THE 11 Best Toys of 2008: Toy Industry Awards
9. Outdoor Toy of the Year: Ripstik Caster Board (Ripstik USA)
Whew! If I was young again and a bit more certain of my balancing ability, I would LOVE to Ripstik! The company says Ripstik is made for ages 7 to 83.25 years; I guess it found a very daring 83-year old!
This two-wheeled, foot-gripping board looks like its cousin, the skateboard, but has the action, according to users, of a snowboard, with a similar ability to "carve." The Ripstik makes the skateboard sooo 20th Century! Ripstik is available in several models starting at about $80; instructional videos are included. Make sure you purchase a helmet to go with the Ripstick; you don't want to be without one.
Want to see someone (nbscooters) make Ripstiking look easy?
10a. Girl Toy of the Year: Littlest Pet Shop: Display & Play Round & Round Pet Town Playset (Hasbro, Inc.)
For ages 4 and up, the Littlest Pet Shop has some unique activities for its toy pets, including riding an elevator, sliding down a board, swinging in a hammock and just hanging out together. This Pet Shop has a total of nine toy pets (some only have two pets) for a cost of $40.
10b. Girl Toy of the Year: Troop Groovy Girls (Manhattan Toy)
No, you're not seeing double. The T.O.T.Y. was awarded to two toys in the Girl Toy category. The Troop Groovy Girls were introduced in late 2006, inspired by the Girl Scouts, and are now quite a hot number in collectibles. They definitely show that all kinds of cool girls are Brownies and Girl Scouts! Starting at about $15 , better get them while you can! (at Amazon)
11. Boy Toy of the Year: Transformers Movie Deluxe Figures (Hasbro, Inc.)
Transformers was a tremendous box office success, and its toy character "figures come cars" are carrying on the family name. The newest one, Transformers Movie Deluxe Figures Wave 10 Revision 1, pictured above, isn't even out yet! There are similar packaged figures available for around $99, and that seems the best buy; however individual personalities like the 2008 Camaro that turns into a Bumblebee can be purchased separately. The Transformers are also collectibles.
Now, let's get our toys and play!