So long story short, I want a Blythe doll. The problem of course is finding a nice one. Vintage dolls are expensive, a lot of dolls have been customized to death (which I don't want), and eBay is crawling with low-quality clones, fakes and "factory" Blythes. The truth about factory Blythe dolls was a bitter pill to swallow for me because factory Blythes are affordable and have lovely hair colors like these...
...BUT THEY'RE PHONIES!!! Le sigh...if any of y'all remember the fit I threw over Sailor Mercury's hair then you'll know how I love unusual hair.
My sweet friend Talolili knew of a person that was selling a Blythe doll, but unfortunately I couldn't afford it at the time. Yeah, I know I could've just owed the person, but I absolutely HATE owing people and telling them "I'll pay you when I get paid." So I'm doing this the hard way and ordering a doll straight from the company. Junie Moon has a ton of cute dolls, and so does Mandarake.
Since these dolls are pricey, even when they come from Junie Moon or Mandarake, I just want one. But which one??? These dolls come in three different sizes and in a lot of variations, so that choice won't be easy. I know I want a Neo Blythe, because they're the largest and because they apparently can share clothes with Licca-chan. But as much as I love unnatural hair colors, I wasn't sure if that was what I wanted or not. Miss Emily's doll, Phoebe Maybe, has pretty but natural red hair, but her stock outfit is adorable and her hair is styled in an easy, versatile style. One of my favorites, Orange and Spice, has plain brown hair, but in keeping with her "orange" theme she has a lovely dress. Simply Guava and Simply Mango, both of whom I also like, have hot pink hair and light orange hair respectively, but their stock outfits are a little humdrum compared to Phoebe's and Orange's. Guava and Mango do have one thing that Phoebe and Orange don't, though; they both come with small dogs, and both dogs happen to be breeds that I love (longhaired dachshund for Guava and Chihuahua for Mango). And those are just some of the dolls I like!
Orange and Spice is my favorite of the above-mentioned dolls, but I don't think Junie Moon has her anymore, and I haven't found her on Mandarake yet. However...Junie Moon does have this little cutie.
Is that coat epic or what??? This is UFO a Go-Go, who has an obvious space theme. She has blue-green hair (which I love), retro clothes (which I love), that star-studded jacket and hat (which I love), and...I just love this doll. I think she's the perfect one for me. Junie Moon still has her and if they get out of stock there, Mandarake has her too. So unless something strange happens, UFO a Go-Go will likely be the Blythe doll I bring home. I'll have to wait until a few more paychecks come in since the adult life has a lot of curveballs it can throw, but I definitely want this doll. I even have a name picked out for her: Bellatrix, after a blue giant in the constellation Orion.
When/if I do bring Miss Bellatrix home, I'll let y'all know.
Lots of love,