guest post : my poppet : blythe doll love

posted on: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hello lovely baby space readers, Miss Cinti here, mum to 2 year-old Emma, you may know me from such places as the My Poppet Blog and Poppet in the Post.

Whilst Bron is off having a well earned rest I thought I'd introduce some of you to the wonderful world of Blythe dolls.

Blythe are no ordinary doll, they seem to have an amazing personality about them that many find hard to resist, and a fascinating history.

Manufactured by Kenner in 1972, the original Blythe was produced for only one year and then was retired because of poor sales, then 28 years later after appearing in a Japanese television commercial, she became an overnight sensation in Asia. To meet the demand of fans and collectors the Neo Blythe was released in 2001. They are made only in limited editions which adds to their desirability.

Last year I was lucky enough to be in Tokyo for the 10 year anniversary exhibition of every Blythe doll released in Japan. You can read about it here.

I was lucky enough to be lent a doll by a friend who is a collector, and both Emma and I were quite smitten. So whilst in Japan I decided to buy us a Blythe doll of our very own.

Meet Perty (Emma calls every Blythe, Perty).

We have lots of fun together changing Perty's eye colour (she has four), dressing her up for tea parties, and of course I love making clothes for her.

You can read more about our Blythe adventures here.

Thanks Bron for letting me take over your blog for a day. Good luck with the baby.
x Cinti

7 comments:

  1. Groovy dolls, I would have LOVED to have seen that exhibition x

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  2. I wish I'd seen that exhibition. I love Blythe dolls and hope to one day have one of my very own!

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  3. Great post Cinti - I bet my girls wished they had you to sew for them!

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  4. Nawwwww! Blythe certainly is Perty! My daughter and I love her also, we have 2 Blythes & love dressing them up and changing their gorgeous eyes too :)

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  5. I too am smitten with my Blythes! and sewing for them my head is constantly spinning with ides! So cute that Emma calls all Blythe Girls Perty!

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