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QOTW: Will you risk preordering a doll?

Written on April 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

It’s not uncommon these days to hear about defects in brand new releases, fresh from the box. Either with the make-up (blush is often the complaint that I hear about!) or the hair (uneven cuts or an unruly mess of curls) or even the clothing (socks that don’t fit, anyone?). It can make any Blythe enthusiast a little wary of preordering a Blythe sight unseen due to the potential issues and subsequent headaches involved with attempting to return the doll.

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I don’t make it a secret that a large chunk of my Blythe collection came to me brand new in box. I’ve been lucky with the minor defects that I’ve experienced – either that or I’m not as critical or picky as others are (perhaps???). If it’s not something that I can see on first glance, or from across a room, I tend to find the issues to be fairly minor. That said, I was plenty upset with my Punkaholic People’s hair out of the box because it was sadly uneven. I wound up taking a pair of scissors to it to even it out, and even still Eden Mouse lives with a hat on all the time. It’s just part of her now, so I don’t see the need to have her without a hat. My Margaret Meets Ladybug suffers from the unfortunate lip rub that resulted from the design of her house-shaped box, but I can’t see it unless I literally have her less from a foot away from my face so it’s a non-issue for me.

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When Devi Delacour came out and people were venting over the issues that their dolls had, I was terribly apprehensive about picking her up from the post office and unboxing her because it was a bit like Schrödinger’s cat. As long as she remained inside of the box, she was (in my eyes) both perfect and unperfect because I wasn’t able to verify any issues she might or might not have had. In the end, I did unbox her as she was my birthday gift to myself last year (I give myself good gifts, what can I say?). And honestly? I think I lucked out with her because her face was pretty good, and so was her hair cut. That said, I am not overly critical with my dolls compared to other people, so perhaps there are flaws that I’m just unaware of.

With the prices of preorders for brand new releases on the rise it seems with every new release, it’s getting harder and harder for me to justify preordering a Blythe doll (although I had to have Devi Delacour), so my question for all of you this week is:

Will you risk preordering a doll?

QOTW: What’s your oddest doll name?

Written on April 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

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I’ve seen some really odd doll names throughout the years being mentioned, and I have personally named some of my dolls some odd names. Off the top of my head, I would say some of the more ‘odd’ names I’ve given my dolls include:

  • Cedar (Monique Magnifique)
  • Belarus (Love Mission)
  • Minnow (Hi-Ho! Marine)
  • Tertiary Jane (Simply Peppermint)
  • Molybdenum (Simply Sparkly Spark)
  • Cameo (Friends With Blythe Custom)

Yeah, I pretty much should not be allowed to name small children or animals, lest they get saddled with a weird name that I wind up spending my entire life explaining to people. But I know I can’t be alone in this community in giving a doll a weird or ‘out there’ name.

What’s your oddest doll name?

QOTW: The age of your Blythes?

Written on April 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

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The great thing about the Blythe community is that everyone interacts with their dolls differently. For those that bestow personalities onto their dolls, of which I am one of them, it’s nice to dress them according to age groups. For me, Eden Mouse (Punkaholic People) and Minnow (Hi-Ho! Marine) are my younger ones while all of my Kenners (Primrose, Lillian Rose, and Emmalynn) are the ‘older girls’. I think there’s just something about being a Kenner that makes them older. Being produced in 1972 does that to a doll, I think. But even if the Middies were made before some of my Neos, I find that they’re perpetually younger. Size has to do with it, which is an unfortunate fact that transfers over to people as well – I’m fairly short and people are constantly assuming I’m younger than I am…

What are the ages of your Blythe dolls?

QOTW: Which is your favourite doll size?

Written on March 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

Blythe has the honour of being a named bestowed onto the various incarnations: Kenner (1972), Neo (produced by Takara, from 2001 onwards), Ashton-Drake Galleries (produced by Ashton-Drake Galleries, from 2005-2008), Middie (produced by Takara, from 2010 onwards), and Petite Blythe (produced by Takara, from 2002-2014). Despite all the various manufacturers and creative minds behind them, Blythe ultimately has 3 sizes: Neo (Kenner and ADGs are the same size), Middie, and Petite.

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Personally, my first love would probably always be the Neo size. It’s the original, it’s what first drew me to Blythe to begin with. There’s just something charming about the oversized head-to-body ratio that the Middies and Petites just don’t quite have. That said, I do have Middies and Petites and I love them for what they are – but the full-sized Neos (and Kenners!) will always have a more prominent place in my heart.

Which one is your favourite Blythe size?

QOTW: Do You Have a Mini-Me?

Written on February 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

One of the many reasons why I love Blythe is because she can be so versatile and she changes for each individual Blythe enthusiast. She can be a little girl, a girly girl, a tom boy, or completely and utterly glamourous. The sky is the limit when it comes to who Blythe can be.

20170220Oh hai, I’m basically Michelle in doll form.

And she can also be a mini-me. My personal mini-me is Belarus (Love Mission) – she’s just missing brown eyes (and I can’t bring myself to change out her eye chips because EBLs are perfection to me). I even got her some black glasses to complete the look. Although who I wish was my mini-me is Maple Reed (Devi Delacour) or even Cameo (customized Ichigo Heaven) because I wish I had dark red or pink hair.

Do you have a mini-me? (Share photos/links to photos below in the comments!)

Belarus is wearing: shirt/Dutch Blythe Fashion, jeans/Puppy52Dolls.

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