I recently became enchanted with Blythe dolls and thought that I would share a little bit with you about them and their origin. These adorable wide eyed dolls were originally created in 1972 for the toy company, Kenner. Due to a lack of interest, these dolls were only sold for a period of one year in the United States in 1972.
Thirty years later, Blythe dolls started making a popular comeback due to a photographer, Gina Garan, who carried her Blythe doll with her and photographed her in various places around the world. Blythe dolls are now licensed in Japan where they are largely sold to adults as charming collectibles, but they have a huge following around the world. There is an entire sub-culture on the internet devoted to Blythe dolls. There are two types of Blythe dolls ~ the "NEO" Blythe's and the Petit Blythe's. Only NEO Blythe's have color changing eyes that include the colors of blue, orange, green and pink and this occurs by pulling a string on the back of the doll's head.
Blythe dolls are widely available on Ebay and one can purchase a vast array of clothing, accessories and even wigs for your Blythe doll. Customized Blythe dolls are also hugely popular and they can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over five hundred dollars. I just saw one on Ebay going for over $600.00 and that auction had not even ended. An original Kenner Blythe doll can sell for several thousand dollars.
There is something adorable and sweet about these charming dolls. They are so unqiue and innocent looking. For more information on Blythe dolls, do a quick search on Ebay and the web and you will come up with hundreds of options and listings. Maybe you'll see one you just can't live without! Until next time, ~Stacy~ xo
*I do not take credit for these photos. They are shared ones from Flickr.