My day yesterday wasn’t stellar thus the short post last night. I’m not yet ready to divulge just what happened yesterday to make it less-than-stellar but I will soon. Don’t worry for me though; it is all going to work out.
Instead, I will tell you what I’ve done today.
I’ve done little more than wish, hope, think and pray for this.
For at least a year now, I’ve been intrigued and fascinated by Blythe dolls… specifically the original 1972 ones that go for un-Godly amounts of money on eBay. I don’t know what it is necessarily about me and dolls lately as I’ve also started collecting vintage Kokeshi dolls. Kokeshis are so cute and really have a great history and are much more accessible than Blythe dolls.
What on earth would I do with a big-headed, over-priced Barbie doll, you ask? Well, I would do this:
You see, I never plan to have any children (don’t feel badly for me… I really don’t want any) and Delali won’t let me dress her up and put bows and flowers in her hair and pose her for pictures and such (I’ve tried and the claws came out). So, a Blythe would be perfect to fill that void in my life.
I suppose that I will have to resign myself to having a replica of the original Blythe doll. That is what most people seem to have and collect these days as the originals aren’t exactly plentiful. So… le sigh… I might have to seek out a knock-off.
So, what is so great about Blythes?
Firstly, they are just plain cute. Their big head and big eyes and tiny bodies… they look like adorable alien Barbies. And their eyes change colors and – if you are positively loaded – you can customize them out, with different hair colors, different eyefleck pieces, you can put make-up on them and even have their mouths painted in different expressions. I’m a simpleton, I suppose, in that I would take one in any form I could get her. Heck, I’m even bidding on one on eBay that only has one leg! My Blythe standards are pretty low. A Mother’s love is unconditional, two legs or one.
Secondly, I think it is fascinating that they were only produced for one year (1972) by Kenner. They weren’t well received at all and stopped being produced after a very short run. The ones produced in that year are all there is of the originals. Some time later, the rights to Blythe were sold to Takara in Japan where she became very popular. Some time after that, the U.S. caught on and we now love them too. Incidentally, when they were first introduced in 1972, they sold for around $2 – 5. Now, they go for upwards of $2,000 on eBay.
Thirdly, wouldn’t it just be fun to play with them? I know that sounds odd for a 31-year-old woman to want to play with a doll but why couldn’t it be a hobby like knitting or any other? There is a lot of creativity that goes into “playing” with a Blythe doll: sewing clothes, bags, hats, etc. for her; posing her; choosing her eye color; photographing her. Many hobbies are wrapped into one with a Blythe doll and, from what I’ve heard, you get very attached to them as well.
Perhaps I want a Blythe because I desire to fulfill a dream that I don’t know I have. Perhaps this is some kind of sub-conscious Freudian slip. I don’t know. All I know is that, as lame as it sounds, I want to have a Blythe at some point in my life, preferably sooner than later.
I mean, who wouldn’t love this face?