We are excited to share that two products from Marvel and one product from The Muppets have won a September 2022 Toy of the Year Award in their nominated categories. The Toy of the Year Awards celebrate the best of the best within the toy and collectibles industry. The Walt Disney Company was nominated for 10 of the 17 categories by an expert panel of judges. Category winners were determined by votes from Toy Association members, toy retailers (mass and specialty), media, and consumers.
WINNER — COLLECTIBLE OF THE YEAR: LEGO Minifigures The Muppets by LEGO
Featuring 12 nostalgic collectible minifigures, including Animal, Beaker, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Fozzie Bear and more, the LEGO Minifigures The Muppets building set series features a great lineup of exclusive Disney’s The Muppets characters to collect and display or to take independent or group play in unexpected new directions. Each set comes in a sealed ‘mystery’ bag with one or more accessories and a collector’s leaflet, making a great collectible gift that will put a smile on anyone’s face.
WINNER — CONSTRUCTION TOY OF THE YEAR: LEGO Marvel I Am Groot by LEGO
Every fan of Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will know the famous scene where Baby Groot dances. Now kids can recreate this scene and others with this detailed, movable recreation of the lovable and mischievous toddler in the LEGO Marvel I Am Groot building set. The buildable model is easy to position and pose, and there’s even a pretend cassette tape included for make-believe music! In addition, the free LEGO Building Instructions app lets kids view, zoom and rotate the model as they build, providing an amazing sense of immersion and interaction during the construction process as fans build their own play-and-display Groot that is easy to position and pose however their heart desires.
WINNER — DOLL OF THE YEAR: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Fresh Fierce Collection by World of EPI
The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Fresh Fierce Collection by World of EPI is an exquisitely detailed line of collectible dolls based on the iconic characters from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”. Leading multicultural doll pioneer, Dr. Lisa Williams and World of EPI, authentically designed the Fresh Dolls Fierce collection in collaboration with Marvel to bring the strong, powerful and brilliant warrior characters from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” to life. Series I will be available this October, in advance of the highly anticipated film release on November 11.
Congratulations to all winners! The overall Toy of the Year and People’s Choice award winners will be announced on November 21, 2022, adding an element of excitement for the holidays. The TOTY Awards are a key fundraiser for The Toy Foundation to support its year-round philanthropic work to deliver the comfort, joy, and extraordinary physical, emotional, and educational benefits of play to children in need. All event proceeds benefit its key programs, including Children’s Hospital Play Grants, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and The Toy Bank.