Move over Elmo! This Year’s Favorite Gift Is Doc McStuffins

December 24, 2012  |  

A still from an episode of Doc McStuffins. The Doc (center) is with her friends.

Every Christmas season there is a scramble — fights in the store aisles even — as parents try to grab the latest toy for their child’s Christmas present. Other parents also struggle with finding a toy representative of  their child. Well, this year the Doc McStuffins doll falls into both categories for African-American children. Not only is the toy, based on the star of this year’s breakout children’s TV show, a great gift for parents looking for Afrocentric toys,  it is also this year’s best-selling doll.

“The new doll has even unseated Elmo as this year’s must-have holiday toy,” reports The Grio. The Disney series  has been a TV hit since it premiered in March—it has even topped the mega popular Dora the Explorer as the top-rated cable TV show for kids, says the New York Daily News.

Created by Chris Nee, the character, Doc McStuffins, is a six-year-old African-American girl who treats sick toys. Nee reportedly developed the show for her son.

It has become popular beyond Nee’s dreams. And the product spinoff (the Doc McStuffins  doll comes with her doctor’s bag and her friend Lambie) has been just as popular. Frenzied parents who are finding stores sold out of  Doc McStuffins are “turning to online sites such as eBay to cop the doll.  Online prices are reaching up the four times the $34.99 retail value,” reports The Grio.

Did you grab your Doc McStuffins before it sold out?

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