Alexandria, VA, February 1, 2007 - ThinkFun®, Inc., the leading creator of mind-challenging games, is pleased to announce that Zingo!® has been nominated for a Toy of the Year (T.O.T.Y.) Award by the Toy Industry Association (TIA). One of the most prestigious honors in the industry, Zingo!® is up for the coveted award in the "Specialty Toy of the Year" category.
The T.O.T.Y. Awards are designed to honor the best toys developed by the international toy industry for consumers in North America. Members of the industry nominate their choices for the best and most innovative products of the year. Once the final ballot has been determined, it is distributed and voted upon by TIA member companies.
"We are thrilled to receive this T.O.T.Y. nomination, and it is an honor to be recognized among such high caliber products," said ThinkFun Co-Founder Andrea Barthello.
"Consumer response to Zingo!® has been outstanding because it has such a unique play experience. Kids love being in charge of the Zinger and shouting out Zingo!® when they win, and parents appreciate the fact that their kids are developing essential thinking skills as they play. It is also a great game because kids can play Zingo!® with other kids or play with their parents or teachers," added CEO and Co-Founder Bill Ritchie.
Zingo!® is an innovative game that utilizes the familiar bingo concept, but adds a mind-challenging Zing. Kids slide the Zingo!® Zinger forward to reveal two mystery playing tiles. As the tiles are revealed, kids call out matching images to fill their playing cards. The first person to completely fill a playing card wins by yelling Zingo!®
Fun for the entire family, Zingo!® helps kids develop vocabulary, memory and matching, and social interaction skills. Perfect for keeping young minds engaged and entertained for hours, Zingo!® has quickly become a family favorite. For ages 4-8, and 2-8 players. MSRP: $14.99. Zingo!® can be purchased at independent toy stores, national toy and game retailers and at www.ThinkFun.com.
ThinkFun will be highlighting Zingo!®, along with their complete line of mind-challenging games, at the TIA's annual Toy Fair convention, February 11-14, 2007 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. ThinkFun will be exhibiting in Booth #1819.
About ThinkFun Inc.
ThinkFun Inc., located in Alexandria, VA, is the leading creator of mind-challenging games. Since 1985, the company has produced award winning games such as Rush Hour®, TIPOVER®, and Zingo!®. ThinkFun games channel the natural joy and energy that children find in play into an innovative, family-focused way of building essential thinking skills. ThinkFun is committed to creating fun, mind-challenging games that kids will want to play again and again. To learn more, please visit www.ThinkFun.com.