Oh I love Blythe! I haven't got any of my own but I hope to one day. I just love your collection, especially Dylan - her hair is amazing x

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    1. Oh, I hope you can have one, one day, too! She's such a joy :D And thank-you! Yes, she might be my favourite x

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  5. *Shoots hand up in the air vicariously!* Count me amongst those readers who greatly enjoy your doll related posts (past-Pullip collector that I used to be, and perpetual lover of dolls whether I'm actively collecting them or not). It's always such a treat to learn the stories behind the names collectors give their dolls, so I really liked that you shared as much with us this weekend.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Yay, thank-you! I love your enthusiasm for my doll posts :D And thank-you! I love knowing the stories, too. :D x

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  6. I too want say I enjoy your doll posts. I really like your collection of Blythe dolls, maybe some day I'll get a hold of my very own Blythe doll. For right now I'm busy collecting Lalaloopsy minis.

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  7. I love Dylan's dress. I wish it was human-sized so that I could borrow it from her!

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  8. Oh I adore your little blue haired lady!! I have so nearly bought another as I love them too! But I just know I'll get addicted!! I love seeing all your piccies xx

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