2020.02.28

Allison Katzman, the inventor and designer of the Blythe doll, peacefully passed away at the age of 95 in Seattle, Washington on February 25, 2020.
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Allison invented Blythe in the early 1970s while she was working for Marvin Glass, a prominent toy design company in Chicago.  Blythe was manufactured by Kenner in 1972, but only for one year.  After 27 years, Blythe was resurrected by CWC in a Christmas television commercial for Parco in Japan in late 1999.  In 2001, the first Neo Blythe was manufactured by CWC through Takara.  By this time, the Blythe intellectual property had passed from Kenner to General Mills to Tonka and in 1984 to Hasbro.  Through deep research, CWC found Allison and a beautiful relationship resulted. Junko Wong considered Allison her mentor and shared her ideas and products with her.  Neo Blythe will see her 20th anniversary in 2021 on June 23. CWC will be dedicating the celebration to Allison with affection and gratitude.