Winners of this year’s Nuremberg Toy Fair ToyAwards 2020 have been revealed, kicking off the 71st Spielwarenmesse in grand fashion for five exhibiting companies.
The triumphant companies were presented their awards at the opening show, officially opening this year’s event.
The winners were selected by a jury of 16 industry experts, from media and safety experts to salespeople, who judged entries based on their fun factor and educational merits, as well as their commercial viability and overall quality.
The panel whittled down more than 770 entries to a shortlist of 15 across four age categories and a special award for startups.
Category Baby & Infant (0-3 years)
Playmobil 1.2.3 Aqua, Playmobil
Praised by judges for “outstanding features [that] include its high-quality design and intuitive functionality,” this toy is a compact water play world for toddlers, with play features that entertain and help with fine motor skill development.
Category PreSchool (3-6 years)
Knight’s Castle Ball Track, Gollnest & Kiesel
The modular Knight’s Castle Ball Track is designed as an impressive fortress with lightweight wooden elements. With a simple connector mechanism, the towers and elements can be reconfigured in many different ways, with judges saying: “The lords of the castle can develop their motor skills and sense of three-dimensional space.”
Category SchoolKids (6-10 years)
Balloon Puncher, Silverlit Toys Manufactory
Two balloons are clamped onto the remote-controlled bodies as heads in the latest innovation from Silverlit. The aim of the game is to make the opponent’s balloon burst by boxing with your own Balloon Puncher. “The mix of a balloon bursting game and technology coupled with the amusing concept make Balloon Puncher a very entertaining game,” said the panel.
Category Teenager & Adults (10 years and older)
Mystery House: Adventures in a Box, Cranio Creations
Judges had high praise for the “endless number of possibilities” presented by this game, which brings the fun and excitement of Escape Rooms into the home through a combined card game and app experience.
Category Startup (for companies trading for less than 5 years)
Calculix number bricks, ESM Visions
The jury describe Calculix as “a beautifully designed game with great educational value”. Children can learn arithmetic through play with the Calculix wooden building blocks, which are shaped into different numbers. When stacked, all the different combinations of one result will come to the same height. For example, 2+2+2 hits exactly the same height as 3+3.
This year’s ToyAwards winners are on display in the TrendGallery in Hall 3A at throughout Nuremberg Toy Fair.