Friday, January 12, 2007

Kidscreen's Top Toys of 2006

The most recent issue of Kidscreen magazine features a story on the 2006 nominations for TIA's "Toy of the Year" awards, which includes their own "top picks" based on a survey of children's media and marketing professionals. Here's a list of the toys that really excited the pros this past year:

Best Infant/Preschool Toy: Aquadoodle Sing 'N Doodle (Spin Master)

Best Girls Toy: FurReal Friends Butterscotch Pony (Hasbro)

Best Boys Toy: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Ultimate Black Pearl Pirate Ship Playset (Zizzle)

Most Innovative Toy: FurReal Friends Butterscotch Pony (Hasbro)

I highly recommend checking out Kidscreen's two-time nominee, the FurReal Friends Butterscotch Pony. Not only does it seem to be a serious contender for Toy of the Year, but its integration of traditional "girl culture" (girls love horses, right!?!) and advanced robot-esque technology makes it one heck of an interesting artifact of study (gendered technology, virtual/robot pets, etc.).

1 comment:

Al said...

Hi Sara,

I haven't seen the ponies, but my little sister got one of those FurReal cats for xmas, and I have to got say they are very eerie. You can almost buy into the purring, snoring, and meowing, but then as you cuddle it to your neck, you can hear the loud synthesized sound it makes as it cranes its neck. My sister didn't care, even though it sure gave me the willies. She sleeps with it at night. Robo-love for little girls.