July 2012 | Vol. XI - No. 7
Disney-Pixar Brave Merida Doll by MATTEL INC.
In the exciting animated adventure Brave, Merida is a spirited Scottish princess who must use her bravery and archery skills to undo a terrible curse. This stunning Merida doll brings the character to vivid life with realistic detailing and a gorgeous, sparkling fashion inspired by the movie. 5/24/2012 (MSRP: $12.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Elf Cherry by COROLLE DOLLS
Stuffed toy, 24 cm/9.5 inches tall with a smooth vinyl face and body made of soft velvet fabric. The cherry Lutin doll is very charming in its vibrant-colored clothing. Very lightweight, this adorable stuffed toy with its life-like face will attract both babies and their mummies. The pointed hat makes it easy to hold for babies. Additional features: a label to write the child's name and a small bell to stimulate the senses.
— In a June 2013 survey, five out of 11 retailers told TDmonthly that Corolle is their best-selling doll brand. 5/24/2012 (MSRP: $19.95)
Zip-Itz by PLAYDIN
Zip-Itz are magical and mischievous plush creatures that came to life after a mysterious factory machinery malfunction at the Zany Zipper Factory. Instead of zippered rain boots, purses, wallets and more, the machines spewed out colorful Zip-Itz instead. While no one is quite sure how they came to be, one thing is for certain - they make the very best pals. Adorned with rainbow-teeth zippers that open to reveal secret pockets, Zip-Itz are perfect for hiding all kinds of treasures. Each creature has a unique personality, fabric pattern, design and story based on what they were intended to become at the factory. The line includes six Zip-Itz characters. Launch date: 2012. 11/16/2011 (MSRP: $16.99; Age: 3 and Up)
My Friend Huggles by GREAT DIVIDE CORP
The first collection of 6 dolls is an edu-fun tool for parents to teach and bond with their child. Each doll has a unique virtue for the child to adopt. The interactive website compliments the doll, encourages learning and presents the child with challenges. "There is no other product on the market that has coupled play with character building in a life size doll," Brenda Katz, President of Great Divide Corp., told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 2012.
4/24/2012 (MSRP: $40.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Lila Doll, dress by MAGICFOREST LTD
Sweet Lila brings joy and happiness to all who call her friend. Traveling in her cute pink sports car, Lila delivers charm and sweetness by the trunk load. Other items in her collection include stacking donuts, mini soft rattles perfect for infants and musical plush. Moulin Roty, the creator of lovely Lila comes from France which by the way, is celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2012. All fabrics are made in France and all wood comes from managed forests. 3/21/2012 (MSRP: $45.00; Age: 0 and Up)
Baby Stella Day at the Beach Play Set by MANHATTAN TOY
A bucket full of beach time essentials. Baby Stella is ready for the beach with this adorable beach set. Beach set includes plastic bucket, terry cloth towel, sunglasses with Velcro-like adhesive, sunscreen and a little toy crab companion. 3/15/2012 (MSRP: $20.00; Age: 1 and Up)
Groovy Girls Hip Happenin' House by MANHATTAN TOY
This extravagant three-story doll house is made of natural wood with two grand staircases to each floor. The hip and modern design showcases six different rooms: Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen, Patio, Study and Living room. Fits most Groovy Girls furniture and 13" standing dolls. The open floor plan allows girls to play with her dolls from many different angles and is large enough for multiple children to play together. Adult assembly required. Size: 28.5" L x 19" W x 48"H 1/4/2012 (MSRP: $120.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Play House by PLANTOYS
This three-story house comes with furniture and two dolls for various imaginative play. The two-sided play mat serves as a wall and roof, or can be laid down to become a garden. Tools and screws not required. Made of PlanWood and solid rubber wood. 1/20/2012 (MSRP: $80.00)
Graham by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
Graham's favorite place is the skateboard park, where he hangs out with friends and tries out the latest skateboard tricks while listening to cool music. Grahams outfit includes 1 T-shirt, 1 pair of dungarees, shoes, baseball cap, scarf.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval 5/23/2012