Four VTech Toys Selected as Finalists for Prestigious Toy of the Year Awards
(7 months ago)
CHICAGO: VTech announced four products are finalists for 2018 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards from The Toy Association. The GearZooz Roll and Roar Animal Train and Pop-a-Balls Push and Pop Bulldozer are finalists in the infant/toddler category.
The Storytime Rhymes Sheep is a finalist in the plush category and the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Race & Play Adventure Park is a finalist in the playset category. The winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony held on February 16, 2018.
"We are incredibly honored to be recognized by The Toy Association, which reviews hundreds of the best new toys," said William To, President, VTech Electronics North America. "It's a testament to our strong product line-up that four of our new toys stood out above the rest and have been selected as Toy of the Year finalists."
The winners of the TOTY Awards will be selected by ballots cast by consumers, toy retailers, media and Toy Association members. Consumers can vote for their favorite playthings of the year at www.ToyAwards.org now through January 5, 2018.
VTech's TOTY finalists can be found at www.vtechkids.com and include:
•Pop-a-Balls Push & Pop Bulldozer: Pop, drop and watch children stroll along with the Pop-a-Balls Push & Pop Bulldozer! This delightful bulldozer encourages movement and motor skills in little builders when the colorful balls pop up through the smoke stack, into the scoop bucket and back again. Load the balls into the bulldozer, start pushing the handle and watch the bulldozer come to life with poppin' balls and fun sounds! Kids can also sit and play with the bulldozer by pressing the four colorful number buttons to learn colors, numbers, construction objects and listen to music. (Ages 12-36 months; $24.99)
•GearZooz Roll & Roar Animal Train: All aboard the learning express with the GearZooz Roll & Roar Animal Train. Kids can customize the train by mixing and matching the 15 included gears while strengthening their fine motor skills. Four adorable Smart Gear animals can board the train and add to the excitement with fun songs, playful phrases and animal sounds. Press the buttons to listen to different musical instruments or answer kid-friendly quiz questions. Then, pull the string or push the train to watch the gears spin and move together to experience cause and effect relationships. (Ages 1½ - 4 years; MSRP: $29.99)
•Storytime Rhymes Sheep: Share a story with a cuddly friend. In soothing mode, the sheep plays calming lullabies and two relaxing stories to help your child fall asleep. In playtime mode, the sheep recites two engaging stories and plays upbeat songs that encourage little ones to sing-along. The star in the center of the sheep's tummy lights up to the rhythm of the music. The timer mode will power off the sheep after 15 or 30 minutes, so parents don't have to worry about turning it off. A nursery rhymes board book is included so children can follow along with the stories. (Ages Birth +; MSRP: $24.99)
•Go! Go! Smart Wheels Race & Play Adventure Park: Go for a ride with Gavin the Go-Kart on the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Race & Play Adventure Park. Crank Gavin up the hill and see him navigate down the track into the catapult launcher. Then, launch the Go-Kart to the top of the playset by releasing the catapult and watch as he races down the track, around the 360 degree loop and off the jump ramp! The park includes a Ferris wheel that spins, a tumble-down carnival game and a swinging gate to strengthen motor skills. Featuring SmartPoint technology, Gavin responds to all four SmartPoint locations with fun sounds, phrases, three sing-along songs and six melodies. On your mark, get set, go! (Ages 1-5 years, MSRP: $39.99)