Independent Toy Award 2016 winners revealed

The winners of the eighth annual Independent Toy Awards have been revealed.

Gold, silver and bronze medal logos have been awarded in each of the 25 categories as voted by the nation’s population of independent toy retailers.

More than 900 retailers were asked to vote for what they believe to be the best toys across each category and what they believe will be the toys parents will be buying this Christmas.

Toy Shop UK founder, Michael Hawkins, said: “Our impartiality ensures that we continue to produce the most transparent award process in the industry.

“If anyone’s qualified to comment on great toys, it’s independent retailers – and we take great pride in championing them wherever we can.”

This year’s Gold Awards winners are:

App Toy – Anki Overdrive (Anki)
Baby – Little Friendlies Glow & Giggle Playmat (VTech)
Children’s Gifts – Dino For The Day (NPW)
Collectable – Kawaii Cubes (Sambro)
Creative – PlayMais World Farm (DKL)
Construction – Inventor 30-in-1 Motorised Models Set (Engino)
Dolls – Muddy Puddles (Arklu)
Eco – Hape Walk Along Caterpillar (Marbel)
Educational – My First Bananagrams (Bananagrams)
Electronic – Meccano Micronoid (Spin Master)
Flying – Santa’s Sleigh Polyglider (T obar)
Games (Action) – Pickin’ Chickens (Drumond Park)
Games (Board) – Party Draw Out (T actic Games)
Games (Card) – Star Wars Top Trumps Quiz (Winning Moves)
Games (Educational) – SAM Labs Inventor Kit (SAM Labs)
Jigsaws & Puzzles – Chameleon 3D Puzzle (Thames & Kosmos)
Licenced – Disney Princess Nighlight & Projector (John Adams)
Outdoor – Berg Champion 430 Trampoline & Net (Berg Toys)
Radio Control – RC Tyre Twister (Little Tikes)
Ride-on – 6v Battery Batman Bike (MV Sports)
Role Play – Play Kitchen (KidKraft)
Soft – Kate and Mim Mim – Magic Twirl Mim Mim (Flair)
Special Needs – Mr Tumbles Fun Sounds Musical Car (Golden Bear)
Vehicles – Retro Metro Car Set (Le Toy Van)
Wooden – Pirate Train Set (Bigjigs)

Silver medal winners are:

App Toy – Party Animal (NPW)
Baby – 123 My Take Along Ship (Playmobil)
Children’s Gifts – Flappy the Animated Elephant (Enesco)
Collectable – Super Mario Backpack Buddies (Paladone)
Creative – The Yarn Tree Kit (Maps Toys)
Construction – Lego Duplo Arctic (LEGO)
Dolls – Baby Annabell Doll (Zapf Creation)
Eco – Strawberries – Fruit Greenhouse (Science4You)
Educational – My First Emotions (Skylark)
Electronic – Selfie Mic (Worlds Apart)
Flying – Sky Spinner (Wicked Vision)
Games (Action) – Soggy Doggy (John Adams)
Games (Board) – Smugglers (Thames & Kosmos)
Games (Card) – Accentuate Game (Accentuate)
Games (Educational) – Code Master (Coiledspring Games)
Jigsaws & Puzzles – Super 3D Selfies Pets (Kidicraft)
Licenced – Science Museum Virtual Reality Viewer (WOW! Stuff)
Outdoor – Ozbozz Satchel Skateboard (Grossman)
Ride-on – 5-in-1 Recliner Infinity (SmarTrike)
Role Play – DreamTown Rose Petal Cottage (Worlds Apart)
Soft – Voice Activated Walking Fuse & Pogo (Golden Bear)
Special Needs – Nest (Play to Z)
Vehicles – Farm Truck (Inside Out)
Wooden – Safari Playset (Orange Tree Toys)

Bronze medal winners are:

Baby – Whisbear (Ardega)
Children’s Gifts – Disney Pixar Finding Dory Bedtime Buddy (Parragon Books)
Collectable – Euro 2016 Sticker Collection (Click Distribution)
Creative – Skinny Sketcher Architecture Kit (Skinny Sketcher)
Construction – Vex Robotics Single Gear Racer (Hexbug)
Eco – Hape Barn Play (Marbel)
Educational – Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set (Learning Resources)
Electronic – Get Emojinal Sound Machine (NPW)
Flying – My First Flyer (Little Tikes)
Games (Action) – Super Hero Magic Set (Marvin’s Magic)
Games (Board) – Who T ooted? (re:creation)
Games (Card) – Gobbit (Morning Group SAS)
Games (Educational) – Tell-A-Tale (Fairytale) (Cheatwell Games)
Jigsaws & Puzzles – Simbrix Cute Kit (Simbrix)
Licenced – Make Your Own Mr Men With Nutty Putty (Alphabet Pie)
Outdoor – Crossbow Combo Pack (Petron Sports)
Ride-on – Teletubbies Po Scooter (MV Sports)
Role Play – Farmhouse Kitchen (Plum Products)
Soft – My Friend Alfie/Alice (VTech)
Vehicles – Anki Overdrive (Anki)
Wooden – Scratch Circus Track (DKL)

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both ToyNews and, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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