This year the Toy Industry Association has selected the best of eleven categories of U.S. toys.
Of course some of these toys you may be familiar with as they were also available in the UK.
The top toys are chosen on the following basis; creativity and novelty, product design and safety, and overall presentation
Technology has played an important role in this years products with the advancement of electronic toys breaking new ground
The top toys awarded by category are;
1. Boy Toy of the Year – Bakugan Battle Brawlers Battle Pack Series 1 Spheres, Spin Master and (Grand Prize) Toy of the Year – Bakugan Battle Brawlers Battle Pack Series 1 Spheres, Spin Master.
The Bakugan game revolves around the Bakugan Battle Brawlers which are not-of-this-earth magnet-loaded fighting figures that look very innocent in their non-fighting phase — that being a ball. But when one ball hits another or a special magnetic card, the Battle Brawler is aroused from its ball-sleep and watch out; it’s ready to fight! Strategy is involved in this game and there are limitless Bakugan Battle Brawlers to collect. The Bakugan Battle Brawlers Battle Pack Series 1 Spheres is the starter kit.
2. Property of the Year – Bakugan Battle Brawlers
The Bakukan Battle Brawlers TV show has become a popular anime for preteens on Saturday morning’s Cartoon Network You can check scheduling or see complete past episodes on the Cartoon Network website. There are also Bakugan Battle Brawlers, DVDs!
3. Educational Toy of the Year – LeapFrog TAG Reading System, LeapFrog
This interactive reading toy helps children learn vocabulary, pronunciation, and reading comprehension. By ‘tagging’ words and characters with the pen-like Tag Reader, your child hears the word speak or the character sing. Parents can log on to the LeapFrog site and find out what their children are learning, so they can find some interesting ways to support it. The system is for kids 4 – 8 years old and this starter kit comes with the Tag Reader, USB cable, LeapFrog Connect software CD, and the book Ozzie and Mach.
4. Activity Toy of the Year – Crayola Colour Wonder Magic Light Brush(tm), Crayola LLC
Crayola packs magic into a basic kit including a 30-page Colour Wonder paper tablet and a light up brush with 6 colours of Colour Wonder Gel Paint. Can you say ‘No mess?’ The brush recognizes the colour of the Gel Paint and lights up in that colour. When applied to the colouring book, the brush lights up the page with the colour. True Magic. Other neat related items are available, such as the Crayola Glow Station and the Crayola Colour Explosion Glow Board.
5. Girl Toy of the Year – Playmobil Horse Farm, Playmobil
The kit comes with three people figures, three ponies, a kitten, wheel barrel, hay, a ladder, fences and many other accessories. The stable has three horseboxes, a section for refreshment, and an area for grooming. Playmobil Horse Farm is a great place to play and pretend.
6. Game of the Year – Bananagrams
Bananagrams is a word game that uses alphabet tiles to build words, but the tiles have no values, so you can’t get extra points for a “Q.” But there are, apparently, several different ways you can play the game, and if you want to get the whole family involved for an extended game, you can purchase more than one set and combine them.
7. Electronic Entertainment Toy of the Year – FurReal Friends Biscuit My Lovin’ Pup
Biscuit is a truly sweet interactive toy pet — kind of robotic in fact. He responds based on how much attention you are paying him, and if you’re not, he barks to get your attention. He has nine sensors that respond to voice, sight and touch. He makes three different doggy barks, wags his tail, sits, lies down, and speaks on command, and more. Amazing!
8. Infant/Preschool Toy of the Year – Elmo Live
Elmo has come along way since the previous edition. The new Elmo muppet is now Elmo Live, a sitting, standing, leg-crossing, singer and joke teller, with a real voice . Dancing Elmo Live comes to life to tell stories and jokes, and sing songs. Your kids will be amazed! Elmo can throw his head back, wave his arms, stand up, sit down and even cross his legs! Featuring high-tech in-built interactive sensors, dancing Elmo is capable of reacting to touch, voice and more! Tickle his belly and he’ll giggle, sneeze! Elmo Live can ask for hugs, blow you kisses and even tell you he loves you! With different activation points all over his body, the fun will just keep on going! Squeeze his nose and he’ll sneeze. Elmo Live is your new best friend!
9. Most Innovative Toy of the Year – Air Hogs Zero Gravity Micro
Spin Master’s Bakugan Battle Brawlers Battle Pack Series 1 Spheres. The Air Hogs Zero Gravity Micros are super swift radio controlled cars that can race on your walls! There’s a selection of them already, and they just came out recently. Here is a Dark Blue Zero Gravity Micro Car!
10. Outdoor Toy of the Year – Crayola 3D Sidewalk Chalk
The multi-coloured two-sided chalk pieces in this starter kit come with a set of 3-D glasses, which apparently make any bright colours 3-D! These are meant for kids 4+, but it sounds like fun for “artists” of any age. Check out the other Crayola 3-D sets too.
11. Speciality Toy of the Year – Create Your Own Pop-Up Books
Encourage your kids to write their own book and create their own pop-up drawings in this ready made format. Each box contains two books just ready to be filled with young imaginations! The kit also includes, sticks, markets and story starter ideas, as well as pop-up ideas. Create Your Own Pup-Up Books.