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Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, (, releases their findings and reviews of this year's best toys. Co-founder Stephanie Oppenheim will launch the list on NBC's TODAY Show September 27th

Sep 27, 2011, 06:18 ET from Oppenheim Toy Portfolio

NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The independent consumer organization, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, announces their annual awards for the best toys of 2011 on their website

"Our award list is bigger than ever this year. It's full of outstanding toys, games, and props for pretend. However, our overall grade to the toy industry this year is a B+, as a result of the industry playing it safe with less innovation and cutting edge technology," notes Joanne Oppenheim.

Stephanie Oppenheim adds: "With budgets tight this year and toy prices high, we know our list will be particularly helpful. Our goal is to help toy shoppers bring home engaging products that will be a hit with their kids and not be a waste of their hard-earned money."

The organization's top award, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award is given to the most outstanding and innovative products of the year. Other notable awards: the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award is given to highly recommended products; Blue Chip Award honors classic products; and the Special Needs Adaptable Product Award recognizes toys most appropriate for kids with special needs. Complete reviews of all toy winners, as well as awards for best books, audios, and DVDs are online at

About the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio

Founded in 1989 by child development and toy experts, Joanne Oppenheim and her daughter Stephanie Oppenheim. The organization does not accept entry fees for reviewing products. All award winners are reviewed by the Oppenheims for age-appropriateness and fun; they are then tested by their network of kid testers all over the country. The Oppenheims are Contributors to NBC's TODAY Show. Stephanie will be on the TODAY Show on September 27th to share some of the organization's winners. is the independent guide to children's media. To arrange an interview, please email

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