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Have You See The New Steiff Fall Limited Editions?

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With the arrival of a new year comes new dolls from Elisabeth Pongratz. How exciting! With their quiet hand-painted expressions and delicate handmade outfits, each doll will tug at your heart.

Elisabeth crafts each of her dolls by hand at her workshop in Germany. Due to the time-consuming nature of her work, only a precious few are produced each year.

“I create my dolls from wood because I like
that it is a natural medium. It feels warm
and satin-like. The grain and texture
make every doll look a bit different.”
- Elisabeth Pongratz

Elisabeth Pongratz dollElisabeth uses purposeful simplicity in her dollmaking to encourage totally free and creative play very similar to dolls by Sasha Morgenthaler and Kathe Kruse. Her dolls are do not smile or cry: they are hand-painted with one distinct expression. This philosophical approach and simplistic form allows Elisabeth's dolls to be whatever you want them to be. The interpretation is left to the heart and mind - a best friend forever.

Now is the best time to buy a Pongratz doll.
Elisabeth makes her dolls in Germany. Their prices rise and fall based on the current exchange rate with Europe. When the dollar is stronger - as it is now - U.S. doll collectors benefit with lower prices. Take advantage of this opportunity now before this favorable exchange rate is gone.

Steiff Country Exclusives At The Toy Shoppe

 Steiff Country Exclusives
Steiff Country Exclusives are rarely available in the USA as Steiff meant for them to be sold only in specific countries. We track down these hard-to-find treasures to bring them to you, our collectors.
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Jane Austin Pride and Prejudice  at The Toy Shoppe

Steiff of Germany celebrates 140 years of creating fine Teddy bears and animal friends for all ages.

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Hermann of Germany celebrates their 100 year jubilee of creating handmade Teddy bears and other friends.

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Merrythought of England celebrates their 90th year of making their terrific Teddys and friends entirely by hand.

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Charlie Bears of England celebrates 15 exciting years of making Teddy bears and more wonderful friends.

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The Toy Shoppe celebrates 45 years of bringing you the world's finest Teddy bears, dolls and animal friends.
We've enjoyed this journey
with you so very much!

Steiff Club 2020

Enjoy Your Steiff Club Even More
The Toy Shoppe is your BEST shoppe for Steiff Club 2020
memberships, renewals & special editions

Steiff Club Free Gift

As your LARGEST Steiff authorized dealer in the USA, The Toy Shoppe is naturally your best shoppe for Steiff Club memberships, renewals and special editions like the poised and cultivated 2020 Steiff Annual Club Bear and the 2020 Steiff Event Bear especially since this year marks the 140th Anniversary of Steiff!

Free Club Chair
only at The Toy Shoppe

You'll receive a custom-designed, wood Club Chair free when you order your membership or renewal at The Toy Shoppe! It's the perfect size for your 4 inch Club Bear.

In 1923, at the age of 28, Madame Beatrice Alexander Behrman founded the
Madame Alexander Doll Company

The Toy Shoppe is your best shoppe for Madame Alexander

The Cherished Joys Of Handmade Artist Dolls

Special R. John Wright Limited Editions

MerrythoughtMerrythought has been hand-making the quintessential English Teddy bear in the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, Shropshire, since 1930 and is now the last remaining British Teddy bear manufacturer!

Meet The Teddy Who Inspired Winnie The Pooh
Pictured right is Edward, a beautiful replica of the Teddy bear who famously inspired AA Milne's Winnie The Pooh stories. He is the ultimate bear for devoted Winnie The Pooh fans. With the new Disney movie Christopher Robin releasing the first week in August, it is good to remember the true beginnings of this beloved children's classic.
Merrythought is a fourth generation family business founded by Mr W.G Holmes in 1930 in Yorkshire, England. Over the years a huge range of Teddy bears, soft toys, dolls, push-along toys, rocking horses and other animals have been created in the famous factory.

Punkie Bears Cheeky Bears Royal Bears

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R. John WrightExquisitely Crafted Dolls & Animals

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Madame AlexanderA Tradition Of Classic Dolls Since 1923

Only The Toy Shoppe Offers This Remarkable Selection
Of Fine Dolls, Teddy Bears & Unique Toys

  • Charlie Bears
    Started in 2005, the craftsmanship behind Charlie Bears is clearly evident, but the most captivating aspect of each bear is its warm, engaging face. It's easy to see the hours spent on each one, getting the expression just right. When you hold a Charlie Bear, you won't ever want to let go!
  • R. John Wright
    John and his wife, Susan, are unequalled at bringing our favorite storybook characters to life in fine felt and other natural materials. At their workshop located in Bennington, Vermont, they craft their fine toys by hand meticulously remaining faithful to the original illustrations of classic children stories.
  • Annette Himstedt
    After 3 decades of dollmaking, Annette is still considered the most innovative and influential modern doll artist in the world. She revolutionized doll design in the mid1980s with her Barefoot Children collection. The Toy Shoppe is your premier shoppe for Annette's dolls including her Artist's Proofs and a unique selection of dolls from her personal collection.
  • Steiff of Germany
    Founded by Margarete Steiff in 1880, this legendary German toy company created the first modern Teddy bear! Steiff is the second oldest toy company still in existence today and continues to produce excellent toys by hand in the small town of Giengen, Germany. The Steiff company motto is "Only the best is good enough for children".
  • Toy Shoppe Exclusives
    These fine dolls, Teddy bears and other creations have been made especially for our Toy Shoppe collectors! We work very closely with our favorite artists and companies to create distinct editions that are endearing as well as having significance value to the collector. We are proud to offer these exceptional exclusives.
  • Wee Forest Folk
    Started in 1972 by Annette Petersen in her kitchen on a farm in Concord, Massachusetts, this small family business delights in producing amazing miniatures (mostly mice). Wee Forest Folk sculptures are 1 to 2.5 inches in height. Each little treasure is crafted by hand entirely in Carlisle, Massachusetts.
  • Lynne & Michael Roche
    Inspired by famous dolls of the past such as Bru and Jumeau, this English husband and wife team started out restoring antique dolls and eventually began creating their own wood and porcelain dolls by hand. Michael's limewood bodies are fully articulated. Lynne hand paints each face with her subtle and lovely artistic touch.
  • Hildegard Gunzel
    Internationally acclaimed for her artistry, German artist Hildegard Gunzel combines sculpting perfection and exquisite apparel, assembled from the finest fabrics, laces and trims. Each radiates a rare beauty that could only come from gifted genius. Hildegard is truly one of the leading doll artists in the modern age.
  • Hermann-Spielwaren GmbH
    Hermann Teddy bears are true classics both in design and the way they touch your heart! In 1913, the company opened its doors in Sonneberg, Germany. Today, the 3rd generation of the Hermann family runs the business continuing a tradition of quality with each of their handcrafted Teddy bears.
  • Kimberly Lasher
    Kimberly Lasher's ball-jointed dolls (BJDs) quietly steal their way into your heart. She has a special artistic touch with BJDs. Created in small, limited editions with custom-made clothing, each is painted by hand and assembled in Kimberly's studio in the USA. Her BJDs are intricately designed, very expressive and will stand out in any collection.
  • Annette Rauch
    Annette is a truly innovative artist from Germany who makes bears and animals. Inspired by nature, she brings a unique vision and extraordinary design talent to her handmade creations. Annette's limited editions are very small and often sell out quickly. Once a Rauch bear is in your hands, you simply must play with it!
  • Madame Alexander
    Celebrating over 85 years of dolls, Madame Alexander is an American tradition that spans generations. Their beloved 8" Wendy dolls are splendid and the 21" Cissy dolls are the embodiment of fashion. From the founder, Madame Beatrice Alexander, "What a doll does for a little girl is to develop her capacity to love others and herself."
  • Xenis
    Using the finest Canadian maple wood, Marlene Xenis handcrafts dolls at her Canadian studio that bring our favorite children's stories to life. The sculpting is captivating and the finishing is phenomenal. One of the world's most talented wood doll makers, a Xenis creation will be a treasured part of any collection.
  • Elisabeth Pongratz
    Elisabeth hails from a culture where children weren't showered with new dolls every year: they had one doll - one precious friend - to play with throughout their childhood and beyond. Pongratz dolls are meant to be held, played with and cherished for a lifetime - they truly stand the test of time.
  • Helen Kish
    The recipient of many prestigious awards over her three decades, Helen's dolls are exhibited worldwide and highly sought-after by collectors. Her dolls possess the very distinctive characteristics of her artistry: extensive hand work and detailing plus softly sculpted expressions.
  • Maggie Iacono
    With three decades of dedication to doll making, Maggie raises the bar of excellence for the doll industry year after year and, in 2012, she awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. She and her husband, Tony, bring a charm to their handmade felt dolls that is both elegant and very appealing.
  • Lucia & Judith Friedericy
    Since 1990, Lucia Friedericy and her mother Judith have been creating amazing wax-over-porcelain dolls that have been showcased throughout the United States and Europe. Their one-of-a-kind, handmade dolls and fairies are cherished by collectors worldwide and are sure to be the centerpiece of any collection.
  • Rosalie Frischmann, Mill Creek Creations
    Rosalie has been creating charming animals under the Mill Creek Creations label since 1983 with her husband, Tom. From the comfort of their home studio in the beautiful countryside of Wisconsin, Rosalie delights collectors with her work, reminding them of a favorite pet or fond childhood memory.
  • Sasha Pokrass Designer Toys
    This young, innovative artist from Russia creates her quirky, one-of-a-kind characters by hand. She prefers fine natural materials such as German mohair, viscose, velvet and plush. Often Sasha uses wood wool and cotton for stuffing, while mineral granules/glass beads add a nicely weighted feel.
  • Stevi T's Alpaca Encounters
    After creating a rag doll for her daughter, Stevi T began a creative career while nurturing her three young children at home! Spirited and striving to be different, she launched her own line of one-of-a-kind, soft sculpture characters. Each is needle-felted using Alpaca fiber and are gently posable with wire armatures.

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