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Industry Experts Recognize PlayWise Partners and Clients with Multiple TAGIE Award Nominations

PlayWise Partners is pleased to announce the toy and game industry recognition with five 2022 Toy and Game International Excellence (TAGIE) Award nominations. The prestigious nominations represent PlayWise Partners’ roster of clients and the campaigns they have supported on their behalf.

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Old World Christmas Declares September 25 as National Ornament Day and Kicks Off a Contest to Find the Next Great Ornament Idea

Old World Christmas, the premier brand of Christmas ornaments in the country, has declared September 25 as National Ornament Day, inviting everyone to get the holidays started early! After all, there’s just three months until Christmas! To celebrate the first annual National Ornament Day, Old World Christmas is also calling on fans to help determine the next great ornament idea to add to their renowned collection.

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People of Play Announce Finalists for the 2022 Toy & Game International Excellence Awards (TAGIE)

Finalists for the prestigious 2022 TAGIE Awards have been announced by People of Play (POP). The TAGIEs, now in its 15th year, honor the best and brightest innovators, designers and marketers in the toy and game industry. Public voting starts Thursday, September 22 and ends on October 31, 2022. Visit the TAGIE Awards Voting Page to cast a vote now.

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ASTRA Announces First New England Game and Kit Day

On Thursday, October 27, 2022, the biggest names in specialty games and crafts will be training retailers and their staff at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA. Due to the success of the Portland, OR and Long Beach, CA Game and Kit days, ASTRA thought it would be a great idea to have one on the East Coast. The Mass Mutual Center is centrally located for easy access from all the New England States as well as Upstate, NY. A knowledgeable staff helps increase retail sales – why not have fun at the same time?

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​​​​​​​The Pokémon Company International Wins Game of the Year at September 2022 Toy of the Year Awards for Their Pokémon GO Elite Trainer Box

The Pokémon Company International announced that the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG): Pokémon GO Elite Trainer Box has been awarded Game of the Year at The Toy Foundation’s September 2022 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. The TOTY Awards recognize the top toys, games and licenses, with winners decided by votes cast by the public and industry based on a pool of finalists determined by expert judges. The Game of the Year category is evaluated based on the product’s creativity, design, playability and marketing, and was previously won by The Pokémon Company International in 2021 for its Pokémon TCG Battle Academy family board game.

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Jazwares Celebrates License of the Year & Plush of the Year Wins at 2022 Toy of the Year Awards

Jazwares, a leading global toy company, announced that the wildly successful Squishmallows plush brand secured the coveted License of the Year Award and the 16-inch Squishmallows nabbed Plush Toy of the Year at The Toy Foundation’s 2022 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards ceremony, held on September 20, 2022.

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The Toy Foundation’s Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards Celebrate Top Toys & Games in 2022

After two years of celebrating virtually, hundreds from the toy community reunited in Dallas, TX for the much-anticipated 2022 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards & Celebration, where the top toys and games of the year were named. Hosted by The Toy Foundation (TTF), the awards program recognizes the industry’s creativity and collective philanthropy, with more than $500,000 raised in support of TTF’s mission to bring the benefits of play to children in need.

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Moose Toys Brings Home Back-to-Back Creative Toy of the Year Wins with Magic Mixies Magical Crystal Ball

Moose Toys, an innovative leader in the toy industry, announced that it won Creative Toy of the Year for Magic Mixies Magical Crystal Ball at The Toy Foundation’s Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. The TOTY Award winners were announced this evening at an awards ceremony at the Dallas Market Center, opening day of The Toy Association’s 2023 Preview & 2022 Holiday Market. “Earning back-to-back Creative Toy of the Year awards is true testament to the innovation of the Magic Mixies brand and the entire Moose team. We set the bar last year with Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron and raised it even higher with Magic Mixies Magical Crystal Ball,” said Paul Solomon, co-owner, Moose Toys. “We’re incredibly grateful to receive this honor from our peers in the industry as well as consumers. It is especially gratifying given that voting took place before Magic Mixies Magical Crystal Ball was on shelves. Given this accolade, we’re predicting that it will work its magic to become the top toy this holiday season.”  

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Hand2mind and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Aim for Guinness World Records “Largest Pattern Block Mosaic”

hand2mind, the award-winning educational resource company, announced it is partnering with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) as they attempt a Guinness World Records title for the world’s largest pattern blocks mosaic (pattern). The attempt will take place during the second day of the NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition (September 29, 2022) at the Los Angeles Convention Center at 9 am PST.