Dad’s Choice Awards 2017 announced

The ‘Super Dad Testers’ have spent weeks putting 2017’s top toys through their paces, putting together their Dad’s Choice winners list ahead of the Christmas season.

The seventeen top toys list took home awards, with a further eleven products have been awarded the Highly Commended Award and seven receiving the Commended Award for 2017.

The Winners products that impressed across the board include: Spinmaster Air Hogs DR1 FPV Race Drone, V Tech KidiZoom Flix, Hornby Scalextric ARC AIR 24h Le Mans Porsche 911, Playmobil 6920 Squad Car with Lights and Sound, John Adams Tetris Dual, V Tech Kidi Super Star, HEXBUG Nano Space Cosmic Command, Winning Moves Harry Potter Top Trumps Match, LeapFrog LeapStart, Parragon Books Factivity Solar System, Flair Plc Ben 10 Rust Bucket Playset, Ravensburger VW T1 Camper Van 3D Puzzle, Le Toy Van The Big Wooden Crane and Brio Emergency Rescue.

“We are thrilled and honoured that our Squad Car with lights and sound has been crowned a winner at this year’s Dad’s Choice Awards, this has been a hugely popular product for us this year," said James Dickinson, marketing manager at Playmobil.

This award is a testament to the toy’s creative and imaginative abilities as they are voted for by the dads and children themselves.”

Etta Saunders of Parragon Books added: “We are thrilled that our Factivity Solar System kit has been selected as a winner in this year’s Dads Choice Awards. It’s fantastic to have not only a seal of approval from the Independent Toy Awards but also from real dads who are passionate about discovering toys that their children truly enjoy.” 

The Highly Commended Winners include: Spinmaster M.A.X, V Tech 5-in-1 Stroll & Grow Trike, University Games Staccups, ZURU Mayka Tape The Original Toy BlockBuilding Tape, Ravensburger Buggaloop, HippyChick Slex Rodeobull, Character Options LaserX, IMC Boom Ball, LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart, Trends UK Haynes BYO JetEngine, Hue Animation Hue Animation Studio.

The Commended Winners include: Play Monster The Game of THINGS, Golden Bear My FirstJCB Muddy Digger Water Squirters,John Adams Chocolate Sprinkle Stix, Esdevium Games Rory’s Story Cubes, Hy-Pro Midi Flyte and ZURU ROBO ALIVE Robotic Lizard.

David Ross, founder of Dad’s Choice Awards commented: “Now in the fifth year, Dads Choice Awards we received a bumper selection of toys. The competition was fierce, and our Dads testers have had a lot of fun with their children, so huge thanks to them. Putting these toys through their paces means only best make it through to win an award. Huge thanks to the families and brands for supporting these unique awards. The list of Winners, Highly Commended and Commended are tremendous, any of these would make fantastic presents at Christmas! These awards aim to make life a little easier for last minute Christmas shoppers.”

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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