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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:

You're Invited Game (Clifford the Big Red Dog) by PATCH PRODUCTS INC.

YouIn this fun game, each player gets to be Clifford, racing around the board inviting friends Cleo, T-Bone, Mac, and Mimi to the birthday party. Drop the die down the dog house dice slide and see how far you’ll go The first one to pass out all of the invitations and make it back to the party wins.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy 100 Best Toys


 9/11/2012 (Price: $23.99; Age: 3 to 12) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Fruits & Veggies Wooden Magnetic Set by MUDPUPPY PRESS

Fruits & Veggies Wooden Magnetic Set by MUDPUPPY PRESSEach wooden magnet shows a stylized fruit or vegetable as illustrated by Jen Skelley: lemon, peach, radish, lime, kiwi, potato, garlic, mushroom, asparagus, blueberry, pineapple, raspberry, celery, strawberry, peapod, chili pepper, watermelon, orange, broccoli, pear, eggplant, avocado, grapefruit, cantelope, grapes, bananas, bell pepper, pumpkin, carrots, apple, corn, cherry, and tomato. Make your own green market on the refrigerator or any metal surface. The full magnetic backing will hold the letter firmly in position. Magnetic pieces are made of 80% recycled wood. Package contains 85% recycled paper and is printed with nontoxic inks.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy 100 Best Toys


 9/11/2012 (Price: $18.00; Age: 3 to 6) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


iTikes Map by MGA ENTERTAINMENT

iTikes Map by MGA ENTERTAINMENTThe iTikes Map and companion app are jam-packed with great content. The map comes with a smart-pen that recognizes images on the map. Through the eyes of the iDevice camera and technology of Augmented Reality, the map virtually turns into a lifelike playground. Compatible with all iDevices.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy 100 Best Toys


 9/11/2012 (Price: $59.99; Age: 3 to 6) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Worlds Together Series by MASTER COMMUNICATIONS

Worlds Together Series	 by MASTER COMMUNICATIONSWorlds Together is a new excellent educational film series that explores a number of the world’s most out of the way places seen from the viewpoint of a curious traveler. Each documentary in the series introduces their culture, history, food, geography, and people. The series includes East Africa, Ethiopia, and West Africa. Approximately 25 minutes are included per country. Features include close-captioning and a free Teacher’s Guide.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy 100 Best Toys


 9/11/2012 (Price: $29.95; Age: 8 to 12) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Multiplication Master Electronic Flash Card™ by LEARNING RESOURCES INC.

Multiplication Master Electronic Flash Card™ by LEARNING RESOURCES INC.A handheld flash-card game that targets tricky times tables. Kids can play just the ones they want or select them all. Answer as many problems (numbers 0–12) as they can in 60 seconds. Vertical problem format, 2 skill levels, timed/untimed modes, plus fun sound effects. Requires 3 AAA batteries, not included.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy 100 Best Toys


 9/11/2012 (Price: $16.99; Age: 7 to 10) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


LaQ Dinosaur World T-REX by LaQ USA, Inc.

LaQ Dinosaur World T-REX by LaQ USA, Inc.The LaQ Dinosaur T-REX is a clever and creative 4-in-1 kit with 300 standard parts, and 4 specialized parts. Build a ferocious looking T-REX searching for its prey, or an Ankylosaurus, Deinonychus, or Pteranodon. Clear instructions to make each of the dinosaur models are offered in a colorful 24-page instruction guidebook. A Starter’s Model building instruction page is included for beginners. This is a very simple, yet highly creative construction toy block set, which offers an infinite possibility of creation from just 7 types of block parts, including 2 types of base parts and 5 types of joint parts.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy 100 Best Toys


 9/11/2012 (Price: $24.99; Age: 7 to 12) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Cutie Pops by JADA TOYS INC.

Cutie Pops by JADA TOYS INC.Cutie Pops are trendy fashion dolls who love to decorate and accessorize everything in their world. They’re inspired by everything girls love from hearts, neon colors, rainbows, sweets, parties, surprises and more.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy 100 Best Toys


 9/11/2012 (Price: $19.99; Age: 3 to 7) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


WrapStar Mic by FIRST ACT

WrapStar Mic by FIRST ACTWrapStar is the first mic kids can bend and twist. With 3 feet of bendability, kids can get all wrapped up in the fun. Each color includes three fun sound effects, and the built-in speaker provides ultimate creative freedom.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy 100 Best Toys


 9/11/2012 (Price: $19.99; Age: 5 to 10) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Exploracise® Multiplication Football by EXPLORAMANIA

Exploracise® Multiplication Football by EXPLORAMANIATurn one of the most difficult math topics into the most FUN. The NEW Multiplication football is more fun than flash cards for learning these important math facts. Help kids learn the multiplication tables through engaging active play to increase retention and recall for higher test scores. Take along this soft stuffed ball to review the multiplication tables outdoors, indoors and even in the car. It is a colorful picture dictionary on an oversized ball making it easier to catch and throw.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy 100 Best Toys


 9/11/2012 (Price: $22.50; Age: 8 to 10) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


That's Baloney Game by EDUPRESS

ThatCross-curricular games packed with 500 grade-level questions. Players spin to see which category their challenge will come from: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies or Mystery Meat. Players must read the statement in the corresponding category on their card and then determine whether it is true or baloney (false). Points are given for correct answers. Each game includes 200, 4-1/4" -dia. cards, spinner and directions.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy 100 Best Toys


 9/11/2012 (Price: $14.99; Age: 8 to 12) [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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