Which version of Illustrator are you using ?
Provide a sample .ai file, if possible.
CS6 for OS X, latest update according to the updater app.
I can isolate the bits in question and post later, if you like.
Why a blend and not dsitrubuting actual object?
And yes, blending text, that's what you get. AI isn't smart enough to blend typefaces to make a hybrid typeface.
my goal isn't a hybrid typeface, but to expand the blend elements.
I used a blend because it was quicker and less fussy.
so, the malfunction I'm seeing here is that when I expand the blend, the first and last instance of type remain as type; all in between instaces go to outlines.
Perhaps I wasnt' clear in my first post.
In order for Illustrator to blend between two text objects, Illustrator must use the outlines of the text. Therefore when you expand the blend, all you get are outlines. The start and end objects aren't altered during a blend, so they remain live text.
If outlines were not used when blending text objects, Illustrator would have to read the text character on each end then determine an "intermediate" character to use for the blend. Imagine blending a T and an A... what's the middle character look like? How would that be live type??? You're expecting Illustrator to create type characters on the fly. It can't.
What you are asking of blends is simply impossible with text objects. You can not blend text objects and expand to get live text. It's impossible.
In this case, using a blend is not the appropriate method. You should either duplicate objects and distribute them, or use Effect > Distort & Transform to produce dynamic copies.
OK..thank you for both the clarification and the suggestion.