Toy Industry Unveils Nominees for 2013 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards; Announces Inductees into Toy Industry Hall of Fame PR Newswire NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2012 NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Toy Industry Association (TIA) kicked off the holiday shopping season today by announcing the 84 finalists for the prestigious 2013 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY). Between now and January 13, 2013, toy lovers of all ages can visit ToyAwards.org to vote for their favorite playthings in 12 categories – from e-Connected and Innovative to Educational and Outdoor toys – and sign up to win exclusive prize packages! "Each year, TOTY celebrates the creative spirit of the toy industry and honors the joy that toys and games bring to kids of all walks of life," said Carter Keithley, TIA president, at a New York City press conference unveiling the nominees. "We are proud to announce that the TOTY Awards will once again support the inspiring work of the Toy Industry Foundation, which annually delivers one million toys and games to deserving children around the world." This year's finalists – representing 69 unique products or properties from 46 companies – were selected from nearly 650 nominees submitted for consideration. Nomination committees comprised of academics, journalists, toy trend experts, play therapists, toy inventors and designers, and toy retailers narrowed the field to the slate of finalists that were introduced today. "The toys in the 2013 TOTY line-up emphasize play value, originality and innovation across all market sectors," said Stacy Leistner, TIA vice president of strategic communications. "To elevate the excitement surrounding the awards, this year we are introducing the 'People's Choice Award.' The winner in this category will be selected exclusively by votes received on our ToyAwards.org website. It will be the public's choice of the most popular plaything of the year!" Five ballots – for consumers, mass retailers, specialty retailers, media, and TIA members – were launched during the press event and will remain open through January 13, 2013. These ballots will be weighted and used to determine each of the category winners. The overall "Toy of the Year" award will be selected based on votes received from journalists and bloggers, retailers and TIA members. [See the finalists in each category below] The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on Saturday, February 9, 2013 as the kick-off to the 110^th American International Toy Fair. 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees Join Toy Industry Icons Also announced today were the next inductees into the esteemed Toy Industry Hall of Fame. Judith (Judy) Ellis, founder and chair of the nation's first baccalaureate program in Toy Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the late Russ Berrie, former chief executive and chairman of Russ Berrie & Company, will be recognized for their outstanding contributions and service to the toy industry during the TOTY Awards ceremony in February. [See related press release for more detail.] More information about the TOTY Awards (including product images and descriptions), the Toy Industry Hall of Fame, the Toy Industry Association and the Toy Industry Foundation can be found in the online press room www.ToyAwards.org /Press. The TOTY Awards program is the annual Toy Industry Association-administered event in support of the inspiring work of the Toy Industry Foundation. About the Toy Industry Association (TIA) TIA is the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and bringing toys and youth entertainment products to kids of all ages, representing more than 550 companies who account for approximately 85% of domestic toy sales. Toy safety is the number one priority for the toy industry. TIA has a long history of leadership in toy safety including the development of the first comprehensive toy safety standard more than 30 years ago, and working with government, consumers and industry on ongoing programs to ensure safe and fun play. For more information, please visit www.toyassociation.org or www.toyinfo.org. ACTIVITY TOY OF THE YEAR Toys that inspire creative play through various forms of activity oBlingles™ Bling Studio by Moose Toys oCake Pops By Bakerella Ultimate Cake Pops Set by SRM Entertainment LTD. oDigital Light Designer by Crayola oLEGO® Friends by The LEGO Group oLiteBrix™ by Cra-z-Art® oMonster High® Create-A-Monster Design Lab by Mattel, Inc. oSymphony in B.™ by B. toys by Battat BOY TOY OF THE YEAR Toys developed for boys of any age oAir Hogs Battle Tracker™ by Spin Master Ltd. oHEXBUG® Warriors Battling Robots Battle Stadium by Innovation First International oHot Wheels® Ballistiks™ by Mattel, Inc. oLEGO® Ninjago by The LEGO Group oNerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire blaster by Hasbro, Inc. oSkylanders Giants™ by Activision Publishing, Inc. oTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shellraiser by Playmates Toys E-CONNECTED TOY OF THE YEAR An app-cessory or other physical toy that interacts with a smartphone, tablet or gaming device oAnimal Planet Wildlands by Nukotoys oFurby by Hasbro, Inc. oKurio7 by Techno Source, a division of LF Products (a Li & Fung Company) oLife of George by The LEGO Group oSkylanders Giants™ by Activision Publishing, Inc. oSphero® by Orbotix oStoryBots™ Starring You® StoryBooks by JibJab Media Inc. EDUCATIONAL TOY OF THE YEAR Toys that help children to develop special skills and knowledge through play oInnoTab® 2 by VTech Electronics North America, LLC oLeapPad2™ by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. oLeapster GS Explorer by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. oLEGO® Architecture by The LEGO Group oRoll & Play™ by ThinkFun Inc. oSpectacular Science by Thames & Kosmos oZingo!® Sight Words by ThinkFun Inc. GAME OF THE YEAR Children's board, card, CD-ROM or electronic game formats. (NOTE: All electronic games must have an ESRB "Early Childhood" rating) oDisney Jake and the Never Land Pirates Never Land Challenge Game by Wonder Forge, Inc oDon't Rock the Boat™ by Patch Products oFibber™ by Spin Master Ltd oPerplexus Epic™ by PlaSmart Inc. oSkylanders Giants™ by Activision Publishing, Inc. oSpot It Jr. Animals by Blue Orange Games oThe Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game™ by Educational Insights GIRL TOY OF THE YEAR Toys developed for girls of any age oDisney Princess Cinderella Magic Lights Dress by Creative Designs International (CDI), a division of JAKKS Pacific oDoc McStuffins "Time For Your Check-Up" Doll by Just Play oFurby by Hasbro, Inc. oFurreal Friends Baby Butterscotch, My Magical Show Pony by Hasbro, Inc. oLa Dee Da™ by Spin Master Ltd oLEGO® Friends by The LEGO Group oMonster High® High School by Mattel, Inc. INFANT/TODDLER TOY OF THE YEAR Toys developed for infant children and toddlers (ages up to 36 months) oAlphabet Activity Cube™ by VTech Electronics North America, LLC oCruise & Groove Ballapalooza™ by Fisher-Price, Inc. oLEGO® Duplo Creative Sorter by The LEGO Group oRock*tivity walk 'n roll rider by PLAYSKOOL oRoll & Play™ by ThinkFun Inc. oTranquil Turtle™ by Cloud b oWoofer™ by B. toys by Battat INNOVATIVE TOY OF THE YEAR Toys that utilize innovative design, technology, or manufacturing processes to enhance play value o4D Cityscape Time Puzzles by 4D Cityscape Puzzles Inc. oDigital Light Designer by Crayola oFurby by Hasbro, Inc. oIllumivor Mecha-Shark by Skyrocket Toys oLeapPad2™ by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. oNerf Firevision Sports Football set by Hasbro, Inc. oSwish™ by ThinkFun Inc. OUTDOOR TOY OF THE YEAR Toys designed for outdoor play oFuze Wheel Writer by Skyrocket Toys oLittle Tikes® Cozy Couple Go Bubbles by Imperial Toy oNat Geo WILD™ Anteater Bug Vac™ by Uncle Milton Industries oNerf Firevision Sports Football set by Hasbro, Inc. oRazor® FlashRider™ 360 by Razor USA LLC oThe Original Big Wheel by JAKKS Pacific oYBIKE Explorer by National Sporting Goods PRESCHOOL TOY OF THE YEAR Toys developed for preschool-aged children (aged 3-5) oChuggington Die-Cast Railway by Wilson and TOMY oDisney Princess Songs Palace by Little People® by Fisher-Price, Inc. oDoc McStuffins "Time For Your Check-Up" Doll by Just Play oLeapPad2™ by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. oServin' Surprises™ Kitchen & Table by Fisher-Price, Inc. oSwitch & Go Dinos™ by VTech Electronics North America, LLC oSymphony in B.™ by B. toys by Battat PROPERTY OF THE YEAR Property that had the greatest success spreading its brand throughout the industry oBarbie® (Mattel, Inc.) oDisney Princess-Cinderella (Disney Consumer Products ) oLEGO® Ninjago (The LEGO Group / Ninjago) oMarvel's The Avengers ™ (Disney Consumer Products) oMonster High™ (Mattel, Inc.) oSkylanders Giants™ (Activision Publishing, Inc.) oTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon) SPECIALTY TOY OF THE YEAR Toys primarily distributed through specialty retailers o4D Cityscape Time Puzzles by 4D Cityscape Puzzles Inc. oAll Duct Out by ALEX Toys oFashion Angels Color Rox Hair Chox™ by Fashion Angels Enterprises™ oFastrack by Blue Orange Games oLEGO® Architecture by The LEGO Group oLoopdedoo® Kit by Ann Williams oPlaymobil E-Rangers Headquarters by Playmobil Follow TOTY on Twitter at #TOTY13 SOURCE Toy Industry Association Website: http://www.toyassociation.org Contact: Adrienne Appell, Toy Industry Association, +1-646-520-4863, firstname.lastname@example.org
Toy Industry Unveils Nominees for 2013 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards; Announces Inductees into Toy Industry Hall of Fame
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