It is no secret that I am a pretty big fan of Blythe dolls. Over the years since starting collecting, I have been very fortunate to be able to adopt quite a few of my dream girls. All of my dolls, except my very first (Miss Sally Rice who I have named Bluebird) are second (or third) hand, purchased from other collectors and often dear friends. Having this connection makes these dolls even more special to me.
I must confess however that there has always been one type of Blythe that hadn't really appealed to me. These are BL Blythe dolls (BL is the name of the face mold), that were the first Blythe's remade after Kenners - and were made in 2001. Most of my dolly collecting friends have BL Blythes and adore them and for the life of me, I couldn't understand what the attraction was. Now I know some will say this about all Blythe dolls but I know once you meet and own one, opinions can and do change. So I kept an open mind re BL's and wondered if I really would ever 'get' them.
Then all of a sudden one day, it switched. I started seeing the huge personalities these BL Blythe dolls had and they started looking completely different to me. Not long before my birthday, my lovely friend Susan (a Blythe collecting friend) popped one of her BL's for sale on the Australian Doll forum, We Play with Dolls. It was a Rosie Red BL. I have long been a fan of Susan's Blythes and to own one would be a real honour. So I quickly messaged Susan about a layaway (the main way I buy Blythes is to pay them off slowly). To my absolute delight, Susan was thrilled to let me adopt her gorgeous BL Blythe, Girdie (Girdle), so I started to pay her off and get more and more excited at her imminent arrival.
Not long before my birthday, I was able to pay off my new (to me) Blythe, and was so very excited when this box arrived. The purple package on the top was another gorgeous piece of Blythe goodness that arrived on the same day too.
I was SO very excited to open my very first BL, and to see how I felt about her. Those who collect Blythe dolls will know that opening the box is part of the fun of collecting, so I took my time, savouring every minute. Inside this is what I saw...
I carefully opened the pretty pink fabric to reveal my very first BL. eeek! So exciting.
Girdie was SO cute and oozing personality. As you can see, I have been having lots of fun taking photos of her. BL Blythes come on what is known as a Licca body, which is quite different to a Blythe body. Their arms are pointing down, so they can pop their hands in their pockets and their knees bend rather than click. Licca bodies also have larger feet and a different bust than Blythe dolls. Added to those differences, the BL face mold gives a totally different look to BL faces compared to Blythes. All of this added together makes BL Blythes seriously cute in my humble opinion.
As for choosing a name for my new Blythe, her previous owner Susan had named her Girdie (Girdle). I decided to keep her name Girdie as it really suited her, and added a Sue to it, after Susan. So she is now known as Girdie Sue to me - and I adore her. I might even have a BL sister on the way too (after selling another of my Blythes to make room for her) as one can never have just one BL.
If you want to see some other BL Blythes, other than my Girdie (Rosie Red), you might like to look at Flickr in the BL Blythe group. Some other BL Blythes are All Gold on One (Goldie), Hollywood, Kozy Cape, Parco, Mondrian, Aztec Arrival, Sunday Best and Dottie Dot. They don't make BL's anymore which does make them quite collectable (and very addictive too). They have released some similar Blythes to BL's with an EBL face mold, so if you are shopping for a BL, make sure you check that she is a first edition from 2001.
You are most welcome to follow along with my 'A Doll a Day' Blythe photos HERE to see a photo of one (or more) of my Blythes taken each day. The Blythe community is full of the most gorgeous people and I am so honoured to have been able to adopt some special Blythes from lovely friends, just like my Girdie.