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January 2004 | Vol. III - No. 1
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Neva Dolls: Modern Dolls Made with Old World Techniques

Neva Dolls by Neva Imports, LLC (ToyDirectory) are handcrafted by master artisans in St. Petersburg Russia using ingenious Old World doll crafting techniques that have been passed down through the generations. Each doll comes complete with a background story and certificate of authenticity. The Russian fashion doll manufacturer has pledged that a percentage of all proceeds from the sales of Neva Dolls will go to the Tolmachevo Children’s Orphanage of Luga, located in the St. Petersburg region of Russia.

Language Littles Expands Doll Line

To commemorate its third anniversary in the specialty toy industry, Language Littles (ToyDirectory) is expanding its line of dolls. January 2004 will bring the first of the Language Littles school supply line with the Language Littles Talking Journals. The journals, available in Spanish Lizzie and Ricky, French Jolie, Chinese Ling and Italian Sophie, will feature a talking Language Littles face on the front of the fuzzy journal and pages printed with “Hello, Hola, Bonjour, Ni Hâo, Ciao,” an added language tool. At Toy Fair 2004 in New York, Language Littles will unveil its two newest languages: Greek and Korean.

The company has also recently introduced Cutie Cakes. Each collectible doll celebrates a different party that young girls celebrate, including Birthday Party Becky, Slumber Party Samantha, Garden Party Gracie and Craft Party Chloe. They each come with a purse in the shape of a cake to store accessories.

Takmay Gets Dolled Up

New from Takmay Industrial Company Ltd. (ToyDirectory) comes a line of dolls that do much more than just sit pretty. Baby Crawler comes with a switch that makes her crawl on laugh; soon after she falls and cries, then gets back up and crawls again. B/O Lifelike Crying Expression Baby with Accessories comes with a nappy, rattle, bucket and vinyl duck. She also cries, laughs, blinks and moves her mouth like a real baby. With a press of a button, the B/O Dancing Doll dances by moving her head, arms and legs.

Madeline, The Classic Literary Heroine, Turns 65

To celebrate Madeline’s 65th birthday, RC2 Corporation (ToyDirectory) is launching a new line of toys inspired by the classic literary heroine. Available in limited quantities, the 18” Madeline Doll features a stylized vinyl face, poseable limbs, signature outfit, and comes in a collectible gift box. In addition, the Talking Madeline Ragdoll speaks five basic phrases in both English and French when her tummy is pressed.

Also in the special collection, the Madeline 8” doll comes with a redesigned face, updated clothing, longer hair and bendable joints. La Petite Madeline is a new take-along collection of 3: Madeline mini-dolls, including accessories and play sets.

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