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As Blythe’s sisters go, they’re not as exciting as Blythe is. Neither Middies or Petites have a pull string, they don’t have four sets of eye chips, but they do have some features that stock Blythe does not have. Middie is able to look side to side (or front-facing) with the same set of chips, plus she can tilt her head from side to side. Petite is able to tilt her head from side to side, and if you have a Takara-produced, she has stock ‘sleep’ eyes that is more reminiscent of the baby dolls that some of us may have grown up with. Petites have been changed with Hasbro’s Littlest Pet Shop relaunch, so the new ‘Blythe’ dolls in Hasbro’s LPS line are more similar to the Mattel’s Polly Pocket (with the rubber clothing).
Petites and Middies continue to catch the eye of many Blythe collectors. New Middie releases come out in tandem with a ‘related’ Neo Blythe, or they come out with a similar theme as a Neo that did well. Themes that worked well for Neos also tend to do pretty okay with the Middies. And while Petites aren’t as plentiful in their releases as Middies are today, they are still quite beloved and very pocket friendly. A Petite fits into pretty much any pants pocket that I have – and if you’re familiar with fashion these days, you know that most pants pockets don’t fit much at all.
At this time in my doll collecting days, I would probably favour Middies over Petites. I enjoy the larger size, and the dial on the back of their heads means that I can eek out just a smidgen more personality out of the chubby little faces.
Do you prefer Middies or Petites?