TIA Names Award Finalists

Licensed toys play prominently in the list of finalists for the Toy Industry Association’s 2014 Toy of the Year Awards.

Eighty-four toys, games and properties were selected in 12 categories.

Voting is now open with five different ballots available–consumers, mass retailers, specialty toy retailers, media and TIA members. All ballots are weighted and used to determine each of the category winners, which will be announced during an awards ceremony Feb. 15 that will kick off the 111th American International Toy Fair.

The overall Toy of the Year award will be selected based on votes received from journalists and bloggers, retailers and TIA members; the People's Choice Award will be selected based on votes solely from consumers.

"This year's TOTY finalists embody the innovative spirit of the toy industry and transport children to magical worlds through play," says Carter Keithley, president, TIA. "The TOTY Awards program also supports the philanthropic work of the Toy Industry Foundation, which partners with generous toy companies to bring brand new toys to deserving kids throughout the year."

PROPERTY OF THE YEAR    


  • Despicable Me 2 (Universal Partnerships & Licensing)
  • Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins (Disney Consumer Products)
  • Disney Junior's Sofia the First (Disney Consumer Products)
  • Minecraft (Mojang AB)
  • Monster High (Mattel)
  • Skylanders Swap Force (Activision Publishing, Inc.)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon)

BOY TOY OF THE YEAR  


  • Battroborg 3-in-1 Battle Arena by Tomy
  • Despicable Me 2 special feature Minion Dave talking action figure by Thinkway Toys
  • Disney Infinity by Disney
  • LEGO Legends of Chima by The LEGO Group
  • Skylanders Swap Force by Activision Publishing
  • Transformers Construct-Bots by Hasbro
  • Disney Planes U-Command Supercharged Dusty by Thinkway Toys

GIRL TOY OF THE YEAR  


  • Disney Princess Palace Pets: Furry Tail Friends by Blip Toys
  • Flutterbye Fairy by Spin Master
  • Furreal Friends Cuddles, My Giggly Monkey by Hasbro
  • LEGO Friends Heartlake High by The LEGO Group
  • Monster High 13 Wishes soll assortment by Mattel
  • Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow by Hasbro
  • Rainbow Loom by Choon's Design

INFANT/TODDLER TOY OF THE YEAR  


  • Big Hugs Elmo by Playskool
  • Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car by Mattel
  • Go! Go! Smart Wheels train station play set by VTech
  • Lamaze Franky the Hanky Whale by Tomy
  • Farm Mash-Up by LeapFrog Enterprises
  • Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano by Patch Products
  • Skwish Stix by Manhattan Toy

ACTIVITY TOY OF THE YEAR 

  • Hot Wheels Car Maker by Mattel
  • Rainbow Loom by Choon's Design
  • Crayola Melt 'n Mold Factory by Crayola
  • LEGO Minecraft by The LEGO Group
  • Play-Doh Perfect Twist Ice Cream play set by Hasbro
  • Glitzi Globes Glitzi Showcase by Moose Toys
  • Spirograph Deluxe Kit by Kahootz Toys

E-CONNECTED TOY OF THE YEAR  


  • LEGO Mindstorms EV3 by The LEGO Group
  • Skylanders Swap Force by Activision Publishing
  • Disney Infinity by Disney
  • Barbie Digital Makeover by Mattel
  • LeapPad Ultra by LeapFrog Enterprises
  • Kurio Touch 4s Handheld by Techno Source
  • Photo Mix & Mash by Crayola

EDUCATIONAL TOY OF THE YEAR  


  • GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine by GoldieBlox
  • LeapPad Ultra by LeapFrog Enterprises
  • LeapReader by LeapFrog Enterprises
  • LEGO Mindstorms EV3 by The LEGO Group
  • Demolition Lab: Triple Blast Warehouse by SmartLab Toys
  • Magformers 62-piece set by Magformers
  • Nancy B's Science Club MoonScope and Sky Gazer's activity journal by Educational Insights

GAME OF THE YEAR  (does not include video games or apps)

  • Boom Boom Balloon by Spin Master
  • Chain Letters by Patch Products
  • Draw Something Party game by Hasbro
  • Hedbanz Act Up by Spin Master
  • Settlers of Catan by Mayfair Games
  • Skylanders Swap Force by Activision Publishing
  • WordARound by ThinkFun

INNOVATIVE TOY OF THE YEAR  


  • Barbie Digital Makeover by Mattel
  • Battroborg 3-in-1 Battle Arena by Tomy
  • Flutterbye Fairy by Spin Master
  • GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine by GoldieBlox
  • Laser Maze by ThinkFun
  • Skylanders Swap Force by Activision Publishing
  • Zoomer by Spin Master

OUTDOOR TOY OF THE YEAR  


  • Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk by Crayola
  • Razor Crazy Cart by Razor USA
  • Sky Ripperz by Zing
  • Sky Viper Stunt Quadcopter by Skyrocket Toys
  • SkyTrix by Daydream Toy
  • Y Glider 3-in-1 by Yvolution
  • Ziggle by Radio Flyer

PRESCHOOL TOY OF THE YEAR  


  • Big Hugs Elmo by Playskool
  • Dino Construction Company by Educational Insights
  • Doc McStuffins Get Better Check-Up Center by Just Play
  • Furreal Friends Cuddles, My Giggly by Hasbro
  • Go! Go! Smart Wheels Airport play set by VTech
  • Shelby's Snack Shack Game by Educational Insights
  • Sofia the First Talking Sofia and Animal Friends by Mattel

SPECIALTY TOY OF THE YEAR    


  • Animal Parade A to Z Puzzle by BeginAgain
  • Bunny Peek A Boo by Smart Toys and Games
  • Laser Maze by ThinkFun
  • Nanoblocks Deluxe Space Shuttle by Ohio Art
  • Rainbow Loom by Choon's Design
  • Spirograph Deluxe Kit by Kahootz Toys
  • Magnetic Wooden Blocks 42-piece set by Tegu

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