Toy of the Year Awards 2022 finalists revealed

Published on: 9th November 2021

The 'Oscars' of the toy industry, this year's awards welcome a new category that reflects the soaring interest of kidults: Grown Up Toy of the Year.

Toy of the YearThe 2022 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards has announced the 114 finalists it believes will be topping wish lists this holiday season, from creative construction toys and innovative collectibles to lovable plush and toys for grown-ups. The TOTY Awards programme recognises the top toys and games on the market and is a vital fundraiser for The Toy Foundation, which delivers the magic of play to millions of children in vulnerable situations.

Readers can head to to vote for their favourite toys & games in each of the 16 categories, browse toys, and download shopping lists for the holidays. Voting will close 4th January 2022. Every vote cast serves as an entry in the TOTY sweepstakes, giving consumers a chance to take home the winning toy in each category.

"Each and every finalist announced today demonstrates the incredible ability of toys and play to bring inspiration, laughter, and learning to children of all ages," said Pamela Mastrota, executive director of The Toy Foundation. "We congratulate the outstanding finalists and look forward to announcing the winners in each category, as well as the coveted overall Toy of the Year winner and People's Choice honouree, at our gala in February. As the most critical annual fundraiser for The Toy Foundation, that night will be especially meaningful for the toy community, with 100% of the gala's proceeds benefitting programs that deliver toys, funds, and the healing power of play to children in need."

This year's TOTY finalists were selected from 623 nominees submitted in 16 different categories. A panel of 23 judges, including toy and play experts, retailers, academics, and journalists reviewed and ranked the products in categories relevant to their areas of expertise before determining the finalists, taking each product's creativity, design, and play value into consideration.

Winners will be announced at The Toy Foundation's TOTY Awards gala on Friday 18th February 2022. The celebration will include the induction of four industry trailblazers into the esteemed Toy Industry Hall of Fame and shine a spotlight on the inspiring philanthropic work of the toy industry and The Toy Foundation.

The finalists are as follows:

Action Figure of the Year

  • Akedo – Ultimate Arcade Warriors - Moose Toys
  • Avengers Marvel Mech Strike 8" Super Hero Action Figure Ultimate - Hasbro
  • Mech Suit Iron Man and Captain America - Hasbro
  • Bakugan GeoForge Dragonoid - Spin Master
  • Heroes of Goo Jit Zu - Moose Toys
  • Jurassic World Ocean Protector Mosasaurus - Mattel
  • Masters of the Universe: Masterverse - Mattel
  • Star Wars Galactic Snackin' Grogu - Hasbro

Collectible of the Year

  • 5 Surprise Toy Mini Brands - Zuru
  • Chuckle & Roar Pop It! Family - Buffalo Games
  • Funko Pop! Star Trek: The Original Series Collection - Funko
  • Got2Glow Fairy Finder - WowWee
  • Hot Wheels Red Line Club - Mattel
  • Lego Minifigures Marvel Studios - The Lego Group
  • Polly Pocket Compacts – Pocket World Assortment - Mattel

Construction Toy of the Year

  • Arckit 100 - Arckit
  • Gears! Gears! Gears! Mega Builds - Learning Resources
  • Gravity Bugs: Free-Climbing MicroBot - Thames & Kosmos
  • Lego Friends Heartlake City Grand Hotel - The Lego Group
  • Lego Spider-Man Daily Bugle by The Lego Group
  • Snap Circuits MyHome - Elenco
  • Zig & Go Music - Djeco US

Creative Toy of the Year

  • Connetix 100 Piece Rainbow Creative Pack - Connetix Tiles
  • Follies - Follies
  • Hey Clay - Trendformer
  • Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron - Moose Toys
  • Lego Vidiyo The Boombox - The Lego Group
  • Paint & Peel Jelly Stickers - Klutz
  • Pixicade Plus - BitOGenius

Doll of the Year

  • Ada Twist, Scientist Lab Doll - Just Play
  • Baby Alive Lulu Achoo Assortment - Hasbro
  • Baby Bee Doll Collection - Orijin Bees
  • Barbie Extra - Mattel
  • Disney Classic Dolls - The Walt Disney Company
  • Glo-Up Girls - Far Out Toys
  • Rainbow High Winter Break Dolls - MGA Entertainment
  • Spirit Untamed Ride Together Lucky & Spirit - Mattel

Game of the Year

  • A Game of Cat and Mouth - Exploding Kittens
  • Crossed Signals - Mattel
  • Disney It's a Small World Game - Funko Games
  • GibGab - Fat Brain Toys
  • Hedbanz Blast Off! - Spin Master
  • Marvel Villainous - Ravensburger
  • Monopoly Builder - Hasbro

Grown Up Toy of the Year (New)

  • Disney Castle Collection - The Walt Disney Company
  • Exit: The Game Season 5 Bundle - Thames & Kosmos
  • Hot Wheels R/C 1:10 Tesla Cybertruck - Mattel
  • Kinetic Sand Kinetic Kalm Zen Box - Spin Master
  • Lego Botanical Collection Flower Bouquet - The Lego Group
  • Rambler 16 - Razor
  • The Beatles Collection Magna-Tiles Structures - CreateOn
  • The Goonies: Never Say Die - Funko Games

Infant/Toddler Toy of the Year

  • Classic Push & Play Walker - Radio Flyer
  • Crayola Light-Up Activity Board - Crayola
  • Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Ultimate Learning Bot - Mattel
  • LeapFrog Choppin' Fun Learning Pot - LeapFrog
  • Musical Whale Fountain - Hape
  • SpiroKu - Fat Brain Toys
  • VTech Sort & Recycle Ride-On Truck - VTech

Licence of the Year

  • Barbie - Mattel
  • Blue's Clues & You! - ViacomCBS
  • Bluey - BBC Studios
  • Marvel's Spidey and His Amazing Friends - Marvel
  • Masters of the Universe - Mattel
  • Paw Patrol: The Movie - Spin Master and ViacomCBS
  • Pokémon - The Pokémon Company International

Outdoor Toy of the Year

  • Aerobie Sonic Fin Football - Spin Master
  • Disney Princess Cinderella 24V Carriage - Dynacraft BSC
  • Fisher-Price Power Wheels Hot Wheels Racer - Mattel
  • KidKraft Nerf Command Base Battle Fort - KidKraft
  • Mobo Wobo 2-in-1 Rocking Baby Balance Bike - Asa Products
  • Step2 Safari Truck Climber - Step2 Company
  • Zuru Crazy Bunch O Balloons - Zuru

Playset of the Year

  • Barbie Dreamhouse - Mattel
  • Batman Bat-Tech Batcave Transforming Playset - Spin Master
  • Disney Princess Ultimate Celebration Castle - Hasbro
  • Junkbots Large Factory Habitat: New Port Power Plant - Hexbug
  • Lego Star Wars Boba Fett's Starship - The Lego Group
  • Lego Super Mario Adventures with Luigi Starter Course - The Lego Group
  • Super Mario Deluxe Bowser's Airship Playset - Jakks Pacific

Plush Toy of the Year

  • Blue's Clues & You! Check-up Time Blue - Just Play
  • Moji The Loveable Labradoodle - Skyrocket
  • Scruff-A-Luvs Cutie Cuts - Moose Toys
  • Squishmallows - Jazwares
  • Star Wars: The Mandalorian The Child Real Moves Plush - Mattel
  • TeeTurtle Reversible Plushies - Tee Turtle
  • Zuru Rainbocorns Fairycorns - Zuru

Preschool Toy of the Year

  • Big Feelings Pineapple - Learning Resources
  • Fisher-Price B.B. Hoopster - Mattel
  • Land of Dough - Crazy Aaron's
  • LeapFrog LeapLand Adventures - LeapFrog
  • Lego Disney Ariel, Belle, Cinderella and Tiana's Storybook Adventures - The Lego Group
  • Tonies - Tonies
  • VTech KidiZoom PrintCam - VTech

Specialty Toy of the Year

  • American Girl 35th Anniversary Collection Dolls, Books & Accessories - Mattel
  • Dimpl Pops Deluxe - Fat Brain Toys
  • Hide Inside: Mixed Emotions - Crazy Aaron's
  • Lego Everyone is Awesome - The Lego Group
  • Loopdedoo Deluxe - PlayMonster
  • Shashibo Explorer Series - Fun in Motion Toys
  • Snap Circuits Discover Coding - Elenco

STEAM Toy of the Year

  • Bill Nye's VR Space Lab - Abacus Brands
  • Candy Claw Machine: Arcade Game Maker Lab - Thames & Kosmos
  • GraviTrax Speed Set = Ravensburger
  • Gridopolis - Gridopolis Games
  • Lego Creator 3-in-1 Ferris Wheel - The Lego Group
  • Smartivity Pinball Machine - Smartivity Labs/Elenco
  • VTech Marble Rush Ultimate Set - VTech

Vehicle of the Year

  • Air Hogs Jump Fury - Spin Master
  • Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures Dinobots Unite Roll N' Change Bumblebee - Hasbro
  • Hot Wheels Color Reveal - Mattel
  • Lego Creator Expert Porche 911 - The Lego Group
  • Paw Patrol: The Movie Chase's Transforming City Cruiser - Spin Master
  • Playmobil Volkswagen T1 Camping Bus - Playmobil
  • VTech Switch & Go Velociraptor Helicopter - VTech


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