dora-and-friends-about-the-show-mainImageKids’ favorite explorer Dora will introduce a whole new group of friends in this summer’s new Nickelodeon series Dora and Friends: Into the City. Friends Alana, Emma, Naiya, Kate, and Pablo will all be available in a product line developed by Fisher-Price. The line goes beyond traditional characters such as Boots, Perrito, and even that mischievous Swiper the Fox and brings kids a fresh range of all-new friends that Dora meets in the show’s beautiful pan-Latino metropolis, Playa Verde.

These new, friendly faces will be an instant hit among kids who can choose to collect all of the friends, or obsess over their favorites. I’m naturally drawn to red-headed characters, so I already know that Kate is definitely going to be my favorite—but I’ll give the others a chance to be my favorite, too.

Dora-Friends-Doll-Assort-300x171The line, recommended for kids ages 3 and up, is made of dolls and charms, and is available in small and large sizes. Each friend is available as an 8-inch doll that comes dressed in a fashionable outfit straight from the show. Each doll comes with an adventure charm that can be used with Fisher-Price Dora and Friends charm bracelets and Fisher-Price Talking Dora and Smartphone, which will also be available with the line’s official roll out. Each figure is true-to-character from their cute little shoes to their long flowing hair. The girls range in style, personality, and even ethnicity, allowing kids to truly identify with each character.

Dora-Friends-Magic-Adventure-Charms-300x200With the Magic Adventure Charms, kids can play with the included character mini figure that’s the perfect size to work with Dora & Friends play sets. With the  included adventure charms, kids can collect and share them with friends. Each set comes with a sparkly bracelet and three different charms that range from cute animals, to instruments, to many more accessories and items. Kids can easily fasten the charms on the bracelet and wear them anywhere.

Dora and Friends: Into the City will premiere in the morning preschool block on Nickelodeon along with Dora the Explorer, which remains one of the most-watched preschool shows on TV. Be sure to look out for these awesome toys, which will hit retail shelves soon.

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