Reaction to Independent Toy Awards 2014 revealed

“This year’s list of winning toys features a truly diverse mix of products which I think perfectly reflects the life, character, and occasionally eclectic nature of the independent toy retailers that bring so much to this industry," said Toy Shop UK's Michael Hawkins.
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The results of Toy Shop UK's sixth annual Independent Toy Awards are in.

Gold, silver and bronze medal logos have been awarded in each of the 25 categories, with a number of other suppliers receiving a 'commendation' logo for products that narrowly missed out on a top three place.

ToyShop UK asked over 1,000 retailers that list their businesses on the directory what they think are the best toys in each category, and the results are below.

“This year’s list of winning toys features a truly diverse mix of products which I think perfectly reflects the life, character, and occasionally eclectic nature of the independent toy retailers that bring so much to this industry,” said Toy Shop UK founder Michael Hawkins.

Check out the complete list of medal winners, as well as some reaction to the awards, below:

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

  • App Toy: Ani-Mate (NPW)
  • Baby: Bump N Go Bubble Train (Tobar)
  • Collectable: Sylvanian Families Country Tree School (EPOCH making toys)
  • Creative (two winners): Loom Twister Creative Case (H Grossman) / My First Crayola Doodle Magic Colour Mat (Vivid)
  • Construction: Meccano 10 Models Set (Spin Master)
  • Dolls: Little Love Baby Talk (VTech)
  • Eco: Wonderworld Magic Switcher (DKL)
  • Educational: Glowing Chemistry (Thames & Kosmos)
  • Electronic: Xeno (Flair)
  • Flying: Ai Copter from TX Juice (Wow! Stuff)
  • Games (Action): Pig Out! (John Adams)
  • Games (Board): Destination Downton Abbey (She Who Dares)
  • Games (Card): LOGO Grab (Drumond Park)
  • Games (Educational): Cool Circuits (Maps Toys)
  • Jigsaws: Peppa Pig Giant Muddy Puddle Puzzle (Jumbo Games)
  • Licenced: Spider-Man Chase Rhino (Goldfish & Bison)
  • Outdoor: Jumbo ZIP-IT (Bananagrams)
  • Radio Control: Radio Control Jumbo Inflatable Minion (Bladez Toyz)
  • Ride-on: Rollers R1 (Hy-Pro)
  • Role Play: Modern Island Kitchen (KidKraft)
  • Soft: Sorgenfresser (Coiledspring Games)
  • Special Needs: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes Mr Tumble (Golden Bear)
  • Tablets: LeapPad3 (LeapFrog)
  • Vehicles: Varoom Demolition Set (Casdon)
  • Wooden: Fire Station Play Set (Bigjigs)

SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

  • Baby: Twinkling Firefly Frog (Cloud B)
  • Collectable: Little Live Pets (Character)
  • Creative: Craft Box Fairy Garden (Interplay)
  • Construction: Hexbug Nano V2 Hurricane (Hexbug)
  • Dolls: Rag Doll Honey (Imajo)
  • Eco: 4m Tin Can Cable Car (Great Gizmos)
  • Educational: My First Microscope (Clementoni)
  • Electronic: Teksta Robotic T-Rex (Character)
  • Games (Action): Zed the Zombie (Sambro)
  • Games (Board): BrainBox Board Game (Green Board Games)
  • Games (Card): Flags Of The World (Tactic Games)
  • Games (Educational): Marvin's Magic Box of Tricks (Marvin's Magic)
  • Jigsaws: Game of Thrones 4D Puzzle (Coiledspring Games)
  • Licenced: Destination Downton Abbey (Destination Games)
  • Outdoor: Jumbo Bananagrams (Bananagrams)
  • Ride-on: Super Junior Max (Kiddimoto)
  • Role Play: GetGo Doc McStuffins Role Play Tent (World's Apart)
  • Soft: Moshlings (Carte Blanche)
  • Special Needs: Stegosaurus Fidget and Calming Combo (Play to Z)
  • Vehicles: Whizzy Pull-Back Cars (Le Toy Van)
  • Wooden: Around The World Train Set (Bigjigs)

BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS

  • Baby: Tranquil Turtle (Cloud B)
  • Collectable: Zip Stix Stunt Pack (Re:creation)
  • Creative: Egglys (Orange Elephant)
  • Construction: 4 Wheel Drive Truck Building Set (K'NEX)
  • Dolls: Makies (Makielab)
  • Eco: Wonderworld Magic Switcher (DKL)
  • Educational: Miniland Educational Activity Buttons (DKL)
  • Electronic: Sparkup: The Magical Book Reader (Vivid)
  • Games (Action): Moustache Smash (Spin Master)
  • Games (Board): Hotel Tycoon (Esdevium Games)
  • Games (Card): Accentuate (Accentuate Games)
  • Games (Educational): Know the UK Game Family Version (Speye Games)
  • Jigsaws: Pirate Multi Layer Puzzle (Bigjigs)
  • Licenced: FIFA World Cup 2014 Stickers (Click Distribution)
  • Outdoor: One World Futbol (One World Futbol)
  • Role Play: Barbie & Me Colour Change Glam Bag (HTI)
  • Soft: Glow Pets (Mookie)
  • Vehicles: Tonka Town Air Rescue Playset (HTI)
  • Wooden: Magnolia Mansion Dollhouse (KidKraft)

Rena Nathanson, Top Banana at Bananagrams:
“It’s a true honour to have our games recognised yet again by the Independent Toy Awards. This is the third year running that independent retailers have voted for games in the Bananagrams range, and it’s great to see our newest titles picking up these important accolades. Independent retailers remain incredibly important to the success of our games.”

Graeme Fraser-Bell, inventor of Accentuate:
“We are beyond thrilled. The game’s only been on shelves for a couple of months and already independent retailers are picking it as one of their favourite products. We know it’s a great game, but to have this reinforced by the very people who sell such games is a very valuable endorsement and we are honoured to receive such a prestigious award.”

Farel Williams, marketing and social media assistant at DKL:
“We are over the moon about our Independent Toy Awards. As a team, we are always striving to showcase the quality of our toy brands, so for two of them to be given such recognition is absolutely fantastic.”

Nikki Samuels, MD at Sambro:
"It’s always nice to win awards and the Toyshop UK awards are a brilliant scheme that are perfectly timed for our crucial selling period. This recognition along with our planned TV advertising and PR should create a real buzz around the game in the run up to Christmas."

Clive Richardson, marketing director at VTech UK:
“Little Love Baby Talk is VTech's first step into the doll market, which makes the recognition from the Independent Toy Awards extra special as it reflects our own belief that this is going to be a winning toy this Christmas with children and parents alike.”

Dirk Kiefer, MD at Maps Toys:
"We knew as soon as we saw Cool Circuits that it would be a hit with UK consumers. It’s a game that gets you hooked from the outset and all the family can play – it can get quite competitive. We are delighted to have been awarded the Gold award from Toyshop UK. It’s a renowned annual awards scheme that is recognised by both retailers and consumers. We hope it’s the first award of many for this game."

Katherine Pierce, senior marketing manager at Jumbo Games:
“We’re delighted that the Peppa Pig Giant Muddy Puddle Puzzle and the Goula Calendar clock have been recognised in this year’s Independent Toy Awards. Having the support of the retailers makes these awards valuable and represents the appeal of both products."

Catherine Lawrence, Carte Blanche brand manager:
“By combining great quality plush, impactful Point of Sale solutions and a link to the digital world that motivates today’s kids, combined with an evergreen brand like Moshi Monsters, we’ve created a winning formula. It’s wonderful to receive this latest award and a fantastic indictment to be recognised by independent retailers who are at the forefront of toy retail.”

Take a look at the list of companies that recieved a 'commendation' logo here.

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