The Toy Association unveiled 123 finalists for its 2019 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. The TOTY Awards program recognizes the top toy, game, and licenses in the industry, and supports children in need as a fundraiser for The Toy Foundation.

TOTY Ambassadors announced the finalists this morning. Between now and January 6, families can visit www.ToyAwards.org to vote for their favorite in each of the 17 categories.

Nineteen judges chose the finalists from more than 550 nominees submitted by over 200 companies of all sizes. The judges included toy and play experts, retailers, academics, and journalists who 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.

The 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. 15, 2019 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. The celebration will kick-off Toy Fair and will include inductions into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

The TOTY Awards gala is open to industry stakeholders only. Tickets for the event will be available starting December 3. Proceeds from the event will provide funding to The Toy Foundation, which partners with generous toy companies throughout the year to bring brand-new toys to children in need.

The finalists are also available for purchase on Amazon, separated by category, until February.

The finalists in each category are:

ACTION FIGURE OF THE YEAR
Toys that include action figures

  • DJ Bumblebee (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • Mattel Jurassic World Dinosaur Action Figures (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Pokémon 4.5-inch Battle Feature Figures (Wicked Cool Toys)
  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deluxe Ninja Action Figure Assortment (Playmates Toys)
  • Stikbot Monsters (Zing)
  • Treasure X (Moose Toys)
  • WWE Sound Slammers Figures (Mattel, Inc.)

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

  • Beaker Creatures (Learning Resources)
  • Disney Doorables (Moose Toys)
  • LEGO Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Minifigure Series (LEGO Systems, Inc.)
  • L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Series (MGA Entertainment)
  • Lost Kitties Blind Box Multipack Assortment (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • Pikmi Pops: Pikmi Flips (Moose Toys)
  • Polly Pocket (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Twisty Petz (Spin Master)

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

  • Gears! Gears! Gears! Machines in Motion (Learning Resources)
  • GeoSmart Flip Bot (SMART Toys and Games, Inc.)
  • GraviTrax Starter Set (Ravensburger)
  • Kessel Run Millennium Falcon (LEGO Systems, Inc.)
  • LEGO Harry Potter Great Hall (LEGO Systems, Inc.)
  • Marbleocity Triple Play Archimedes Screw (PlayMonster)
  • Snap Circuits BRIC: Structures (Elenco)

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

  • Antsy Pants Build & Play Kit (Beach House Group)
  • Avengers Hero Inventor Kit (littleBits)
  • Building Bricks Play N Store Table (KidKraft)
  • Cool Maker KumiKreator (Spin Master)
  • Rock And Roll It Spectrum Drum (MukikiM LLC)
  • Sew + Glow (Tech Will Save Us)
  • The Big Engineering Makerspace (Thames & Kosmos)

DOLL OF THE YEAR
Toys that include baby, toddler, and fashion dolls

  • Barbie Ibtihaj Muhammad Doll (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Barbie Robotics Engineer Doll (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Cry Babies (IMC Toys)
  • DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free Deluxe Spirit Walking Horse (Just Play/Universal Brand Development)
  • Hairdorables (Just Play)
  • L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Under Wraps (MGA Entertainment)
  • Marvel Rising Secret Warriors Doll Assortment (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • My Friend Fancy Nancy Doll (JAKKS Pacific)

GAME OF THE YEAR
Children’s board, card, electronic, or other physical game formats or puzzles

  • Disney Villainous Game by Wonder Forge (Ravensburger)
  • Dr. Biscuits’ Radical Road Trip (Barry and Jason Games & Entertainment)
  • Fryin Flyin Donuts (Maya Toys)
  • Monster Match (North Star Games)
  • Relative Insanity (PlayMonster)
  • Unstable Unicorns (TeeTurtle, LLC)
  • Voice Originals: When in Rome (Sensible Object)

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

  • Dolce Baby Aardvark (Magformers LLC)
  • Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Learning Home (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Grippies Shakers – 30 Piece Set (Guidecraft)
  • HEXBUG Cuddlebots Garden Carousel (HEXBUG)
  • Kid O Hudson Glow Rattle (PlayMonster)
  • Learning Friends 100 Words Book™ (LeapFrog)
  • Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog (Learning Resources)

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

  • Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set (Learning Resources)
  • Harry Potter Wizard Training Wand (JAKKS Pacific)
  • K’NEX Thrill Rides Bionic Blast Roller Coaster Building Set (K’NEX, a division of Basic Fun!)
  • Legend Kit (Infento)
  • Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet Articulated Electronic Fist (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • Mystery Flying Snitch (Wow! Stuff)
  • Sensors Alive: Bring Physics to Life! (Thames & Kosmos)

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

  • Hatchimals (Spin Master)
  • Hot Wheels (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom (Universal Brand Development)
  • L.O.L. Surprise! (MGA Entertainment)
  • Marvel Black Panther (The Walt Disney Company)
  • Peppa Pig (Entertainment One)
  • PJ Masks (Entertainment One)

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

  • Glove-A-Bubbles (Zing)
  • MorfBoard (JAKKS Pacific)
  • Nickelodeon Automatic Slime Drencher (JAKKS Pacific)
  • Razor Turbo Jetts Electric Heel Wheels (Razor USA, LLC)
  • Rollplay Nighthawk Ride-On (Rollplay)
  • Watermelon Smash (Yulu)
  • X-Shot Flying Bug Attack (ZURU)

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

  • Disney•Pixar Cars Super Track Mack Playset (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Farm To Table Play Kitchen With EZ Kraft Assembly™ (KidKraft)
  • Hidden Temple with T-Rex (PLAYMOBIL)
  • L.O.L. Surprise! House (MGA Entertainment)
  • LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (LEGO Systems, Inc.)
  • LEGO Jurassic World Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate (LEGO Systems, Inc.)
  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 43-inch Epic Sewer Lair Playset (Playmates Toys)

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

  • Dolce Afghan Hound (Magformers LLC)
  • Fingerlings HUGS (WowWee)
  • GUND Flora Bunny Animated Plush (Spin Master)
  • Pomsies (Skyrocket)
  • Rainbocorns (ZURU)
  • Rescue Runts (KD Kids)
  • Scruff-A-Luvs (Moose Toys)
  • Star Wars Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie (Hasbro, Inc.)

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

  • Design & Drill See Through Creative Workshop (Educational Insights)
  • Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Pet Rescue Mobile (Just Play)
  • Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus (Mattel, Inc.)
  • Kid Trax Rideamals Scout (Kid Trax)
  • LEGO DUPLO Steam Train (LEGO Systems, Inc.)
  • Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab (MGA Entertainment)
  • Pop Oh Ver Stove Set (Kangaroo Manufacturing Inc.)

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

  • Massive Monster Mayhem Bash Weapons (Alpha Group US)
  • Match the Baby Puzzles (Banana Panda, Inc.)
  • Monsters Lock Box (Tender Leaf Toys)
  • Ollyball – The Ultimate Indoor Play Ball! (VICTURY Sports)
  • Tic Tac Tongue (Yulu)
  • Turing Tumble (Turing Tumble LLC)
  • What The Film?! (Lethal Chicken Games)

SPECIALTY TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys primarily distributed through specialty retailers and are not sold at mass

  • Betrayal at Cloud City (LEGO Systems, Inc.)
  • Chickapig (Buffalo Games, LLC)
  • GeoSafari Jr. Talking Telescope (Educational Insights)
  • GUND Super Pusheenicorn (Spin Master)
  • HEXBUG Ring Racer (HEXBUG)
  • LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (LEGO Systems, Inc.)
  • Marbles Otrio (Spin Master)
  • Pepper Mint in the Great Treehouse Engineering Adventure (Thames & Kosmos)

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

  • Arcade1Up (Tastemakers LLC)
  • Creative Coder (Tech Will Save Us)
  • Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit (Kano)
  • Kids First Coding & Robotics (Thames & Kosmos)
  • LeapStart 3D Learning System (LeapFrog)
  • Really Rad Robots: MiBro (Moose Toys)
  • VEX Balancing Boxing Bot 2-Pack (HEXBUG)

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

  • Automoblox BR100 Hercules (PlayMonster)
  • LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron (LEGO Systems, Inc.)
  • Nerf Nitro Doubleclutch Inferno Blaster (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • PAW Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck (Spin Master & Nickelodeon)
  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtle Tank (Playmates Toys)
  • TerraSect RC (Alpha Group US)
  • VEX Robotics OffRoad Truck (HEXBUG)