August 2009 | Vol. VIII - No. 8
|“Only doll shops that carry high-end dolls are still in business, and many are just hanging on.”|
|1-3 years||Soft dolls, such as those from Alexander Doll Co., Goldberger or Kathe Kruse [from Europlay]. Make sure the doll is the right size for the child to hold, carry, and cuddle.|
|4-6 years||Wooden paper dolls by Melissa & Doug or baby dolls by Corolle or Jakks Pacific’s Cabbage Patch line|
|6-8 years||Dolls with books about the characters and accessories to collect, such as KidsGive’s Karito Kids, Medieval Maidens or Mattel’s American Girl dolls|
|8-10 years||Fashion dolls or dolls that children can have several of for interactive play, like Only Hearts Club, Groovy Girls by Manhattan Toy, Barbie from Mattel, or fairytale characters from Tonner|
Les Dollies - Tina by COROLLE DOLLS
Very stylish and full of mischievous charm, Les Dollies toddler dolls, with their bright bold outfits - and hair! - are sure to delight budding fashionistas.Les Dollies have soft cloth bodies, vinyl faces and hands, fixed eyes and rooted hair. Tina is 16" tall and has a soft body.
— This doll gets lots of play at Three Cheeky Monkeys in Los Angeles, as it's one of the many toys available to kids for hands-on activities at the store. Watch the video to hear what owner Wallace Harvey says about why Tina and other Corolle dolls are favorites at his store. ( Watch Video) 7/16/2009 (Age: 3 and Up)
Kristina by FRIENDS FOREVER GIRLS
This Asian-American doll is part of the Friends Forever Girls series of dolls and books that focus on friendship, character and community. She comes with "The First Day of Forever" book. Launch date: September 2009. 6/5/2009 (MSRP: $59.00; Age: 6 and Up)
Hannah Faith by ONLY HEARTS CLUB GROUP LLC
The Only Hearts Club line of fashion and role-play dolls is filled with detail and realism aimed at encouraging young girls to follow their hearts and make good choices. Hannah Faith is 9” tall with a soft body, detailed vinyl face and long black hair. On the Only Hearts Club website, Hannah is described as a little shy, but talented at her hobbies of figure skating and gymnastics.
— Three out of 43 retailers told TDmonthly in May 2009 that Only Hearts Club dolls are a top-selling doll line in their stores. 6/10/2009 (Age: 3 and Up)
Edward Cullen by TONNER DOLL COMPANY
Sculpted in the likeness of the "Twilight" film’s character, Edward Cullen (as portrayed by Robert Pattinson), this TONNER CHARACTER FIGURE™ is approximately 17” tall and includes 14 points of articulation (neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, chest, hips, knees and ankles). He has hand-painted features and rooted saran hair. Edward comes dressed straight from the movie in a T-shirt, jeans, socks, shoes with working laces, and a tailored coat. Launch date: March 2009. 4/28/2009 (MSRP: $139.99; Age: 14 and Up)
Seedlings by GOLDBERGER DOLL MFG. CO. INC
Offering peace of mind for the parent and health for the environment, Seedlings dolls are made without harsh chemicals and use natural fibers for all of their surfaces and clothing. Even the boxes are made of recycled material. The family consists of Ivy, Baby Blossoms, Willow and others. Baby Blossoms received a 2009 TDmonthly Top Toy Award. ( Watch Video) 2/3/2009 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 1 and Up)
Cabbage Patch Kids Surprise Newborns by JAKKS PACIFIC INC.
The first thing anybody wants to know about a new baby is if it's a girl or a boy. These dolls, wrapped in a leaf, recreate this suspense when a little girl brings the doll home and unwraps the leaf to discover if the diaper is pink or blue. Launch date: Fall 2009. 6/10/2009 (MSRP: $19.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Medieval Maidens: Gisela Doll by MEDIEVAL MAIDENS LLC
The Gisela Doll from Medieval Maidens is 18" tall with a soft body and is the first doll in the Medieval Maidens doll line. The clothing is historically accurate, featuring a blue dress with gold trim, chemise undergarment, socks with ribbon garters, brown faux leather shoes, and a flowered headpiece. The doll also comes with a doll stand. ( Watch Video) 12/24/2008 (MSRP: $59.95)
Groovy Girls - Lakinzie by MANHATTAN TOY
Glamorous all around, Lakinzie is ready to take on anything. Stylin' in pink, purple and green, her outfit features: purple shoes, pink polka dot orange tights, a cute shiny patterned dress accented with lime green fur and beautiful bright highlighted blonde hair.
— Manhattan Toy’s products were listed as best sellers in spring 2009 by Steve Melody, owner of Melody’s Choices in Fayetteville, Ark. “Groovy Girls make up a good portion of the sales here, but the line offers much more,” he said. ( Watch Video) 5/6/2009 (MSRP: $20.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Giftique Press 'n Dress Doll - Personalized by POCKETS OF LEARNING LLC
The company's longtime sweetheart, the Press 'n Dress Doll & Outfit Collection, is available in an embroiderable carry case for personalization. Developed from the concept of paper dolls, each interchangeable cloth outfit has secure Velcro® backing so kids can just “press to dress.” The product is tested and certified safe for all ages, and is designed to develop role playing and social skills. "Press ‘n Dress is absolutely perfect for the little girls who have not yet developed the small motor skills to dress and undress a traditional doll," May Grant, director of communications for Pockets of Learning, told TDmonthly. Press 'n Dress has received the following awards: Dr. Toy Best Vacation Toy in 2000; National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Honors Award Winner in 2002; and a TDmonthly Top Toy award in 2008. Launch date: June 2009. 6/3/2009 (MSRP: $24.95; Age: 2 to 5)
Princess Elise Magnetic Dress-Up Set by MELISSA & DOUG
Complete with a royal array of magnetic outfits, the Princess Elise Dress-Up Set offers a variety of activities and an even greater variety of ways to combine them. Girls can mix and match the colors and styles of the painted magnetic clothes that come with the princess figure, pretend to design fashions, tell stories about Princess Elise's adventures, and more. The set includes the dress-up doll figure, a wooden stand, and magnetic outfits and accessories.
― Sandy Haynes, owner of Lollipop Toys in Dawsonville, Ga., sells 10 to 12 units per month of Melissa and Doug's Magnetic Dress-Up dolls. In June 2009, she told TDmonthly, “They remind grandparents of cloth dolls.” 7/24/2009 (MSRP: $12.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Kathe Kruse Nicki Baby Violet by EUROPLAY CORP.
Soft and fully washable, Nicki Baby dolls come in a variety of colors and are made of all natural materials. Colors include blue, violet, yellow, green, light blue, pale red, orange, rose, pink and red.
— Diane Robinson, owner of Silly Goose Inc., in Essex, Mass., said she sells a dozen a month of the “Nicki Baby organic doll from Kathe Kruse.”
— A summer 2008 survey about best-selling baby gifts found many retailers to be fans of European-made toys.
— “We love Kathe Kruse’s unique products from Germany,” reported Michelle Smith of Piccolo Mondo Toys in Portland at the end of December 2008. 8/28/2008
Southern Belle Barbie Doll by MATTEL INC.
Part of the “Since 1959” collection to commemorate the most famous vintage fashion dolls, Southern Belle Barbie is designed with feminine sophistication in mind. Her delicate pink dress is edged in intricate lace, with special heed paid to realistic garment details. She sports a sleek bob haircut and elegant makeup, and represents a modern take on the classic Plantation Belle doll fashion.
— Cathy Gabay, owner of The Toy Parade in Salina, Kan., told TDmonthly in April 2009 that Barbie is one of only two licenses she chooses to sell in her store. 5/26/2009 (MSRP: $74.95; Age: 14 and Up)
Minireves Bright by COROLLE DOLLS
Soft and light, Minireves Bright is an adorable snuggly that will delight the very young. 6", machine-washable Minireves Bright also jingles softly when you shake her. ( Watch Video) 7/16/2009 (Age: 0 and Up)
Bathtub Set by ONLY HEARTS CLUB GROUP LLC
Peek-a-boo! Only Hearts Li’l Kid Kristy loves bath time! Now you can use the enclosed bathtub with shower curtain and little ducky to give Kristy a pretend bath as her yellow Lab puppy, Sniff, tries to jump in the tub too! 12/4/2008
Juku Couture Dolls by JAKKS PACIFIC INC.
“The Juku Couture line gives young girls a creative outlet for self-expression through fashion based on the mismatched trend,” said Jennifer Caveza, VP of marketing for JAKKS Pacific. Each girl has her own story and personality: Audrina is preppy; Jun is a girly girl; Hayley is athletic and a naturalist; and Kana is a romantic punk girl. Each features multiple points of articulation and tradable clothes. 6/10/2009 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 6 and Up)
Batgirl™ Barbie® Doll by MATTEL INC.
Barbie® doll as Batgirl™ looks absolutely amazing in a body-hugging black bat suit. A striking black cape with “gold” lining, yellow gloves, belt, knee-high boots, and fabulous “bat ears” complement the ensemble. Gorgeous face paint and long auburn hair give the doll an especially striking look. BATGIRL and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. Production doll may vary from the photo shown above. Mattel reserves the right to modify the fashion/fabrics, sculpt, hair color/style, and accessories. Doll cannot stand alone as shown. Launch date: 2008. 9/30/2008 (MSRP: $40.00; Age: 6 and Up)
Tammy by Doris Stannat by MASTERPIECE DOLLS
Doris has created an adorable new baby. She can be posed on her back looking at her hands and she can kneel. The full body offers alot of options for posing and for redressing this beautiful baby. 21" in silicone/vinyl. Tammy with her full body sculpt can be redressed in any outfit of your choice. She has pretty blonde hair and blue eyes. Doris has dressed her in a cute summery outfit with a soft green shirt and white onsie with pink ruffled edges. Accessory is not included. Limited Edition 350 pieces. 5/1/2009 (MSRP: $159.00)