2014 Toy of the Year Awards nominees revealed

Toy Industry Association details the 84 finalists across 12 categories
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The Toy Industry Association has revealed the 84 toy, game and property finalists for the 2014 Toy of the Year Awards. 

The annual awards celebrates the top toys available across 12 categories and the 2014 finalists – representing 68 unique products or properties from 41 companies – were selected from over 520 nominees submitted by 153 companies.

“This year’s TOTY finalists embody the innovative spirit of the toy industry and transport children to magical worlds through play,” said Carter Keithley, TIA President.

“The TOTY Awards program also supports the philanthropic work of the Toy Industry Foundation, which partners with generous toy companies to bring brand new toys to deserving kids throughout the year.”

People can vote for their favourites in each category on ToyAwards.org until January 13th 2014 and each vote provides a chance to win one of twelve TOTY prize packages filled with the toys and games featured in each category.

Four additional ballots – for mass retailers, specialty toy retailers, media, and TIA members – were also launched and will remain open through January 13th, 2014.

All five ballots will be weighted and used to determine each of the category winners while the overall Toy of the Year award will be selected based on votes received from journalists and bloggers, retailers and TIA members. 

Elsewhere, the People’s Choice Award will be chosen based on votes solely from consumers on ToyAwards.org.

The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony held on Saturday, February 15th, 2014, kicking off the 111th American International Toy Fair.

Check out the finalists below:

ACTIVITY TOY OF THE YEAR
Arts and crafts, construction and other indoor toys that inspire creative play through various forms of activity

• Hot Wheels Car Maker by Mattel, Inc.
• Rainbow Loom by Choon’s Design LLC
• Crayola Melt ‘n Mold Factory by Crayola
• LEGO Minecraft by The LEGO Group
• PLAY-DOH PERFECT TWIST ICE CREAM Playset by Hasbro, Inc.
• GLITZI GLOBES GLITZI SHOWCASE by Moose Toys
• Spirograph Deluxe Kit by Kahootz Toys

BOY TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys developed for boys of any age

• Battroborg 3-in-1 Battle Arena by Tomy
• Despicable Me 2 Special Feature Minion Dave Talking Action Figure by Thinkway Toys
• Disney Infinity by Disney
• LEGO Legends of Chima by The LEGO Group
• Skylanders SWAP Force by Activision Publishing, Inc..
• TRANSFORMERS CONSTRUCT-BOTS by Hasbro, Inc.
• Disney Planes U-Command Supercharged Dusty by Thinkway Toys

E-CONNECTED TOY OF THE YEAR
A physical toy or game that is app-enabled or otherwise interacts with a smartphone, tablet or gaming device

• LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 by The LEGO Group
• Skylanders SWAP Force by Activision Publishing, Inc.
• DISNEY INFINITY by DISNEY
• Barbie Digital Makeover by Mattel, Inc.
• LeapPad Ultra by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
• Kurio Touch 4s Handheld by Techno Source
• Photo Mix & Mash by Crayola

EDUCATIONAL TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that help children to develop special skills and knowledge through play

• GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine by GoldieBlox Inc.
• LeapPad Ultra by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
• LeapReader by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
• LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 by The LEGO Group
• Demolition Lab: Triple Blast Warehouse by SmartLab Toys
• Magformers 62 Piece Set by Magformers, LLC
• Nancy B’s Science Club MoonScope and Sky Gazer’s Activity Journal by Educational Insights

GAME OF THE YEAR
Children’s board, card, electronic or other physical game formats and puzzles (does not include video games or apps).

• BOOM BOOM BALLOON by Spin Master Ltd
• Chain Letters by Patch Products
• DRAW SOMETHING PARTY Game by Hasbro Inc.
• HEDBANZ ACT UP by SPIN MASTER LTD
• Settlers of Catan by Mayfair Games
• Skylanders SWAP Force by Activision Publishing, Inc.
• WordARound by ThinkFun

GIRL TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys developed for girls of any age

• Disney Princess Palace Pets: Furry Tail Friends by Blip Toys
• FLUTTERBYE FAIRY by Spin Master Ltd
• FURREAL FRIENDS CUDDLES, MY GIGGLY MONKEY by Hasbro, Inc.
• LEGO Friends Heartlake High by The LEGO Group
• Monster High 13 Wishes Doll Assortment by Mattel
• NERF REBELLE HEARTBREAKER Bow by Hasbro Inc.
• Rainbow Loom by Choon’s Design LLC

INFANT/TODDLER TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys developed for infant children and toddlers (ages up to 36 months)

• BIG HUGS ELMO by Playskool
• Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car by Mattel
• Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Playset by VTech
• Lamaze Franky the Hanky Whale by TOMY
• Farm Mash-Up by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
• Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano by Patch Products
• Skwish Stix by Manhattan Toy

INNOVATIVE TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys that utilise innovative design, technology, or manufacturing processes to enhance play value

• Barbie Digital Makeover by Mattel
• Battroborg 3-in-1 Battle Arena by TOMY
• FLUTTERBYE FAIRY by SPIN MASTER LTD
• GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine by GoldieBlox Inc.
• Laser Maze by ThinkFun
• Skylanders SWAP Force by Activision Publishing, Inc.
• Zoomer by SPIN MASTER LTD

OUTDOOR TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys designed for outdoor play

• Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk by Crayola
• Razor Crazy Cart by Razor USA LLC
• SKY RIPPERZ by Zing
• Sky Viper Stunt Quadcopter by Skyrocket Toys
• SkyTrix by Daydream Toy
• Y Glider 3 in 1 by Yvolution
• Ziggle by Radio Flyer

PRESCHOOL TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys developed for preschool-aged children (aged 3-5)

• BIG HUGS ELMO by Playskool
• Dino Construction Company by Educational Insights
• Doc McStuffins Get Better Check-Up Center by Just Play
• FURREAL FRIENDS CUDDLES, MY GIGGLY MONKEY by Hasbro Inc.
• Go! Go! Smart Wheels Airport Playset by VTech
• Shelby’s Snack Shack Game by Educational Insights
• Sofia the First Talking Sofia and Animal Friends by Mattel

PROPERTY OF THE YEAR
Property that had the greatest success spreading its brand throughout the industry

• Despicable Me 2 (Universal Partnerships & Licensing)
• Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins (Disney Consumer Products)
• Disney Junior’s Sofia the First (Disney Consumer Products)
• Minecraft (Mojang AB)
• Monster High (Mattel)
• Skylanders SWAP Force (Activision Publishing, Inc.)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon)

SPECIALTY TOY OF THE YEAR
Toys primarily distributed through specialty retailers

• Animal Parade A to Z Puzzle by BeginAgain
• Bunny Peek A Boo by Smart Toys and Games, Inc.
• Laser Maze by ThinkFun
• Nanoblocks Deluxe Space Shuttle by Ohio Art
• Rainbow Loom by Choon’s Design LLC
• Spirograph Deluxe Kit by Kahootz Toys
• Magnetic Wooden Blocks 42-Piece Set by Tegu

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