Toy Test 2010: Favorite Plush Toys
Here are our top picks for soft puppets, animals and dolls this holiday season.
Chicken Hand Puppet
Folkmanis puppets are great companions to storytelling or fun on their own. Using your hands, you can make this chicken puppet flap its wings and move its beak. Quality materials and realistic details — including the silly, lanky stick legs on this chicken — make this $34 puppet a worthwhile investment.
These super-soft new additions to the Douglas line measure less than 1 ft. tall, making them a great cuddly pet for tiny arms. You can introduce your child to Mr. Brown the Chestnut Horse, Valiant the Black and White Paint Horse and several other breeds. Prices range from $12-$16, so you won’t have to pony up much dough for these horses.
Go! Go! Sports Girls
Dream Big Toy Company, $20
These sports-themed cloth dolls are a fresh addition to a doll world dominated by fashion, shopping and beauty. Each girl in the collection focuses on a different sport, like basketball player Taye or golfer Brooke. Always remember to put on sunscreen, eat nutritious snacks and drink water are among the healthy habits encouraged by this winning team of dolls.
Goofy and lovable, “Uglydolls” are anything but ugly. The robotic Uglybot, brother-and-sister pair Flatwoodsey and Mij, and fortune teller Tutulu are the five newest releases. Uglydolls come in various sizes, from the $6 clip-on keychain once sported by First Daughter Sasha Obama to a 2-ft.-tall, $50 doll, and more sizes in between.
Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor and toy/product coordinator of MetroKids.