US: Arklu makes Gold Star Toy Awards list with Lottie Dolls

24 toys awarded accolades by Scholastic Parent and Child magazine's first Gold Star Toy awards
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Arklu's range of Lottie Dolls has become one of 24 toys to receive the Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine 2014 Gold Star Toy Award.

The dolls now feature in the holiday gift guide in the December/January issue which offers parents a new way to shop by buying the ward winning toys from the magazine using their tablet, smartphone or tablet.

The Scholastic Parent and Child editorial team whittled down thousands of products to a group of finalists, which they then sent out to readers to test at home.

The 24 winning toys were then selected based on the following criteria: innovative and cool, magnetic and engaging, mind-expanding or educational, and an excellent value to the customer.

The full list of winners of the Scholastic Parent and Child magazine 2014 Gold Star Toy Awards are:

• Bébé Bath Girl, Corolle, $40, Ages 1 and up.
• Big Hugs Elmo, Hasbro, $60, Ages 18 months and up.
• The Book of Impossible Objects, Klutz, $20, Ages 8 and up.
• Busy Bus, Alex Jr, $44, Ages 10 and up.
• Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center, Just Play, $80, Ages 3 and up.
• Duplo My First Circus, Lego, $35, Ages 2 to 6.
• Gears & Puzzles, PlanToys, $25, Ages 2 and up.
• Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Playset, VTech, $50, Ages 1 to 3.
• Hot Wheels Car Maker, Mattel, $50, Ages 8 and up.
• LeapPad Ultra, LeapFrog, $150, Ages 4 to 9.
• Lottie Dolls, Arklu, $20, Ages 3 and up.
• Marker Maker, Crayola, $26, Ages 8 and up.
• Multi-Solution Shape Puzzle, P’kolino, $20, Ages 2 to 6.
• Nancy B’s Science Club MoonScope, Educational Insights, $50, Ages 8 and up.
• NFL Game Day, Fremont Die, $20, Ages 9 and up.
• Octonauts Octopod Playset, Fisher-Price, $35, Ages 3 and up.
• Octopal Squirters, TOMY, $20, Ages 1 and up.
• RC Extreme Hero, EB Brands, $80, Ages 8 and up.
• Rocket, Green Toys, $25, Ages 2 and up.
• R.V. Seeing You Camper, Battat, $60, Ages 3 and up.
• Showcam, Hasbro, $60, Ages 3 to 7.
• Trikke E2, Razor USA, $140, Ages 8 and up.
• Wooden Musical Train, Boikido, $40, Ages 1 and up.
• Ziggle, Radio Flyer, $50, Ages 3 to 8.

Ian Harkin, Arklu's managing director, said: "We have been totally taken aback by the impact Lottie has made in the american market in such a short period of time since launching there in late July, and the feedback to date has surpassed anything we could have wished for.

"We wish to develop the narrative further around Lottie's world in 2014, and to be recognised by Scholastic is the icing on the cake for 2013."

Jamie Engel, publisher of Scholastic Parent and Child, added: "We want to congratulate all of the winners of Scholastic Parent and Child magazine's first ever Golden Star Toy Awards.

"It can be difficult to stand out among so many toys on the market, but our editors and readers selected the best gifts that offer learning and fun at great value."

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