Toy Industry Reveals 2016 Toy of the Year Finalists

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TIA Reveals 2016 Toy of the Year Finalists

totyNEW YORK – The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has revealed the 84 finalists for the 2016 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY).

Between now and January 17, 2016, consumers can visit www.ToyAwards.org to vote for their favorite toy picks in each of the 12 categories and enter to win exclusive prizes. The TOTY winners will be announced in February 2016.

“From innovative toys that talk and fly to enriching playthings that teach and inspire, this year’s TOTY finalists have brought joy, laughter and learning to millions of children and families,” said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO, TIA. “The outstanding nominees are a testament to the toy industry’s dedication to the happiness, healthy development, and well-being of kids around the world. We wish each TOTY nominee the best of luck and look forward to honoring the winners in just a few months!”

This year’s finalists were selected from more than 700 nominees submitted by more than 200 companies. More than 40 mass and specialty retail buyers, youth experts, academics and journalists staffed the nomination committees that narrowed down the finalists. The winners in each of the 12 categories, and the “Toy of the Year,” will be selected based on votes from mass and specialty toy retailers, media, TIA members and consumers. The “People’s Choice” award winner will be selected solely by consumer votes. The honorees will be announced at a TOTY Awards ceremony held on Friday, February 12, 2016 as the kick-off to the 113th North American International Toy Fair.

The celebration will include the induction of Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, into the esteemed Toy Industry Hall of Fame, as well as special festivities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Toy Industry Association. The TOTY awards program supports the philanthropic work of the Toy Industry Foundation, which partners with generous toy companies throughout the year to bring brand-new toys to children in need.

This year’s TOTY finalists are: (drum roll please!)

ACTIVITY TOY OF THE YEAR

Arts and crafts, construction and other indoor toys that inspire creative play through various forms of activity

Bunchems by Spin Master Corp.

Chocolate Pen by Skyrocket Toys

Roominate Amusement Park by Roominate

Shrinky Dinks Bake & Shape

3D Jewelry by Alex Brands

Strand Bands Designer Set by The Bridge Direct

Upcycling: Garbage to Glam by Fashion Angels

Yummy Nummies by Blip Toys

BOY TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys developed for boys of any age

Air Hogs Millennium Falcon Quad by Spin Master Corp.

Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage by Mattel

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Millenium Falcon by The Lego Group

Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster by Hasbro, Inc.

Sky Viper Video Streaming Drone V950STR by Skyrocket Toys

Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber by Hasbro Inc.

XPV Hulk Smash RC by Jaks Pacific Inc.

E-CONNECTED TOY OF THE YEAR

A physical toy or game that is app-enabled or otherwise interacts with a smartphone, tablet or gaming device

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition by Disney

Hello Barbie by Mattel

Kidizoom Action Cam by VTech

Skylanders SuperChargers by Activision Publishing, Inc.

Stikbot Studio by Zing

View-Master® Virtual Reality Viewer by Mattel

Wonder Workshop Dash Robot by Wonder Workshop

EDUCATIONAL TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys that help children to develop special skills and knowledge through play

Foundation Chemistry Kit by Yellow Scope

Gears!Gears!Gears! Build & Bloom Building Set by Learning Resources

Kids First Physics Lab by Thames and Kosmos

Magnets in Motion 61Pc Set by Magformers

Mighty Makers Fun on the Ferris Wheel by K’Nex Brands

Number Lovin’ Oven by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.

VEX Robotics Robotic Arm by Hexbug

GAME OF THE YEAR

Children’s board, card, electronic or other physical game formats and puzzles (does not include video games or apps)

Choice Words by MindWare

Chrono Bomb by Patch Products LLC

Lego Dimensions by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Pie Face Game by Hasbro Inc.

Rush Hour Shift by ThinkFun, Inc.

Three Little Piggies by Smart Toys and Games, Inc.

WOO! By Fat Brain Toy Co.

GIRL TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys developed for girls of any age

Disney’s Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa by Jakks Pacific, Inc.

Furreal Friends Starlily, My Magical Unicorn by Hasbro Inc.

Girl Scouts Cookie Oven by Wicked Cool Toys

Nancy B’s Science Club Black Light Illuminator & Nature’s Mysteries Journal by Educational Insights

Nerf Rebelle Arrow Revolution Bow by Hasbro, Inc.

Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck by Moose Toys Pty Ltd

Zoomer Kitty by Spin Master Corp.

INFANT/TODDLER TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys developed for infant children and toddlers (ages up to 36 months)

Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo by Fisher-Price

Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space by Fisher-Price

Fold ‘N Go Elephant Toy by Playskool

Lil Ocean Explorers 3-in-1 Adventure Course by Little Tikes

Play All Day Elmo by Playskool

Rolligo by Fat Brain Toy Co.

Storytime Theater™ by Tech 4 Kids

INNOVATIVE TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys that utilize innovative design, technology, or manufacturing processes to enhance play value

Flipsies Sandy’s House & Ocean Cruiser by VTech

i-loom by Wooky Entertainment

Laser Maze™ Jr. by ThinkFun, Inc.

Makey Makey Classic by JoyLabz

Meccanoid G15 by Spin Master Corp.

MiPosaur by WowWee

Star Wars Science – Jedi Force Levitator by Uncle Milton Industries

OUTDOOR TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys designed for outdoor play

Firetek Rocket by Zing

Maisto TECH Rock Crawler 3XL by Maisto – Bburago

Micro Mini2Go by Micro Kickboard

Nerf Rebelle Super Soaker Tri Threat Crossbow by Hasbro, Inc.

Nerf Super Soaker Floodfire Water Blaster by Hasbro, Inc.

R2-D2 Bubble Machine by Imperial Toy LLC

Razor GFD Fury by Razor USA LLC

PRESCHOOL TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys developed for preschool-aged children (ages 3-5)

Design & Drill Brightworks by Educational Insights

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center by Just Play

Guidecraft IO Blocks 114 Piece Set by Guidecraft

Miles from Tomorrowland Stellosphere by Tomy International

PlayTape by InRoad Toys

Razor Jr. Lil’Crazy by Razor USA LLC

Uptown Espresso Kitchen by KidKraft LLC

PROPERTY OF THE YEAR

Property that had the greatest success spreading its brand throughout the industry

Jurassic World (Universal Partnerships & Licensing)

Minions (Universal Partnerships & Licensing)

NERF (Hasbro, Inc.)

Paw Patrol (Spin Master Corp.)

Shopkins (Moose Toys Pty Ltd)

Skylanders SuperChargers (Activision Publishing, Inc.)

Star Wars (Disney/Lucasfilm Licensing)

SPECIALTY TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys primarily distributed through specialty retailers

Boogie Board Play n’ Trace Doodle Pad by Kent Displays, Inc.

Nursery Time Elmo by Gund

Sleepy Seas Sound & Lights Whale by Gund

SpinAgain by Fat Brain Toy Co.

SuperMax the Turtle by Cloud b

Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run by Learning Resources

Worry Eaters by The Haywire Group

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