The Few, The Proud…The Award-Winning Toys
Who Made the Cut This Year?
By Alison Marek and Julie L. Jones
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
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:
PlasmaBike Black by PLASMART INC.
No batteries, gears, or pedals - just a fun, encouraging and progressive start to bicycle riding. PlasmaBike’s unique design encourages balance, coordination and motor skill development while offering a fun ride. Children as young as 18 months can enjoy the freedom or riding without the added complication of training wheels or anxiety of having to hold their balance too long, too early. Wide wheels ensure that PlasmaBike doesn't tip over in a stopped or stationary position, giving children added confidence and promoting self-esteem. The wide wheels and limited steering range enhance balancing capabilities and provide a smoother transition to a conventional 2 wheel ride.
Awards: 2012 The Toy Insider – Top Summer Toys, 2012 The National Parenting Centre – Seal of Approval, 2012 Parenting Magazine – Recommended, 2012 Creative Child Awards – Preferred Choice Award, 2011 Parenting Best in Play – New York Toy Fair, 2011 Best Toys Guide
8/2/2012 (Price: $79.99; Age: 1 and up) ENTER PLASMART INC. TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Laughing Stock by MILLIWIK LLC
Hilarity ensues in this fast-paced race to become the Laughing Stock™ of the group. Invent the funniest punch lines to over 3.4 million joke combinations and deliver friends’ gags with flair. Perfect for parties and family nights, this gut-busting game will have everyone laughing and learning at the same time. "Unlike traditional card games, this one has over 3.4 million possible joke combinations. The game will never get old," David Williams, president of Milliwik told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 2012.
Awards: 2012 Game of the Year award
7/26/2012 (Price: $24.95; Age: 6 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Baby Loves Playtime by LOVEE DOLL & TOY CO. INC
21" Baby Loves Playtime doll. Soft baby doll comes with soft building blocks and soft stacking rings. Launch date: February 2011.
Awards: 2012 Creative Child Magazine Toy of the Year Award
7/26/2012 (Age: 2 to 6) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Cara's Singing Cupcakes by LOVEE DOLL & TOY CO. INC
"Cara's Singing Cupcakes" is an electronic singing cupcake doll with five activation points, one for each cupcake. Each song tells a different cupcake story that is fun to listen to. Cara's Singing Cupcakes" will be available in Caucasian, African American as well as Bilingual-English & Spanish. By Lovee Doll & Toy Co. 50th Anniversary 1962 - 2012. Launch date: February 2012.
Awards: 2012 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award
7/26/2012 (Age: 2 to 7) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
I can sing I'm a Little Teapot Doll by LOVEE DOLL & TOY CO. INC
13" toddler doll sings "I'm a Little Teapot," full song with music background. Comes with two sets of cups, plates and spoons and Plastic Teapot. Launch date: February 2004.
Awards: 2009 Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award; 2012 Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award
7/26/2012 (Price: $10; Age: 2 to 7) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Muscle Movers Upper Case Letters Activity Kit by FUNDANOODLE
A fun and easy activity parents and children can do together. Kids will love these colorful cards that promote gross motor development and alphabet recognition. Each card has an upper case letter on one side and adorable animal and action on the other. Parents and their kids can have fun as they "Run like a Fox" or "Roll like an Armadillo." They learn to recognize the alphabet, improve flexibility, and strengthen muscles. Trace the letter on the back of the card for reinforcement and handwriting practice. A sturdy ring means they’ll never lose a single card. Launch date: 2011.
Award: 2011 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval award
7/26/2012 (Price: $14.99; Age: 5 to 8) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
I Can Bead, Lace, Rip, Trace! Multi-Activity Kit by FUNDANOODLE
This all-in-one kit is full of creative and challenging activities that help kids develop the critical fine motor skills needed for writing and other everyday activities. Kids build self-esteem and express their artistic side while they improve visual motor control, build muscle strength, improve concentration, and enhance eye-hand coordination. The handy carrying case makes this kit perfect for use at home or on-the-go. Launch date: 2011.
Awards: 2011 National Parenting Publications Awards Honors in the toy/game category, 2012 Seal of Approval from the National Parenting Center
7/26/2012 (Price: $29.99; Age: 3 to 5) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Myachi Battle Paddles with Red Flames by MYACHI INDUSTRIES CORP.
Inspired by the design of a lacrosse stick head combined with the functionality of a baseball glove, when wearing a Myachi Battle Paddle on the back of one’s hand, players will be able to catch a hand sack thrown from much greater distances and heights as well as successfully perform more difficult tricks rather than when attempting the same feat bare handed. Now, players can compete harder, faster, and longer. Battle Paddles can be worn on both hands and used by one player while performing tricks alone or play with 2 or more players and battle it out 1 on 1 or make teams. Compete at any of the numerous games developed to play with a Myachi Hand Sack and Battle Paddles: Myachi Pong, Myachi Football, Myachi Lax, Myachi Golf, and many others.
Awards: 2012 Creative Child Magazine Product of the Year Award
7/23/2012 (Price: $20.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Calin Laughing Blueberry by COROLLE DOLLS
Baby Doll, 12 inches tall, with a flexible, lightweight body that is soft to touch. Thanks to its cuddly soft, beanbag body, Calin Laughing Blueberry can be posed just like a real baby. Calin baby dolls can wear any fashion from the Mon Premier collection. Corolle also offers a wide selection of nursery accessories specially sized for Calin babies.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval
— In a June 2013 survey, two out of 11 retailers told TDmonthly that Corolle's Calin is their best-selling doll.
7/20/2012 (Price: $39.99; Age: 2 and up) ENTER COROLLE DOLLS TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Magformers Carnival Set - 46 pc by MAGFORMERS LLC
Make carnival rides with Magformers. 144 magnets included in 46 magformers. Twelve triangles and twenty-four squares, two hexagons and eight additional triangles.
— As of 08/06/2012 this product had 4.8 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Well made, durable; encourages creativity.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval
7/20/2012 (Price: $79.99; Age: 6 and up) ENTER MAGFORMERS LLC TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Following are some of the programs represented in TDmonthly.com's section of award winners: Dr.
Media Awards, TIA
Toy Portfolio, The
National Parenting Center, and Parents'
You may also access TDmonthly's review
section to see which products earned 5 TD stars.