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Posted on Sep 18, 2012

Independent Toy Award Winners 2012

Independent Toy Award Winners 2012

The votes have been counted and the award winners announced for the Toy Shop UK’s Independent Toy Awards.

Compiled buy Toy Shop UK, an online toy retailer directory, and voted for by independent toy retailers throughout the country, the list is released at the perfect time to help inform parents for Christmas present buying.

I love this list for a couple of reasons:
i) It is based on retailers’ real hands-on experience of the toys their customers love, rather than being influenced by big marketing budgets of famous brands.
ii) It encourages parents to look beyond the toys with their own extensive advertising campaigns, and explore less-well-known, but high quality names like BigJigs, Haba and Manhattan Toy.

Here’s the full list of Gold Medal winners:

Baby – First Steps Baby Walker (VTech)
Collectable – Trash Pack Street Sweeper (Flair)
Creative – Triqo (Ark DIY)
Construction – HEXBUG Nano Hive Habitat Set (Innovation First)
Dolls – Baby Stella (Manhattan Toy)
Eco – Multi Fun Flower Bead Fun (EverEarth)
Educational – Bananagrams (Bananagrams)
Electronic – InnoTab 2 (VTech)
Game – Rory’s Story Cubes: Voyages (Coiledsping Games)
Licensed – Mike The Knight Deluxe Glendragon Castle (Character Options)
Outdoor – Union Jack Kurve Balance Bike (Kiddimoto)
Vehicles – Corgi Construction Playset (Hornby)
Role Play – Uptown Espresso Kitchen (Kidkraft)
Soft – Soft Play Food (Haba)
Wooden – Figure of Eight Train Set (Bigjigs)

Haba Petit Fours Soft Play Food

And if you want to explore their photos, prices and age guidance, I have pulled them all together on this Amazon list to make them easy to find.

You can explore the gold, silver and bronze medal winners at

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