I just started noticing them on blogs this year and last night I decided to do a little research on them and I'm hooked . Apparently a lot of other people are too!
Blythe is a fashion doll, about 28 cm (11 inch) tall, with an oversized head and large eyes that change color with the pull of a string. It was created in 1972 and was initially only sold for one year in the USA by toy company Kenner. In 2000 the photo book This is Blythe was published and in 2001 the Japanese toy company Takara began producing new editions of Blythe dolls. There is a network of hobbyists who customize the doll for resale and create clothing and shoes for Blythe. Enthusiasts share photographs of their work and their dolls on the Internet.
People go nuts over these cuties! People go to conventions to show off how they've customized their Blythes and you can buy wigs, clothes, eye colors, props, and air brush their tiny little faces.
Poor Tim is probably already tired of hearing about them!
The problem is they aren't very easy to find. You have to find them on Ebay or buy them from Japanese websites and they run about $200.
Check out all the different types and customizations: