2008-03-13 / Front Page

Dolls chosen as outstanding toy

The toy industry association recently named the Girl Scouts' Troop Groovy Girls the best girl toy of the year. Troop Groovy Girls is part of an acclaimed family of soft dolls that help girls celebrate personal style, diversity and the power of friendship.

Manhattan Toy is the creator of Groovy Girl dolls. The awards were presented during the International Toy Fair in New York City on Feb. 16. The troop of six plush rag dolls beat out stiff competition from Barbie, "HannaMontana" and "High School Musical" toys.

"I am so happy to hear the positive influence the message of Girl Scouts offers is being received through the Groovy Girl dolls," said Susie Mayer, director of customer service for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, which serves girls in Monmouth and Ocean counties. "When customers learn more about them they realize these are more than toys, they're a great way to make girls understand the importance of being confident and strong. This award reinforces that."

According to a press release, the Girl Scout Promise and Law provided the inspiration for the initial premiere themes for the dolls - honesty, respect, caring, friendliness and courage. These values, important to Girl Scouts and all girls, are expressed through doll names like Honest Hala, Caring Caitlin, Courageous Camara, Friendly Fiona and Respectful Roxy.

Each of the series' five rag dolls comes dressed in a stylish outfit with a reversible Girl Scout sash. Accessories like a sleeping bag and tent are also available. The highlight of the collection is a 40-inch super-size doll.

These items are available for purchase at the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore council shops in Toms River and Howell.

The Girl Scout Council Shop in Monmouth County is at the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Monmouth Service Center, 242 Adelphia Road (Route 524), Howell. The shop in Ocean County is at the Ocean Service Center, 1405 Old Freehold Road, Toms River.

Anyone who has a question about the Troop Groovy Girl dolls that are available may call the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore at (800) 785-2090.

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