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TIA Unveils Toy of the Year Finalists

The Toy Industry Association has unveiled the 84 finalists for the 2016 Toy of the Year Awards, about 27 percent of which are licensed.

April 6, 2018

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Winners will be unveiled in February to kick off the 113th annual NY Toy Fair.

The Toy Industry Association has unveiled the 84 finalists for the 2016 Toy of the Year Awards, about 27 percent of which are licensed.

This year's finalists were selected from more than 700 nominees, submitted by over 200 companies. More than 40 mass and specialty retail buyers, youth experts, academics and journalists made up the nomination committees. 

Through Jan. 17, consumers can vote for their favorite toys in 12 different categories and enter to win prizes. The winners in each of the categories and the overall Toy of the Year will be selected based on votes from mass and specialty toy retailers, media, TIA members and consumers. The People's Choice award winner will be selected solely by consumer votes.

The winners will be announced at the TOTY Awards ceremony on Feb. 12, which will kick off to the 113th North American International Toy Fair. The evening's celebration will also include the induction of Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame, as well as festivities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Toy Industry Association.

"From innovative toys that talk and fly to enriching playthings that teach and inspire, this year's TOTY finalists have brought joy, laughter and learning to millions of children and families," says Steve Pasierb, president and chief executive officer, the Toy Industry Association. "The outstanding nominees are a testament to the toy industry's dedication to the happiness, healthy development and well-being of kids around the world. We wish each TOTY nominee the best of luck and look forward to honoring the winners in just a few months."

Activity Toy of the Year

  • Bunchems by Spin Master Corp.

  • Chocolate Pen by Skyrocket Toys

  • Roominate Amusement Park by Roominate

  • Shrinky Dinks Bake & Shape 3D Jewelry by Alex Brands

  • Strand Bands Designer Set by The Bridge Direct

  • Upcycling: Garbage to Glam by Fashion Angels

  • Yummy Nummies by Blip Toys

Boy Toy of the Year

  • Air Hogs Millennium Falcon Quad by Spin Master Corp.

  • Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage by Mattel

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon by The LEGO Group

  • Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster by Hasbro

  • Sky Viper Video Streaming Drone V950STR by Skyrocket Toys

  • Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber by Hasbro

  • XPV Hulk Smash RC by Jakks Pacific

E-Connected Toy of the Year

  • Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition by Disney

  • Hello Barbie by Mattel

  • Kidizoom Action Cam by VTech

  • "Skylanders SuperChargers" by Activision Publishing

  • Stikbot Studio by Zing

  • View-Master Virtual Reality Viewer by Mattel

  • Wonder Workshop Dash Robot by Wonder Workshop

Educational Toy of the Year

  • Foundation Chemistry Kit by Yellow Scope

  • Gears!Gears!Gears! Build & Bloom Building Set by Learning Resources

  • Kids First Physics Lab by Thames and Kosmos

  • Magnets in Motion 61Pc Set by Magformers

  • Mighty Makers Fun on the Ferris Wheel by K'Nex Brands

  • Number Lovin' Oven by LeapFrog Enterprises

  • VEX Robotics Robotic Arm by Hexbug

Game of the Year

  • Choice Words by MindWare

  • Chrono Bomb by Patch Products

  • "LEGO Dimensions" by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

  • Pie Face Game by Hasbro

  • Rush Hour Shift by ThinkFun

  • Three Little Piggies by Smart Toys and Games

  • WOO! By Fat Brain Toy Co.

Girl Toy of the Year

  • Disney's Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa by Jakks Pacific

  • Furreal Friends Starlily, My Magical Unicorn by Hasbro

  • Girl Scouts Cookie Oven by Wicked Cool Toys

  • Nancy B's Science Club Black Light Illuminator & Nature's Mysteries Journal by Educational Insights

  • Nerf Rebelle Arrow Revolution Bow by Hasbro

  • Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck by Moose Toys

  • Zoomer Kitty by Spin Master Corp.

Infant/Toddler Toy of the Year

  • Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo by Fisher-Price

  • Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space by Fisher-Price

  • Fold 'N Go Elephant Toy by Playskool

  • Lil Ocean Explorers 3-in-1 Adventure Course by Little Tikes

  • Play All Day Elmo by Playskool

  • Rolligo by Fat Brain Toy Co.

  • Storytime Theater by Tech 4 Kids

Innovative Toy of the Year

  • Flipsies Sandy's House & Ocean Cruiser by VTech

  • i-loom by Wooky Entertainment

  • Laser Maze Jr. by ThinkFun

  • Makey Makey Classic by JoyLabz

  • Meccanoid G15 by Spin Master Corp.

  • MiPosaur by WowWee

  • Star Wars Science–Jedi Force Levitator by Uncle Milton Industries

Outdoor Toy of the Year

  • Firetek Rocket by Zing

  • Maisto TECH Rock Crawler 3XL by Maisto–Bburago

  • Micro Mini2Go by Micro Kickboard

  • Nerf Rebelle Super Soaker Tri Threat Crossbow by Hasbro

  • Nerf Super Soaker Floodfire Water Blaster by Hasbro

  • R2-D2 Bubble Machine by Imperial Toy

  • Razor GFD Fury by Razor USA

Preschool Toy of the Year

  • Design & Drill Brightworks by Educational Insights

  • "Doc McStuffins" Pet Vet Checkup Center by Just Play

  • Guidecraft IO Blocks 114-Piece Set by Guidecraft

  • "Miles from Tomorrowland" Stellosphere by Tomy International

  • PlayTape by InRoad Toys

  • Razor Jr. Lil'Crazy by Razor USA

  • Uptown Espresso Kitchen by KidKraft

Property of the Year

  • Jurassic World (Universal Partnerships & Licensing)

  • Minions (Universal Partnerships & Licensing)

  • NERF (Hasbro)

  • "Paw Patrol" (Spin Master)

  • Shopkins (Moose Toys)

  • "Skylanders SuperChargers" (Activision Publishing)

  • Star Wars (Disney/Lucasfilm Licensing)

Specialty Toy of the Year

  • Boogie Board Play n' Trace Doodle Pad by Kent Displays

  • Nursery Time Elmo by Gund

  • Sleepy Seas Sound & Lights Whale by Gund

  • SpinAgain by Fat Brain Toy Co.

  • SuperMax the Turtle by Cloud b

  • Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run by Learning Resources

  • Worry Eaters by The Haywire Group

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