The first Blythe doll that I ever wanted was a Princess a la Mode (aka PALM) … which is currently $2,500 in the box so that’s not happening. Still, even though I’m really a novice Blythe collector she left me with that lingering desire for an emerald green haired girl. Then Alexis Emerald came along and she’s about $300 now more or less. The thing is I need a bang on my Blythe five-head and I always, always, always sand matte Blythe dolls so I couldn’t justify buying her either. Then, about a month ago, I heard about factory Blythe dolls. It seems that vigilante factory workers, enraged by their pay rate after finding out PALM cost $2,500, were going rogue and smuggling out Blythe parts in their shoes*, reassembling them at home, selling them on eBay, and thus fighting the man**. I was intrigued.
I found this lovely lady during my first search. She had all the bangs of PALM with all the cheapness of being a stolen Alexis Emerald (AE), so I bought her for $90. I actually had no idea how close she was until I got her home and looked up AE online, but the pull ring is the same, the eye are the same, the eyeshadow …
Or maybe not. I think, in some kind of karmic way, I probably bought a fake factory Blythe, made to prey on cheap ignoramuses like myself. Look eBay gods, I didn’t want to destroy a $300+ doll with sand matting okay? Anyway, now I’m trying to figure out if she’s a factory doll or a fake before I do my unboxing video of her because I don’t want to give out false information and confuse people even more. Unless no one helps me and I get bored, but I’m trying not to misinform people.
On to the evidence …
The back of the head reveals little to me because of my limited Blythe knowledge (I’ve owned 10, one Enchanted Petal, one custom, and a ton of “Simply” somethings), but the bottom screws look a touch small. There also seems to be staining on the scalp from the hair. The body I didn’t bother photographing because it’s definitely fake, the legs don’t have that weird gumminess that makes it impossible to put a sock on, or the little holes on the bottoms of the feet.
One thing I did hear about factory Blythe dolls is that a lot of them are damaged in some small way and that’s why they’re smuggled out. Essentially rejects, they are saved from the trash bin, so a lot of them are wonky. Note Fauxlexis Emerald’s right (our left) eye lid: it’s oddly deformed almost touching the eyeball. The eyelashes aren’t the standard straight across ones either, but I think AE made have had special lashes.
Yes, more crazy eye. Looking straight ahead you can practically see her thoughts forming inside her head around the eyes. Look closer … something seem off? Yep, the eyes aren’t level. The eyelids and mech on the left (our right) are lower than those on the other side. Evidence of a factory defect or a poorly made fake?
I thought it was odd that she came with this pearl emerald pull ring until I realized that AE was supposed to have one. You can also see a huge gap between the eye and mech in this photo.
Last but not least … no it’s least. I just wanted to show the last pair of eye chips, but there’s not much else to say. I tried to color correct the photos to be accurate, but I probably did a lousy job.
Right now I’m leaning toward considering her a fake factory doll, but I would love it if some Blythe experts weighed in! I posted in a Flickr group asking the same thing too. I will update when I hear something so stay tuned …
Until then, any of you get burned by fake factory dolls? Do you think factory dolls are evil or amazing? Do you have 20 of them or are you about to lecture me for buying one? Weigh in below!
Update: The comments are in and I believe that Princess Faulexis a la Mode is, indeed, a fake. Thank you to everyone who helped!
* My friend used to pinch things from work in his shoes, it’s an odd inside joke from about a decade and a half ago.
** Story based on what sounds good in my head.