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The Few, The Proud…The Award-Winning Toys

Who Made the Cut This Year?

By Alison Marek and Julie L. Jones

Thousands of products are introduced to the toy industry every year, but only a limited number are good enough, playable enough and innovative enough to garner an award.

In addition to issuing TDmonthly Awards, TDmonthly Magazine regularly asks manufacturers to present their award winners to our readers so that retailers can quickly identify products with great potential and manufacturers can learn and be inspired by others' successes. Here are the most recent responses:

ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover by SMARTLAB TOYS

ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover by SMARTLAB TOYSThe Programmable Rover is a toy, a robot, and a tool for learning. A child programs ReCon 6.0 to navigate specified courses that can deliver a treat to a pet, surprise a family member with a personalized message, carry a soda, guard a bedroom, or just dance. NO COMPUTER REQUIRED! Batteries: 3 C, not included. Ages: 8+.
Awards: 2011 Parents Magazine Best Toy Award, 2011 Great Schools Golden Apple Award, 2011 Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products Award, 2011 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award, 2011 Best Electronic Toy Award from Bestcovery


 10/20/2015 (Price: $69.99; Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


4M Mecho Motorised Kits - Robobug by TOYSMITH

4M Mecho Motorised Kits - Robobug by TOYSMITHContains a set of pre-cut colourful foam boards, a set of plastic cases, gears and wheels, a motor, a screw, stickers and detailed instructions. (Also required two 1.5 V AA batteries but not included. The battery cover needs to be fixed with a cross-head screwdriver.) Learn how motors work. Connect a simple circuit to build this amazing Tractor with a lightweight but sturdy body. Have fun exploring basic mechanics. Easy-to-build! No screws are needed!
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award


 8/31/2015 (Age: 5 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


4M Kidzlabs / Quicksand & Volcano by TOYSMITH

4M Kidzlabs / Quicksand & Volcano by TOYSMITHBuild this surprising pool of quicksand! Experience the mystic power of watching dinosaur skeletons sink slowly beneath the sands. Have even more fun unearthing them later for assembly. Or make the volcano erupt and create a prehistoric diorama! Contains paper diorama set with mini paper display, plastic volcano and quicksand pool, sand bags, gripper, T-rex skeleton set, dinosaur figurines, paint and paintbrush, and detailed instructions. Also needed but not included: corn starch, a mixing bowl, a teaspoon, a stirring spoon, dishwashing liquid, vinegar, baking soda, red food colouring, water and old newspaper.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award


 8/31/2015 (Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


4M KidzLabs / Crystal Science by TOYSMITH

4M KidzLabs / Crystal Science by TOYSMITHConduct chemical experiments to grow your own Aquamarine Crystal, Glow-in-the-dark Moon Crystal Cluster and a Crystal Snow Tree. Learn how crystals are formed from solutions! Display them in a collection and show them to your friends! Contains a large bag of white crystal compound* (a base compound called Monoammonium Phosphate), a small bag of blue seeding mixture, a square transparent base with cover, a hexagonal transparent base with cover, a shallow hexagonal container, a glow-in-the-dark moon crystal base, a stirring bowl, a stirring spoon, 1 set of crystal snow tree paper and detailed instructions . Also needed, but not included in this kit: a jar of steaming hot water, an apron, protective goggles, and rubber gloves. The Moon Crystal Cluster will grow to about 45 mm (1.8 inches) in diameter and 35 mm (1.4 inches) in height. The Aquamarine Crystal will grow to about 30 mm (1.2 inches) in diameter and 25 mm (1 inch) in height. The Crystal Snow tree will grow to about 70 mm (2.8 inches) in diameter and 80 mm (3.1 inches) in height. The size, shape, and colour may vary depending on the experimental conditions.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award


 8/31/2015 (Age: 10 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


4M Kidz Labs - Doorbell Making Kit by TOYSMITH

4M Kidz Labs - Doorbell Making Kit by TOYSMITHLearn about electromagnetism and transform a metal screw into a magnetic hammer. Complete an electric circuit with it to construct this handy doorbell. Use it in your room as a cool science gadget. Contents base board, bell, coil cover, L-shaped cover, battery cover, hammer, coil, adjuster holder, hammer holder, washer screw, screws, adjuster, wire with metal ring,
long screw and nut, terminal caps and detailed instructions. (Doorbell will be about 16.5cm in length. Also required but not provided: 2 x 1.5V AA battery and a small crosshead screwdriver.)
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award


 7/31/2015 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


4M Kidz Labs - Combination Lock by TOYSMITH

4M Kidz Labs - Combination Lock by TOYSMITHBuild this multi-purpose combination lock and learn the mechanism behind it! Choose your own secret code to ensure that only you can unlock your treasures. It’s also a coin bank and secret message holder! Contains a set of plastic lock mechanism, screw, metal shackle, sticker and instructions (makes a 6cm x 12cm combination lock).
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award


 7/31/2015 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


4M Creative Straw Kits - Aircraft by TOYSMITH

4M Creative Straw Kits - Aircraft by TOYSMITHEasy to build and fun to create! This entertaining kit inspires young minds to feats of boundless imagination! Contains specially designed coloured foam parts, 2-pin connectors, standard tubes and detailed instructions for building 4 models. (2 bonus model ideas included.)
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award


 7/31/2015 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Slushy by AURORA WORLD INC.

Slushy by AURORA WORLD INC.Each Slushy bear is handcrafted and hand painted, along with all the products from Aurora’s award-winning Miyoni collection, so no two animals are the same. White as snow, Slushy is a soft and huggable 16-inch polar bear that will melt your heart. He’s sure to keep little ones warm at night, whatever the weather.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Award


 7/29/2015 (Price: $27.00; Age: 3 and up) ENTER AURORA WORLD INC. TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Mega Bloks Despicable Me Supervillain Jet by MEGA BRANDS

Mega Bloks Despicable Me Supervillain Jet by MEGA BRANDSKevin and Stuart take to the skies in the Supervillain Jet by Mega Bloks Minions! It’ll be chaos in the cockpit when you load one of your Minions at the helm of this despicable plane. This fully buildable Jet features an opening cockpit and canopy, working ejector seat, two side launchers, and a trap door for quick escapes!  Includes two buildable Minion character figures - Kevin and Stuart - with interchangeable parts, including overalls, goggles, arms, feet and hair.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award


 7/29/2015 (Price: $44.99; Age: 5 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


4M Mecho Motorised Kits - Clawbot by TOYSMITH

4M Mecho Motorised Kits - Clawbot by TOYSMITHLearn how motors work. Connect a simple circuit to build this amazing Tractor with a lightweight but sturdy body. Have fun exploring basic mechanics. Easy-to-build! No screws are needed! Contains a set of pre-cut colourful foam boards, a set of plastic cases, gears and wheels, a motor, a screw, stickers and detailed instructions. (Also required two 1.5 V AA batteries but not included. The battery cover needs to be fixed with a cross-head screwdriver.)
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Choice Award


 6/30/2015 (Age: 5 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]




Following are some of the programs represented in TDmonthly.com's section of award winners: Dr. Toy, iParenting Media Awards, TIA T.O.T.Y., Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, The National Parenting Center, and Parents' Choice Awards.

You may also access TDmonthly's review section to see which products earned 5 TD stars.

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