Best Toys of 2016 Named at Industry Awards

NEW YORK – Hundreds of global toy executives and guests gathered at the American Museum of Natural History Friday evening to pay tribute to the toy industry’s best and brightest toys, games and individuals at the 16th Annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards.

Hosted by the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA), the “Oscars” of the toy industry serves as the official kick off to the 113th North American International Toy Fair.

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center, Just Play’s station where kids can pretend to take care and play with their pet friends and animals got its scripts for overall “Toy of the Year” award prize and the “Preschool Toy of the Year.” Already inspiring the next generation of chefs, KidKraft LLC’s Uptown Espresso Kitchen successfully tapped in to the culinary market and was served the “People’s Choice” award for gaining the most online votes from consumers.

“From toys that can inspire kid’s careers choices, to ones that their boost creativity and confidence, the 2016 TOTY winners have provided children with countless hours of fun, challenges and learning – benefits that last a lifetime,” said Steve Pasierb, TIA President & CEO. “We congratulate Just Play, KidKraft and the winners across all 12 categories for their innovation and success in the marketplace – and for enhancing children’s experiences through play!”

TOTY Award winners were selected with the input of consumers (on ToyAwards.org), retailers (mass and specialty), media and members of the toy industry. The five ballots were weighted and used to determine the category winners, with the exception of the “People’s Choice” award, which was selected exclusively by consumers.

Here is the full list of toy winners for 2016:

TOY OF THE YEAR

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup CenterThe best toy of the year.

WINNER: Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center by Just Play

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Uptown Espresso KitchenThe best toy of the year.

WINNER: Uptown Espresso Kitchen by KidKraft LLC

 

ACTIVITY TOY OF THE YEAR

The best toy that inspires creative play through various forms of activity.

BunchemsWINNER: Bunchems by Spin Master Corp.

Other Nominees:

  • Chocolate Pen by Skyrocket Toys
  • Roominate™ Amusement Park by Roominate
  • Shrinky Dinks Bake & Shape 3D Jewelry by Alex Brands
  • Strand Bands Designer Set by The Bridge Direct
  • Upcycling: Garbage to Glam by Fashion Angels
  • Yummy Nummies by Blip Toys

 

BOY TOY OF THE YEAR

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Millenium FalconThe best toy developed specifically for boys of any age, not including r/c, ride-on and other vehicles.

WINNER: LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Millenium Falcon by The LEGO Group

Other Nominees:

  • Air Hogs Millennium Falcon Quad by Spin Master
  • Hot Wheels® Ultimate Garage by Mattel, Inc.
  • Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster by Hasbro, Inc.
  • Sky Viper Video Streaming Drone V950STR by Skyrocket Toys
  • STAR WARS® Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaberby Hasbro, Inc.
  • XPV HULK SMASH™ RC by JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

 

E-CONNECTED TOY OF THE YEAR

Disney Infinity 3.0 EditionThe best toy that through play help children develop special skills and/or knowledge.

WINNER: Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition by Disney

Other Nominees:

  • Hello Barbie™ by Mattel
  • Kidizoom® Action Cam by VTech®
  • Skylanders SuperChargers by Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Stikbot Studio by Zing
  • View-Master® Virtual Reality Viewer by Mattel
  • Wonder Workshop Dash Robot by Wonder Workshop

 

EDUCATIONAL TOY OF THE YEAR

VEX Robotics Robotic ArmThe best toy that through play help children develop special skills and/or knowledge.

WINNER: VEX Robotics Robotic Arm by HEXBUG

Other Nominees:

  • Foundation Chemistry Kit by Yellow Scope
  • Gears!Gears!Gears!® Build & Bloom Building Setby Learning Resources
  • Kids First Physics Lab by Thames and Kosmos
  • Magnets in Motion 61Pc Set by Magformers
  • Mighty Makers Fun on the Ferris Wheel by K’NEX Brands
  • Number Lovin’ Oven by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.

 

GAME OF THE YEAR

PIE FACE GAMEIncluding children’s board, card, CD-ROM or electronic game formats. (For CD-ROM or electronic games, formats must have ESRB’s “Early Childhood” rating: content may be suitable for persons ages 3 and older. Contains no materials that parents would find inappropriate.)

WINNER: PIE FACE GAME by Hasbro, Inc.

Other Nominees:

  • Choice Words by MindWare
  • Chrono Bomb® by Patch Products, LLC
  • LEGO Dimensions by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Rush Hour Shift™ by ThinkFun, Inc.
  • Three Little Piggies by Smart Toys and Games, Inc.
  • WOO! by Fat Brain Toy Co.

 

GIRL TOY OF THE YEAR

Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream TruckThe best toy developed specifically for girls of any age.

WINNER: Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck by Moose Toys

Other Nominees:

  • Disney’s Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa by JAKKS Pacific, Inc
  • FURREAL FRIENDS STARLILY, MY MAGICAL UNICORN by Hasbro, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts Cookie Oven by Wicked Cool Toys
  • Nancy B’s Science Club Black Light Illuminator & Nature’s Mysteries Journal by Educational Insights
  • NERF REBELLE ARROW REVOLUTION Bow by Hasbro, Inc.
  • Zoomer Kitty by Spin Master Corp.

 

INFANT/TODDLER TOY OF THE YEAR

Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBoThe best toy developed for infant and/or preschool children.

WINNER: Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo by Fisher-Price

Other Nominees:

  • Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space by Fisher-Price
  • Fold ‘N Go Elephant Toy by Playskool
  • Lil’ Ocean Explorers 3-in-1 Adventure Course by Little Tikes
  • Play All Day Elmo by Playskool
  • Rolligo by Fat Brain Toy Co.
  • Storytime Theater™ by Tech 4 Kids

 

INNOVATIVE TOY OF THE YEAR

Meccanoid G15The best toy that combines the most unique blend of innovative technology and play value for children today.

WINNER: Meccanoid G15 by Spin Master Corp.

Other Nominees:

  • Flipsies™ Sandy’s House & Ocean Cruiser by VTech
  • i-loom by Wooky Entertainment
  • Laser Maze™ Jr. by ThinkFun, Inc.
  • Makey Makey Classic by JoyLabz
  • MiPosaur by WowWee
  • Star Wars Science – Jedi Force Levitator by Uncle Milton Industries

 

OUTDOOR TOY OF THE YEAR

Razor GFD FuryThe best toy designed for outdoor play.

WINNER: Razor GFD Fury by Razor GFD Fury by Razor USA LLC

Other Nominees:

  • Firetek Rocket by Zing
  • Maisto TECH Rock Crawler 3XL by Maisto – Bburago
  • Micro Mini2Go by Micro Kickboard
  • NERF REBELLE SUPER SOAKER TRI THREAT Crossbow by Hasbro, Inc.
  • NERF SUPER SOAKER FLOODFIRE Water Blaster by Hasbro, Inc.
  • R2-D2™ Bubble Machine by Imperial Toy LLC

 

PRESCHOOL TOY OF THE YEAR

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup CenterFor toys created for children of any age that have a considerable electronic component involved. This includes “plug ‘n play” and interactive videos.

WINNER: Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center by Just Play

Other Nominees:

  • Design & Drill Brightworks by Educational Insights
  • Guidecraft™ IO Blocks® 114 Piece Set by Guidecraft
  • Miles from Tomorrowland Stellosphere by TOMY International
  • PlayTape by InRoad Toys
  • Razor Jr. Lil’Crazy by Razor USA LLC
  • Uptown Espresso Kitchen by KidKraft LLC

 

PROPERTY OF THE YEAR

Star WarsThe licensor that had the greatest success spreading its brand or property throughout the industry while generating interest and excitement.

WINNER: Star Wars (Disney/Lucasfilm Licensing)

Other Nominees:

  • Jurassic World (Universal Partnerships & Licensing)
  • Minions (Universal Partnerships & Licensing)
  • NERF (Hasbro, Inc.)
  • Paw Patrol™ (Spin Master Corp)
  • Shopkins (Moose Toys Pty Ltd)

 

SPECIALTY TOY OF THE YEAR

Tumble Trax™ Magnetic Marble RunThe best toy primarily distributed through specialty retailers.

WINNER: Tumble Trax™ Magnetic Marble Run by Learning Resources

Other Nominees:

  • Boogie Board Play n’ Trace Doodle Pad by Kent Displays, Inc.
  • Nursery Time Elmo by Gund
  • Sleepy Seas Sound & Lights Whale by Gund
  • SpinAgain by Fat Brain Toy Co.
  • SuperMax the Turtle by Cloud b
  • Worry Eaters  by The Haywire Group