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

 


2009 Award
Little Mommy Walk & Giggle
(Fisher-Price $69.99 Score:)

As novelty dolls that walk and talk are not usually on our list, let's start by saying, this doll is an exception. Unlike so many automated dolls, this one is less bossy than most. She's more of a show off, trying her best to walk without falling down and instead of telling you what she wants, she responds to what the little players do. She can sit down, lie down, stand up, play peek-a-boo, giggle and wiggle and most of all walk...like a wobbly toddler. Unlike so many animated dolls she has a sweet little face and pretty blonde hair or consider the African American version. All that said, she will not replace a soft cuddly non-talking doll that does what a child imagines, but she is likely to make a hit in the novelty department.

SAFETY NOTE: This doll is labeled 3 & up and that is what it means! We had a two-year old toy tester in the office who wanted to play with the doll and her puppy that comes with a leash. Her mom said her daughter would never put the dog's leash around her neck. "Never"  lasted about five minutes. Of all the things that came with the doll, the long string of the leash was the one item she picked up and put on her neck! Please, observe the age labels!  

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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2009 Award
Kota & Pals Stompers -Triceratops
(Playskool $24.99 Score:)

Remember the gigantic Kota, the animatronic dinosaur that was big enough to sit on? Well, here is his recession proof offspring! An 8 1/2"  inch wonder covered in a shimmery teal blue velvety fabric with horns and stubby feet. Pat it on the back and it not only roars, shakes its head and walks with determination. There are several other fabric-covered dinos in this line. There's an 8 inch T-Rex Hatchling($18  4.5)  that roars when you put a finger in its mouth. He moves his head and arms. There is also a Stegosaurus($18  4.5) and Pterodactyl($18  4.5) that were not yet ready. For our money, we say the Triceratops is a winner in the kinder, gentler world of dinos and your toy budget. 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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2009 Award
American Girl Rebecca Doll & Book
(American Girl $95 Score:)

The year is 1914 and Rebecca Rubin, lives on the Lower East Side in New York City with her Russian-Jewish family. Newest in the American Girl Historical Collection, she comes dressed in period clothes and with five additional books about her experiences in the crowded tenement world she and her cousins shared. Like all the other dolls in this collection her back-story has been well researched and gives kids a window into the lives of the tens of thousands who came to America looking for a new life while holding on to the traditions of their religion and past. With her dark long wavy hair, her dark brown eyes, wearing her high button shoes and red dress, she may well resemble the great grandmothers of many of today's school girls. Although preschool children are sometimes gifted with these beautiful dolls as play dolls (which they are) the well-written books and the authentic details of their clothes and accessories are too often lost on pre-readers. Rebecca, like so many of the historical dolls and their stories, is more than a pretty face and is best appreciated by girls of 8 & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

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2009 Award
Yakety Owen Owl & Critter Calls Pig
(Mary Meyer $15.95 Score:)

An 8" brown owl with spread wings has a sound chip inside. Squeeze its body and it hoots quietly. Also special a 4" pink plush pig that oinks when squeezed.  We also love the monkey, the bear, the dogs--they're all very sweet and easy to activate. This one is scaled right for block builders and is one of many farmyard and wild animals that kids will like to collect for dramatic play. 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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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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1997 Awards
American Girl & American Girl of Today
(American Girl $84 Score:) This company has made its name with exquisite dolls from different periods in American history. New for 2001 is Kit Kittredge, a nine-year old growing up in the Depression Era. There are books for each doll—a wonderful way to introduce history to kids. The American Girl of Today collection allows you to choose one of 20 contemporary-looking dolls with Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, and Asian American skin tones and features. 7 & up. SNAP INFO: A wheel chair is available for the American Girl doll. It's sturdy and a welcome addition to an excellent line. You can order the doll of your choice with skin, eye and hair color to match your child.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1997.

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2006 Award
Barbie
(Mattel $15.99 Score:) We like the idea of Barbie being active- not just a pretty face with glitzy clothes. Last year, it was soccer; this year there's Cool Skating Barbie who really does skate and Swimming Champion Barbie, a true Olympian. These dolls have small details that require fine motor dexterity and will be enjoyed more by school aged kids who can handle them. We liked the look of Barbie's VW, but it was not ready for testing.New for 2006, our testers all wanted the new American Idol Barbie with Karaoke Machine () but found the clothes particularly difficult to put on and take off. They also wished that the doll sang more than a part of a song. Also among this year’s crop: Fairytopia Barbie (with light-up wings ); and Fashion Fever (with really neat clothes that come on little mannequins ). (800) 524-8697.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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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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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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