Over 100 Innovative and Exciting Toys & Games Are the Judges’ Top Picks for the Holiday Season
The Toy Association has unveiled the 123 finalists for the prestigious 2019 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. Known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry, the TOTY Awards program recognizes the top toy, game, and licenses in the industry, and supports children in need by serving as a critical fundraiser for The Toy Foundation.
Finalists were announced by prominent online influencers who serve as TOTY Ambassadors. Between now and January 6, families can visit www.ToyAwards.org to vote for their favorite playthings in each of the 17 categories, including Action Figure of the Year, Innovative Toy of the Year, and Collectible of the Year. [SEE FINALISTS BELOW]
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 to be held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. The celebration will kick-off the 116th North American International Toy Fair and will include the induction of toy industry trailblazers into the esteemed Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
“If you’re wondering what to get the kids and ‘kidadults’ in your life this holiday season, this year’s TOTY finalists are the hottest toys and games on the market. Whether you are looking for a doll, a board game, or the latest youth electronics, you’ll find great gift ideas for children of all ages. Every one of the TOTY finalists has been carefully screened by judges for its outstanding ability to deliver joy and wonder while facilitating key developmental benefits of play,” said Steve Pasierb, The Toy Association’s president & CEO.
“Importantly, the TOTY Awards program supports The Toy Foundation’s important mission focused on serving children in need – whether they are living in foster care, impoverished, dealing with a traumatic or life-threatening illness, or facing other adversities,” added Pasierb.
The finalists were selected from more than 550 nominees submitted by over 200 companies of all sizes. Nineteen 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.
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″ 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 an/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)