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2006 Award
Pixel Chix
(Mattel $29.95 Score:) Watch a 2-D image of a girl move about in her house. Help her pick what's she going to do (rollerblade vs. watch TV), what she's going to eat or wear. There are five different levels of play and, like a virtual pet, she'll let you know if she's happy or sad. The coolest feature: you can connect two houses together and the chix will visit each other. A little noisy at times but will fit in a backpack for on the go fun.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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Furby
(Hasbro $ Score:) Furby is back this year with what the company calls "Emotio-tronics". This larger furry creature now promises to display happiness,sadness, surprise, fear and of course, sleepiness (what's an electronic creature without the sleep mode?) Sometimes Furby sounds a bit like Yoda as he speaks his Furbish. A pure novelty that will likely end up sitting on the shelf after the initial furbishness wears off.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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VCamNow
(Hasbro $74.99 Score:) Our testers were looking forward to putting the VCamNow and Mattel's Vidster to the test. The idea of a video camera for kids under $100 is very appealing. Rather than hand off your own expensive video camera and hoping for the best, these small kid friendly options seemed like a great breakthrough. Both cameras got initial high marks for design. "Kids this age want gadgets that look like the real thing" noted one parent. However, both products did not test well with our tech savvy kids and their parents. The Vidster view finder was blurry and the output was too dark even when the testers added lots of light. The VCamNow had a clear view finder image, but the output was very blurry. "I would have taken both products back" noted one parent.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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Ribbon and Felt Tote
(Creativity for Kids $15.99 Score:) This wonderful hassle-free, no-mess craft kit features a pink cotton tote bag that is decorated with stick-on cutout shapes and a striped ribbon that trims the top by simply threading it through like a belt. This would have been a Platinum winner had it arrived earlier. Big enough to hold a small book and other treasures, this is an art project that will be worn with pride. No sewing or glue required. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Robosapien V2
(WowWee $250 Score:) Last year's Robosapien was a hit with our testers...but now he is an even bigger hit, literally! The V2 stands almost a head taller and able to do more stunts than his earlier self. He's a more powerful robot that kids can program with even more motions. While you can make something happen by just pushing a button, we liked the fact that kids really have to work to get the Robosapien V2 to do all of his tricks–--requires kids to stay with it!

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Award
Amazing Baby Developmental Light Up Musical
(Kids Preferred $20 Score:) Hang this in the crib or take it along for overnights at Grandma’s. A star-shaped musical in bold colorful patterns, it has a pull-down action that triggers an old-fashioned music box sound. A baby face lift-up flap covers a small Mylar mirror for peek-a-boo sightings. Small lights twinkle under the fabric and the music plays long enough to soothe a baby to sleep. Has a very contemporary look.

Age: . Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Taf Toys 2 in 1 Smart Gym
(Edushape $69.95 Score:) Like last year’s Smart Mat, this is an oversized playmat with a gym in the middle! 39 x 59, with many textures, colors, and patterns, this has arches that connect securely to hold dangly toys that jitter, ring, and play music. Ideal for gazing at, batting, and kicking, and for multiple discoveries. The huge mat itself has built-in mirror, squeakers, and rattling rings. In contrast to the ActiviTot, these arches are not easy to set up, but they work well once you’ve done it. Our family with triples still raves about the original mat (sans arches) that is ten dollars less. (800) 404-4744.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Gummy Guppy
(Sassy $2.99 Score:) Large enough to be safe, this multicolored fish-shaped teether has interesting textures and bends slightly for two-handed investigations. (800) 323-6336.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
NooBoo Symphonic Stacker
(Manhattan Toy $29.95 Score:) We tested a lot of fabric stackers this year but most were unforgiving—they didn’t move easily on the post. These pleasingly soft patterned, textured, easy-to-grasp rings (they look almost like flowers) are fun to explore—they also activate “magical” sounds when stacked (although they don’t always work 100% of the time). A good parent/child toy. (800) 541-1345.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Amazing Baby Developmental Blanket Teether
(Kids Preferred $11 Score:) One of our favorite new toys of the year. Not really a blanket, this is about 12" of flat bear with crinkle body. It has chewy teether hands, easy-to-grab rings on its feet, and interesting patterns on its patchwork body. A variety of textures include plush head, satin foot, and velvety velour back. Likely to get a lot of touching moments. (866) 763- 8869.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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