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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:


Monster Truck by MINILAND EDUCATIONAL CORPMiniland’s Monster Truck is a ride-on truck with rollover-resistant bars in the front and back to avoid tip-overs. It includes a tilting dumper for loading and unloading and it is made of strong durable reinforced plastic. These vehicles can be used both indoors and outdoors for hours of imaginative play. No batteries required. Made for children ages 2-6 years old.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award

 5/21/2015 (Age: 2 to 6) ENTER MINILAND EDUCATIONAL CORP TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Moogy Fastening Toy by MINILAND EDUCATIONAL CORPMoogy’s bright colors and charming appearance makes him a great cuddle toy. Children will gradually learn how to dress themselves when they master these zippers, buttons, buckles and laces. Moogy is surface washable and made for infants aged 12-36 months. Moogy measures 18.5" in height.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Award

 4/28/2015 (Age: 1 to 3) ENTER MINILAND EDUCATIONAL CORP TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Eco Crafts Scrapbook by ALEX BRANDS

Eco Crafts Scrapbook by ALEX BRANDSCelebrate all the special memories of your child’s life — and create new ones — while making a personalized, environmentally friendly scrapbook! Eco Crafts Scrapbook includes all the materials you’ll need to design and decorate a colorful, visually inspiring scrapbook. Fill all the pages of this hardcover, spiral notebook with photos, stickers, drawings, wooden buttons, string, colorful ribbons and more. Use cardboard paper frames to highlight photographs and use the letter stickers to call out special moments and names. So much fun for a family to create together! Includes over 300 pieces, zig zag scissors, stickers, paper shapes and frames, printed paper, buttons, craft sticks, glue stick, ribbons, twine cords and easy to follow instructions.
Awards: Creative Child Awards, Eco-Friendly Product of the Year; Dr. Toy's Best Green Toys; NAPPA Sliver Educational Tools for Parents and Children, Arts & Crafts
— Bebe Feimster, manager of Big Smile Toys/Hardware Center in Paoli, Pa., told TDmonthly in a March 2015 survey that the Eco Crafts scrapbook from Alex is one of their best-selling "green" toys.

 3/30/2015 (Price: $24.99; Age: 6 and up) ENTER ALEX BRANDS TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Zombie Run by HAYWIRE GROUPZombies have taken over the town and they're EVERYWHERE! Can you be the first to escape the town and get to safety? The player with the lowest number of zombies chasing them after five rounds wins and successfully escapes the town. Zombie Run!™ combines memory with luck and is the ultimate card game for kids with braaaaaaaaaaaaains! For 2 or more players.
Awards: 2014 Creative Child Preferred Choice Award

 3/18/2015 (Price: $6.99; Age: 7 and up) ENTER HAYWIRE GROUP TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


KOOBA by INPLAY PRODUCTSBoard game strategy meets target game skill! The magnetic game pieces can be used for scoring, attacking, blocking, and more! And with our fold and go design, you can take the game anywhere, indoors or out. The 'aeros' are packed with three high powered magnets and when you launch them with a pair of KOOBA sticks, these things can really fly!
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award

 3/18/2015 (Price: $69.00; Age: 14 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Sea Life Poppers by HOG WILD

Sea Life Poppers by HOG WILDWave "hello" to three new ocean-inspired Poppers—Orca, Octopus and Sea Horse. Just place the ball into their mouth, squeeze the belly and out shoots a soft foam ball—up to 20 feet! Each character includes six soft foam balls. Great for indoor, outdoor, at the beach or just lounging around the home front.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award

 3/18/2015 (Price: $9.99; Age: 4 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Brobo by HOG WILD

Brobo by HOG WILDNo shadows and no fear because Brobo is here! Hog Wild’s new night light buddy, Brobo, is a child’s perfect daytime friend and sleeptime solution. Featuring both light and dim modes, Brobo gives little ones instant control over the darkness and shadows that make bedtime difficult, all from the safety of their own bed! This soft, plush robot from the future has a five–minute auto shutoff with long-lasting LED lights that are cool to touch. Age Range: 18+ Months
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award

 3/18/2015 (Price: $29.99; Age: 1 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Nerf Rebelle Dolphina Bow Blaster by HASBRO INC.

Nerf Rebelle Dolphina Bow Blaster by HASBRO INC.Unleash your inner warrior and soak your targets with the bow-blasting soakage of the Dolphina Bow Blaster! It's easy to load this stylish soaker with up to 25 ounces of water, then you just pull the handle back and push it forward to fire a blast of water at your target. Show off your skill and soak your mark with the Dolphina Bow blaster!
Awards: 2015 TIA Outdoor Toy of the Year

 2/14/2015 (Price: $17.99; Age: 6 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


MiP™ by WOWWEE GROUP LTD.Meet MiP, Your New Robot Friend! Equipped with GestureSense™ technology, any hand motion controls MiP. Using its free app, you can drive it, play games & more all while MiP balances on two wheels!
Awards: 2015 TIA Innovative Toy of the Year

 2/14/2015 (Price: $99.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Go! Go! Smart Animals - Zoo Explorers Playset by VTECH

Go! Go! Smart Animals - Zoo Explorers Playset by VTECHGo on a trip with the Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset by VTech. Explore and learn about animals, colors and more with the SmartPoint rhino and electronic zoo entrance. You can also connect to other playsets including Go! Go! Smart Wheels for even more fun!
Awards: 2015 TIA Infant/Toddler Toy of the Year

 2/14/2015 (Price: $39.99; Age: 1 to 5) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Following are some of the programs represented in'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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