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

 


2007 Award
Trixieville
(Manhattan Toy $19.95 Score:) From the makers of Groovy Girls comes Trixieville—a more sophisticated collection of dolls that come with jointed hips and shoulders. First collection: Zayla (redhead), Avena (blonde), and Elonia (brunette) have a modern fairy look. Think Tinker Bell goes Vogue (with wings, of course). The furniture, including the Leafy Lounger ($19.99 5) and accessories for this line, are equally whimsical and fun. Our only regret is that these are not multicultural fairies. (800) 541-1345.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Goober
(Gund $30 Score:) A pot bellied bear that you’ll just want to hug. He’s two-toned with a really distinctive big nose—very endearing. (800) 448-4863. Still very special, Great Big Creamy Bear (Mary Meyer $130/36" 5) Remember the oversized bear you always dreamed of winning at the fair? This one is much better, because he’s totally huggable, soft, and delicious! 36" big, this memorable bear will be great to talk to and lean on. PLATINUM AWARD ’06. (800) 451-4387.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Furreal Friends Butterscotch Pony
(Hasbro $299.99 Score:) Your child is either going to love Butterscotch or want to run in the opposite direction. Butterscotch is voice activated and will move her head in your direction when you speak to her. She whinnes and snorts and while she doesn't actually move forward, she does make walking sounds when you sit on her (there is an 80 lb. limit). Comes with a carrot and brush. It's fun to feed her as she makes chomping sounds and moves her mouth. She has almost too much hair on her mane but certainly does fill the bill on "hairplay". We usually don't love dolls that do a lot of things--but for kids that love horses, Butterscotch is truly magical.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Paxton Jointed Bear
(Gund $22.99 Score:) Covered with silky curly hair, this reddish-brown bear has tan snout, paw pads and a bean bottom for sitting pretty. 15-inch Paxton also has jointed arms and legs so he can be posed. This bear has a sweet expression and a little more heft than most bears his size.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
Arnold the Snoring Pig
(Gund $30 Score:) Pure novelty! Arnold is a cuddly pink plush pig that snores and moves its ear, mouth, and body when you press its hoof. It’s hard not to smile. Your preschooler will enjoy Arnold--you will too!

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Higgins
(Mary Meyer $9 Score:) It’s a tie! Our testers couldn't put down either the very sweet honey-colored dog Higgins (Mary Meyer 8" & 12") with big floppy ears and soft huggable body, or Yardley Jr. (Gund), which is larger in scale—an armful with big floppy honey-colored ears and two-toned white-and-honey body, this darling silky plush pooch has a dark brown velour snout and black beady eyes.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Groovy Girls Poseable Dolls
(Manhattan Toy $15.95 Score:) This continues to be a BLUE CHIP collection of soft 13" multi-ethnic dolls with stitched features, yarn hair, and groovy clothes. The big addition this year is a collection of dolls with bendable limbs. Happily, there is a boy doll in this line. Still the superlative gift, consider a Supersized Groovy Girl ($50), a 40" child-sized fabric doll that’s like a pretend play pal.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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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 ½ & 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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2009 Award
National Geographic Kids Animals
(International Playthings $19.99 Score:) A wide range of animals are available in this line. Whether you have a child fascinated by reptiles or mammals (ice animals or jungle)...there's probably a winner to bring home. Our suggestion- bring one of these plush toys home with a book that you can share. Learning more about the creatures we share this planet with is one of the "greenest" messages around. 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.

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2009 Award
Lubies
(Rocket USA $9.99 Score:) A collection of witty plush balls in the shapes of a variety of animals. They are marketed to school aged kids, but we’re willing to bet preschoolers are going to want them, too. These really cute ball shaped dolls are not just great collectables. We’re sure kids will use them as soft balls to toss about indoors. They might even inspire some pretend/story telling. They say they are safe for all ages but they are targeted for 7 & up. We’d say 3’s and up will love them. 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,Early School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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