(Relaxnews) – On February 1 the organizers of the world-renowned Nuremberg Toy Fair announced the winners of this year’s ToyAwards, which honor innovative toys for children of all ages — from babies to teenagers and the whole family.
Now in its 63rd year, the Nuremberg Toy Fair runs February 1-6 and is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading toy fairs. Along with events such as the recent Toy Fair in London (January 24-26) and the upcoming Toy Fair in New York (February 12-15), the Nuremberg Toy Fair helps set trends in play for the forthcoming season and is often used by some of the biggest manufacturers in the industry as a launchpad for their latest products.
The ToyAwards hosted at the Nuremberg Toy Fair follow on from the Best New Toy Awards which took place at the Toy Fair at London’s Olympia (January 24-26); winners of the award were selected by a jury for their “innovation,” “concept” and “creativity.”
Details of this year’s winners can be found below:
Baby and infant (0-2 years)
Mini Micro 3in1 by Micro Mobility Systems Ltd
The three-wheeled scooters in this range are designed to grow with the owner. The scooters include a removable seat for younger users which can be replaced with a T-bar handle once the child has mastered the ability to balance. The MiniMicro Scooter will be available later in February 2012.
A video of the product in action can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=13-zwkgfTR8
Preschool (3-5 years)
Appmates by Spin Master International S.a.r.l
This toy is designed to work in conjunction with the iPad, a trend also seen at the Toy Fair in London. Users download a free iOS app to their iPad then place the range of vehicles inspired by the Pixar film Cars on the iPad’s surface — as users race the vehicles along the iPad’s screen, it displays a changing track. See a video of the toy in action at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?f&v=hh78LP3chwE
School kids (6-10 years)
LEGO Friends: Olivia’s House by LEGO GmbH
Olivia’s House by Lego was also named the winner of the category Construction/ Building sets at the London Toy Fair Best New Toy awards earlier in the month. Olivia’s House is LEGO’s version of the classic doll house and includes details such as easy-to-build furniture, a garden and figures.
See the product in action at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=aMeb2hTeZjw
Teenager and Family (11 years and older)
Talat by Huch! & Friends Hutter Trade GmbH
This strategic board game challenges players to move pieces of different abilities across a three-part board. The three-part setup of the board means that each player is always facing two opponents.
Watch the product in action at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=P5c9GRfQak8