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TIA Reveals 2016 Toy of the Year Finalists
November 17, 2015— Gifts & Dec,
NEW 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