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2018 Toy of the Year finalists unveiled

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NEW YORK— The toy, game, and license finalists for the 2018 Toy of the Year Awards were unveiled last week by The Toy Association.

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, like Creative Toy of the Year, Playset of the Year, and Plush of the Year. The 122 finalists were announced at an exclusive press event held this evening to help kick off the second annual Play Fair in New York City.

This year’s finalists were selected from over 600 nominees submitted by more than 150 companies of all sizes. 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 coveted “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 in New York City.

ACTION FIGURE

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

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

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

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

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)

ROOKIE

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)

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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