TIA Names Toy of the Year Nominees

The Toy Industry Association has announced the finalists for the Toy of the Year awards.

The winning toys and their manufacturers will be announced at New York’s annual Toy Fair, which will take place Feb. 14-17.

This year, as in year’s past, licensed properties dominate the list of TOTY nominees. Among the Property of the Year nominees are Disney’s Frozen, Mojang’s Minecraft, Spin Master’s Paw Patrol, Activision’s "Skylanders Trap Team," Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and LEGO’s The LEGO Movie.

Leading licensors also continue to feature heavily throughout the list of nominees with mentions in categories including Boy Toy of the Year, Girl Toy of the Year and Preschool Toy of the Year for properties such as Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue and Doc McStuffins, as well as Marvel’s Super Heroes, Hasbro’s Nerf and Nerf Rebelle ranges and Mattel’s Hot Wheels and Barbie.

LEGO in particular has a strong presence among the nominees, with nominations in six of the 12 categories for its products and co-brandings such as LEGO Mixels, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Fusion, LEGO Technic and LEGO Juniors.

In total number of nominations though, licensee Spin Master leads the way with seven nominations.  

Nominees for the 2015 TOTY Awards are:

Property of the Year:

  • Disney’s Frozen (The Walt Disney Company)
  • Minecraft Series 2 (Mojang/Jazwares)
  • Paw Patrol (Spin Master)
  • Skylanders Trap Team (Activision)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon)
  • The LEGO Movie (The LEGO Group)

Activity Toy of the Year:

  • Crayola Paint Marker by Crayola
  • Dohvinci Style & Store Vanity kit by Hasbro
  • Hot Wheels Airbrush Auto Design by Mattel
  • It’s My Biz by Fashion Angels
  • LEGO Mixels by LEGO Systems
  • Roominate Chateau by Roominate
  • Washi Tape Stickers by Klutz

Boy Toy of the Year:

  • Air Hogs Rollercopter by Spin Master
  • Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Fire Blastin’ Dusty Crophopper by Mattel
  • Marvel Super Heroes Her Mashers by Hasbro
  • Max Tow Truck by Jakks Pacific
  • Nerf N-Strike Mega Thunderbow by Hasbro
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie action figures by Playmates Toys
  • Zoomer Dino by Spin Master

Girl Toy of the Year:

  • Barbie Endess Curls by Mattel
  • Cool Baker Magic Mixer by Spin Master
  • Design Your Own Jewelry–Charm Bracelet kit by Sugar Lulu
  • Disney Princess Palace Pets: Magic Dance Pumpkin by Blip Toys
  • Doc McStuffins Walk n’ Talk Doc mobile doll by Just Play
  • LEGO Disney Princess by LEGO Systems
  • Shopkins Small Mart playset by Moose Toys

E-Connected Toy of the Year:

  • Barbie Fashion Design Maker doll by Mattel
  • Kurio Xtreme by Techno Source
  • LeapTV by LeapFrog
  • LEGO Fusion by LEGO Systems
  • "Skylanders Trap Team" by Activision Publishing
  • Tiggly Counts by Tiggly/Kidtellect
  • Virtual Design Pro by Crayola

Educational Toy of the Year:

  • GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope by Educational Insights
  • GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit by GoldieBlox
  • InnoTab Max by VTech
  • LeapBand by LeapFrog
  • LEGO Technic by LEGO Systems
  • Little Scholar by School Zone Publishing
  • Remote-Control Machines DLX by Thames & Kosmos

Game of the Year:

  • Bounce-Off Game by Mattel
  • Disney Eye Found It Game by Wonder Forge
  • Kanoodle Genius by Educational Insights
  • Moustache Smash by Spin Master
  • Peek-a-Doodle-Doo! By Fat Brain Toy Co.
  • Shark Mania by Spin Master
  • Simon Swipe by Hasbro

Infant/Toddler Toy of the Year:

  • Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset by VTech
  • Gymotion Activity Playland by Yookidoo
  • In My Room Jr.–Mr. Happy Moon by Uncle Milton Industries
  • Lamaze Pippin the Push Along Pup by TOMY International
  • PipSquigz by Fat Brain Toy Co.
  • Tree Top Adventure by The Manhattan Toy Company
  • Twinkling Firefly Frog by Cloud b

Innovative Toy of the Year:

  • Hot Wheels Street Hawk by Mattel
  • Laser Maze by Think Fun
  • Loopa by Yvolution
  • MiP by WowWee
  • Ogobild with AnimateIt! studio kit by OgoSport
  • Osmo by Tangible Play
  • Ozobot by Evollve

Outdoor Toy of the Year:

  • Fantasia Bubble Machine by Bubble Blitz by Imperial Toy
  • Firetek Bow by Zing Toys
  • Fuze Cyclone Water Blaster by Skyrocket Toys
  • Kidoozie Hop & Squeak Pogo Jumper by International Playthings
  • Nerf Rebelle Dolphina Bow by Hasbro
  • Razor PowerRider 360 by Razor USA
  • Y Fliker Lift by Yvolution

Preschool Toy of the Year:

  • Camp Site by Playmobil
  • Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking mobile by Just Play
  • Kidizoom Smartwatch by VTech
  • LEGO Juniors by LEGO Systems
  • Paw Patrol Lookout HQ by Spin Master
  • Razor Jr. Zombie and Monster Kix scooter by Razor USA
  • Snow Glow Elsa by Jakks Pacific

Specialty Toy of the Year:

  • Balance Boat: Endangered Animals Game by BeginAgain
  • Gravity Maze by ThinkFun
  • Green Toys Safe Seas set by Green Toys
  • Magnetron by Tegu
  • Monster Sewing Workshop by Thames & Kosmos
  • Squigz by Fat Brain Toy Co.
  • Vex Robotics Spider, Hexbug by Innovation First International

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