Thoughts on… Middies

Written on March 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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This is part four of my “Thoughts on…” mini series. The first three parts were on Kenners, Customs and (LPS) Petites.

At the beginning, I looked at Middie and thought she was ‘okay’. I mean, she wasn’t the same as Neo, that much was obvious. No eye mechanism, just a strange dial on the back of her head? Then there was the problem with her price. For that much money I’d expect her knees to bend at the very least. I saw Middie for the first time back in 2011 in Portland – my first exposure to other doll collectors and their dolls in person. Looking  back, it was an overwhelming couple of days. I went from living in my own safe bubble to being exposed to all manners of Blythe. Before that, I was just happy to keep everyone at a distance, through my compute. But going to Portland helped me realize that I wasn’t the only person in my area with Blythe dolls. Now I have friends that I see on a monthly basis that also have dolls – and that social circle gets a little bigger every once in a while and that’s pretty awesome.

But I digress. Middies.

March 17 2012 - Middie love!

I thought she was a bit like Skipper. I never really liked Skipper when I was little. She couldn’t wear the high heels that I had for my Barbie and I only ever had one outfit for the Teen Skipper that was hand-me-down. (Bonus, her dress has been integrated into the Blythe closet as it can fit them quite well).

I was apprehensive about Middie at first – who wouldn’t be? She was expensive, no changing eye colours (the one true defining characteristic of Blythe), no bending knees and… to top it all off – she was a completely different size of doll to clothe. I had enough trouble keeping my Petite and BJD in clothes that fit (mostly because my efforts of expanding the wardrobe is primarily for Blythe). Before I got my Middie, I actually got her shoes, as funny as that may sound. Kelly shoes wind up in lots for vintage Barbie boots, Skipper flats or bagged thrift store things all the time. So I had quite a few pairs in a bag somewhere just waiting for someone to step into them.

61/365 - Pink shoes?!

So I had the shoes, now what about the doll? Quite few of the Middies really ‘speak’ to me. I adore the look of custom Middies, but at the time I was looking to buy, they were out of my price limit. I was giving myself a hard limit, just in case I didn’t like her at all. I figured that I’d be safe with a stock Middie because if I didn’t like her, I wouldn’t have much trouble reselling her.

Then Jackie Ramone’s “real” photos were released. I was smitten with her. The next time I knew, I was preordering a doll for the very first time.

You bought a mutant!?

She arrived in her smaller shipper, plastic-wrapped hot pink box. I wasn’t quite sure what to think of her. One thing’s for sure though – Takara was cutting corners with the undies that they were packaging the dolls with.


No hemming? Are they serious?!

For what a Middie costs, brand new, you’d think they could afford to make simple white cotton panties that didn’t, you know, suck. But the rest of her stock was delightful. Jackie Ramone’s stock boots actually fit the bigger Neo Blythe sisters quite well. Her leather jacket fits quite nicely – and while I do wish it didn’t feel so plasticky, the dress is pretty cute too. Plus the sunglasses? Darling.

I'm cute and you know it.

I’m not entirely sold of Jackie Ramone’s hair. I think the release photos looked a lot better, but I do like her overall. And her chips are much prettier in person, and I originally thought they were quite nice looking in photos.

Where are my butt-kicking boots?

She’s cute though, isn’t she? I named her Kitty Brighton. Kitty after Kitty Bennett (from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) and Brighton after the location. She has a few pairs of her own shoes, her stock clothes, a few tops that will work as dresses on her…

And I’m totally smitten with her. Let’s just hope she doesn’t want any sisters her own size!

10 Responses to “Thoughts on… Middies”

  1. Nancy says:

    Ha ha ha…they never stop at one…..

    • Michelle AKA @blythelifecom

      Unless she can find a way to smuggle in sisters herself, it’ll be at least a little while longer before I’d get another one!

  2. Lu Bodaczny AKA @!/MaxiAndLu

    I may say I had to sell my Ramone since I didn’t like the hair afterall… They are cute indeed but not for that amount of money…

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, hehe!

  3. Megan AKA @_megmorris

    hmmm…. much like you said at the start, I don’t know how I feel about her. I think for what she is, she’s overpriced, but I have not seen one in person, and I don’t really want to spend the money to find out what she looks like in person XD they do have kinda cute little faces though….

  4. I love Middies! They’re right up there with Kenners and BLs in my household! I don’t judge my dolls on their price. If I want a doll (in this case, a Middie) more than the cash, I’ll pay! I don’t understand the need to compare Middie prices with Neo prices. Let’s face it, if you are willing to pay over $100 for a Neo bit of plastic, does 4 inches really make that much difference? I’m buying the cuteness factor, with or without an eye mechanism!

    • Michelle AKA @blythelifecom

      I did some research (not a lot) before preordering her. Like I said, I saw the ‘real’ promo photos first then WANTED her. I didn’t know (or it may have slipped my mind) that the Middie knees didn’t bend! It limits her posing ability a lot, I find. Her size is cute though, I will admit that, but I wish her stock came in better quality (e.g. her undies!). At a comparably priced Neo, a Neo would have hemmed panties.

  5. Nancy says:

    Sadly all the dolls have the cheapo panties now, even the higher priced special Neo releases. Hopefully Takara realizes the error of their ways and goes back to the good ones soon…

  6. Jessica AKA @sewdosomething

    Jackie Ramone was my first middie too! I loved her so much I quickly followed her with Parson Grace.

  7. Anne AKA @anneheathen

    I went through this same process, too! I was sort of ‘ehn’ about Middies until I went to a Blythe meetup where I saw some in person, and I changed my mind about them. I, too, placed my first-ever preorder for Jackie Ramone! She is awesome, and I’m so glad I got her. Now I’m busy making up patterns for Middie-sized clothing!

  8. Amy says:

    I have come around to middies too – but only customised ones!
    I didn’t like the look of the shiny faces and weird lips of the stock ones, but once they are customised I think they really come to life.

    I’m kind of turned off by new release Blythe’s these days. The quality is really lacking lately while the price is climbing higher all the time.
    I miss the days when a new release doll came with two quality outfits and accessories. I feel like Takara are just taking advantage of the ever increasing western market are are trying to cut costs at every turn. It’s a real shame.

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