The 11 Best Toys of 2009: Toy Industry Awards

5.  Girl Toy of the Year – Playmobil Horse Farm, Playmobil USA, Inc.

I'm not sure why the Playmobil Horse Farm is considered a 'girl toy.' Why wouldn't boys also want to play with the realistic figures and accessories in this kit?  But what do I know? Recommended ages are 4 to 8 years of age.  The kit comes with three people figures, three ponies, a kitten, wheel barrel, hay, a ladder, fences and many other accessories.  The stable has three horseboxes, a section for refreshment, and an area for grooming.  Playmobil Horse Farm is a great place to play and pretend.




6.  Electronic Entertainment Toy of the Year – FurReal Friends Biscuit My Lovin' Pup, Hasbro

Biscuit is a truly sweet interactive toy pet -- kind of robotic in fact.  He responds based on how much attention you are paying him, and if you're not, he barks to get your attention.  He has nine sensors that respond to voice, sight and touch. He makes three different doggy barks, wags his tail, sits, lies down, and speaks on command, and more.  I would not have believed it, if I hadn't seen it (video).Biscuit is a cool-as-heck first pet, but his batteries are heavy (6 D batteries are required).




7.  Game of the Year – Bananagrams® – Bananagrams LLC

I've never seen so many high customer ratings on an item at Amazon!  Bananagrams, which looks suspiciously like Scrabble without the board, is a word game that uses alphabet tiles to build words, but the tiles have no values, so you can't get extra points for a "Q."  But there are, apparently, several different ways you can play the game, and if you want to get the whole family involved for an extended game, you can purchase more than one set and combine them.  There are 144 letters in eachBananogram game, all zipped up in a peel and ready to go wherever you do. Ages 7+