Designed by Allison Katzman of Marvin Glass Associates and distributed by Kenner (which was later sold to Hasbro), the original Blythe doll was released in the United States in 1972 and pulled from toy-store shelves the same year due to a lack of interest. By all accounts, little girls were generally creeped out by the big-headed doll, whose eyes changed color when you pulled a string at the back of her head.

The original Blythe doll came in four hair colors, although another four wig-and sunglasses sets could also be purchased. The doll's 12 outfits were the fashion equivalent of a late-'60s "Feelin' Groovy" hangover—how else to account for getups like the Pow-Wow Poncho, Pretty Paisley, and Love 'N Lace. In short, the doll tried way too hard to be cool.

Blythe would have remained a footnote to doll history had it not been for the publication in 2000 of “This is Blythe” by Gina Garan, which helped revive the doll’s popularity. Beginning in 2001, two new lines of Blythe dolls were produced for the Japanese market—a Neo Blythe (11 1/2 inches tall and by far the more collectible of the two), and a Petite (four inches tall).

One of the most interesting things contemporary Blythe-doll collectors like to do with their dolls is to dress them up in custom outfits, some purchased but many created by hand. A few adventurous collectors even paint or carve their dolls, giving her a little grin, for example.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

This densely packed index of antique and vintage dolls claims to offer over 10,000 images of dolls from the 1800s … [read review or visit site]

Vintage Dolls of the 50s

Vintage Dolls of the 50s

Rhonda Wilson's collection of 1950s dolls, organized by name (Ginny and friends, Littlest Angel and friends, etc.) … [read review or visit site]

Kaylees Korner of Collectible Dolls

Kaylees Korner of Collectible Dolls

Kaylee's extensive collection of vintage dolls from the 1930s to 90s. Click the balloons to browse. Though Kaylee s… [read review or visit site]

Museum of Childhood

Museum of Childhood

Embrace your inner child on this website from the Victoria and Albert Museum, filled with high-quality images and i… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

1972 Kenner Blythe Mod Eye Color Changing Red Head Doll As Is Missing Lower BodyVintage 1972 Original Kenner Blythe Doll Vintage Original 1972 Kenner Blythe Doll HeadKamar Big Eye Doll Rare Pre Blythe Red Head 1968 Japan Original Dress No ReserveVintage 1972 Blythe Doll By KennerOriginal 1972 Vintage Kenner Blythe Brunette Doll1972 Kenner Blonde Blythe DollVintage 1968 Kamar Big Eyed Red Hair Girl Doll Pre Blythe2010 Takara Tomy 12" Blythe Doll - Manuheali'i Paradise Girl Ltd EdDal Heiwa Creator's Label Poison Girl Fashion Pullip Groove Doll Ooak Rainfable Custom Blythe Doll | Maisy | Simply Thumpty Thump Purple HairBlythe Clone Doll *melonie* Old Custom By Dollypunk21Blythe Clone Doll *nancy* Old Custom By Dollypunk21Blythe Doll 1972 Redhead Green Flower DressNew Pullip Dolls Isul Midnight Deja Vu Fashion Doll Vintage Suzie Sad Eyes Doll Pre-blythe Large Eye Suzy Susie Original OutfitRare Vintage 1960 Susie Sad Eyes Doll 8" Original Box Rosenberg Co 9523 WowDiorama "happy Rainbow Bedroom "( Ooak By Nerea Pozo * Keera * ) Custom Blythe Doll From Le Chat NoirTakara Cwc Exclusive Neo Blythe Royal Soliloquy (new In Box/shipper)DahoVintage Big Eye Susie Sad Eyes Doll Hong Kong Pre Blythe Mod 8" W/ DressVintage Kamar Eskimo Ornament Doll Lot 1968 Big Eye Doll Japan Takara Tomy Neo 12" Blythe Doll - "punkaholic People" And 20 Pairs Of Shoes!Vintage 1968 Kamar Tanya Big Eye Doll Pre Blythe Japan Red Hair In Orginal DressVintage John Deere / Caterpillar Thermometer Hartnett Braden Yuma Blythe 574Custom Blythe Ooak Girl - Original Takara Sbl Can Can Cat Vintage Susie Sad Eyes Big Eyed Girl Doll In Original Red Dress, TightsReina De Salem Ooak Custom Blythe Amelia, With Piparrot RerootPullip Blythe Merl Sailor Nautical Blue Partial Custom Jun Planning Fashion DollTakara 12" Blythe DollCustom Blythe UpdateCustom Blythe- By SophieLittlest Pet Shop Dachshund Chihuahua Cats Dogs And Blythe Lot Set Of 2 Vintage Sad Eye Susie Dolls! Pre Blythe, Raincoat & Dotted DressOoak Custom Pullip Blanche Angelic Pretty 2007Hasbro Takara Blythe Samedi Marche Encore Doll Nrfb1/6 Scale Dollhouse Miniature Porcelain Coffee Tea Set For Barbie Blythe 8pcs1/6 Scale Chair Furniture Modern Armchair For Barbie Royal Fashion Blythe DollsNeo Blythe Sunshine HolidayPrima Dolly Peach Blythe Doll Nude W/custom Eye ChipsNeo Takara Blythe Doll Custom Ora Doll By Artist Art14 Blythe Doll Neo Blythe Bohemian PeaceVtg Pre-blythe 8" Vinyl Susie Sad Eyes Doll~big Eyes~black Hair~excellent ShapeVintage Adorable Sad Eyed Dollie- Used- Pre Blythe? Era Mod Outfit- Sweet DollBasaak Blythe Clone 12 Inch Doll Brunette W/xtra DressBasaak Blythe Clone 12 Inch Doll W/xtra Dress Blonde CurlyHabro Littlest Pet Shop Blythe Dolls Red Blond HairLot Of 10 Littlest Pet Shop Rare Blythe Stylish Red Head Doll W/lots Of Clothing"norma-jean" Ballerina Custom Blythe Ooak Doll, Alpaca Reroot, Neemo BodyHot Price!!! 12"nude Neo Blythe Doll From Factory - Blue Long HairOriginal Fort Worth Texas Landcape Oil Painting By Sallie Blythe MummertMimi Collection Blythe Pullip Momoko Obitsu 1/6 Doll Shoes Butterfly Bow GoldHot Price!!! 12"nude Neo Blythe Doll From Factory - Brown Long Hair With BangsVintage Susie Slicker/raincoat With Boots Sad Eyes -- Pre-blytheBlue Mini Bicycle Bike Toy For 12" Blythe & Pullip DollPullip Stock Doll Stands Type 4 Dal Taeyang Plastic Blythe Lot Set Of 3 ThreeBritish Flag Scooter 1:6 Motorcyle Red Vintage12" Blythe & Pullip Doll NewLot Of 3 Littlest Pet Shop Blythe DollsLittlest Pet Shop Corgi #1864 And Blythe Doll With Accessories