Many people have heard of the Oscars (the academy awards, not the hot dog), but how many dads and moms know what TOTYs are? FYI for dads and moms, TOTYs are Oscars for the toy industry. TOTY is short for Toy of the Year. For the last ten years, members and associate members of the Toy Industry Association (TIA) have selected the top toys for the year. Read on to see this year’s winners of the Toy of the Year Awards.
- Property of the Year
Bakugan by Cartoon Network
This isn’t a surprise to moms and dads of boys. All the boys in our area are into Bakugan. BTW, yesterday Spin Master announced the new Bakugan Season 3: Gundalian Invaders toy line.
- Innovative Toy of the Year
Zhu Zhu Pets by Cepia
According to the media, Zhu Zhu Pets were the must of have toys for Christmas last year.
- Educational Toy of the Year
Mindstorms NXT 2.0 by LEGO Systems
How can you go wrong with Lego and robots? In my opinion, Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 is the perfect toy for geek dads and geeky children. Warning, the list price is $280.
- Electronic Entertainment Toy of the Year
Rubik’s TouchCube by Techno Source
Maybe it’s just me, but I think a list price of $150 ($65 at Amazon) for a Rubik’s Cube is ridiculous. What’s wrong with the old mechanical Rubik’s Cube?
- Boy Toy of the Year
Bakugan 7-in-1 Maxus Dragonoid by Spin Master
My son got a Bakugan 7-in-1 Maxus Dragonoid for Christmas. With a list price of $40 ($34 at Amazon), this geek dad thinks the toy is overpriced for what you get. My son, however, doesn’t agree with me. He thinks the toy is so cool.
- Girl Toy of the Year
Zhu Zhu Pets by Cepia
Looks like Zhu Zhu Pets won two awards. Anyone have an opinion about Zhu Zhu Pets?
- Infant Toy of the Year
Crayola Beginnings Color Me a Song by Crayola
With this toy, toddlers can create original music by scribbling. Sounds like a cute toy for our one year old.
- Preschool Toys of the Year
Tonka Chuck & Friends Chuck My Talking Truck by Playskool
Bilibo by Active People
A talking truck sounds more fun than a non-talking one, but otherwise I’m not sure what’s so special about the toy truck. I don’t understand the Bilibo toy, but the open-ended toy has won several awards.
- Activity Toy of the Year
Crayon Town by Wild Planet Entertainment
Crayon Town combines the fun of coloring with real 3-D play. I think my kids would like Crayon Town.
- Game of the Year
Sort It Out! by University Games
A family card game that involves sorting items. My nine year old would probably like this game.
- Outdoor Toy of the Year
My 1st Scooter by Radio Flyer
Most kids like scooters and this one looks kinda cool.
- Specialty Toy of the Year
Captain Owen’s Dolphin Explorer Boat by Sprig Toys
Looks like the toys were designed for pretend play. The set kinda reminds me of the superhero action figures my kids play with it. Except the dolphins probably don’t have any special powers.