"This year's TOTY winners truly run the gamut, from quirky collectibles and skill-building construction toys, to family games and educational tech toys … But there is one thing they all have in common: they bring fun, laughter, and learning to kids!" said Steve Pasierb, TIA president & CEO. "Honoring the best and brightest toys and industry luminaries is a great tradition for TIA and the entire toy and play community. We congratulate this year's TOTY finalists, an exceptional collection of TOTY winners, and our esteemed Hall of Fame inductees, and thank them for bringing memorable play experiences to families worldwide."
During the ceremony, three industry greats were inducted into the esteemed Toy Industry Hall of Fame: Peter Eio, former president of LEGO Systems, Inc., the late Ray Larsen, founder of RLA Marketing, and the late Sydney Rosen, former chairman of Rose-Art Industries. They join an impressive roster of 71 toy industry luminaries, including Jim Henson and George Lucas, who have been inducted into the Hall since it was established in 1984. The gala also included a special presentation by the Toy Industry Foundation, which brings toys to millions of children in need around the world.
Known as the "Oscars" of the toy industry, the TOTY Awards ceremony annually attracts hundreds of global toy executives and guests. Several new categories were introduced for this year's program, including Action Figure of the Year, Collectible of the Year, Construction Toy of the Year, Doll of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Vehicle of the Year. Additionally, a more transparent and efficient judging process was used to determine the finalists. Winners in each category were selected based on votes from toy retailers (mass and specialty), media, TIA members, and consumers. The "People's Choice" award winner was selected solely by consumer votes cast at www.ToyAwards.org.
Descriptions of all TOTY finalists can be found online at ToyAwards.org. Winners were selected from a pool of 700 finalists that were nominated by 25 judges, including toy and play experts, retailers, academics, and journalists.
The TOTY Awards serve as the official kick off to the 114th North American International Toy Fair and support the philanthropic 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 delivering toys and youth entertainment products for kids of all ages. TIA is the owner and operator of the North American International Toy Fair, held annually in New York City. The Association serves as the industry's voice on the cognitive, social, emotional, and creative benefits of play, and promotes play's positive impact on childhood development to consumers and media. TIA has a long history of leadership in toy safety, having helped develop the first comprehensive toy safety standard more than 40 years ago, and remains committed to working with medical experts, government, consumers, and industry on ongoing programs to ensure safe and fun play. For more information, please visit www.toyassociation.org, www.toyfairny.com, or www.thegeniusofplay.org.
About the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) (www.toyindustryfoundation.org)
The Toy Industry Foundation brings the joy of play to children in need through core programs including The Toy Bank™ and grants to organizations with like-minded missions. The Toy Bank receives donations of newly manufactured toys from members of the toy industry and distributes them through local charities to underserved, at-risk, and homeless children throughout the United States and around the world.
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SOURCE Toy Industry Association