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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Dolls and Huggables

 

 
2015 Awards
Manhattan Toy Lovies Payton Puppy
(Manhattan Toy $12 Score:)

You can find this adorable black and white pooch in three sizes, each with a slightly crooked face and angular ears that stand up and make him all the more appealing. He's done in silky plush, has pellets inside so he can sit on his lightly weighted bottom. We have the 5.5 handful and the one marked large. Either will be a perfect huggable to take wherever your toddler is off to. This is one of those classics that both boys and girls like to take wherever they go. They have no agenda or tricks Like a good old teddy bear ot floppy bunny, Payton Puppy will listen to whatever a child has to say and do whatever he’s told. He’ll be completely loving with no questions as to who is the boss.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Mattel Barbie Film Director, 2015 Career of the Year
(Mattel $ 12.99 Score:)

With her viewfinder round her neck and her utility belt on her waist, Barbie is ready to say, "Lights! Camera! Action!" Dressed in her jeans and pink knit sweater she has patterned scarf for a dash of glamour. Her flats are spares when her boots are ready to take off. Fortunately, she now has articulated ankles so she can really move at a new pace as she races to meet the deadline on finishing her newest, and no doubt award winning film! Voted the career of the year for 2015.

CHoose her as BLonde Barbie or brunette Nikki.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Pete the Cat Doll
(Merry Maker $15.99 Score:)

Fans of the popular books staring Pete the Cat will love this 14.5 inch huggable in his red and blue sneakers. Finished in a soft felt like fabric with stitched on features and a long wiggly tail, this has no clothes that come on or off. His backside is weighted so he can sit. All ages.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2014 Award
Lydia, Your Georgian Girl
(Girls for All Time $109.99 Score:)

Travel with Lydia, a stunning 18th Century girl who leaves England in 1760 with her family to settle in Colonial Boston. She wears a charming buttery yellow gown trimmed with rosettes and lace. Her long dark brunette locks are waiting to be brushed and admired as her fortunate owner enjoys reading Lydia's story in the book, Lydia in the New World (book available in 2015). Also available for Lydia a lovely teal blue party dress trimmed with Chinese braid and cream colored underskirt. Or she also might like a totally perfect riding outfit with a skirt of blue linen, a white shirt with cravat and a double breasted brass buttoned blue jacket. This is a doll for older girls with a beginning sense of world history and perhaps an interest in fashion in history. She is meant to be played with, though collectors will certainly like her, as well. Visit a girlforalltime.com site for recipes, history and other information about Lydia.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
Go! Go! Sports Girls Read & Play Doll & Book
(Dream Big Toy Co. $19 Score:)

We've told you about Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls before, soft fabric dolls that promote a positive image of girls as active players. Now, the sporty dolls are each being sold with a book that adds another dimension to their learning value along with information about their sport. Each doll and book set also comes with sporting equipment, a backpack and towel. Choose the one (or ones) that mirror your child’s sport interests. Consider Cassie and her Soccer Story, Maya, a gymnast, M.C. a dancer, Suzi, a swimmer, Ella, a runner, and Roxy, a cheerleader. 3 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Madame Alexander Play Travel Friends
(Madame Alexander $16.95 Score:)

Dolls from around the world have been around for ages. Your own collection may have been strictly for display and dressed in traditional costumes of each country. However, 21st Century foreign dolls are meant to be played with and are dressed in modern attire. A charming doll of India wears silk-ish clothes but not a sari although she has an embroidered elephant on her sleeveless blouse. All of the collection comes with abundant hair to style and joints that bend for active playing. These are definitely girl dolls not fashion dolls like Barbie. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Manhattan Toy Delightfuls Duffy Dog
(Manhattan Toy $18 & up Score:)

A delicious armful, Duffy Dog is a taffy colored pooch with dark brown floppy ears, velvety nose and tail. His furry coat is shaggy and his body has pellets to weigh down the bottom for sitting. He's huggable as a pooch can be and comes in two sizes, large 15" and medium 12".

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Manhattan Toy Lovelies Mocha Monkey
(Manhattan Toy $10-25 Score:)

Totally loveable and huggable, this 15-inch Mocha Monkey with silky plush body, long tail, and sweet peachy face set off with brown velvety snout and tiny eyes. Mocha's bottom is weighted with pellets inside so it sits with ease. Also available in a 12 inch ($18) or 7 inch ($10) variation. All three of these are adorable dolls that will listen and have no hidden agenda premade storyline. It's all in the imagination of the child. All ages.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
American Girl Beforever Samantha & Book
(American Girl $115 Score:)

Samantha, an American girl at the dawn of the 20th Century, is being brought up by her grandparents to be a proper young lady of her day. But her privileged life does not prevent her from befriending a servant girl and understanding her very different circumstances. American Girl introduced Samantha in 1986 and she is reintroduced this season in a new line of historical dolls with a refreshed look. Her original look had more of a historic period piece costume; while the update has a far more modern look. That said, we expect that many of the original Samantha doll owners will be eager to bring their daughters an update of their memorable doll. Samantha is the first, but not the last of the well-loved collection to be updated. There are new books and accessories, as well. Dressed in a charming pink dress with ruffled collar and velvet sash, she is a beauty. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Global Girl Doll Collection
(Global Girl Dolls $89.99 Score:)

Older girls may have put away their baby dolls, but they often still long for one last doll to treasure and this collection certainly fits the bill. These are 21" dolls each dressed and styled for a specific country. These are nothing like your mother's or grandmother's foreign doll collection with traditional costumes. Tatiana from Russia, Vivienne from France, Mei Ling from China, Marcela from Argentina, Amahle from South Africa, and Tiffany from New York wear stylish and current sophisticated outfits. Each doll was made with a unique face mold and coloring that reflects the world of today's girls. The soft-bodied dolls are poseable and can sit as well as stand. They come dressed with underwear, pierced earrings, coats and hats or lighter outer wear, and casual sports outfits. Each has shoes, handbags, and a beautiful head of hair to style and re-style. A book ($9.99) is sold separately for each doll and features both fiction and non-fiction to acquaint the reader with life styles for differing cultures. They are so new, they are only sold on line through globalgirl.com.

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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