Toy Industry Unveils Nominees for 2015 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards

TOTY2015logoToday, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the 83 finalists for the prestigious 2015 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY). Between now and January 11, toy consumers of all ages can visit www.toyawards.org to vote for their favorite toys, games, and properties across 12 categories.

The 2015 finalists were selected from more than 600 nominees submitted for consideration by 159 companies. Sixty academics, journalists, toy trend experts, play therapists, toy inventors and designers, and toy retailers staffed the nomination committees that narrowed the field to the slate of finalists.

Votes from mass retailers, specialty toy retailers, media, TIA members, and consumers will be weighted and used to determine each of the 12 category winners. The winners—including the overall Toy of the Year and the People’s Choice awards—will be announced at the TOTY Awards ceremony held on February 13, 2015 as the kick-off to the 112th North American International Toy Fair. [Read more...]

Motorworks Expands with New Cars, Play Sets, Accessories

ManhattanToy.Motorworks.convertibleMotorworks, from The Manhattan Toy Co., will expand its line next year with new models, a car trailer, and accessories. The vehicles are designed with a common, convertible chassis, which allows kids to choose between durable, snap-on parts and to customize in different ways.

The collection is comprised of three different trim levels: Street Series, Speed Series, and Extreme Series. Motorworks will attend next year’s American International Toy Fair with its latest offerings, all of which are suitable for kids ages 3 and up. [Read more...]

Groovy Girls Turning 16 With New Core Dolls and Accessories

ManhattanToy.GroovyGirls.ComboSixteen years after the introduction of Groovy Girls, visitors to The Manhattan Toy Company‘s booth at the American International Toy Fair can be the first to see three new Groovy Girls Special Edition Sweet 16 Dolls: Skylar, Fuchsia, and Lilia. These limited edition dolls are each dressed in bright fashions and sport colored hair to match their names; for example, there’s sky blue hair for Skylar and raspberry pink locks for Fuchsia.

There will also be new B-Line “Core” Dolls consisting of four dolls that start with the letter “B”: Brooklyn, Bailey, Bayani, and Breanna. These poseable dolls arrive with distinctive outfits, hairstyles, and grins.

Other additions for next spring include Princess Ella, who has golden blonde hair topped by a jeweled tiara that makes her look taller than her 13 inches; the Royalty Ritzy Bed, which has a quilt with satin lining, tulle trim, and a satin pillow with tassels; and the Totally Tentastic tent with zippered mesh door, nylon flaps, and dimensions that fit up to three dolls. All products are suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

Zoobies Hires New CEO

Zoobies, LLC has hired Arete Passas as CEO of the company. Passas has extensive consumer goods and toy experience, working at companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Crayola, Scholastic, and Mattel. Formerly, Passas was the CEO of Manhattan Toy Company.

Passas has also served as a director on the Toy Industry Association board and chaired the committee for the ToyCon industry conference.