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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:

Gemstone Necklace Excavation & Explore by GEOCENTRAL

Gemstone Necklace Excavation & Explore by GEOCENTRALOur new deluxe Gemstone Necklace Excavate & Explore kits are an amazing way to make learning fun. Each kit contains a fully dimensional, colored dig block, digging tool, dusting brush, magnifier, and coil style necklace to hold gemstones, keepsake bag and educational booklet. Each booklet has interesting information about the subject and fun activities.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Award


 12/27/2013 ENTER GEOCENTRAL TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


I Spy: A Book Of Picture Riddles by SCHOLASTIC

I Spy: A Book Of Picture Riddles by SCHOLASTICI Spy: A Book Of Picture Riddles
The classic debut title in the national best-selling series! Each rhyming riddle in this bright collection of photographic challenges invites children to find objects hidden throughout thematic pages. "This is a true eye-opener," raved the Los Angeles Times about this California Children's Media Award winner.
— Barb Stine, owner of Toys on the Square in Hershey, Pa., told TDmonthly in a December 2013 survey that this is one of their best-selling books.


 12/27/2013 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


PlushCraft® Owl Pal Pillow by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITED

PlushCraft® Owl Pal Pillow by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITEDCreate an Owl Pal Pillow with special glittering fabric pieces.  Use the stylus to punch pretty fabric pieces and create this beautiful no-sew craft.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Top Toy Debut Award
— Debbie Gray, owner of Bear and Friends in Johnson City, Tenn., told TDmonthly in a July 2014 survey that Orb Factory Plush Craft Pillows are one of their store's best-selling toys.
— Barbara Fineblum, owner of Barston's Child's Play in Baltimore, Md., told TDmonthly in October 2014 that this was one of her store's best-selling jewelry and accessories items.


 11/27/2013 (Price: $16.99; Age: 5 and up) ENTER THE ORB FACTORY LIMITED TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Lucky's Lick by LUV-BEAMS

LuckyA young boy sits in his wheelchair in front of the house, waiting for his guests to arrive for his birthday party. His uncle walks in with a frisky little puppy that changes the boy’s life. The story is about love and faith.
Awards: Reader's Favorite Five Star Rating Award, Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award


 11/6/2013 (Price: $9.95; Age: 4 to 9) ENTER LUV-BEAMS TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


You Can't Take the Dinosaur Home by LUV-BEAMS

You CanTwo tiny space-tots go on a treasure hunt and reluctantly take baby brother with them. Baby winds up throwing fits because he can’t take a young dinosaur home. Will the baby get his dinosaur after all?
(Plush Book characters are available)
Awards: Creative Child Book of the Year Award, Reader's Favorite Five Star Rating & Reader's Favorite Book Award Finalist, National Competition


 6/7/2013 (Price: $9.95; Age: 4 to 9) ENTER LUV-BEAMS TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Telestrations - The Telephone Game Sketched Out (Party Pack, 12 player) by USAOPOLY

Telestrations - The Telephone Game Sketched Out (Party Pack, 12 player) by USAOPOLYMore books, more players, more laughs. Same award winning laugh-out-loud sketch, pass & guess fun – only now the outcomes can go even more sideways with up to 12 players. Includes 600 new words. 4-12 players. 20 Minutes per round.
Awards: The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Golden Geek Winner, Parents Choice Fun Stuff, Dr. Toy 10 Best Games Winner, Game of the Year-Creative Child Magazine


 6/6/2013 (Price: $29.99; Age: 12 to 99) ENTER USAOPOLY TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Telestrations - The Telephone Game Sketched Out (8 player) by USAOPOLY

Telestrations - The Telephone Game Sketched Out (8 player) by USAOPOLYShare the laughter, spread the fun! The “telephone game” turned into the #1 LOL party game. Draw what you see then guess what you saw for hilarious and unpredictable outcomes. It’s miscommunication at its best.
4-8 players. 15 Minutes per round.
Awards: The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Golden Geek Winner, Parents Choice Fun Stuff, Dr. Toy 10 Best Games Winner, Game of the Year-Creative Child Magazine


 6/6/2013 (Price: $29.99; Age: 12 to 99) ENTER USAOPOLY TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


MoonBeam Mini Projector Solar Nightlight by SOLPALS

MoonBeam Mini Projector Solar Nightlight by SOLPALSMoonBeam Mini Projectors are the first solar-powered nightlights for kids that project fun, softly-lit designs in their rooms throughout the night. They simply attach to any window, giving parents peace-of-mind by removing temptations for little ones to be drawn to traditional plug-in nightlights. Parents will also love that MoonBeam Projectors automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn. MoonBeam Mini Projectors come in four stylish colors: green, blue, pink, and purple. All MoonBeam Mini Projectors are sold with the Starry Night theme with additional interchangeable projector lenses available for purchase in the following 3 Packs: Christmas, Flower Garden, & Dinosaurs OR Halloween, Sports, & Starry Night. MoonBeam Mini Projectors keep children safe by removing the dangers of traditional nightlights, such as potential fire hazards, while teaching children the importance of using alternative energy. Launch date: January 2012.
Awards: 2012 WTS Toy Review Four Star Certified, 2012 Moms Choice Award Product of the Year, 2012 National Parenting Publication Award, 2012 Creative Child Magazine Product of the Year Award


 1/18/2013 (Price: $19.95; Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


PowerUp(TM) - Electric Paper Airplane Converstion Kit by TAILOR TOYS LLC

PowerUp(TM) -  Electric Paper Airplane Converstion Kit by TAILOR TOYS LLCPowerUp - Electric Power Module will convert origami homemade paper airplanes from a glider into a soaring free flight airplane. Make a paper airplane from any 8.5x11 or A4 copier paper and clip on to it the PowerUp electric module. Quick charge and toss the airplane into the air. 3x1.5V AA alkaline Batteries and paper for the airplane are not included. This product is great for science classes and after school activities. It is lots of fun and challenging for both kids geeks adults and seniors. It could be used in science fairs and aerospace competitions. Launch date: July 2011.
Awards: 2012 ATA Best Toy Hobby of the Year Award


 1/18/2013 (Price: $16.99; Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


Puzzle Match - The Pet Shop by WOWOPOLIS LLC

Puzzle Match - The Pet Shop by WOWOPOLIS LLCDifferent from traditional memory games in which two identical cards are matched, Puzzle Match has kids search and match three puzzle piece parts of one image to complete the match. For example, players search for puzzle pieces of the head, body and claws of a parrot to make the match. As an added value, once kids finish the memory game and match the interlocking pieces, the pieces can be assembled into a giant, beautifully illustrated scene. "Unlike traditional memory games in which two identical cards must be found for the match, Puzzle Match - The Pet Shop has players searching and matching three different parts of one full picture to make the match," Ari Weinstock, CEO of Wowopolis, told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 2013.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy Best Picks New Products


 1/8/2013 (Price: $14.99; Age: 3 and up) [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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