The 11 Best Toys of 2009: Toy Industry Awards

Every year, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) selects the best representatives of 11 categories of U.S. toys.  They are selected on the basis of  excellence of product design and safety, creativity and novelty, and overall presentation. (Awards guidelines)  This year's line up of Toy of the Year (TOTY) winners include some breakthrough technologies that adults will appreciate as much as their kids enjoy playing with them

So here are the best toys of 2009:


1. Boy Toy of the Year – Bakugan Battle Brawlers BattlePack Series 1 Spheres, Spin Master


(Grand Prize) Toy of the Year – Bakugan Battle Brawlers BattlePack Series 1 Spheres, Spin Master


The Bakugan game is a lifestyle for boys aged 5 to 15.  The game revolves around the Bakugan Battle Brawlers which are not-of-this-earth magnet-loaded fighting figures that look very innocent in their non-fighting phase -- that being a ball.  But when one ball hits another or a special magnetic card, the BattleBrawler is aroused  from its ball-sleep and watch out; it's ready to fight!  Strategy is involved in this game and there are limitlessBakugan Battle Brawlers to collect.  The Bakugan Battle Brawlers BattlePack Series 1 Spheres is the starter kit.





2.  Property of the Year – Bakugan Battle Brawlers,Cartoon Network

The Bakukan Battle Brawlers TV show has become a popular anime for preteens on Saturday morning's Cartoon Network (11:00 E/P). You can check scheduling or see complete past episodes on the Cartoon Network website.  There are also Bakugan Battle Brawlers, DVDs!




3.  Activity Toy of the Year – Crayola Color Wonder™ Magic Light Brush,Crayola LLC

Crayonsare out, the Magic Light Brush is in.  Crayola packs magic into a basickit including a 30-page Color Wonder paper tablet and a light up brushwith 6 colors of Color Wonder Gel Paint.  Can you say 'No mess?'  Thebrush recognizes the color of the Gel Paint and lights up in thatcolor.  When applied to the coloring book, the brush lights up the page with the color. True Magic. Other neat related items are available, such as the Crayola Glow Station and the Crayola Color Explosion Glow Board.



4.  Educational Toy of the Year – LeapFrog TAG™ Reading System,LeapFrog

This interactive reading toy helps children learn vocabulary, pronunciation, and reading comprehension.  By 'tagging' words and characters with the pen-like Tag Reader, your child hears the word speak or the character sing.  Parents can log on to the LeapFrog site and find out what their children are learning, so they can find some interesting ways to support it.  The system is for kids 4 - 8 years old and this starter kit comes with the Tag Reader, USB cable, LeapFrog Connect software CD, and the book Ozzie and Mach.