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

 


2011 Award
Barbie I Can Be Art Teacher Doll Playset
(Mattel $20.99 Score:)

Packaged with an easel with 3-way color change paint, Barbie Art Teacher has a big paintbrush in her hand and a button on her back to make her arm move when she gets creative. She has a palette in her other hand and her fluffy white cat that poses as Barbie magically paints her portrait. Kids can also use the brush for free style paining on the blank easel sheet. Barbie herself is wearing bright turquoise pants and cute printed top. Her blonde hair is done up in a generous ponytail that is ready for restyling. There was an earlier Art Teacher doll in their line, but this one has the color magic feature not found in earlier sets. Also new for 2011, a new Barbie I Can Be Babysitter Doll Set with a drink and wet baby. We like the art teacher better. They say 3 & up, but this is a better bet for somewhat older kids.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Barbie and the Three Musketeers
(Mattel $25 Score:)

So you think Barbie is just a pretty gal? Look again. An answer to action figures, these four beauties, Barbie and the Three Musketeers arrive in skirts that turn into capes and tierras that turns into masks. According to the package’s backstory ‘together they go from maids working in a castle to brave heroines who save the prince from grave danger.’ In the words of Viveca, “Who says functional can’t be pretty?” We don’t know. We guess you need the video to find out.

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
Dressable Madeline
(Kids Preferred $30 Score:)

Welcome back, Madeline! From time to time this storybook character exits for a season or two and then happily resurfaces. This season she is back in a all her classic glory. This all fabric doll with her red hair, her bright yellow hat and blue velour coat, plaid school girl dress and black shoes is ready to be dressed and undressed. Oh, yes, she has her requisite appendix scar. Bring her home with one or more of the books or the many videos with Christopher Plummer narrating. Also new this season, a 70th Anniversary version of Madeline in a toile print dress. We think this version will be of more interest to collectors. We prefer the classic Madeline in coat and hat. 4 & 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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