Filed under: Musings
When I first started in the Blythe hobby way back when (2009! It’ll be 7 years in June!), “grail doll” was a phrase used to describe a very sought after doll that was out of someone’s reach. This could be due to finances or just due to rarity. For instance, the beginning a grail doll for me was a Kenner Blythe because at the time they both seemed really expensive and they were really expensive. Custom Blythes at the time seemed expensive to me too, and they averaged around $300USD (a lot has changed over the years!).
What are we? Chopped liver?!
Nowadays, I see ‘grail doll’ being used to just describe a doll that someone wanted (and then bought! and then they resell). To me, that doesn’t really seem like a “grail” because it wasn’t ever really out of their reach, they just wanted the doll and bought it. If a grail object was that easy to find, there wouldn’t have been a journey to search for it and the adventure that goes along with it. But, I digress. A word is a word is a word, and language develops and changes all the time – and so does the definition of grail doll.
I’ve had a lot of high-on-my-wish-list dolls come in – Margaret Meets Ladybug (Bennett), Velvet Minuet (Kindred), a redheaded Kenner (Emmalynn), and a Mondrian (Lottie). I think next on my wishlist might be an Aztec Arrival (BL) or Sunday Best (BL). I’ve seen BLs in person before, but I’m very much smitten with them now that Lottie is in my life.
Do you use the phrase “grail doll” to describe your wish list? Who are you wishing for right now?