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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:

The Architect Set by BRACKITZ

The Architect Set by BRACKITZThe Architect Set contains 100 pieces ((60) wooden planks, (10) blue 90° connectors, (10) orange 90° connectors, (10) yellow 120° connectors and (10) red 120° connectors). This set retails at $59.95. This is a clear choice for the little builders and architects in your life. Perfect for the curious mind this set can provide countless hours of fun!
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Seal of Approval


 11/24/2014 (Price: $59.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Creator Set by BRACKITZ

The Creator Set is the smallest of the three sets sold. Boys and girls can create structures and models with endless possibilities. It contains 50 pieces ((30) wooden planks, (5) blue 90° connectors, (5) orange 90° connectors, (5) yellow 120° connectors and (5) red 120° connectors). This set retails at $29.95.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Seal of Approval


 11/24/2014 (Price: $29.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Ittybit by BUNNIES BY THE BAY

Ittybit by BUNNIES BY THE BAYThe Ittybit is a chubby little snowbunny which is rounder than he is tall. This bunny makes the perfect friend for all ages. The plush bunny measures 6".
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Top Toy Award


 9/19/2014 (Price: $15.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Perplexus Warp by PATCH PRODUCTS INC.

Perplexus Warp by PATCH PRODUCTS INC.The current Perplexus games are sphere-shaped, but Warp is, well, a warped sphere. "If one had to name it, it would be called a spherical octahedron, but around here we just call it weird, cool, different, warpy, or the hyper egg. The new shape is also a bit easier to hold, doesn't roll off a table, and maximizes player's visibility all in a fun new size," says Matt Nelson of Perplexus, LLC. Perplexus Warp features nine internal cups that act as "baskets" when you maneuver the marble to leap into them, and a new internal pivot that gives the illusion of a magnet sticking to the ball, defying gravity, as it travels across a bridge with no rails. Warp has six flagged check points, 50 challenging events, and is deemed a difficulty level of six.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Award


 7/31/2014 (Age: 6 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


A Girl for All Time® Collectible Dolls by A GIRL FOR ALL TIME

A Girl for All Time® Collectible Dolls by A GIRL FOR ALL TIMEA Girl for All Time® is the award winning series of British collectible dolls, novels and keepsake books that bring the past to life with exquisite fashions, exciting stories and original activities.

Three-time winner Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 'Platinum' award, nominated ‘ Play doll of the Year 2013’ by Dolls Magazine, and winner of Creative Child's Gold Seal, the range now adds The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval to its cache of awards.   

A Girl for All Time® is the premier doll range in the UK and one of the most sought after play-doll and collectible brands in Europe. Now available in the USA, the brand is growing steadily in popularity with an ever expanding fan base of collectors young and old on both sides of the pond.

You can view our range here


 5/6/2014 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


T9 pick-up by AUTOMOBLOX

T9 pick-up by AUTOMOBLOXThere are few things as appealing as a pick-up truck. They are what you take over back woods trails or what you throw your stuff into before zooming off to your next adventure. This truck will have your children imagining daring adventures over rock strewn trails and long trips to places only a beloved pick-up can take them.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Top Toy Debut Award
— In a February 2015 survey, David Stelzer, owner of Shananigans in Baltimore, Md., told TDmonthly that Automoblox is his store's best-selling wooden toy. They sell around 50 every month.


 4/29/2014 (Price: $38.00; Age: 3 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Mighty Mini Band by HAPE

Mighty Mini Band by HAPEThe beat goes on…and on with this 5-in-1 percussion section. When the concert's over, everything stores together until it's time for the next gig. Includes a xylophone, a drum, a cymbal, a guiro, a clapper and drumsticks.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Top Toy Debut Award
— In a February 2015 survey, two out of 11 retailers told TDmonthly that toys from Hape were their best-selling wooden toys.


 4/28/2014 (Price: $39.99; Age: 2 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


NogginStik® Developmental Light-up Rattle by SMARTNOGGIN INC

NogginStik® Developmental Light-up Rattle by SMARTNOGGIN INCThe NogginStik® developmental light-up rattle is baby’s first learning toy.  It might look like a cute version of a baby rattle, but it has a powerful agenda.  The NogginStik® was designed to help parents, caregivers and early intervention therapists begin encouraging early milestones in infants. The NogginStik head lights up red, blue and green to stimulate a baby’s eyes and to encourage visual tracking.  The base of the NogginStik makes a soft rattle sound to please the ears.  It has an easy to hold handle for mastering grasping and fun textures to delight the sense of touch. Your baby’s NogginStik® will help you begin to encourage her beginning milestones from the day she is born!
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Top Toy Award
— Joe Novak, owner of Kazoo Toys of Buckhead in Atlanta, Ga., told TDmonthly in an April 2015 survey that the Noggin Stik is one of their store's top 2 best-selling infant & toddler toys.


 4/28/2014 (Price: $22.99; Age: 0 to 1) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Smakaball by SMAKABALL

Smakaball by SMAKABALLSmakaball has the amazing ability to allow people to make an exhilarating catch by snatching the ball right out of the air in a seemingly magical way on land and in the water. You can do tricks if you are playing by yourself or play catch with a friend or play monkey in the middle or 500 or even a team sport like Ultimate Smakaball. All ages and all genders ranging from unathletic to very athletic can have fun playing with each other without hindering the enjoyment of one another.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Top Toy Debut Award


 4/17/2014 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Boogie Board 8.5 Color LCD eWriter - Red or Blue by IMPROV ELECTRONICS

Boogie Board 8.5 Color LCD eWriter - Red or Blue by IMPROV ELECTRONICSWe just put a new twist on an old favorite. The Boogie Board Original 8.5 LCD eWriter that started a paperless revolution will soon be available in two exciting new color combinations – red case front with red LCD and cyan (blue) case front with cyan LCD! The new color LCDs feature the same writing experience that you’ve come to know and love from Boogie Board eWriter products. Write or draw with the included stylus or almost any other instrument – even your finger. Great for home, school and office – almost anywhere you use a paper and pen!
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Top Toy Debut Award


 4/9/2014 ENTER IMPROV ELECTRONICS TOYSHOW [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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