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. Mindy

    Hi,

    I just brought this Takara Blythe doll, the “My Best Friend” one. The one with the chihuahua. I was wondering if this doll is an EBL or SBL? I know for a fact it’s not the new one they made because of the way the back of the head looked and are these dolls made in China because aren’t Takara dolls Japanese?

  2. Melissa

    Hi Mindy, I’m pretty sure MBF is SBL. Takara was bought by Tomy, which is still a Japanese company, but the dolls are produced in a factory in China now.

  3. Tracey

    MMMM not true about the glue for the Kenners~ mine, because it is getting older I noticed the head seams are glued! Which I have been too scared to take her apart hence she so needs her eyes cleaned from all the glue yellowing! and one of her chips fell into her head! What is a poor girl to do!!!

  4. Melissa

    tracey – unless your doll was previously worked on, that isn’t glue. the top of the head is fused because the soft rubber scalp liquefied the hard plastic and melted it together, happens to all of them. you just slice through the seam with a fresh x-acto knife (the part of the seam under her scalp, around her cheeks and ears should be free already)

  5. Gloria

    Hello Everyone I’m new to the Blythe world…and I was just wondering wich Blythe would be best for me to get (this will be my first blythe ever)…wich one would you sudgest…I love very black & straight hair preferably with bangs….where is the best place to get one for a reasonable price?

  6. Kerry

    Gloria- i bought a Mod Molly doll for £58/$118 inc shipping to the UK from Hong Kong. She has red/ginger hair with bangs. I bought her off ebay and at the moment she seems to be the cheapest Blythe. Even though you like black hair it might be an idea to get her and just dye her air black with DYLON or RIT dye, thats what i did.
    Also try looking on the ThisIsBlythe forum for dolls that are for sale they often have some cheap dolls on there

  7. Jaki

    I have a Birdie Blue doll, which is a tru exclusive. Which type of doll is she? Does she fall into one of those categories?

  8. Melissa

    Jaki – Birdie Blue is a SBL (superior) blythe

  9. Gloria

    Thank you verry much Kerry ……my boyfriend told me he is going to get me my first Blythe and I have a feeling is going to be Mod Molly.

  10. Gloria

    Kerry is I do Decide to get Mod Molly and dye her hair with DYLON or RIT dye will it stain her face or body…or like when I wash her hair later will it bleed and stain in any way ?….can you explain the drocess of dying her hair with this products?

  11. chris

    Hi…I have a 2002 Takara Hollywood Blythe and I don’t know how to tell if it is excellent or BL? It is sealed in box and I don’t want to take her out. The face doesn’t look shiny or matte,it is in between and I can’t tell?

  12. gloria

    yesssssssssss, I just won my first Blytheon Ebay , she is a lounging lovely………………..yesssssssssssss……..I’m going crazy…she has black straight hair (with a little flip wich is acceptable by my concidering I love straight hair ) with bangs …………yep I’m very exited ………I hope she gets here (NYC) soon she is comming fron taiwan…..yes I’m gonna be a mother…ok going a little crazy here sorry .

  13. gloria

    can anyone sudgest names for her?

  14. gloria

    I got my Lounging lovely , she is gorgeous but her hair is a bit marked by that plastic thing they use to hold their head to the box any idea how to straighten it…. is bugging me a bit…it is alo alitle uneven (right side a little longer)….HELP

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  16. janet morrin

    thank you soo much for this guide! this is very informational for a newbie like myself!!!

    love, janet

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  18. Ragna

    Hello,

    I’m very new on all the Blythe stuff, but I want to buy my first one!!
    I want:
    * A Blythe where I could switch eyes with the glue stick trick (so no opening up)
    * A Blythe I can easily open up (the head) without sawing or anything. So I guess I need a RBL?
    * A Blythe that is not extreamly expensive.

    Now I also saw some ADG’s and Primadolls.
    * Are they also as easily to open up as the RBL’s? And do they have bended knees?
    * What is the difference between an Primadoll and a ‘regular’ Blythe?
    I know the ADG’s are kinda ‘fake’ 😛

    Thanks!
    Greets from a n00by Blythe fan 🙂

  19. StephCarolyn

    What are the best collectable blythes worth having/a collector’s favourite and around how much do they sell for?
    I’d really like more info on it as I want to invest in a ‘new one’ so to speak, pretty soon!

    I already have a ADG red haired.
    But I would love to have a beautiful themed one with full set accesories.
    I.e Like ‘Biscuit’. Shes sooo gorgeous!
    But I’d just like to know what other rare collectable ones are there that are worth collecting!

    X

  20. Mekayla

    I am new to Blythe, thank you for all of this wonderful information. I just got my first Blythe! She has one string, but I have seen pictures of Blythes with two strings. Which ones have one vs two strings? ~ Thanks!

  21. Michelle

    I have never customized a doll, but are hoping to soon.

    I was looking at the different types (eg: SBL, RBL, Etc.)

    (Sorry if this is a stupid question) but…

    I was wondering what is the different between SBL, RBL, etc. and FBL

    I really have to idea

    thanks

  22. lisa

    I have a Hollywood Blythe but not sure which one because there is no code on the back like EBL06 or BL-02. The box is purple and green and says 2002 Hasbro on the back. Her face does not look matte to me but I’m not sure which one I have. I’m getting ready to sell her and would like to know. I thought I got her from Toys R Us but may have been FAO Schwartz.

  23. Pat

    Hi. I’m am only interested in making Blythe doll clothes to sell. I bought the vintage Skipper (Barbie) dolls to use as mannequins but they don’t have the little breasts. I was wondering how close the size of the Skipper body is to the Blythe doll? I’m also wondering which of the inexpensive Blythes has the best body for designing clothes?
    Thank you for any information.

  24. le-le

    thank you for the ‘Head-mold doll guide’. this is exactly what i was looking for and it makes it so much easier for a newbie like myself to work out which dolls is which.

    le-le 🙂

  25. Cynthia

    Hi!
    Thanks for this guide. It was very helpful specially to someone new at this 🙂 but a question came out while I read it: I just bought a “customized blythe” and the previous owner told me it was originally a Hello Harvest (which I asumme is Takara original) but in the back of her head it says: Blythe TM 2006 Hasbro Inc CWC TOMY China, so now I’m thinking (because of what says here in this tutorial) that she is an Ashton Drake made in the USA? or not? help!!! thanks 🙂

  26. Melissa

    Hi Cynthia,

    Tomy and Takara merged in 2006, so the marking is correct! You have a “takara” blythe.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takara_Tomy

    CWC stands for Cross-World Connections, which is the creative agency that licenses Neo Blythe.
    http://www.cwctokyo.com/index_e.html

  27. cynthia

    Hi Melissa!!! Thanks so much. Everything is clear now!!! This was so confusing!! 🙂 this tutorials are extra helpful thanks!!

  28. Amanda

    QUOTE> 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 <ENDQUOTE

    I just purchased my first blythe on eBay: Mademoiselle Rosebud. After wrestling off her hair in an attempt to open her head, I discovered that she had the smooth, egg-head-scalp that needs to be sawed open!!! How is THAT good for a beginner? What are the names of the other "egg-head" dolls, so that I may avoid them in the future?

  29. Carla

    HI, i wonder if you could tell me, wich kind is this doll: Takara Tomy Neo Blythe Simply Peppermint
    thanks a lot, also i wonder how to make sleepy eyes, cause they are steady.

  30. Phil

    Hi, which newer Blythe doll is most like the Kenner Blythe?

  31. Carla

    Hi, im trying to find out if my blythes are SBL/EBL/RBL types i have : simple lilac, urban cowgirl and heather sky all from 2009, please help!! i want to custom my simple lilac and i bought a scalp but didnt fit!! 🙁

    1. Aileen

      There’s a complete guide here: http://www.creativeblythe.com/glossary.htm
      just look up which Blythes you have and it says what type they are next to it.^_^

      1. Shana

        Just wanted to let you know I also have an up to date list of all Takara Blythe releases (with pictures, face mold, and stock information) on http://blythopia.wordpress.com/. You can do a “Find” with your browser to search for your Blythe by name.

      2. Shana

        Just wanted to let you know I also have an up to date list of all Takara Blythe releases (with pictures, face mold, and stock information) on http://blythopia.wordpress.com/blythe-releases/. You can do a “Find” with your browser to search for your Blythe by name.

  32. Dan

    can the ADG scalps go back on the head????

  33. Dan

    to mellisa i have recently purchased an adg doll, i was just wondering how you can get a new spring,
    and possibly reattach the scalp please help!

  34. Elaine

    Hi, I was wondering if it’s possible to put a kenner blythe head on an obitsu 60cm dollfie body?
    Thanks,
    Elaine

    1. Aileen

      I can probably answer this in saying the neck of the obitsu would be too big to fit a Blythe neck hole.

  35. Marie

    I have a question to ask you.I have an original Blythe doll head .Bought her when I was a little girl.Could you please suggest the perfect body for her?

    1. chantal

      To make the replacement,I found a perfect match in colour to my Kenner (a brunette with a center part and wispy half bangs,I’ve since found out is called Medieval Mood) it is the body of Cherryberry (Excellent Body).

  36. Lilian

    I have a question concerning the ADG. I just bought my first blythe so I went for an ADG because it was cheaper (I figured there was no need to pay twice the amount until I was sure I was totally into them). I know they are different then the Takara dolls, but I was wondering if the whole sanding, make up tutorials and so on apply for them too. Or are they too different? I also wonder about their hair. I saw you answered someone here about the rerooting process and you said that it was basically the same, but you mentioned screws that need opening up. Do the takara dolls have screws, too? Is their hair the type that can be boiled?

    Also, I know some people consider them “fake”, but are they really that inferior compared to the Takara dolls?

    Thanks a lot for your help!

  37. Aileen

    My friend has an ADG and she does not appear to have the mechanism that changed the eye colors. All she does is blink, there is only one pull string. I was wondering, are all ADGs like this?

  38. noob

    Hi!(: i have no -NO- idea what kind of blythe mine is?XD it is a ‘simply mango’ d:

  39. noob

    Hi, again.. i looked my doll in the neck and it says ‘CWC’ help.. D:

  40. nyx

    @noob – She’s an RBL; a Radiant Blythe. Does anybody know the main differences with the new Fairest dolls? Is opening the Head much different than the RBLs? I want one I can redo the hair on and I like the new dolls but don’t want to get one if it’s as hard to reroot as the RBL (I’m not even going to attempt it on my IR I love her too much)

  41. noob

    thank you nyx !(:

  42. Lynn

    Hi,
    I just bought a Nicky Lad doll (my first blythe) and I plan to buy lip stickers for her. Does NL have the same lips as the SBL or Kenner? Here’s the site: http://www.mylittlecustoms.com/products.php?cat=50&category=53

    Can you show me which is the closest to her lip style, please? Thanks!

  43. Yuii

    Hello,

    I want to find a new home for my custom Blythe doll.
    The original doll was Neo Blythe Simply Lilac (new doll for custom.)
    If you interested, Please feel free to contact me by
    e-mail : tinnyshop@yahoo.com

    Best Regards,
    tinnyshop

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  45. jj

    hello , I have just bought 2 girls , a simply vanilla and a simply chocolat , , now I’ve read somewhere these are FBL’s ? ,,, what does that mean ? the head on the inside looks like rbl though ,,, I’m so confused 🙂
    xxx

  46. littlemissblythe

    Which tutorials should I use for customizing my FBLs? You have none… can you make some, or are they very similar to another mold?

  47. Gail

    I have just purchased Nicky Lad but have not received her yet. Does she have a matte face?

  48. Tilly Brooks

    Hi ! I have two Blythes currently, and want to make a custom Blythe. If
    I bought an RBL head, could I get a licca body and piece it together? Thanks.

  49. oo.bester-gutschein.com

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up plus the rest of the website is also very good.

  50. Anay

    Where can i find a pretty cheap blythe or pullips doll

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