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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:

Shopkins™ Small Mart by Moose Enterprise

Shopkins™ Small Mart by Moose EnterpriseGo on a Shopkins™ spree and shop till you drop with the Shopkins™ Small Mart! Slide your characters down the delivery chute and then have some fun on the treadmill register at the check out counter! Complete with 2 exclusive characters and a shopping trolley. Collect them all!
Awards: 2015 TIA Girl Toy of the Year


 2/14/2015 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


LEGO® Fusion Town Master by LEGO

LEGO® Fusion Town Master by LEGOIntroducing LEGO FUSION – Real-life LEGO builds that come to life in virtual games. Rule your town and create it the way you want by building with real LEGO bricks that come alive in this virtual world! Find out what your mini citizens need in the LEGO FUSION Town Master app for your smartphone or tablet. Then build it with real LEGO bricks! Create restaurants, shops, fire stations, roads and more on the LEGO FUSION capture plate. Snap it into your virtual game with just a click and watch it come to life! Earn valuable studs and happiness for your citizens by completing missions and mini games as they pop-up throughout your town. Expand your virtual world in every direction. LEGO FUSION Town Master includes Mayor minifigure. Features 256 LEGO pieces including the LEGO FUSION plate for capturing your LEGO creations digitally. A ‘Get Started Guide’ with inspiration and instructions for play. The LEGO FUSION Town Master app is downloadable from U.S. app stores and is required for gameplay. The LEGO FUSION Town Master app includes a free trial of the full experience
Awards: 2015 TIA e-Connected Toy of the Year


 2/14/2015 (Price: $34.99; Age: 7 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Paint Maker by CRAYOLA LLC

Paint Maker by CRAYOLA LLCCreate your own custom paint colors in minutes! Use the mixing guide to create your color or make up your own. This interactive kit provides everything you need to make 15 unique paint colors. Whether you experiment with colors or keep things simple, this kit guides you through every step of the process!
Awards: 2015 TIA Activity Toy of the Year, 2015 TIA People's Choice Award, 2014 Time to Play Media, Parents' Choice, National Parenting Publication, Toy Insider's Top Toys for 9+years/Tweens, The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval and Toys R Us Holiday 2014 Hot Toy List Award Winner.


 2/14/2015 (Price: $17.49) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Pink Adjustable Frogglez® Goggles by MADE BY MY DAD

Pink Adjustable Frogglez® Goggles by MADE BY MY DADFrogglez® Goggles are swim goggles made out of neoprene (wet suit material) with a patented strap design. This design fits 90% of children between the ages of 3 and 12 very comfortably. An easy to use velcro adjustable connection allows for size adjustments. They do not pull hair or fold down ears.

Frogglez® are designed for non-competitive swimmers that simply want a more comfortable, fun and stylish option compared to the archaic, traditional swim goggles. MSRP: $19.95-24.95

Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Award


 2/10/2015 (Age: 3 and up) ENTER MADE BY MY DAD TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Rainy Day™ Indoor Playground by PLAYAWAY TOY COMPANY

Rainy Day™ Indoor Playground by PLAYAWAY TOY COMPANYThe Support Bar is the center of all the action. The Support Bar is designed to be installed in any doorway that measures 29" to 36" wide. Extension plugs which are (sold separately) would allow the support bar to expand to 44".

Our Rainy Day® Indoor Trapeze Bar can be raised or lowered to desired height to accommodate each child or moved out of the way for using the handles alone.

Children love to swing, and now they can do it all year round with the Rainy Day® Indoor Playground. Ideal for families with limited or restricted access to outdoor play space.

Get the support bar, trapeze bar, and strap swing in this kit to save from buying them separately!

Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Award


 1/26/2015 (Price: $179.95) ENTER PLAYAWAY TOY COMPANY TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Lifenest® Breathable & Padded Mesh Crib Bumper by UBIMED

Lifenest® Breathable & Padded Mesh Crib Bumper by UBIMEDThe Lifenest® Breathable and padded Mesh Crib Bumper was developed by a Medical Doctor in response to the concerns with baby suffocation raised by the research, but also with the aim of preventing injuries that bumper pads protect against. Made of Breathable Hypoallergenic Polyester Mesh material, the Lifenest Bumper simultaneously helps prevent suffocation and injury while at the same time, with its soft padding, promoting baby’s comfort. The Lifenest Crib Bumper collapses to prevent climbing and tucks below the mattress for additional protection. The bumper attaches easily with convenient ties complying with the ASTM standard to prevent entanglement. The Greenguard Gold Certification ensures that a product has met some of the world's most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds into indoor air. The packaging is BPA free and phthalate free. The durable Lifenest Breathable Crib Bumper is machine washable and fast drying. It fits most of the US rectangular cribs.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Innovations Award


 11/28/2014 (Price: $49.99; Age: 0 to 3) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


4M French Knitting Owl Doll by TOYSMITH

4M French Knitting Owl Doll by TOYSMITHFollow simple steps to learn basic French Knitting techniques and sew your own chubby owl doll. Contains 1 set of pre-cut coloured felt shapes. 24-pronged French knitting reel, crochet hook, yarn, stuffing, ribbon, glue, plastic needles and detailed instructions. (Makes a 12cm tall chubby owl doll). Made by 4M, distributed by Toysmith in the USA.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Seal of Approval


 11/24/2014 (Price: $16.00; Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


4M Embroidery Stitches by TOYSMITH

4M Embroidery Stitches by TOYSMITHEasy-to-do. Learn basic embroider stitches and create beautiful embroidery with outline stencils. Contains 1 set of embroidery hoop, 6 spools of coloured embroidery floss, 3 sheets of embroidery canvas, 2 outline templates, 2 plastic needles, pillow stuffing and detailed instructions. Makes a 14cm X 14cm mini pillow or a mini bag. Made by 4M, distributed by Toysmith in the USA.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Seal of Approval


 11/24/2014 (Price: $16.00; Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


4M Wind up Robots by TOYSMITH

4M Wind up Robots by TOYSMITHBuild your own dynamic wind-up robots. Wind them up and watch them twirl and move on the table top! Contains Cardboard robot templates, 4 wind-up gears with wheels, 4 plastic holders, double-sided foam tape and detailed instructions. Robot size : 6cm to 9cm tall. Made by 4M, distributed by Toysmith in the USA.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Seal of Approval


 11/24/2014 (Price: $14.00; Age: 5 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


The Master Builder Set by BRACKITZ

The Master Builder Set by BRACKITZThe largest Brackitz set, The Master Builder Set, contains 200 pieces ((120) wooden planks, (20) blue 90° connectors, (20) orange 90° connectors, (20) yellow 120° connectors and (20) red 120° connectors). The Master Builder Set retails at $99.95. This set is designed for kids who want a no-limits building kit and educational toy. Ideal for building, balancing and active early-math learning. Perfect for family fun!
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Seal of Approval


 11/24/2014 (Price: $99.95) [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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