Winners of the 57th Toy Industry Awards revealed

Barbie Day to Night Dreamhouse, Mattel and Smyths triumphed at this year’s Toy Industry Awards, winning Toy of the Year, Supplier of the Year and Toy Retailer of the Year, respectively. A TRA Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to Dream Toys’ Gary Grant for his individual contribution to the Dream Toys event over many years.

The Industry Awards, which are presented by the British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) and the Toy Retailers Association (TRA), are traditionally announced in a live event on the first day of London Toy Fair. However, given the unique circumstances and the current COVID situation, a special video has been produced to feature all finalists and winners for 2021.

The video can be viewed here

The full lineup of winners is as follows:

TOY RETAILER OF THE YEAR WINNERS

Independent Toy Retailer of the Year  (single store):
Toys & Games of Worcester

Independent Multi-Store Toy Retailer of the Year (up to 10 stores):
MIDCO Toymaster

Omnichannel Toy Retailer of the Year:
Smyths Toys

Multiple Toy Retailer of the Year:
B & M Stores

Online Excellence Award:
The Very Group

Overall Toy Retailer of the Year:
Smyths Toys

TOY AND SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARDS:

Action Toy of the Year:
Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Figures, Character Options

Construction Toy of the Year:
Harry Potter Hogwarts Express, The LEGO Group

Kidult Toy of the Year:
LEGO Technic Lamborghini, The LEGO Group

Interactive Toy of the Year:
Magic Mixies, Moose Toys

Vehicle Brand of the Year:
Hot Wheels, Mattel

Outdoor Sports Toy of the Year:
Moon Shoes, Character Options

Craze of the Year:
Fidget Box, H Grossman

Fashion Doll of The Year:
L.O.L. SURPRISE! MOVIE DOLL , MGA

Plush Toy of The Year:
Squish-a-boos, TY Toys

Trading Game of the Year:
Pokémon Trading Cards, Asmodee

Pre School Toy of The Year:
Cocomelon Bedtime JJ Doll, Bandai

Collectible Toy of The Year:
Mini Brands, Zuru

Pre-School License of the Year:
Paw Patrol, Spin Master

TRA Special Recognition Award:
Gary Grant, Dream Toys

Toy of the Year:
Barbie Day to Night Dreamhouse, Mattel                                                               

Toy Supplier of the Year: Mattel                                     

Graham Canning, Chairman of the BTHA, says: “On behalf of the BTHA, I would like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s Toy Retailer Awards. In what was another challenging year, all our judges were impressed with the high standard of entries received and the achievements made in 2021 by all the retailer finalists – who should be highly commended. Congratulations must also go to our worthy runners-up who, it should be remembered, were the best in their categories, and my sincere thanks goes to everyone for their participation.”

Alan Simpson, Chairman of the TRA, adds: “The Toy Retailers Association and our panel of retail judges were impressed with the choice of toys on sale throughout 2021 that brought education, entertainment and joy to children during the year.

“Congratulations to all the shortlisted toys, and especially the winners, that the retailers deemed to be the best of the year. I would also like to thank Gary Grant on behalf of the entire industry for his many years of running Dream Toys – bringing toys to the attention of the media and families in the run-up to Christmas for so many years.”

About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and babycentre.co.uk. Get in touch at tessa.clayton@biz-media.co.uk

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