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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Dolls and Huggables
Subcategories: Favorite Characters

 


2013 Award
Big Hugs Elmo
(Hasbro $59.99 Score:)

Elmo is back this year and ready to give your child a big hug. This oversized version asks for hugs, tighter hugs and then says "too tight." Preschoolers will love the hugs. He encourages kids to pretend. Some of the choices seem off..."let's pretend to be rabbits...let's pretend to be astronauts"...not two things that jump to mind as the most interesting. Do toddlers/preschoolers even know what an astronaut is anymore? The body is a blend of soft red fur and a hard core (where the batteries are stored). The arms do bend so that they can be placed around a neck for a proper hug.  You will feel the mechanism in the arms - the equivalent of doll bones?  Elmo says over 50 phrases, sings songs and best of all, he goes to sleep after a pretty cute bedtime routine. Not clear whether Elmo will be as popular this year given the scandal, but as a straight forward novelty doll, he is pretty cute.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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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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BIrd's the Word Elmo
(Fisher-Price $19.99 Score:) Novelty dolls often get a lot of media attention. Some are worth the buzz, others deserved silence. For example, Birdís the Word Elmo (Fisher-Price $19.99 2) features our pal Elmo dressed up like a bird, telling jokes and singing. Itís just too derivative and remote for kids.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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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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2008 Award
Poseable Nutbrown Hare
(Kids Preferred $18 Score:) A plush recreation of a favorite storybook character, Nutbrown Bear, from Guess How Much I Love You. This one has poseable ears and front paws and a silky feel. Bring it home with the book that is available in sturdy board edition or regular format. 2 Ĺ & 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: 2008.

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