Recognize this face? The Blythe Doll! By the pull of a string, her eye color changes in four different shades. Meant to be a popular doll for kids in the 1970's, the Blythe doll was short lived. She got a very unfavorable response. Then in the 1970's a photographer Gina Garan's photos of the Blythe Doll photographed against real scenic backdrops drew out collectors and fans of a new kind.
This doll became more and more popular over the years and the price tag for a Japanese Takara doll (licensed replicas made in the 2000's) will run you somewhere from $59 - $300 and up for new dolls.
You may have seen her photos like the ones here. But now, license owner of the Blythe doll (Hasbro) has just released the Blythe doll with their popular toy brand - "The Littlest Pet Shop". Found on Amazon.com on sale starting at $13 from a retail price of $15, the Blythe doll is making a noticable return. Arguably, he may not be the cutest doll on your shelf, but grabbing one box for yourself might give you a happier return in the future.
Maybe it won't be popular with young girls who actually play with their dolls (that's what the doll forums are saying), but for the young girl in us who still like dressing up little dolls as a hobby, this is an opportunity to buy a piece of history in the making. Somewhat like the first edition copy of Harry Potter - volume one!