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Baby&Infant (0-2 years)

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HEROS Building Block Chain

Simba Toys GmbH & Co. KG

The winner in the Baby&Infant category is the innovative HEROS Building Block Chain from Simba Toys. Tremendously flexible buildings can be created with this special chain design. These are not only very stable but can also be turned and shifted without falling over. Young builders can soon make a straight wall into a curve and create imaginative worlds. The jury especially praised the highly variable level of difficulty, so that the toy grows with the little rascals. The quality and subtle colour scheme of the high-grade beech blocks "Made in Germany" were also convincing.

PreSchool (3-5 years)

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PLAYMOBIL Leisure Park

geobra Brandstätter GmbH & Co. KG

Big wheel, carousel, swing boat and lots more: Playmobil’s new Leisure Park makes children’s and grown-ups’ dreams come true – outside the funfair season too. The rides can be moved using either a hand winder or an electric drive and lighting effects produce a "real" funfair feeling. And after a ride on the big wheel it’s worth paying a visit to the ice-cream parlour – or should the kids rather watch the clowns or the break-dancers? Playmobil’s Leisure Park impresses with its many careful details that fascinate both girls and boys. This concept also convinced the jury, which awarded it first prize in the PreSchool category.

SchoolKids (6-10 years)

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Cartoon Workshop

Dorling Kindersley Verlag GmbH

Hollywood in the kids room – thanks to the Cartoon Workshop from Dorling Kindersley Verlag. The winner of the SchoolKids category is a practical box containing everything tomorrow’s directors need for making their first cartoon film. The attractive manual designed to suit the age group gives many valuable tips to make sure the film is a box-office hit. For example, what must be done to ensure proper scenery lighting? Why do I need a storyboard? The Cartoon Workshop is a system that has been thought out down to the smallest detail and encourages the creativity of young film-makers without neglecting the new media.

Teenager&Family (11+ years)

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Revell Control Nano Quad

Revell GmbH

The Nano Quad from Revell, the winner of the Teenager&Family category, is completely in line with the "Mini is King" trend. With a size of only 45mm x 45mm x 10mm, what is probably the smallest remote-controlled RC quadrocopter can also take off indoors. The flyweight of only 11.5 grams with a flight time of up to six minutes and a range of 50 metres can also take off – on a still day – in the yard. The jury was delighted with the aerodynamic qualities and the value for money of the 4-channel ready-to-fly quadrocopter, which is available in two different designs. The LED lighting and a trimming function on the handy remote controller promise unique flying fun.

Jurors 2014

Axel Dammler

iconkids & youth, Managing Director

Axel Dammler is Managing Director of iconkids & youth international research GmbH in Munich, Germany’s largest research institute specialised in kids and youth research. He has been working with young target groups since 1992 and has carried out numerous studies in national and international consumer and media markets.

Andrew Dobbie

Gameplan Europe Ltd., Managing Director

As founder of the British consulting company Gameplan Europe, Andrew Dobbie advises and publishes throughout the world on the consumer behaviour of children and products and markets for children and young people. As former European Marketing Director of Mattel Toys Inc, Andrew Dobbie has an extensive knowledge and many years of experience in the international toy industry.

Hans Jörg Iden

duo schreib & spiel, Managing Director

Hans Jörg Iden manages the Berlin retail trade co-operation that covers 430 toy shops in Germany and Austria. The range extends from stationery and toys to products from the creative and lifestyle segments.

Dr. Thomas Märtz

VEDES AG, Chief Executive Officer

As Chairman of the Board of VEDES AG, Dr. Thomas Märtz has been responsible for Corporate Strategy, Finance, Controlling, Risk Management and HR since 2004. VEDES can look back on almost 110 years of experience in the international toy trade. Today, VEDES AG is one of Europe’s most significant purchasing cooperatives.

Nadine Müller

Premini GmbH, Managing Director

Nadine Müller has been testing toys with children aged 0 to 14, parents and pedagogical institutions for more than seven years and, as a trend scout, is always on the lookout for premium toys guaranteeing long-lasting playing fun. As a consultant to companies in the toy industry, her customised market research solutions are spoken highly of by those in the know.

Achim Rövenich

SPIEL & SPASS, Co-Managing Director

Achim Rövenich can contribute his experience and competence as co-managing director of SPIEL & SPASS and head of the EK business segment family. The EK/service group subsidiary SPIEL & SPASS covers more than 420 toy shops and is one of the leading specialty stores for toys in Europe.

Andreas Schäfer

idee+spiel GmbH, Managing Director

Achim Rövenich can contribute his experience and competence as co-managing director of SPIEL & SPASS and head of the EK business segment family. The EK/service group subsidiary SPIEL & SPASS covers more than 420 toy shops and is one of the leading specialty stores for toys in Europe.

Vincent Stozicky

JouéClub, France, Commercial Director

Vincent Stozicky has worked for the JouéClub Group for over 25 years and since 2000 as Commercial Director of SIDJ responsible for the import-export and sales platform of the whole JouéClub network and for the development of the corporate image at European level.

Marietheres Waschk

Akademie Remscheid, Social Education Worker and Play Therapist

Following her core studies on working with people with an intellectual disability and sensory impairment and open child and youth work, Marietheres Waschk became a lecturer in the pedagogy of play at the Remscheid Academy and also runs an adventure playground in Cologne, where she conducts projects focused on the pedagogy of play and culture.

Rainer Weiskirchen

TÜV Rheinland, Press Officer

Since 1993, Rainer Weiskirchen works as a spokesperson for TÜV Rheinland, a state-approved independent trade agency that also checks the quality and safety standards of toys. The TÜV Rheinland tests and certifies products according to the German and/or European Consumer Product Safety Act. Their “tested safety” certification mark (GS) guarantees a high quality of products.

Thomas Wodzicki

BAG Spielmobile e.V., Project Manager

Thomas Wodzicki is an educationalist specialized in games. He also works as a teacher of adult education and project developer for the German Federal Association Spielmobile e.V. Spielmobile is a Germany-wide network of working groups and the proper authority for the gap year, usually taken to do voluntary work in the social sector in Bavaria.

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