Blythe doll

Blythe doll Blythe was a doll produced by Kenner in 1972. She was composed of hard plastic for her head and torso, and her arms and legs were made of softer vinyl. The doll's head could turn, and was movable at the waist, shoulders, and hips. The doll was generally 11" to 11-1/2" tall.

The Blythe doll was rather modern-looking according to current sensibilities, with almost anime-character features: she had a large head with enormous eyes, topping a much smaller, more petite doll body. Perhaps because she was so different from more popular contemporary dolls, Blythe and her various accessories were produced only during that one year, not proving very popular with little girls of the time.

Blythe dolls were produced in some variety, although the basic face and body remained the same. Although most Blythes sported brunette hair, there were also dolls produced with black hair, as well as red and blonde, either with bangs or parted to the side. This variety is further complicated by the fact that girls could purchase wigs for the doll, in such colors as pink, blue, and green.

Blythe dolls could change their eyes with the pull of a string: the doll would close her eyes, and when opened they would shown to be one of four distinct colors: Beautiful Blue, Bouncy Brown, Groovy Green, and Pretty Purple.

The dolls were sold wearing a variety of four different clothing outfits: Golden Goddess; Medieval Mood; Pretty Paisley; and Love 'n Lace; these could also be purchased. Additional outfits were sold separately under the title of 'Blythe's Boutique.' These included such styles as Lounging Lovely and Pinafore Purple; there were twelve outfits total that were available with dolls or for separate purchase.

For the past several years, Blythe has been turning into an almost iconic figure, with various websites devoted to the doll and her unique look. Such appreciation for the doll (borne not so much out of nostalgia as out of her overall 'mod' style and design sensibility) has caused the Blythe doll character to be used in a variety of ways by various artists and designers, both in the United States and Japan.

Such renewed interest has caused Hasbro (the current rights holders for Blythe) to license modern remakes of the doll, both to Japanese as well as American companies.

Interest in vintage Blythes, however, continues unabated, and better-condition examples - especially those that still retain their original packaging - command rather high prices in the marketplace.