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2018 Toy of the Year Awards

The 2018 Toy of the Year Awards were recently announced, with top honors given to Fingerlings by WowWee USA, Inc. and L.O.L. Surprise! by MGA Entertainment. Seventeen additional awards were given to some of the most popular toys your kids may be clamoring for.

Action Figure of the Year

The Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot
Photo Credit: Hasbro

The Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Figure by Hasbro, Inc. brings Guardians of the Galaxy to life with music-playing, sound-detecting and limb-shaking features. Watch as Groot's eyes light up and he starts dancing to external music from phones, tablets and other devices; $34.99 at hasbro.com

Collectible of the Year

Fingerlings by WowWee USA, Inc., is the collectible
Photo Credit: WowWee

Fingerlings by WowWee USA, Inc., is the collectible toy of the year, promoting friendship through interactive play. By tapping the sensors on top of the monkeys' heads or hanging them upside down, kids can communicate with their animal pals. They make more than 40 different sounds depending on their position, including singing, laughing, blowing kisses and more; $14.99 at fingerlings.com.

Construction Toy of the Year

Lego Star Wars BB-8 by Lego Systems, Inc.,
Photo Credit: LEGO

Lego Star Wars BB-8 by Lego Systems, Inc., features authentic detailing based on the BB-8 droid from the new Star Wars movie trilogy. A wheel-activated rotating head and an opening hatch with non-functioning welding torch are among the recreated elements. With over 1,100 pieces included, this construction set also comes with a stand that can be used for display once complete; $99.99 at lego.com.

Creative Toy of the Year

Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit by LittleBits inspires
Photo Credit: Little Bits

Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit by LittleBits inspires kids' innovation as they build their own Droid using electronic blocks. With step-by-step instructions and the use of the Droid Inventor app, kids can build and test the abilities of their creation by taking it on more than 16 different missions; 99.95 at littlebits.com.

Doll of the Year

Wonder Crew Superhero Will by PlayMonster combines action
Photo Credit: PlayMonster

Wonder Crew Superhero Will by PlayMonster combines action figure excitement with the emotional connection of a stuffed animal. Will's smooth vinyl head, arms, legs and soft body make him a great buddy for at-home play or fun on-the-go. The superhero comes with his own outfit, cape and mask along with a matching cape and mask so kids can dress up just like their pal; $29.99 at playmonster.com.

Game of the Year

Soggy Doggy by Spin Master Ltd., is a
Photo Credit: Spin Master

Soggy Doggy by Spin Master Ltd., is a board game that keeps players guessing when they might get soaked with water. Players move their pieces around the board and take turns bathing the dog. They continue along the board until the pup decides to shake himself dry, spraying water all around. The player who gets soaked must head back to the start, and whoever makes it around the board first is the winner; $19.99 at spinmaster.com.

Infant/Toddler Toy of the Year

Teddy Ruxpin by Wicked Cool Toys is a
Photo Credit: Wicked Cool Toys

Teddy Ruxpin by Wicked Cool Toys is a technologically advanced pal that makes story time a fun and interactive experience for kids. With color and electronic LCD eyes, Teddy reacts with more than 40 eye expressions and animations as he tells stories and sings songs. His motorized mouth moves in-sync with what he says; $99.99 at wickedcooltoys.com.

Innovative Toy of the Year

Rubie's Jurassic World T-Rex Inflatable Costume by Rubie's
Photo Credit: Rubie's Costume Company

Rubie's Jurassic World T-Rex Inflatable Costume by Rubie's Costume Company, Inc., is a great choice for any child with a love of all-things dinosaur. This costume fits most sizes and is great for parties. It also includes a battery-operated fan; $62.99 at rubies.com.

Outdoor Toy of the Year

Bunch O Balloons Filler Soaker by Zuru takes
Photo Credit: Zuru

Bunch O Balloons Filler Soaker by Zuru takes the traditional water balloon competition to new levels. The included pump makes it easy to fill up the Bunch O Balloons on-the-go. The fun doesn't end once kids run out of the 105 included balloons. Simply refill the filler/soaker and drench an opponent up to 30 feet away; $14.99 at bunchoballoons.com.

People's Choice

Funko's Mystery Minis by Funko, LLC are toy
Photo Credit: Funko

Funko's Mystery Minis by Funko, LLC are toy figures of some of kids' favorite TV, movie and cartoon characters. The identity of each surprise figure is revealed once the box is opened. Kids can collect from a range of categories including Star Wars, Marvel, Dr. Seuss and more; starting at $3.99 at funko.com.

Playset Toy of the Year

Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage by Mattel, Inc.
Photo Credit: Mattel

Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage by Mattel, Inc. is deemed the "biggest garage ever," standing more than 3 feet tall with six levels and 140 car parking spaces. A mobilized elevator makes it fun to watch the transport of cars, as a gorilla figure threatens vehicles on their way up. A side-by-side track spirals from the top to the ground floor for an exciting race to the finish line. Included in the set are four Hot Wheels cars, one jet plane car carrier, one gorilla figure, one garage and more than 10 locations to explore; $199.99 at

Plush of the Year

Disney Junior Minnie's Walk and Play Puppy by
Photo Credit: Just Play Products

Disney Junior Minnie's Walk and Play Puppy by Just Play Products includes Minnie and her pet dog Snowpuff. With two modes of play, kids can teach Snowpuff how to bark, spin and dance before going on a dog-walking journey. Minnie sings and talks to Snowpuff while the pup makes dog sounds during its walks. Included with the two plush toys are a leash and training clicker; $39.99 at justplayproducts.com.

Preeschool Toy of the Year

Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower by Spin
Photo Credit: Spin Master

Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower by Spin Master Ltd. lets kids keep careful watch over Adventure Bay with an array of exciting features. The tower stands more than 2 feet tall, includes interactive lights, realistic sounds and buttons children can press that release their favorite character's signature phrase. It also comes with a rotating periscope at the top of the tower and a slide to help characters quickly reach the base; $99.99 at spinmaster.com.

Rookie of the Year

Antsy Pants Build & Play Kits by Beach
Photo Credit: Beach House Group

Antsy Pants Build & Play Kits by Beach House Group will help kids build their very own playhouse. The kits come in small, medium or large sizes and include durable, easy-to-assemble poles and connectors. Covers and accessories can be purchased separately; $19.99-$79.99 at antsypants.com.

Specilaty Toy of the Year

Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon by Lego Systems,
Photo Credit: LEGO

Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon by Lego Systems, Inc. is one of the biggest and most detailed Lego models with 7,500 pieces that are used to build Han Solo's Corellian freighter. Included are four classic mini-figures (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and C-3PO) and four Episode VII/VIII mini-figures (Older Han Solo, Rey, Finn and BB-8); $799.99 at lego.com.

Tech Toy of the Year

Lego Boost Creative Toolbox by Lego Systems, Inc.,
Photo Credit: LEGO

Lego Boost Creative Toolbox by Lego Systems, Inc., inspires creativity by allowing kids to build and code interactive motorized robots and models. The set has more than 840 pieces, an interactive motor and a sensor that detects distance, motions and color. Other advanced technologies included are Bluetooth connectivity, two encoded motors and an internal tilt sensor and light. Kids can use the Lego Boost app for detailed instructions on how to build all models; $159.99 at lego.com.

Vehicle of the Year

Paw Patrol Sea Patroller by Spin Master Ltd.,
Photo Credit: Spin Master

Paw Patrol Sea Patroller by Spin Master Ltd., features drop-down wheels that transform the ship into a land vehicle. The dual boat/land vehicle has room for the included Ryder figure as well as all other Paw Patrol characters. It can also hold up to two vehicles and comes with Ryder's Rescue ATV; $59.99 at spinmaster.com.

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