The Toy Association Unveils 2018 TOTY Finalists

TOTY_blogThe Toy Association unveiled the toy, game, and license finalists for the 2018 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. All of the finalists are now available online at Amazon and Toys “R” Us through February 2018.

Between now and Jan. 5, consumers can visit www.ToyAwards.org to vote for their favorite picks in each of the 17 categories—including new categories for this year, such as Creative Toy of the Year, Playset of the Year, and Plush of the Year.

This year’s finalists were selected from over 600 nominees submitted by more than 150 companies. Twenty judges, including toy and play experts, retailers, academics, and journalists, reviewed and ranked the products in specific categories relevant to their areas of expertise. The judges then participated in a live discussion to determine the finalists in each category. They considered each product’s creativity, design, play value, and marketing.

One winner in each category, as well as the Toy of the Year award winner and the People’s Choice winner (based solely on consumer votes), will be announced at the TOTY Awards gala on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. The celebration will help kick-off the 115th North American International Toy Fair, and will include the induction of toy industry trailblazers into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

All proceeds from the event—including Tribute Book sales, ticket sales, and sponsorships—will contribute to the Toy Industry Foundation, which partners with toy companies throughout the year to bring brand-new toys to kids in need.

The TOTY Awards gala is only open to members of the industry. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase on Dec. 5.

The finalists in each category are:

ACTION FIGURE OF THE YEAR
Toys that include action figures and their playsets/accessories 

  • IAmElemental’s Series 2/Wisdom Lunch Box Carrying Case with Complete Set of 7 Action Figures & Accessories (IAmElemental)
  • Imaginext DC Super Friends BatBot Xtreme (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Figure (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • PJ Masks Duet Figure Packs (Just Play Products)
  • Star Wars Forces of Destiny Adventure Figures (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • Stikbot (ZING)
  • WWE Superstars Action Figures (Mattel, Inc.)

COLLECTIBLE OF THE YEAR
Toys that compose a set; can include novelty playthings, miniature versions of existing lines, licensed collectibles, etc.

  • Disney Pixar Cars 3 Diecast Cars (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Fingerlings (WowWee USA, Inc.)
  • Funko’s Mystery Minis (Funko, LLC)
  • Hatchimals Colleggtibles 4 Pack (Spin Master Ltd.)
  • L.O.L. Surprise! (MGA Entertainment)
  • Pikmi Pop! Surprise Pack (Moose Toys)
  • The LEGO Batman Movie Minifigures (LEGO Systems, Inc.)

CONSTRUCTION TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that include building and engineering sets

  • K’NEX THRILL RIDES: Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set (K’NEX Brands)
  • LEGO Star Wars BB-8 (LEGO Systems, Inc.)
  • Magformers Log Cabin 87Pc Set (Magformers)
  • Mayka Toy Block Tape (Zuru)
  • Meccano M.A.X (Spin Master Ltd.)
  • Silent Mary (LEGO Systems, Inc.)
  • VEX Robotics BattleBots Minotaur (HEXBUG)

CREATIVE TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that allow kids to build an/or make items that are unique to them

  • 3Doodler Start Powerpuff Yourself Pen Set (3Doodler)
  • K’NEX Imagine: Power & Play 50 Model Motorized Building Set (K’NEX Brands)
  • LEGO Make Your Own Movie (Klutz)
  • Magnaflex (WowWee USA, Inc.)
  • Nickelodeon Slime Deluxe Slimy Creations (Cra-Z-Art)
  • Oonies Starter Pack (Moose Toys)
  • Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit (LittleBits)

DOLL OF THE YEAR
Toys that include plush, baby, toddler, and fashion dolls, and their play sets/accessories

  • BABY ALIVE SWEET TEARS BABY Doll (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • Barbie Fashionista Ken Dolls (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Disney Princess Dance Code Belle (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free Spirit & Lucky Deluxe Feeding Set (Just Play Products)
  • JoJo Siwa Singing Doll (Just Play Products)
  • Luvabella (Spin Master Ltd.)
  • Wonder Crew Superhero Will (PlayMonster)

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

  • Beasts of Balance (Sensible Object)
  • Boom Blast Stix (Moose Toys)
  • Happy Salmon (North Star Games LLC)
  • HEARING THINGS (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • Roller Coaster Challenge (ThinkFun Inc.)
  • Soggy Doggy (Spin Master Ltd.)
  • Ultra Dash (PlayMonster)

INFANT/TODDLER TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that are developed for ages 0-3 

  • GearZooz Roll & Roar Animal Train (VTech)
  • Little Tikes Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Sports Zone (MGA Entertainment)
  • Magformers My First Pastel 30Pc Set (Magformers)
  • Mega Bloks Elephant Parade (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Mirari Shellby (PlayMonster)
  • Pop-a-Balls Push & Pop Bulldozer (VTech)
  • Strolly Bike (Yvolution)
  • Teddy Ruxpin (Wicked Cool Toys)

INNOVATIVE TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that utilize innovative design, technology, or manufacturing processes to enhance play value

  • DROPMIX Music Gaming System (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • HEXBUG BattleBots Arena (HEXBUG)
  • Hot Wheels MindRacers (Osmo)
  • Klask (Buffalo Games Inc.)
  • Lightseekers Starter Pack (TOMY International)
  • Rubie’s Jurassic World T-Rex Inflatable Costume (Rubie’s Costume Company, Inc.)
  • Think & Learn Teach ‘n Tag Movi (Mattel, Inc.)

LICENSE OF THE YEAR
Character or property that has had success spreading its brand throughout the industry

  • Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 (Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media)
  • Hatchimals (Spin Master Ltd.)
  • Nickelodeon Slime (Nickelodeon Consumer Products)
  • PAW Patrol (Spin Master Ltd.)
  • Peppa Pig (Entertainment One)
  • PJ Masks (Entertainment One)
  • Star Wars (Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media)

OUTDOOR TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that are designed for outdoor play, including ride-ons

  • Bunch O Balloons Filler Soaker (Zuru)
  • Disc Jock-e (Tucker Toys)
  • Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder (Radio Flyer)
  • NERF N-STRIKE ELITE ACCUSTRIKE ALPHAHAWK Blaster (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • RECOIL (Skyrocket)
  • Sky Viper V2450 GPS Streaming Video Drone (Skyrocket)
  • Watermelon Ball (PlaSmart Inc.)

PLAYSET TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that are designed to work together to enact some action or event

  • Ben 10 Rustbucket Transforming Alien Playset (Playmates Toys)
  • Fisher-Price Shimmer and Shine Magical Light-up Genie Palace (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Go! Go! Smart Wheels Race & Play Adventure Park™ (VTech)
  • HEXBUG nano Space Cosmic Command (HEXBUG)
  • Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage (Mattel, Inc.)
  • My Fairy Garden Magical Cottage (PlayMonster)
  • PLAYMOBIL Pharaoh’s Pyramid (Playmobil U.S.A. Inc.)
  • Shopkins Shopville Super Mall (Moose Toys)

PLUSH OF THE YEAR
Toys that are made of fabric and stuffed with cotton or similar filling

  • Disney Junior Minnie’s Walk and Play Puppy (Just Play Products)
  • Dolce Activity Zebra (Magformers)
  • Funko’s SuperCute Plushies (Funko, LLC)
  • Peppy Pets (Commonwealth Toy & Novelty Co., Inc.)
  • Pikmi Pops Surprise! Mega Pop (Moose Toys)
  • Storytime Rhymes Sheep (VTech)
  • Surprizamals (Beverly Hills Teddybear)

PRESCHOOL TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that are developed for ages 3-5

  • Beat Bugs Musical Submarine (Blip Toys LLC)
  • Disney Junior Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery (Just Play Products)
  • PAW Patrol My Size Lookout Tower (Spin Master Ltd.)
  • PLAY-DOH MAGIC OVEN Set (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • Racing Adventures Mickey (Just Play Products)
  • Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart (LeapFrog)
  • Thomas & Friends Super Station™ (Mattel, Inc.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
A new company (created within the last 2 years) that has brought to market an outstanding toy

  • Beach House Group (Antsy Pants Build & Play Kits)
  • Pai Technology Inc. (Circuit Conductor)
  • Move2play (Fuzzy Flyers)
  • Bevy & Dave (History Makers Puzzle Block Set)
  • YULU Toys (Operation: Escape)
  • FlyCatcher Inc. (smART sketcher)
  • WeCool (WeCool)

SPECIALTY TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys primarily distributed through specialty retailers

  • American Girl Logan Doll (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Creative Cosmetics Lab (Thames & Kosmos)
  • Fidget Spinner (TopTrenz)
  • HEXBUG CuddleBots (HEXBUG)
  • LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon (LEGO Systems, Inc.)
  • Mirari Juballees (PlayMonster)
  • SmartMax My First Animal Train (Smart Toys and Games, Inc.)
  • Zipes Speed Pipes (Neat-Oh! International, LLC)

TECH TOY OF THE YEAR
Physical toys that are electronic or interact with a smart-phone, tablet or gaming device

  • Circuit Cubes (Circuit Cubes)
  • Cue (Wonder Workshop)
  • LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox (LEGO Systems, Inc.)
  • Piper Computer Kit (Piper)
  • Robotics Workshop (Thames & Kosmos)
  • SoundMoovz (Cra-Z-Art)
  • VRSE (Skyrocket)

VEHICLE OF THE YEAR
Toys that are powered or non-powered vehicles, and their playsets/accessories

  • Air Hogs Hyper Drift Drone (Spin Master Ltd.)
  • Anki OVERDRIVE: Fast & Furious Edition (Anki)
  • Automoblox SC1 Chaos and HR5 Scorch 2-Pack (PlayMonster)
  • Drone Force Angler Attack (Alpha Group, US LLC)
  • NERF NITRO MOTOFURY RAPID RALLY Set (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • PAW Patrol Sea Patroller (Spin Master Ltd.)
  • PLAYMOBIL Ghostbusters Ecto-1 (Playmobil U.S.A. Inc.)

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