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”)

Dollreference.com

Dollreference.com

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    

Ooak Custom Blythe Doll By Natcase1 --- MintRedhead Blythe 1972 Kenner Doll - Love In Lace Outfit Green Boots VintageOoak Custom Blythe Doll *** Chicken *** Customized By NoraBlythe Clothing/shoe/boots/accessory Lot1/6 Ooak Posable Art Doll Custom Blythe Circus ***by Mimedollz*** Adorable Custom Blythe With Pink Mohair Re-rootVintage 1972 Blythe Doll By Kenner Vintage Kenner Blythe Doll Ci 1972Blythe Doll ~ Thick, Gorgeous Curly Blonde Hair ~ Very Nice ConditionBlythe My Little Candy1972 Vintage Kenner Blythe Doll With Original Case, 2 Outfits, Wig, & StandOoak Custom Blythe Doll China Lilly, Reroot , Alice In Wonderland Inspired.~~ 3 Mint Condition Petite Blythe Dolls ~~Takara Cwc Shop Limited 12" Neo Blythe Doll Cadence Majorette ~~ Free ShippingNeo Blythe Cinnamon Girl Doll 2003 Nude With Box Takara TomyBlythe Pullip Kenner Licca Cute Outfit Handcrafted Shirt Dress For Doll Lot #3Pullip Vocaloid Hatsune Miku Groove 12" Fashion Doll In Usa1972 Vintage Redheaded Blythe With Working Eyes Red HairBlythe Prima Dolly Adorable Aubrey Nrfb NewVintage 1968 Kamar Big Eyed Red Ginger Hair Girl Doll Pre Blythe Heart Japan Custom Blythe Willow By PoonchayaDiorama "classic Turquoise Bedroom "( Ooak By Nerea Pozo * Keera * ) Blythe Pullip Kenner Licca Cute Outfit Handcrafted Shirt Dress For Doll Lot #4Takara Neo Blythe Inspired By Pow Wow Poncho With Box, No ClothesBlythe Pullip Kenner Licca Cute Outfit Handcrafted Shirt Dress For Doll Lot #2Cute Takara Tomy Factory Blythe Doll New With Extra Wig & 5 Outfits For Custom Vintage 60's Pre Blythe Susie Sad Eyes Doll - Slicker Rain Coat - Red Hair1972 Blonde Blythe Doll Head Part.Custom Blythe Henry By Henriette Jardin & 40 Winks Doll StudioNeo Blythe Rouge Noir Doll 2002 Nude With Box Takara TomyNeo Blythe Doll Bohemian Beat 2002 Nude With Box Takara TomyBlythe Pullip Kenner Licca Cute Outfit Handcrafted Shirt Dress For Doll Lot #1Neo Blythe Disco Boogie Doll 2001 Nude Cwc TakaraVintage 1965 Hasbro Little Miss No Name Big Eyes Pre Blythe Original DressPullip Dolls Dollte Porte Dal CharlemangneOoak Handmade Dress/clothes/outfit For Vintage 9" Skipper,blythe,new Stacie DollTwo Button Arcade Ba Designer Dresses For Blythe DollNeo Blythe Doll Excellent Holly Wood 2003 Takara TomyPreowned And Played With Lot 93 Littlest Pet Shop Pets + 6 Blythe DollsOriginal Susie Sad-eyes In Box ~ 8" ~ Dress Tights, Shoes ~ No 9523 Vintage Susie Sad Eyes Doll 1960's Big Eye Pre Blythe Suzy Rare Red Head!Bubbi Lavanda Pullip Ooak Custom Doll - Pullip Jun Planning Stephanie Blythe & Susan Snodgrass Tea Cup Fairy Haviland LimogesDolls By Pauline Cindy Doll 22" Inches Ltd 185/950 Vgc1972 Blythe Doll HeadNew 12" Neo Blythe Doll Sbl Prima Dolly Ashlette Takara Nrfb Brown HairRe-ment Dollhouse Miniature Household Storage Beauty Table #4 For Barbie Blythe Littlest Pet Shop Blythe Dolls Lot Of 2 W/ Lady Bug. Stands & Accessories!Vintage 1972 Blythe DollTakara Blythe Rosie Red EncoreNeo Blythe Doll Silver Snow 2003 Takara Tomy With BoxTakara Factory Blythe Doll With Hello Kitty Ribbonetta Wish's Scalp & Eye String*littlest Pet Shop Lot* Blythe Airplane Jet & AccessoriesSale! Japanese Kimono Dress,for Dolls Licca,blythe,dal,wafuku,clothe,gown,outfitBlue And Pink Drop Dead Cutie Designer Bunny Helmet For Blythe DollAshton Drake Priceless Parfait Blythe Doll + Extra DressesVintage Pre - Blythe Reg. Design No. 9" Susie Sad Eyes Big Eyed Doll 915/66 AVintage Susie Sad Eyes Big Eye Doll Pre Blythe Hong Kong ShoesOoak Handmade Dress/clothes/outfit For Vintage 9" Skipper,blythe, Or Stacie DollSonja Hartmann Resin Doll German Heart And Soul 60 Of 300 Pink Bear Vintage