Once again, it’s that time of year when we get to introduce you to the 2019 TOTY Specialty Toy of the Year nominees! Get your pen and paper ready to add these hot toys to your holiday shopping list!
2019 Specialty Toy of the Year
The #TOTY2019 nominees are nominated by the toy companies themselves and finalists are selected by industry experts. Winners are then chosen by retailers, journalists, bloggers, academics and other members of the industry — as well as consumers such as yourself!
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In fact, with every vote on ToyAwards.org, participates are entered into The Toy Association’s sweepstakes to win all the nominees within the voted category.
This means you could bring home all of the toys you see below simply by voting for your favorite Specialty Toy of the Year!
Without further ado, let’s introduce you to each toy (in alphabetical order so as to not show any favorites):
Betrayal at Cloud City™ by LEGO Systems, Inc.
This amazingly detailed set is divided into 4 sections, each depicting scenes from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. There’s a landing platform complete with Boba Fett’s Slave I ship, a detailed promenade, a dining room with seating for 5 mini-figures, and a sensor balcony for epic Lightsaber duels.
Chickapig by Buffalo Games, LLC
Break your flock of Chickapigs free while dodging opponents, hay bales, and an unruly pooping cow in this strategic family board game. Chickapig breeder and game creator Brian Calhoun joins forces with his farming buddy Dave Matthews to bring this game from the farm to the table.
GeoSafari® Jr. Talking Telescope™ by Educational Insights
Junior astronauts can listen to cool facts, get a close-up view of the moon and more with the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Telescope™. Explore the solar system and learn from 240 fun facts and questions about outer space featuring the voice of Bill Nye Saves the World star, Emily Dawn Calandrelli.
GUND Super Pusheenicorn by Spin Master
The legendary Super Pusheenicorn spreads joy and light wherever she flies with her glowing horn leading the way! Just give her sparkly, lavender crescent moon a soft push to start the magic. Features touch sensor technology that activates three magical light and sound sequences inside her horn and mane.
HEXBUG Ring Racer by HEXBUG
HEXBUG Ring Racer is the latest innovative, motorized technology intended as a Specialty toy. This self-stabilizing, rechargeable, remote-controlled robot runs mesmerizingly on dual spinning rings. Watch it spin upside-down, tumble, and flip over 360-degrees! Once you get the hang of it, hit the turbo button and watch it really go!
LEGO® Harry Potter™ Hogwarts™ Castle by LEGO Systems, Inc.
This highly detailed LEGO Harry Potter collectible has over 6,000 pieces and offers a rewarding build experience. It comes packed with highlights from the Harry Potter series, where you will discover towers, turrets, chambers, classrooms, creatures, the Whomping Willow™, and Hagrid’s hut, plus many more iconic features.
Marbles Otrio by Spin Master
Make your brain say ‘O!’ with Otrio, a head-to-head strategy board game. Players compete to line up three pieces of the same color by similar size; in ascending or descending order; or within the same space. Playing Otrio gets those neurons firing.
Pepper Mint in the Great Treehouse Engineering Adventure by Thames & Kosmos
Immerse yourself in the world of Pepper Mint, a curious young engineer, through this exciting new STEM kit. Read about Pepper Mint’s adventures and build the projects she completes, including a large wooden treehouse. Use the scale Pepper Mint figurine to act out more stories, letting your imagination run free!
The girls have truly come to enjoy this part of the year as they play with each toy and really put a lot of thought into formulating their opinions on each toy.
As you can see, they’re all excellent choices once again and it’s a tough decision to make. Take a look at teach specialty toy and head to ToyAwards.org to cast your vote!
Voting closes Sunday, January 6, 2019 and the winners will be announced during a celebration in New York on February 15, 2019.
TOTY supports The Toy Foundation, which helps bring joy and comfort to children in need through the experience of toys and play.