Produced for only one year in 1970, the Blythe doll is a 12-inch plastic doll with waif-like features (think tiny body, over-sized eyes, and the perfect pout). Over the years, she's found a cult-like following among doll collectors and artists alike, who fall for her offbeat charm and strange expressions. One look . . . and you're hooked.
For over five years, artist Erregiro has been customising his collection of more than one hundred dolls; the result of which is this over-the-top, crazy cool book. Erregiro's fantastic plastic world is populated by petite princesses posing against a backdrop of newly fallen snow; glamorous divas dressed to the nines in true Hollywood style; rock 'n' roll chicks styled with hand-painted tattoos; and the occasional sweetheart in cardigan-and-bobby-socks-style as wholesome as apple pie.
With names like Jenny, Halo, and Samantha, Erregiro has also created dolls based on popular fictional characters such as Cruella de Ville and Snow White, along with honest-to-God celebs such as Amy Winehouse and Dita von Teese. To showcase the transition from a "normal" Blythe doll to a one-of-a-kind Erregiro creation, we've highlighted the "before" and "after" process in Erregiro's customization of a doll meant to resemble Nicki Minaj, complete with bubble-gum-coloured hair and outrageous ensemble.