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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Dolls and Huggables

 


2009 Award
Gotz Maxy Muffin
(International Playthings $59.95 Score:)

Muffin is a soft bodied 16.5” toddler doll with beautiful brunette pigtails and bangs and a ruffled red and white dress with matching sandals. She comes with a hairbrush and her hair can be washed. She has open and shut eyes and a sweet face. A sweet looking doll. 3 & up.
        The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.
 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Gotz Maxy Aquini
(International Playthings $64.99 Score:)

This doll would have been a Platinum winner but for the squirting squeeze toy in the package. Since bath such toys can hold bacteria laden water that causes illness, we have eliminated such toys from our lists.  This eliminates a lot of otherwise wonderful toys like this one. Note: we acknowledge that they are legal and satisfy current federal safety guidelines, however we recommend you remove such squirter toys from this and other bath toys.  Dressed in an adorable floral sundress and matching lavender clogs, Aquini is ready for the beach or tub. She’s 16.5” big and made of tubbable phthalate-free vinyl. Her rooted hair is washable. She comes with a terry bath cover-up. Her pose able arms and legs allow you to empty water that may lodge inside if she is used as a bath toy. 3 & up.
       The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.
 

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
Fleece Friends Bear or Dog Blanket
(North American Bear Co. $29 Score:)

A soft tan blanket with off white cotton binding has a flat bear or dog with arms and legs stitched onto the corner. This fold up and straps together into a neat rectangular pack that will fit into the cubby at school or on the end of the bed when not in use. Just a nice washable snugglie to take along for rest time at preschool or an overnight at Gram’s. Also see the Fleece Friends 12” bear or dog, a snugglie doll take along. 2 & up.
    The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.
 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Satin Ears Bear
(North American Bear Co. $25 Score:)

A 14" inch velvety to the touch, tan velour bear with blue satin ears and a big matching bow. This is an armful that sits up and has stitched features.  This is the kind of bear most folks walk into a new nursery with--but will be most enjoyed by the 2 & up crowd.
    The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Rosy Cheeks Big Sister Ballerinas
(North American Bear Co. $32 Score:)

Ballerina dolls tend to be stiff and hard to handle. Not these Big Sister dolls. Available in African American or Caucasian versions, these 22" all fabric dolls are adorable with their yarn hair, pink headbands with roses, pink satin and tulle tutu and pink ballet slippers. These sweet dolls are a little on the chubby side and have stitched features and are sure to thrill any big sister. They come with blonde or brunette yarn hair. 3 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Smushy Monkey
(North American Bear Co. $17 Score:)

Irresistibly huggable 22” sand colored monkey with velvety snout, ears and paws. Slightly under stuffed this is covered in a plush that is both short and long so that it feels super soft and looks unusual in a positive way. Smushy’s features are stitched and he sports a peach ribbon. The long arms, legs and tail make this a perfect choice for toddlers who prefer their huggables big enough to fill their arms…yet need them to be light enough for easy lugging about. Although the neck ribbon is stitched on the manufacturer’s tag says to remove the ribbon before giving the monkey to a small child. Also available in 14” size for $17. 2 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009.

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1999 Awards
Muffy VanderBear and Hoppy VanderHare
(North American Bear Co. $20 Score:)

Muffy fans will adore the new trunk with built in bunk beds ($90) for playing and storing two dolls and accessories. Pricey but very special! PLATINUM AWARD '99. We think this Muffy Bear dressed in a rabbit costume is a winner ($60) although pretty pricey. Check out some of the simpler versions of Muffy. Testers also liked the Hoppy Starter Set, a good place to begin at a great price. Also, Muffy Stuff ($20), a soft carry case for traveling bears. 6 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 1999. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Awards
Groovy Girls and Groovy Boys
(Manhattan Toy $10 Score:)

This continues to be a BLUE CHIP collection of soft 13" multi-ethnic dolls with stitched features, yarn hair, and groovy clothes. Happily, there is a boy doll in this line.  Still the superlative gift, consider Supersize Yvette or Gwen ($50 each 5), a 40" child-sized fabric doll that’s like a pretend play pal. We found the new Groovy Girls’ PetRageous ($16.99) disappointing. If you didn’t see the hangtags you wouldn’t know they were from the same folks—they lack the wonderful design quality and spirit of the dolls. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1995 Awards
Littlel Tikes Shopping Cart
(Little Tikes $30 Score:)

This bright yellow cart with baby seat is more gender free than most doll carriers. Lends itself to more open-ended pretend shopping and simply carting treasures about games. Room for a doll or teddy bear simply makes it more like the real thing.

SNAP INFO: Solidly built for lots of pretend, this shopping cart has a seat for doll or teddy when kids need a shopping spree play time.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 1995. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Bitty Baby Doll and book
(Pleasant Company $ 80 Score:)

15" soft-bodied Bitty Baby dolls with vinyl heads, arms and legs have been updated to allow for more options to customize. You have a choice of 11 dolls with differnt hair, skin and eye color combintions. Each doll arrives in a signature sleeper and a Bitty Baby & Me picture book. The updated doll now has a hairline brought forward and eyebrows for a more realistic look. The upper body was also redesigned with arms brought forward -- for better huggability. Beautiful clothes and furniture accessories available.  We also recommend the Bitty Baby Twins (boy and girl toddler dolls $115). As always there are extra outfits for the baby and matching clothes for the child. 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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