A favorite from my past that can be found in Italy -- the Smurfs! I don't know the level of their popularity here, but they are available at the local toy store & I've noticed an increase in Smurf-related merchandise lately; we have caught the cartoon a couple of times on one of the channels available through SKY. My girl likes them, but I think she really is enamored with the mushroom house and their diminutive size over all else. When I call them "Smurfs," she corrects me with "Puffi" -- no English translation available in her mind.
At times I am surprised by what interests her . . . pleasantly surprised -- one more toy post to come later this week.