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Name: Go! Go! Sports Girls
Company: DREAM BIG TOY COMPANY
Age: 3-12
Price: $22.99
Category: Dolls

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Name: Mi Yim - Good Earth Fairy
Company: GREENPOINT BRANDS
Age: All Ages
Price: Not Specified
Category: Dolls

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Name: Global Green Pals™ Pink Coral Laurel
Company: RESTORATION GALLERY LLC
Age: 3 and up
Price: $29.99
Category: Dolls

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Name: Sweet as Can Be Fairy Doll
Company: LINDA RICK, THE DOLL MAKER
Age: 3 and up
Price: $25
Category: Dolls

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Name: Adorable Girl Doll - The Girly Girl
Company: ADORABLE ORIGINALS INC.
Age: 3-9
Price: $39.95
Category: Dolls

What It Is
In this collection of six hip and huggable soft-bodied dolls are Girly Girl, Sporty Girl, Creative Girl, Free Spirit Girl, Social Girl and Performer Girl. Each name carries a special meaning and helps little girls define themselves by their qualities rather than their looks. Plus, their identity tags invite girls to log on to Adorable Girl Doll website for even more interactive fun.

What We Thought

Spongy springy, trademarked yarn hair really sets Adorable Original dolls apart from other rag dolls. Their cartoony faces make them friendly and appealing to little girls and to the adults who love them. Their outfits are to also die for.

Why They’ll Want It
Little girls who want something cuddly for bedtime will love to have these dolls on their pillows. Parents and grandparents who are looking to help instill self-esteem in their children will appreciate the message that every girl, no matter what she looks like, is beautiful and unique in her own way. - Alison Marek 6/30/08

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Name: Calin Cheerful Pink
Company: COROLLE DOLLS
Age: 2 and up
Price: $26.99
Category: Dolls

What It Is
This 12" doll has a soft beanbag body and eyes that close when she´s "sleeping." She can wear clothing from Corolle´s Mon Premier collection. As with all Corolle babies, she’s delicately scented with vanilla.

What We Thought
This tiny baby is just the right size for little girls, ages 18 months and up. She’s pretty, sweet and has great clothes. My 11-year-old stepdaughter thought she was a very good quality doll and gave her the highest rating.

Why They’ll Want It
Little girls who love babies will adore this tiny doll sized just for them. The cute outfits and accessories will let them play mommy for hours. - Alison Marek 6/30/08

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Name: Flatsy Doll
Company: SCHYLLING
Age: 3 and up
Price: $5.99
Category: Dolls

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Name: Groovy Girls Holiday Sylvie Starr
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 3 and up
Price: $17
Category: Dolls

What Is It?
This velour plush rag doll wears tights of a silver, sparkling fabric and gold satin shoes that complement the gold touches in her pageant-winner look. She’s not easily poseable, but has whimsical hair and a purse that dangles with the ladylike swing of her legs. Her dress is removable, but the other clothing and accessories, which are not, might make another outfit a difficult fit. Her earrings are sewn in so she doesn’t have to worry about losing them. She has a star’s smile.

What We Thought
I don’t consider myself a “doll person” but the more I looked at her, the more I liked her. And my mother — also not a “doll person” — commented, “She is really CUTE!” This is a great doll for a collection or to serve as a girl’s daily companion. Groovy Girls have accessories, too, which add to the fun. How about a stylish car or pet horse for starters?

Why They’ll Want It
Remember Holly Hobby? Well, Sylvie’s the new “it” girl in the ragdoll world, and every girl identifies with glam. They can bring her into their imaginary worlds and create stories for any number of daily experiences. Sylvie Starr would make a great gift. — Dena Welter, 10/2/07

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Name: My Loving Jesus Doll
Company: HF CORPORATION
Age: 1 and up
Price: $19.95
Category: Dolls

What Is It?
A 16" Jesus doll clothed in a removable robe of brushed flannel and a fleecy blue undergarment, My Loving Jesus comes with a scroll that contains a letter addressed to "a Dear Sweet Child." The scroll briefly retells the life of Jesus in English on one side and Spanish on the other. The doll is soft and well made.

What We Thought
The expression on this doll’s face is undoubtedly loving. There are many Jesus merchandise/images out there that can be described as "contemplating Jesus," “suffering Jesus," "I- know-you -did-something-bad-Jesus," "angry Jesus" or just plain "creepy Jesus." But no matter how you look at this Loving Jesus Doll, his face tells you, "I love you!" and his open arms scream "Hug me!"

Why They´ll Want It

My Loving Jesus Doll not only serves as a great spiritual companion for young children, it’s also cuddly and lovable. It can also serve as a great novelty item for adults, and would make a welcome and surprising gift for that someone who thinks he has everything. – TDmonthly Review Team, 9/21/06

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Name: Trixieville — Avena
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 6 and up
Price: $14.99
Category: Dolls

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Name: Ruth
Company: CANDY BOX KIDS INC.
Age: 3 and up
Price: $24.99
Category: Dolls

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Name: Terri Lee Princess Ballerina
Company: TERRI LEE ASSOCIATES
Age: 3 and up
Price: $24.99
Category: Dolls

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Name: Groovy Girl Mini Gwen
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 3 and up
Price: $5
Category: Dolls

What Is It?
A bendy, flexy mini Groovy Girl not more than 4” high, Gwen is perfect for dollhouses or hanging out in pockets. She’s fully poseable and wears a cool teeshirt, skirt and leggings set – all nonremovable and therefore non-loseable. She has a mischievous smile and a button nose.

What We Thought
These are very collectible dolls for kids of all ages. They’re great for decorating a bookshelf or a desk. They’re playable, too. Kids can definitely imagine them hanging out with dollhouse critters of all species and sizes. They have their own playspaces, too, so girls can create a whole world for these tiny playmates.

Why They’ll Want It
They’re cute, collectible and small. Since there are no removable parts, little girls won’t get frustrated by losing a shoe or a favorite skirt. Gwen looks as much like a real little girl as a little rag-doll-inspired vinyl toy can, and kids can easily identify her and use her to act out all their daily dilemmas and dramas, plus take her into their imaginary worlds. Groovy Girl Mini Gwen and her friends, Reese, Oki, O´Ryan, Vanessa and Yvette, are great gifts for little girls to get or give themselves.
-- Alison Marek, 12/2/05


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Name: Babies-a-Bloom “Daisy”
Company: MARIE OSMOND DOLLS
Age: 3 and up
Price: $89.95
Category: Dolls

What is it?
This Retailer Exclusive doll is sculpted by Ping Lau and comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Made of a super-soft “Cuddle Me” vinyl that gives flexibility to her fingers and limbs, her pale ivory “skin” has a porcelain look but silky feel. Her palms, cheeks, knees and toes are tinged with blushes of pink. She’s 20” tall and is weighted to feel like a real baby. She has a soft stuffed cloth body and even her vinyl arms and legs are stuffed to make them feel more realistic. Her neck can turn and tilt, giving her a wide range of expressions. Her short blond wig is stitched to her head and is wreathed in a fleece headband decorated with cheerful fleece daises. Her radiant blue eyes are fringed with “real” upper lashes. She’s dressed in a white cotton blouse and pinafore edged with lace, a soft blue fleece apron splashed with fleece daisies, with matching booties and bloomers, and white socks. She has a special pocket in her chest for an included mechanism that sets her “heart” a-beating when a little girl holds her close. Her belly button is a real button, trimmed with a felt flower.

What We Thought
This beautifully made doll has the shape and feel of a real baby. An incredible amount of attention has been given to details that will warm the heart of any doll lover, from the dimples in Daisy’s elbows, to the soft painted highlights in her lips. Her matching outfit is cheerful, cuddly and fun for girls, while still being elaborate enough to satisfy a demanding collector. Even her little socks are knitted with a cable stitch.

Why They’ll Want It
Daisy’s big blue eyes, soft skin and daisy-splashed fleece outfit will attract attention from little girls or collectors looking to adopt their next baby. She’ll make a little girl feel like a real mommy, toting her around and showing off her super smooth skin and her lovely detailing. Little girls will especially appreciate how soft and squeezable she is and how she’ll fit into their arms almost as if she were their own baby sister. Kids will also like the fact that her head can tilt, so they can really “talk” to her. Collectors will appreciate the fine workmanship as well as the lifelike size and weight of this special baby. Grandparents, in particular, will want to give Daisy as a keepsake for their special little girls, to hand down the tradition of nurturing play to the next generation.
– Alison Marek, 8/29/05



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Name: Pinky Street
Company: VANCE PROJECT
Age: All Ages
Price: $9.99
Category: Dolls

What is it?
A Pinky Street doll is a fashionably dressed young anime/manga figurine that comes with an extra outfit. But she doesn’t just change her clothes: she changes body parts as well. Her legs, skirt, hair, head and trunk all pop off and are interchangeable not only with her extra outfit, but with other Pinky Street dolls and their outfits as well. Girls can be especially creative once they have an assortment of Pinkies by swapping hairstyles, heads and fashions. They’re only about 4” tall, so they’re pocket-sized and completely transportable. Designed by modeler Yuki Kanaya (Baby Sue), the theme for the figurines is “the girl next door.” Each doll comes with accessories, such as a necktie for a school uniform or radio. Some have buttons that kids can wear, too.

What We Thought
These dolls are cute and childlike, with sullen or pensive expressions; one little girl has fangs. Since Pinky Street dolls are based on kids, they’re a nice alternative to fashion dolls that require girls to imagine themselves as already grown. Not only does changing the costumes change the fashion look of the doll, but the mood as well. Hand and feet positions vary, too, so a Pinky Street can be demure in one outfit, but forthright in another. The interchangeable hair is an added bonus and dramatically alters the doll’s looks.

Why They’ll Want It
Pinky Street dolls are cute, fun, and encourage creativity. Everyone from little girls to grown men have been collecting these figurines in comic and manga shops. Little girls will like them because they’re sweet without being cloying. They’re girls with a grown-up attitude (but not bodies), and the fashions are adorable. Changing the clothes and hairstyles is fun and just encourages collecting, because the more dolls someone has, the more possibilities for new styles there are. Moms will like them because they’re a great alternative to those other fashion dolls that encourage little girls to imagine themselves as scantily clad teenagers. Pinky Street dolls dress like kids – albeit fashionably dressed, Tokyo-style-influenced kids. 
 – Alison Marek, 8/29/05


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Name: Polly Pocket Adorable Storable, Too!
Company: MATTEL INC.
Age: 4 and up
Price: $6.99
Category: Dolls

What is it?
The Adorable Storable, Too! mini case is stackable, portable and modular, and easily fits larger Adorable Storable case for the ultimate storage solution. “Too!” has three compartments for storing Polly’s shoes, dresses, handbags and all things Polly. As a bonus, “Too!” comes with a matching pink hat, purse and pair of shoes for Polly, along with fun little stickers to decorate the container.

What We Thought
The Adorable Storable, Too! is just the right size for a girl with a smaller Polly collection. It’s made of durable plastic in a bright pink color that little girls will love. The container is transparent, so its contents are easily seen.

Why They’ll Want It
The added bonus of three wardrobe pieces alone will entice Polly Pocket fans. The storage compartments are just the right size for the beginning Polly Pocket collector.

--Susan Maddela, 5/3/05


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Name: Polly Pocket Quik-Clik Boutique
Company: MATTEL INC.
Age: 4 and up
Price: $13.99
Category: Dolls

What is it?
Polly Pocket is a doll with many fashion possibilities, which can literally change clothes in a snap. The Quik-Clik Boutique includes a magic dressing room feature – just insert the clothes into the dressing room, slide Polly into the dressing room and she spins out dressed in a new outfit. The Quik-Clik Boutique comes with a selection of hip fashions, including skirts, dresses, jackets and shoes for endless fashion combinations. After Polly comes out of the dressing room, choose from a number of hairstyles, such as ponytails or braids, and hair accessories. There is also a cashier area with a tiny register, a clothing rack and a display area. All clothing, accessories and hair attach to Polly by click-on magnets. The Quik-Clik Boutique is also its own carrying case that easily folds together and contains all 26 pieces, so that everything stores inside.

What We Thought
The Quik-Clik Boutique is a fun toy for little girls who like to dress their dolls, which is just about every little girl. The magnets contained inside the clothing and in the doll have a strong grip, which make dressing easy and allows the clothes and accessories to stay on. The small pieces allow for development of fine motor skills and encourage creativity through outfit combinations and color coordination.

Why They’ll Want It
Polly Pocket is a toy with a hip, edgy look that will stand out on the shelf. The Polly Pocket line is available in other play sets including the Cool Careers Gift Set and the Relaxin’ Resort Rock-n-Roller Coaster Hotel. All of the outfits and sets can be interchanged and are specially fitted for Polly Pocket dolls, and kids will want to collect them all.
--Susan Maddela, 5/3/05


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Name: Bratz Sportz, Slammin' Soccer Yasmin
Company: MGA ENTERTAINMENT
Age: 6 and up
Price: $9.99
Category: Dolls

What is it?
The Sportz line is the latest from MGA’s group of girls we love. In line with the dolls’ theme of confidence, swagger and attitude, these sporty girls will tear up the field, golf course, bowling alley or sidelines and look good doing it! Yasmin has long braided hair, cleats, long socks, a stylish soccer skort and midriff top. Also included are her very own soccer ball, gym bag, collectible sticker and star-shaped hair brush. The Sportz line also includes Rockin’ Cheerleader, Groovin’ Golf and Bangin’ Bowlin,’ all of whom boast, “It’s not just a game…it’s how good you look winning it!”

What We Thought
The Bratz never disappoint! Yasmin can kick a goal without her makeup getting smudged. Her eyes are perfectly shadowed and her lips a red hue. Her hair is coiffed just right for the soccer match, and she’s ready to take on the fiercest opponent. Yasmin stands about nine inches tall, and she’s easy to move and position at the arms, head, and legs.

Why They’ll Want It
With more girls embracing sports, and more opportunities for girls to play sports, the Sportz line will is right in step with today’s young athletes. The Bratz prove that fashion and good looks don’t have to be sacrificed just because a girl is good at sports. There truly is an outfit for every occasion. And girls will not only want to buy Yasmin, but they’ll also want to buy Yasmin’s friends!
--Susan Maddela, 5/3/05


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Name: American Idol Barbie - Tori
Company: MATTEL INC.
Age: 5 and up
Price: $19.99
Category: Dolls

What is it?
Based on the popular TV reality show, American Idol Barbie is one of the latest in the Barbie line, and comes in three different characters – Tori, Simone and Barbie. Tori has cascading red hair with braids and comes with two edgy, trendy outfits, along with matching accessories. All three American Idol girls have “Ever-Flex” bodies, making movement and positioning easy. Also included are three miniature CDs and her very own working karaoke machine. Just press the button and she’ll sing “What I Like About You.” The karaoke machine requires three AAA batteries.

What We Thought
The “Ever-Flex” makeup of the dolls allows for freer movement, more so then the traditional Barbie doll. The colors of her hair and makeup and unique, cool and match the “rocker” image of Tori. The karaoke machine only plays one line of the song, as opposed to the whole song, then fades to silence.

Why They’ll Want It.
With the popular TV show still in full swing, young girls will love this new Barbie line that plays off the show. Retailers will love this doll because it appeals to fans of both Barbie dolls and American Idol.

--Susan Maddela, 4/15/05



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Name: Elina Doll
Company: MATTEL INC.
Age: 3 and up
Price: $15.99
Category: Dolls

What is It?
Fairytopia is a new line of Barbie dolls who live in the Magic Meadow of Fairytopia. Elina is a whimsical new doll with brightly-colored, magical wings that light up, a dress made of faux flowers, a pink butterfly necklace and matching shoes. Elina flies through the Magic Meadow with her friends, Dahlia and Dandelion. Elina is about the same size and height as Barbie, and her soft golden hair with faux flowers falls to her waist.

What We Thought
Elina’s moveable joints at the shoulders, neck, waist and knees allow for fun pretend play by any little girl. Her beautiful colorful markings on her arms and hands are done with non-toxic paint that will stay put.

Why They’ll Want It
Mattel comes through once again with a Barbie line that little girls will love and want to collect. Included with Elina are her little Bibble and three replaceable AG13 button cell batteries, making it convenient to give as a gift and easy to operate once the package is opened.

--Susan Maddela, 4/15/05


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Name: Flavas
Company: MATTEL INC.
Age: 6 and up
Price: $29.99
Category: Dolls

What Is It?

Flavas is Mattel´s latest line of dolls that give girls a fun, hip alternative to your typical blonde, blue-eyed fashion doll. With a little bit of edge and a dash of character, Mattel creates its newest addition to the Flavas family: Bike Date—a set that includes Kiyoni and Tre dolls complete with matching outfits, motorcycle bike and helmets.

What We Thought

This is a great toy that allows girls to play with dolls that they can identify with. Their matching outfits give them some street cred, but mothers may be upset by Kiyoni´s mid-drift shirt.

Why They´ll Want It

This toy gives girls another option in their imaginary storylines that reflects their desires rather than their fantasies. Bike Date appeals to the older group of girls that dream about a fun night on the town rather than princes on white horses.
--Nancy Tan



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Name: Groovy Girls
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 3 and up
Price: $9.99
Category: Dolls

What Is It?

Groovy Girl dolls from Manhattan Toy are made of soft velour fabric with embroidered facial features and yarn hair. Outfits are interchangeable and come in all sorts of fun and funky fabrics.

What We Thought

The Groovy Girls are quite cute with their snazzy outfits and sweet-smiling faces. We liked these dolls not only because they are fun for young girls to play with, but also because they teach children to celebrate the world of diversity, and that beauty comes in all colors, styles and sizes.


Why They’ll Want It

Each Groovy Girl is unique from the others, with her own cool details adding to her personality.  The clothes are also easy to remove, so even small fingers will not have too much trouble getting the Groovy Girls all “dolled” up.



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Name: Team GK Dolls
Company: TEDDI TOYS INC
Age: 6 and up
Price: $39.99
Category: Dolls

What is It?
Teddi Toys’ (ToyDirectory) new line of dolls, Team GK, is based on the comic book series Team GK: The Power of Nine. Each doll comes with its own accessories as well as trading cards, stickers, comic book and membership documents. Children can also go online to GK Headquarters and play math games and practice art skills.


What We Thought
Team GK allows children to play with the comic book characters they admire. The website is very educational and may inspire children to get excited about learning.


Why They’ll Want It
The Team GK comic has quite a following, which brings a built-in consumer base for spin-off products.


--Nancy Tan



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