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QOTW: How has your opinion of Middie changed?

Written on April 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

Middie was first introduced as Blythe’s newest sister in September 2010, a month before Macaron Q-Tea Party was released. The dainty blonde doll made many people apprehensive at first. Questions were thrown around about the presence of a mid-sized doll in the Blythe family. Why is she so expensive? Why were there limitations to the doll’s mechanism?

If I include Nellie Nibbles (the April 2013 Middie release), there have been eleven different Middies released. One of them (Cherish Me Always – June 2011) was even an anniversary doll, which was pretty neat when they made a full Neo-Middie-Petite set for the 10th anniversary of Neo Blythes. But now, as it has been over two years since the release of Middie, has your opinion of Middie changed?

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For me, I was a little skeptical of her at first. And I thought about how difficult it would be to find clothes for a Middie sized doll, so I put off the idea of buying one. I even told myself that they were a little bit ugly(!) and expensive. But then I came to see them in person and became a little bit charmed. It did not help that members of my local Blythe group had started acquiring Middie and bringing them to meets! Getting to see them in person was a treat. For the Neos, I was unable to hold the Neo Blythes in my hands before buying one – but I was able to see them in person first (in box, behind a glass window). I was also able to see custom Middies in person as well, but that (so far) has not swayed me into getting one. Then again, it took me a while to get a customized Blythe. I’ve been following Middie Flickr groups for a while now, and it’s actually be hard to stop myself from buying Nekogutsu Zukin with her cute red kitty shoes. Getting to see photographs online has been a fantastic help – especially photos of the doll outside of the box, outside of promotional set-ups.

I’ve come to love the Middie mold. I find the smaller size charming, and it is very cute when the heads are tilted to one side. I do wish that they had been able to adapt the eye mechanism to a smaller size as I think it would be adorable if there had been a mini pull ring at the back of Middie’s head. But as I consider the overall cuteness, size difference and the even tinier shoes to be fun. Not that I needed another shoe collection, but I am slowly growing a shoe closet for my Middie… and I do hope to continue adding to my doll family with additional Middies.

How has your opinion of Middie changed?

5 Responses to “QOTW: How has your opinion of Middie changed?”

  1. Alice AKA @nuwandalice
    says:

    Two years?!?! Holy macaroni, that long?

    My answer is yes – PREDICTABLY – I went from ‘meh’ to ‘MORE PLEASE’ in far too short a space of time. I’m still pretty adamant they’re not as cute as Neos (to my eyes!) but they have their own adorableness and goshdarnit I want more.

  2. Alison says:

    I want a Middie. Another doll to add to my growing collection may not be a necessity, but I need one.

  3. Sonje Bianca says:

    I loved the idea of the smaller size, but was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to find patterns (I like to sew my own stuff) and shoes, etc., for them. So I managed to abstain from Middie-mania for awhile. Then my friend, Iveta, brought one to a meet. I was so charmed that I begged her to sell it to me. She didn’t, so my hubby bought me a Little Lilly Brown for our anniversary. I love her dearly. My only wish is that her legs would bend. I thought about getting a Pure Neemo XS for her, but I’m afraid that switching out bodies would be a bit difficult because I’m not much into customs. Putting a Picco Neemo onto an LPS Blythe is as daring as I go.

  4. minkidynamite says:

    I haven’t changed my opinion a lot since the first details about Middie were released, maybe I went from ‘meh meh meh’ to ‘meh meh’. I wish TakaraTomy wouldn’t invest in this doll at all, and to me (!) it has little to do with Blythe. It’s just another doll like Odeco. I don’t like the mold, the head tilt or the overall childlike appearance of Middie. I wish they would produce a tiny Blythe, same features, bendable legs, and most importantly, a functioning eyemech with pullring. :) Blythe, but smaller.

    A lot of people do seem to like Middie as she is, and this is what counts. :)

  5. Hamster Hill says:

    Middies have taken over my house. I had collected Blythe for only about a year before I purchased my first Middie. Now I would rather spend $ on a Middie than a Neo doll. I love to knit for them, I love their head tilt, their constant disapproving look. I think I can say, that I actually like them better than my Neo Blythe dolls.

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