Maru and Friends™ is a new line of designer vinyl dolls, created by Maritza
Gutierrez, who decided to pursue her life-long passion for dolls after 25 years
in the marketing business. The dolls are sculpted by award winning American doll
artist Dianna Effner, world renowned for her collectible one-of-a-kind porcelain
doll designs. Each doll is 21 inches and sold exclusively at www.maruandfriends.com
The Maru™ doll is based on the life of a young girls who journeys to
the United States, living in an unfamiliar place, learning a new language and
making new friends are all events recounted through the eye of an 8-year-old
girl in "Maru and Friends™ ", a storybook that comes with the
doll. Tanya and Jamie, Maru's newest friends, help the young girl through
her journey while celebrating the ethnic and cultural diversity characterized
by today's youth. The three dolls have unique child-like facial features that
are representative of their ethnic culture.
Maru™ made her debut in October 2008 at The Children's Museum of Manhattan.
Since the release Maru and Friends has been the recipient of multiple awards,
including the 2008 Greatest Products iParenting Award, The Doty 2009 Industry
award, The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 2009, and The Oppenheim
Toy Portfolio Gold 2009 Award.