Littlest Pet Shop Blythe Dolls - Discontinued??? Say It Isn't So

by fitzcharming

Why does every doll I collect become obsolete? Hasbro has dumped these diminutive dolly darlings with big eyes and big personalities.

Littlest Pet Shop Blythe dolls are the smallest incarnation of the popular 1972 Blythe Big Eyed doll made by Kenner. At about 4 inches tall they are the only Blythe Dolls currently on the market that are acutally "play" dolls. The average price is around $10 each so they are affordable enough for little girls to enjoy. But there are many "big" girls (and guys) that love Littlest Pet Shop Blythe too.

There is now another Blythe Doll Hasbro creation to accompany the Littlest Pet Shop toy line, but she's hard plastic and nothing like the charming cuties that have captured the hearts of Blythe collectors.

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Who Is Littlest Pet Shop Blythe From Hasbro Toys?

The Hasbro Littlest Pet Shop Blythe dolls were created by Hasbro to go with the wildly popular Littlest Pet Shop animal toys. In her story line Blythe Baxter recently moved into an apartment above a pet day care shop and discovered her unique ability to understand and talk to the animals there.  She becomes their "Pet Sitter" and the accessories included with the dolls are tied into the theme. 

The Littlest Pet Shop cartoon series aried on Saturday Morning Cartoons in 1995 without a Blythe character, and in 2012 was revived in another television series with the same name.   The current cartoon is centered around Blythe the pet sitter, and her amazing ability to converse with the animals. 

LPS Blythe Loves To Play In The Sun And The Snow

Look At Those Tiny Ice Skates - They Come Off!
Blythe Swim n Sun #16 & Cold Weather Cute #1
Blythe Swim n Sun #16 & Cold Weather Cute #1
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Littlest Pet Shop Blythe History

If it seems like just yesterday the LPS Blythe dolls were lining the shelves - it's because they were! Littlest Pet Shop animal toys were created in 2004 by Hasbro and the Pet Sitter Blythe dolls were introduced in 2010.  Right away the Littlest Pet Shop Blythe dolls had a following with collectors, most likely because of the popularity of their larger Takara Tomy Blythe counterparts.

The dolls are small at just 4" tall, and are made of vinyl.  They have rooted hair and eyelashes, and the facial details are painted on.  Her eyes are inset glass, but they don't close.  LPS Blythe is marginally poseable with joints at the shoulders and hips and her head swivels around. 

Most of the dolls are packaged in sets with an outfit, comb, an adorable pet, and some accessories.  There were a few versions without the pet, and some that were produced as exclusives for Target.  After the 47th incarnation of tiny Blythe, her look changed and her lashes were painted on.  There is a current version of the Blythe doll from Hasbro that is solid plastic with snap on clothes, and looks more like the newest TV series character.  She has not been received graciously by collectors.

 

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My Blythe LPS Collection

At my last count there were over 50 Littlest Pet Shop Blythe Dolls produced by Hasbro since 2010. I have 10 of them.  That means I need around 40 to complete the entire set.  Arrrgh!  Now that the Blythe doll body has changed to resemble a Polly Pocket style toy, I expect the prices of these cute collectibles with hair you can brush and clothes made of fabric to go up.

I've seen a few of the doll sets at closeout stores like Tuesday Morning and Ross, but eventually they will only be available on secondary markets aka eBay and Amazon.  That's where enterprising individuals (like me) will be selling LPS Blythe dolls at a premium. How I wish I had bought them when they were in Target and Toys r Us at regular prices. 

Here is the list in my doll collection -

  • Sightseeing Cute
  • Prettiest in Pearls
  • Get Pretty Boutique
  • Buckles n Bows
  • Pinwheels n Daisies
  • Swim n Sun
  • Cold Weather Cute
  • Outdoor Afternoon
  • Autumn Glam
  • Fabulously Vintage

You can view the entire list courtesy of Dr. Blythenstien here -->> Blythe LIttlest Pet Shop Guide

 

Littlest Pet Shop Online Games - Coloring Pages - And Pictures

For LPS Blythe Lovers Ages 4 To 104

Littlest Pet Shop Blythe on Flickr
Where the LPS Blythe collectors hang out

Hasbro Littlest Pest Shop Games Website
A dozen or more cute games from the LPS animals

Littlest Pet Shop Pinterest
What are the most popular LPS Blythe pins?

Littlest Pet Shop Coloring Pages
Download and print drawings of LPS Blythe and her pet friends

Updated: 05/19/2014, fitzcharming
 
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fitzcharming on 05/25/2013

I think they are cute too. Possibly because they don't look the same as Blythe in the newest version of the cartoon series.

katiem2 on 05/25/2013

Oh NO they are so cute and adorable dolls, sorry to hear about it. It's just another case in point making doll collectors wonder what the companies motive is....

fitzcharming on 05/22/2013

I agree AnomalousArtist. Maybe she had become less profitable who knows.

AnomalousArtist on 05/22/2013

My friend dotes on Blythe and feels the same way...it really does seem like these toy companies do this arbitrarily...it's almost like the motto in Hollywood with movies: "Keep doing it until you get it WRONG." :(

fitzcharming on 05/22/2013

Thanks ohcaroline, she's really cute.

ohcaroline on 05/22/2013

I'll keep my eyes our for them. I liked Daisy best!

fitzcharming on 05/21/2013

I've got my eyes peeled in every store. Thanks kimbesa.

kimbesa on 05/21/2013

Noooo.... I'll have to look around next time I'm out. They were growing on me!

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