Possibly The Cutest Girly Gift This Year

While shopping for my little girl, I came across the loveliest little creatures. How many times have you happened upon a toy that brought tears to your eyes? The Calico Critters collection definitely had that effect on me, although I haven't the slightest idea as to why. These cute fuzzy toys come in family groupings - from pig to elephant to various types of cat and bunny. Each family is well-dressed and oh-so-sweetly named. I'm not a big fan of the price tag on this collection, but I'd rather pay a little more for these cuties than get a hundred Littlest Pet Shop toys for the same price. {My daughter is very intrigued by the LPS toys, so no, I am not 'knocking' them.}

Have you happened across these Calico Critters in your local Toys R Us? What are your thoughts?

I seem to remember playing with some critters like these back in the 80s or early 90s, but I can't be certain that they are the same. If you know what I'm describing, please let me know! :)