Guide- BL, EBL, SBL, ADG, Kenner

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  • BL
    blythe guideTakara’s first attempt at a Neo-blythe in 2001. She had the quirky, posable body of their existing fashion doll, Licca. the first 6 dolls (BL-0 through BL-5) had extremely-open (“boggled”), far-glancing eyes and soft matte faces. After BL-6, they adjusted the eyelids so more was visible, changed the eyeball mold so the eyes did not look as far to the left and right (see pic), and changed the facial complexion to be very shiny. they continued to use the Licca body until they released their first anniversary doll in 2002. (Miss A.)
  • EBL
    Takara celebrated their first anniversary of blythe with a new Blythe model, “Excellent-Blythe.” She featured a body molded very closely to the original Kenner body, but used the same shiny-face/relaxed-eye configuration as the later BLs. With the exception of Cinnamon girl, who was molded in all darker plastics and rubbers, they continued using this combination until Fruit Punch, when they tried a new type of translucent grayish plastic in the eyeballs, as well as new brighter plastics for the eyechips, themselves. Fruit Punch was the “last” regular release EBL. (however, they did release Margaret Meets Ladybug and Samedi Marche long after they stopped regularly producing EBL dolls).
  • SBL
    blythe guide in 2003, Takara promised eager fans a major overhaul of Blythe, saying she would be based on precise scans of the original Kenner dolls. Superior Blythe, or SBL, was the doll they delivered. She featured all new facial modeling, including interior architecture, eyeballs, eye mech, chips, and scalp. they continued using the grayish eyeball plastic, but changed the eyeballs to have a similar structure behind the chips as Kenners, and the chips were molded to be smoother on the back, producing a much sparklier eye (see pic). blythe guideThe new scalp set-up involved a 3-piece head design, which was much harder to open than the previous 2-piece construction. Eager customizers found the safest way was to actually cut through the top “dome.” The first three SBLs had issues with their eyemechs that some blythe fans had a difficult time putting up with – their eyes rested in a very downward position after you pulled the string. Takara corrected the problem beginning with SBL-04.Two EBL-faced girls were released in the middle of the SBL-period – Samedi Marche and Margaret Meets Ladybug.Takara has recently begun to follow in customizer’s footsteps, releasing stock SBL dolls with “mods,” such as alternate lip styles, foiled chips, custom chip colors, colored eyelids, custom pullrings, custom skintones, painted nails, and tattoos.
  • RBL
    The Radiant Blythe mold was released late 2006.  Her head is completely different than SBL (see: Radiant and superior technical comparo), so sawing is no longer required to customize (see: Radiant Head opening tutorial).  Her eye mechanism is mostly the same, with a slightly deeper curvature at the edge of the eyelids being the only difference we have noted, so swapping parts is still possible.  She has the same Excellent body as SBL and EBL. Darling Diva, Last kiss and Star Dancer are the first three Radiant Blythes.
  • ADG
    blythe guide Hasbro (Takara’s American cousin) began producing Blythe in the U.S. with Ashton Drake Galleries. During Research and Development, the company worked with the original Kenner doll, however the resulting product is vastly different than any Blythe before her. She shares no molds with her Japanese cousins, however certain parts of her eye mechanism will fit Takara and kenner Blythes (see pic for a kenner with ADG eye parts and ADG scalp).blythe guide So far she has been released as a redhead, blonde and brunette, in reproduction kenner dresses and boxes
  • Kenner Blythe
    Kenner Blythe is the original doll, produced for a short time in 1972. Concrete details on the production volume and standards of the dolls is vague so speculations and educated guesses are all we really have to go by. She was made in 4 general haircolors; blonde, redhead, dark brunette and auburn brunette. Blondes only seem to have been produced in side-parted hairstyles, but the rest of the colors were produced in sidepart, chunky bangs, and wispy bangs (as well as texture variations) – some combinations are more rare than the rest. There appear to be several mold variations as well as plastic and makeup color variations, with the most common being a very pale pink translucent skin with bold green eyeshadow, pink blush and medium pink lips painted in a sweet smile.Kenner Blythe’s soft rubber scalp is attached via an ingenious system using a cap that clips to her head, meaning she has no glue holding her parts together, with the exception of her eyechips.
  • Commonalities
    All the variations of blythe dolls share the same basic mechanical apparatus – a spring-loaded eye mechanism with 4 sets of eye-positions that change when you pull her string, cleverly hidden behind her eyelids. They all have the same basic proportions with subtle differences creating their distinct personalities. All production Blythes have rooted hair in a rubber scalp.

106 responses to “Guide- BL, EBL, SBL, ADG, Kenner”

  1. Julie Almond

    Could you please tell me if it is possible to scalp an ashton drake using the same technique you have on your website.
    regards
    Julie.

  2. Jenna

    Is it just me or are the photos missing?

  3. Melitta

    No, I seem to have the same problem too?

  4. Jessica Fredrika

    I just purchased my very first Blythe, (she’s an ADG) so I’m very new to this. I was just wondering if you knew if the ADG’s be able to the fit eye chips that are made to fit BL/EBL/SBL’s? I just want to make sure before I buy them. Thanks. 🙂

  5. Melissa

    Jessica – yes, aftermarket chips should fit in your ADG. I have put EBL chips in mine without any problems.

  6. Ana

    I was just gonna write and suggest doing a little glossary of terms for us newbies – and here it is! I want to say thank you for providing hands-down the most beautiful, informative, and user-friendly (!!) Blythe site I have found. You have relieved much frustration and apprehention. You guys are AWESOME!

  7. Tashayarna

    I have just brought a “Takara Dollcena Miu Ribbon Marie Blythe Japan ABS Doll” from E-bay, could you please tell me what type of blythe she is? as this is my first doll and I am quite new to this ^^ also what clothes,wig ect would fit her?

  8. Melissa

    tashayana – You have a “dollcena.” she’s about 5″ tall, not made by the same people that make blythe but similar in proportion to a petite blythe. I am not sure if she would fit petite blythe clothes, but she might. petite blythe is 4″ tall.

    Dollcenas are very cute!

  9. Fabbie

    What is a RBL. I heard it’s new. What does it stand for??

  10. Lizzie

    hi,

    im am going to buy a doll to customise, but im not sure wich dolls are EBL, SBL OR RBL. Would FLOWEr POWER REDHEAD DOLL, THE NUMBER THREE BRUNETTE DOLL AND THE NEWEST NUMBER 4 BRUNETTE BANG BLYTHE DOLL be SBL/EBL or RBL? are they suitable for customising (scalp removal) many thankyous !!!!!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  11. Melissa

    Hi Lizzie,

    The dolls you have listed are all ADG (Ashton Drake) blythes, not made by Takara. They are relatively inexpensive, but harder to customize due to the type of glue ADG used. I recommend an inexpensive takara blythe, like Mademoiselle Rosebud or one of the prima-dollies for a beginner

  12. Amy

    Hi Prima Dolly set, Ginger, Ashlette, Violet.Now which are they?

  13. Melissa

    Hi – The first series of primma dollies (ginger, ashlette, and violet) are SBL (superior). The second generation primma dollies are going to be Radiant (RBL) according to blythedoll.com

  14. tiffany

    hello, i was wondering if a velvet minuet was SBL. thanks in advance!

  15. Melissa

    yes, VM is SBL. she was one of the first few that also has the slightly downward gaze.

  16. Gabi

    Hi,

    I just bought my first Blythe doll, shes the ADG redhead. I noticed that your picture of the ADG’s don’t have a shiny face. Is that because you matted her or is that the way they come? I have not received her yet so I’m not sure.

    Thanks so much!!!

    Gabi

  17. Suellen

    Hi,

    Could you tell me if the new prima Dollys have bendable limbs? Also why are the Prima Dollys cheaper than the rest? Is it simply b/c they are produced in greater numbers and have less accessories ? Or are they inferior to the limited release Takara dolls.
    l am thinking of ordering one pre-release, she would be my first Blythe!

    Thank you,
    Suellen

  18. Suellen

    Thanks Melissa!

    l’ve ordered an Aubrey! l think she is pretty cute!

    l also have a question about the Blythe wigs l’ve seen on ebay, how do they stay on? Will they spoil the base hair by using wigs? l really like Aubrey’s bangs & short hair but l’d also like to change her look occasionally. What’s your advice?

    This is great site by the way…………..

    Cheers,
    Suellen

  19. Anneke

    Hey,
    I bought my first blythe last year on ebay (I live in Belgium and no Blythe shops here). It was a mademoiselle rosebut. Just thought she looked cute and she was one of the cheapest on there. In the mean time I have customized her (mohair reroot, lips carved, the whole shabang…) and loooooooooove her now. But I was wondering, why is she so cheap. What makes some Blythes cheap and others expensive besides offcourse the original Kenner dolls?

    kisses from Belgium
    Anneke

  20. BlythesBoi

    So BL is the only body type, besides the original Kenner dolls, that have bendable arms AND legs?

  21. Alice

    Hi. After months of shopping/trying to decide on a girl I bought my first Blythe, she’s one of the new prima dollys, and I want to sand matte her face, and I was talking to my dad about it, and he suggested I use this 600 grit sand paper that he has for working on flutes. Do you think that this will work? Do you think 600 grit is too fine? Should I seek out the norton sanding sponges? or do you think its safe to try with something else?
    Also, where is the best place to buy new eyechips?

  22. Lothruin

    My first blythe is in the mail, a Prima Dolly Ginger. I rather like her hair as it is very similar to mine only without curl, so I’d like to preserve the scalp and wig and do a second wig reroot myself for customization. I know she is an SBL. After searching Ebay and reading your lovely description, I’m still unsure about whether the rubber scalps are, for the most part, interchangeable. Are the wigs on Ebay actual wigs or rerooted scalps (or both), and will a scalp from any style blythe fit any other, or should I be hunting for an SBL scalp only?

  23. asstha

    Hi Melissa,

    I just got my Takara Blythe a few months back and I’m thinking of customising her, but I don’t know how to tell if she’s an SBL/EBL/RBL type. She’s a Fancy Pansy.

    I want to change her hairstlye/colour as I find it a bit too short for my liking… any good website to recommend buying saran reroots? I’ve tried eBay but currently they don’t hv any auction going on for saran reroots or eye chips… i’ve only managed to find eyelashes for her for the time being…

    And I was looking around some customised blythe and they hv added an additional pull-string for the sleepy eye effect.. any advice on how to do this?

  24. Melissa

    asstha – FaPa is EBL.

    for saran hair (it’s loose hair, you have to reroot it yourself) I like restoredoll.com.

    sleepy eyes are done by removing the spring. the spring is what pulls the eyelids back up after you pull the string. instead of the spring, the second string must be used to “reset” the eyelids and is simply tied on where the spring was removed.

  25. MuffMuffLady

    I would like to know if the petite Blythes are as good as the ones you talk about in the article? Can I still mess around with their hair and are their eyes changeable?

    I am nervous that these are not as good as other Blthes, but are the only ones i can afford right now.

  26. funkyfairyy

    i have a Mademoiselle rosebud. i cant take her face apart! my husband tried too.
    i push as hard as i can on her ears, and nothing!!!! please help….

  27. funkyfairyy

    ok, i see. thanks so very much. i can’t believe i have to cut her like that, EEEKKK.
    wish me luck!!!

  28. Li

    I have a question about Blythe eyes. I just recieved my first Blythe in the mail, she is a customized Asian Butterfly Encore. (the seller on ebay said the head wasn’t opened) It is very hard to make her eyes change color because the string is hard to pull. I don’t have any other Blythe so I don’t know if this is normal or not. If something is wrong with her, how do I fix it? I don’t even know what kind of Blythe (SBL, EBL etc.) she is.

  29. Li

    My doll got new eyechips, and I’m pretty sure the head wasn’t opened. The person I bought this from on ebay says that the new eyechips were superglued in. I can get the eyes to change color, but I have to pull the string really hard to do so and I don’t want to break her.

  30. Lauren

    I have recantly found that my ADG is missing a plug. HELP! What is the best way to fix it?

  31. Annette

    May I know if the opening of a BL Blythe is the same as the EBL blythe? Thanks!

  32. Melissa

    Anette – yep! same head mold between EBL and BL.

  33. Lilo

    Hello, i dont speak very well english and i just try to know if my blythes are SBL/EBL/RBL types. I have a V Smash and a Candy Carnival that i bought in summer 2005. Thanks for help me and many thanks for this website wich is really great even if i don’t understand all^^

  34. Melissa

    Hi Lilo – Candy Carnival and V-Smash are both SBL type Blythes

  35. karen rogers

    Need advice on removing yellowing on Kenner Blythe face………thanks Karen

  36. leslie

    hi, Is it easy to remove an ADG scalp? Will the ADG scalp fit a kenner’s head?
    And can I replace a kenner’s arms with ADG’s arms?

  37. Melissa

    Hi leslie – From the experience of different ADG owners, it seems like the difficulty really varies! I had an early redhead sidepart, and she had so much glue that it was the hardest scalp I ever removed, but others have had dolls with much less glue, seems they use less glue on the newer ones. the process is the same as for an EBL/BL.

    Takara arms fit kenners better than ADG arms, and look more like the originals.

  38. Tracy

    Hi Melissa!

    I recently got my very first Kenner! Poor thing needed a lot of work, and came with no scalp or hard piece! I’m slowly fixing her up, but she needs a scalp, and the coolcat ones really don’t fit well enough

    From what I’m reading here, does it mean that an ADG scalp will fit a kenner well? I know there is the photo you posted but I’m not sure if it demonstrates a good or bad fit.

    Any help is greatly appreciated. I know BL, EBL, and SBL scalps don’t fit, and since RBL scalps can be used on SBL I doubt it would fit too! I’m at my wit’s end.

    Thanks in advance

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