TBL/Factory Questionnaire: The Results!

Written on November 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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Back in late September I asked all of you lovely people to answer a very short survey about TBL/”factory”/fake Blythes and I’m sharing the result today!

There were 113 responses, not everyone who filled in the survey answered every single question.

1. Do you own a TBL/factory/fake Blythe doll?


39% said no while 61% said yes, they do own a TBL/factory/fake Blythe doll. Click to read more of this entry.

TBL/Factory Survey!

Written on September 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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20140305aFactory doll, photo by Meg/irulethegalaxy.

I wanted to do a little survey on TBL/factory/fake Blythe dolls so I created one:

TBL/Factory Questionnaire

There was an amazing 100 responses to the first survey, I had to start another one due to limitations with the website. This contains the exact same questions: TBL/Factory Questionnaire #2.

This is anonymous – you do not need to give your name/username or email address when doing this survey. The questionnaire consists of four yes/no questions, and one comment box if you have any other thoughts to share about TBL/factory/fake dolls.

I will be writing about the results in a couple of weeks, so there is plenty of time for you to fill out the survey and to share it with your Blythe friends! I’m really curious about the results and hope that they’re enlightening!

Fakes: The Factories, Clones, and TBLs

Written on March 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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Fakes have been plaguing the Blythe community for quite a while now, and since I first blogged about them back in early 2011 there hasn’t been any end in site. There’s been quite a few names thrown around for them. Factory dolls, clones, fakes and, the ever so popular, “TBL”. Whatever you want to call them, they are all fakes in comparison to Blythe. Let’s examine each of these ‘names’, as there’s subtle differences between them – and yet none of them are legitimate Blythe dolls.

Factory doll, photo by Meg/irulethegalaxy.

Factory dolls are allegedly dolls made of rejected parts from the official factories that produce Blythe. Rumour was that these parts were rejected or parts that were smuggled out of the factories by workers and then cobble together to make a Blythe. People ended up with dolls that had the same special chips as certain dolls, but then the face-up of another recent release. Since factories have been moved, there’s been less and less ‘factory’ dolls seen in the market. Security must have been tightened up a bit there! Click to read more of this entry.