Babydoll?

Photos by Retrozuk 

A picture perfect. Soft sophisticated features that conjour up images of fashion, glamour and style. She is a doll collector’s must have and being a huge fan of dolls, I cannot count how many times I’ve been attracted to that lovely big eyes of hers.

 

photos by missblythe

Blythe. It would be ridiculous to buy one being an adult. On average she is around RM348 a piece. That’s one sales tag I won’t get my husband understanding. However, he is kinder to Aliya when it comes to buying a doll. A RM30 Barbie doll is still ok. The secret? Aliya’s a chip of the block of darling husband. She likes trains and doesn’t really know what to do with Fashion Barbie or Ranpunzel Barbie.

Even on the subject of Elmo, my husband fail to understand the appeal a furry long slim RED puppet monster has on me. I think its that “oh dat tickels…” that soothes me. Ahak ahak.

Recently I came across a Blythe in my name – Farah. I bet you can’t imagine my excitement. A little MOD, Farah has black wispy short hair which kinda reminded me of my hair when I was working in the fashion industry.

Farah by Retrozuk

I’ve yet to visit Mid Valley Megamall to see the shop that sells one. Will do that end of this month. Till then, below is a brief history.

The History of Blythe – taken from http://www.thisisblythe.com/
A BRIEF HISTORY OF BLYTHE AND HER REINCARNATION

 
Kenner girls

Manufactured by Kenner in 1972, the original Blythe was designed by Marvin Glass & Associates, one of the world’s foremost toy design studios. When the Toy Industry Hall of Fame was established in 1984, Marvin Glass was in the first group inducted (which coincidently also included Merrrill L. Hassenfeld of Hasbro, Inc.), ten years after his death. Kenner was bought out by Tonka Toys, which in turn was bought out by Hasbro in the mid-1980s. And that is how Hasbro has come to own the Blythe property.

Then and now.

In 1972, children found the large eyes that changed from green to pink to blue to orange with the pull of the drawstring at the back of Blythe’s head a bit on the scary side. Blythe was produced for only one year, but it is now apparent that she was ahead of her time. For many years, Blythe was a curiosity that only doll collectors were interested in. Then in 1997, a friend introduced Gina Garan to Blythe, thinking that Gina looked like the doll. Gina had just been given an old camera and she needed to test it. Her first photos using that camera were of Blythe. Gina, who works as a video and TV producer, started carrying at least one of her Blythes wherever she went on her travels around the world and took many photos.

In December 1999, at the opening of an exhibition for the CWC International artists in Soho, New York, Gina showed her photos to Junko Wong. Junko took these photos to Parco and made a presentation for an exhibition and as a “virtual model” for Parco’s innovative sales promotions. In the summer of 2000, This is Blythe, photos by Gina Garan, was published by Chronicle Books. The Christmas 2000 Parco campaign featured Blythe in a TV commercial and print media and Blythe took off in Japan. On eBay, vintage Blythes jumped in price from $35 to $350. Blythe continued as Parco’s “image girl” through the spring and into the summer of 2001. The price for vintage Blythes jumped to thousands of dollars U.S. on eBay. Even the Neo-Blythes are sold for up to four times their retail price on the Yahoo auction site in Japan.

In June 2001, the first of the Neo-Blythes – produced by CWC and manufactured by Takara – went on the market. The launch of the neo-Blythes was in conjunction with a photo exhibition by Gina Garan. Gina made the trip from New York for the launch and exhibition.

The Parco Limited Edition (1000 dolls), sold out in less than an hour, was followed by the Mondrian, and then Rosie Red, Holly Wood, All Gold In One, Kozy Kape Inspired, Aztec Arrival Inspired, Sunday Best, and in conjunction with the first year anniversary of the neo-Blythes in Japan, Miss Anniversary Blythe. The first year anniversary was marked by a series of Blythe events in Tokyo, which included an exhibition and charity fashion show at the Spiral Hall in Aoyama and exhibitions at the Rocket and CWC Galleries, and at IMS in Fukuoka, Kyushu. The exhibition featured photos by Gina Garan and dolls styled by artists, fashion designers, and Blythe fans. The fashion show featured couture for Blythe by such internationally known designers as: Issey Miyake, Chisato Tsumori, and Hysteric Glamour.

ahead of her time. For many years, Blythe was a curiosity that only doll collectors were interested in. Then in 1997, a friend introduced Gina Garan to Blythe, thinking that Gina looked like the doll. Gina had just been given an old camera and she needed to test it. Her first photos using that camera were of Blythe. Gina, who works as a video and TV producer, started carrying at least one of her Blythes wherever she went on her travels around the world and took many photos.

In December 1999, at the opening of an exhibition for the CWC International artists in Soho, New York, Gina showed her photos to Junko Wong. Junko took these photos to Parco and made a presentation for an exhibition and as a “virtual model” for Parco’s innovative sales promotions. In the summer of 2000, This is Blythe, photos by Gina Garan, was published by Chronicle Books. The Christmas 2000 Parco campaign featured Blythe in a TV commercial and print media and Blythe took off in Japan. On eBay, vintage Blythes jumped in price from $35 to $350. Blythe continued as Parco’s “image girl” through the spring and into the summer of 2001. The price for vintage Blythes jumped to thousands of dollars U.S. on eBay. Even the Neo-Blythes are sold for up to four times their retail price on the Yahoo auction site in Japan.

In June 2001, the first of the Neo-Blythes – produced by CWC and manufactured by Takara – went on the market. The launch of the neo-Blythes was in conjunction with a photo exhibition by Gina Garan. Gina made the trip from New York for the launch and exhibition.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF BLYTHE DOLLS


 

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One response to “Babydoll?

  1. owhhh another blythe doll collector..
    nice to meet u..

    im from kuantan. susah la nak pegi kl n beli those dolls. huhu..

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