What’s amazing about Kenner Blythe dolls is they have only become popular with collectors in the last few years. The original Blythe dolls were created in 1972 by the Kenner Company, but because of their unpopularity at the time they were only produced for one year. Set on a trail to complete obscurity, the brand name resurfaced once again thanks to the immense exposure from the artist Gena Garan.
Today there is a sort of Blythe-mania that has taken over collectors. The original 1972 dolls that once sold for $15 a pop now go for over a thousand dollars at auctions. Even the new dolls are snatched up by collectors and sold later at a higher price. It’s not just collectors who are cashing in on Blythe either, other manufacturers are getting in on the action by producing one of kind outfits and accessories to dress the dolls up in.
This doll has inspired people all over the world, and there is even an annual Blythe Charity Fashion Show in Tokyo. This show takes place every year and is highly anticipated among a vast group of people. At the event, leading designers from around the world showcase miniature versions of their outfits for Blythe. These dolls are dressed up, styled and then carried down the runway by models wearing white gloves. It’s a truly spectacular thing to see!
What has made this doll so popular in the last decade is how different and unique it is. The doll has an abnormally large head and eyes, which change color at the pull of a cord. It’s clear that people were tired of generic dolls and are interested in something novel and different than anything that has come before. These are dolls that were definitely ahead of their time, but thanks to one artist’s passion and a new generation of doll-lovers, Blythe dolls are now truly in the spotlight where they deserve to stand.