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Behold The 2018 Finalists For “Toy Of The Year”

Just this past weekend, The Chronicles of Piercing Ken attended the 2nd Annual Play Fair over at the Javits Center. The event ran on Saturday and Sunday but during the Friday media preview night we learned what the nominees for the 2018 “Toy Of The Year” awards were and are now sharing them with you so you can toss your views into the mix as well. I’ve lined up all of the categories and items below and the website to vote will be at the close of the piece. Let’s take a look.

ACTION FIGURE OF THE YEAR
Toys that include action figures and their playsets/accessories

IAmElemental’s Series 2/Wisdom Lunch Box Carrying Case with Complete Set of 7 Action Figures & Accessories(IAmElemental)
Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ BatBot Xtreme (Mattel, Inc.)
Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Figure (Hasbro, Inc.)
PJ Masks Duet Figure Packs (Just Play Products)
Star Wars Forces of Destiny Adventure Figures (Hasbro, Inc.)
Stikbot (ZING)
WWE® Superstars Action Figures (Mattel, Inc.)

COLLECTIBLE OF THE YEAR
Toys that compose a set; can include novelty playthings, miniature versions of existing lines, licensed collectibles, etc.

Disney Pixar Cars 3 Diecast Cars (Mattel, Inc.)
Fingerlings (WowWee USA, Inc.)
Funko’s Mystery Minis (Funko, LLC)
Hatchimals Colleggtibles 4 Pack (Spin Master Ltd.)
L.O.L. Surprise! (MGA Entertainment)
Pikmi Pop! Surprise Pack (Moose Toys)
The LEGO Batman Movie Minifigures (LEGO Systems, Inc.)

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The Toy Industry Association Rebranded As “The Toy Association”

Some of the longer tenured readers of “The Chronicles Of Piercing Ken” Lifestyle Blog are very aware of our explorations of the annual American International Toy Fair convention that comes to town in February over at the Jacob Javits Center. If you are new to our presentations please take a moment to click on THIS LINK to enjoy our many posts about the event and see some really cool stuff. This relates to our news below which will fill you in on the big changes to the organization that puts that incredible event together. Check it out.

The Press Release:
A WAVE OF CHANGE’ – The Toy Association Responds to Evolving Member Needs with New Strategy, New Name, & Major Rebrand, Driving Change Across the Organization. Largest National Toy Association Expands Core Member Services and Launches New Ventures

The Toy Association – the largest trade association of its kind in the world – today unveiled a new mission statement, new name, and major rebrand driven by an innovative strategic plan. Formerly called the Toy Industry Association, The Toy Association supports a diverse membership whose global reach is revolutionizing the face of toys and play. The organization’s member-focused programs, products, trade shows, and consumer events promote international business growth for all members. Its new tagline, “Inspiring Generations of Play,” underscores the Association’s 100+ years of service and the many developmental benefits of play in a child’s life.

The Toy Association ended 2016 with 1,098 member companies that design, produce, license, and deliver toys and youth entertainment products for kids of all ages. The trade group has a long history of propelling the health and growth of the U.S. toy industry, which has an annual economic impact of $80.25 billion in the United States.

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