I fell in love with Blythe a few years ago after seeing images of custom dolls on Flickr. I saved my pennies and begged a little, sure, I might have even whined until I got the first Blythe above on the left with pink hair and fairy gown.
Then it was a few months later I was cruising eBay and found the girl with brown hair who was being sold from a collector in the US- at a great price so I did a buy it now and she was mine! I immediately started making them some clothes and after having flashbacks to trying to make Barbie clothes when I was a kid I put them on the shelf and would say hello sometimes. Mostly they were sad and lonely and although they were patient, I was far too busy to play with them.
Recently I was doing eBay searches for big eyed deer and a new (to me) type of Blythe called Tangkou- which are taller and have ball joints like a Pullip doll. She is on the far right, also with pink hair. That leaves the purple haired witch called an Icy doll- she is like a Blythe clone.
You can see the difference in the Blythe (left) and the Icy (on right) in the nose and mouth and price! Blythes are anywhere from $95- $900 depending on whether they are retired, vintage or customized by an artist. I want to try doing a custom doll but needless to say am a bit afraid!
I love their eyes- they change color by pulling a ring or pushing a button at the back of the head and I think their little expressions are pouty and sweet. I am planning on making some clothes for my girls so that I can make more money to buy some doll parts- like face plates that I can sand and paint and practice on before I actually work up to altering one of my girls.
I just wanted to share this with you today- you can check out Flickr, Pinterest or Google for more Blythe info and images of her in fabulous hairstyles and clothing. The Icy dolls run about $35- $55 on eBay and the Tangkou doll is about $35-$95 and in my opinion is a great doll because of her poseability and resemblance to Blythe.
Wishing you a Happy New Year!