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Vote ThinkFun for Toy of the Year!

Exciting news here at ThinkFun!  The 2014 Toy of the Year (TOTY) finalists were just announced – and we have THREE nominees! We are over the moon about these nominations… and we need your help! 

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TOTY awards are determined in large part by online voting – can you spare 3 clicks?!

 

The 3 Nominees (with links to vote) are:

Laser Maze – Innovative Toy of the Year

WordARound – Game of the Year

Laser Maze – Specialty Toy of the Year

 

As an added bonus, all voters are eligible to win a fabulous prize pack!  HUGE thanks for your vote and for your continued support of ThinkFun!

(Voting ends Jan. 13th.) 

Toy Fair 2013: Toy of the Year Awards

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Cocktail dress + snow boots, good thing NY Fashion Week is over!

After a monster pre-Toy Fair snow storm (fittingly named Nemo!) threatened to derail months of careful planning, the ThinkFun team braved the elements, the train gods smiled upon the DC-NY route, and we successfully made our way to New York for the show… and what a show it was!

Things kicked off on Saturday night with the Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards celebration at The Plaza hotel!  While probably not a ThinkFun-worthy puzzle, my first challenge of the show was a race against time to get ready for the TOTY Awards en route to the city, meaning a Superwoman-style change into a cocktail dress on board the Acela train… not my finest hour but it got the job done!

1TOTY 2013 194x109px Toy Fair 2013: Toy of the Year AwardsThe event was a wonderful celebration of some truly remarkable products – and we were thrilled to have three of our games (Roll & Play, Zingo Sight Words, and Swish) nominated for a record FOUR awards!

While we didn’t leave with any statues, it truly is an honor just to be nominated, and we were thrilled to have our games recognized in great company among this year’s winning games and toys.  Here are some highlights from the evening:

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Zingo! Sight Words and Roll & Play pose with their fellow nominees for Educational Toy of the Year!

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The ThinkFun team awaits the start of the show!

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Sweet! Hosts passed around popcorn and cotton candy to up the excitement

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ThinkFun CEO Andrea Barthello presents a TOTY Award

But wait! We didn’t leave entirely empty-handed! ThinkFun was recognized with a Play Connects Award for our nomination of The National Lekotek Center, a  non-profit that supports children with special needs, for a $10,000 grant! We are thrilled to support the wonderful work they do, and this award represents much-needed funding that will go to a very worthy cause.

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Andrea Barthello accepts the Play Connects Award

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The Play Connects Award – fittingly constructed of Tinker Toys!

The TOTY Awards were a fabulous way to kick off a great show – a big congrats to this year’s deserving winners!

Toy Fair or Bust!

With a verrrrrry ominous weather forecast looming, We at ThinkFun prepare to set out for Toy Fair in New York this weekend!  Several members of our team beat the storm and are setting up the booth today and tomorrow, while the rest of us hold our breath and hope that flights and trains make it out on time tomorrow!

 Toy Fair or Bust!

When I taught 3rd grade, the reigning expert opinion was that sleeping in inside-out pj’s was the surefire way to guarantee a snow day, so I’m hoping that wearing mine properly will have the adverse effect.  Here’s hoping the snow allows tomorrow’s train to get me there in time for the Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards celebration, where the winners will be announced!  With 4 nominations, we are hoping this is the year for a ThinkFun win!

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A photo from the 2012 (snow-free) TOTY Awards

My packing list has grown considerably over the years!  In addition to snow boots, check out the super sweet swag I’m bringing along!  The only thing missing is a ThinkFun-themed ball gown for the TOTY red carpet…

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Hope my ThinkFun Converse have good traction on the snow and ice!

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Snazzy warm ThinkFun scarf to ward off the snowy cold

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Gotta stay warm and caffeinated!

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Umbrella ready, fingers crossed it turns to rain!

 

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There's a stowaway in my ThinkFun lunch box! A little preview of one of our new 2013 games...

Will you be attending the show?  Please stop by Booth #2251 and say hello!

Safe Travels… and think melty thoughts!

ThinkFun Celebrates FOUR Toy of the Year Nominations – Vote Now!

Yesterday was a VERY exciting day for ThinkFun!  I flew up to NY for the Toy Industry Association press conference to announce the nominees for the 2013 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards.

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After being treated to a performance on the Bryant Park skating rink (by a professional, me on ice would not be a treat!), attendees gathered to hear the nominees revealed…

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This year there were a record number of submissions (nearly 650!) for the 11 award categories… so you can imagine my delight to learn ThinkFun received a record FOUR nominations for Toy of the Year Awards!

The Nominees are (drum roll please…)

Roll & Play - Infant/Toddler Toy of theYear
Roll & Play – Educational Toy of the Year
Swish - Innovative Toy of the Year
Zingo! Sight Words – Educational Toy of the Year

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After the nominees were announced (I refrained from inappropriate hooting and hollering!), I spent time checking out the competition, oogling the light-up Cinderella dress (so perfect for the TOTY Awards dinner!) and showing off my sub-par Nerf-catching skills
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Hooray for Roll & Play! Celebrating the nomination with the wonderful Sherry Artemenko of www.playonwords.com

The best thing about the TOTY Awards is that they are decided to a large extent by YOU!  Vote now by clicking the games listed above or visiting www.toyawards.org and you could win a fabulous prize pack! (Voting ends Jan. 13th.)

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THANK YOU for voting and for spreading the word, fingers crossed this will be ThinkFun’s year to take home the statue(s) at the TOTY Awards… I am reserving my fiber-optic Cinderella dress just in case icon smile ThinkFun Celebrates FOUR Toy of the Year Nominations   Vote Now!

Help ThinkFun Win Toy of the Year!

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EXCITING NEWS!

TWO ThinkFun games, Tilt and Swish, have just been nominated for 2012 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards!  In the Toy world, these Awards are equivalent to the Oscars and announced at a red-carpet ceremony during Toy Fair in February – and voting is all done by the public!
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, a spatial reasoning card game, is nominated for Educational Toy of the Year (click here to vote)
Tilt, an innovative tilting logic maze, is up for Specialty Toy of the Year (click here to vote).

PLEASE take a moment and vote for both Swish and Tilt today at http://www.toyawards.org/

Voting ends 1/15

Break out your evening gowns… it’s the Oscars of the Toy Industry!

** Vote for ThinkFun! **

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has  announced the 2011 nominees for Toy of the Year (TOTY) awards… and the celebrated nominees include TWO brand new ThinkFun games, Solitaire Chess and Math Dice Jr!  These awards are considered the “Oscars” of the toy industry, and while it is an enormous honor just to be nominated, we want to WIN!

For the first time ever, voting is open to the public, and we need your help!  Please go to www.toyawards.org and vote for our 2 nominated games:

Solitaire Chess: nominated for Specialty Toy of the Year
MathDice Jr: nominated for Educational Toy of the Year

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As an added incentive, your vote enters you to win oodles of fabulous prizes!

We at ThinkFun are honored to see months of hard work and testing result in this recognition, and we so appreciate YOU, the members of our extended ThinkFun family, voting to see these two games win big!

Please click HERE to vote by January 14th and help spread the word!