Baby&Infant (0-2 years)
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Tobbles NeoFat Brain Toy Co.
Fat Brain Toy & Co. takes the time-honoured stacking game to the next level: Tobbles Neo fascinates with its six beautifully styled colourful cups in a new design, that will prompt every child to build their first tower. The option of building in an infinite number of shapes sparks the imagination of small children, and adds that extra thrill – how far can the tower tilt without falling over? This extremely successful combination of beautiful material, attractive design and imaginative toy concept earned it first place from the jury in the Baby&Infant category.
Stacking Wood Set CGOTOY ApS.
Towers, lovingly designed animals and a scattering of wonderfully crackly flowers – children can give free rein to their imagination with GOTOY’s Stacking Wood Set C. Children up to two years of age can experiment with countless combinations of the various elements in high-quality wood and beautiful fabric, discovering their creative potential and developing their motoric abilities.
Large Play Set ZooHabermaaß GmbH
We’re all going to the zoo today! Children aged one-and-a-half upwards can build their own zoo with this charming and lavishly detailed play box by HABA. Elephants, giraffes, lions, tigers or the zoo keeper George, all these high-quality figures in beech wood inspire children’s imagination. A particularly practical feature: During play the case is used at the zoo grounds, afterwards it serves as a storage or carry case.
PreSchool (3-5 years)
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Shadow MagicHabermaaß GmbH
Once a year the magical inhabitants of the enchanted forest gather together – witches, trolls and elves then perform a mysterious dance around the campfire. All you can see, though, are their shadows… Only players who can identify the figures and remember which magical being didn’t dance around the fire, can win this magical guessing game. HABA’s game for all the family will delight adults and children alike, with fun and thrills for all players. This creative game concept and the high-quality workmanship also enchanted the jury, who elected ‘Night of Magical Shadows’ winner of the PreSchool category.
KORXX 56KORXX Patricia Kuch
Building blocks are part of every playroom inventory – however KORXX blocks bring a new material into play: made of special agglomerated cork, these blocks are particularly lightweight and virtually noiseless should one of these creatively built castles fall down sometime. The material’s excellent surface gripping qualities open up whole new possibilities for creative builders.
JoJo See You Simon SaysSilverlit Toys Manufactory Ltd
Silverlit’s little bunny JoJo is a fun companion for children: he interacts with small children and asks them to perform various tasks. A camera allows him to check whether the child has found the right solution – thus fostering the intellectual and motoric abilities of his playmates. If the task is not completed, JoJo consoles his chum in a sweet voice and waggles his ears.
SchoolKids (6-10 years)
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Bumm Bumm BallonSchmidt Spiele GmbH
Children have always been fascinated by bursting balloons. What used to be frowned upon by parents is now allowed – even in the playroom! The ‘Bumm Bumm Ballon’ frame is quick and easy to assemble, then it is only a matter of fastening on the balloon, which is blown up to bursting point. The die goes round, and every player has to gently push plastic rods further into the balloon. You can see how the balloon changes shape as the air is displaced and finally bursts. Physics for small children, and a big bang at the end of it – not only the jury was wowed!
4D Cityscape Time Puzzles4D Cityscape Inc.
4D Time Puzzles by 4D Cityscape instructively shows how a city develops. The first dimension displays the boundaries of a metropolis 200 years ago. The present cityscape is presented on the second level into which the main buildings (the third dimension) are integrated. A chart with construction data provides assistance with the fourth dimension, time.
Kakerlakak (Cockroach)Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
In this fast-moving game you have to trap a cockroach in the kitchen. The battery-operated cockroach scrambles nimbly through a maze, enclosed only by rotating forks, knives and spoons. A cast of the die decides which piece of cutlery can be turned. The speed and smart strategy demanded by the game guarantee action-packed entertainment!
Teenager&Family (11+ years)
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SIKU RacingSieper GmbH
The speedsters on Sieper’s SIKU Racing track don’t follow hard and fast lanes but can be freely steered on the race track staked out by a tape. With four different speed, the control can be adapted to the driver’s expertise, so grows with the child’s increasing driving skill. At the pit stops the variable cars – metal bodywork and chassis, and various tyre sets can be combined as you like – can even be refitted. The jury were particularly impressed by the versatility of this challenging racetrack toy, and chose SIKU Racing as the winner of the Teenager&Family category.
Live KickerMarcel Führer & Felix Finger GbR
Felix Finger & Marcel Führer revolutionise good old table football with a simple idea: the Live Kicker table football figures can be swapped around to vary team line-ups. Positions can be varied thanks to eight swap options. Real matches can thus be easily re-enacted for the next table football Cup. A must-have for real football fans!
EVOLUTION. The Origin of SpeciesRBG GbR
Evolution is all about survival. Smart card laying decides whether the player’s primeval species is going to win the struggle for food and habitat – the weak die out, the strong survive. Players learn about evolutionary complexities while planning their strategies: animals with special qualities or that can store surplus fat reserves have a clear advantage – provided you play your cards right!
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RoboMeSABLON Germany GmbH
RoboMe isn’t just any old robot – but a master of disguise. Once connected to an iPhone or iPod, its human owner can endow their virtual friend, created by SABLON Germany with their own appearance, voice and personality. Thanks to speech recognition and voice control, children and adults can communicate with RoboMe, the robot playmate can learn names and sentences in the process, growing along with its owner – and learning to master tasks. A second iOS device, which can be used as a video remote control, extends RoboMe’s action radius, allowing him to explore his surroundings.
Flashing brightly the Sphero ball does everything it is commanded to do by an Android or iOS device. Controlled by motion or touchscreen, Sphero tries to overcome every obstacle and can even swim. 20 apps are already available, so you can playfully improve your golf handicap, test your racing skills, or teach Pet the dog retrieving!
iPawn® Pool BilliardsJumbo Spiele GmbH
Two small billiard cues and the matching app turn your iPad into a handy travelling pool game. After a leisurely warm-up round, opponents get down to the game in earnest. Cheating is not allowed – the app monitors every stroke and gives instructions for continued play. The jury were impressed by iPawn® Pool Billards’ combination of virtual app and something real to hold.
Axel Dammlericonkids & 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 DobbieGameplan 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.
Margit HoffmannHOFFMANN COMPANY KG, Managing Director
Margit Hoffmann manages one of the leading wholesalers of toy, sports and leisure articles. The company has many international purchasing relationships. Thanks to a close collaboration with both, industry and manufacturers for more than 115 years, the company is considered as a proficient, reliable and service-oriented business partner.
Hans Jörg Idenduo 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 MärtzVEDES AG, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Thomas Märtz has worked for VEDES AG since 1999. As the cooperative buying and marketing group with the longest tradition in the German toy industry, VEDES offers SME retailers numerous services and in particular an efficient wholesale platform.
Achim RövenichSPIEL & 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 Schäferidee+spiel GmbH, Managing Director
Since October 2011, Andreas Schäfer is the managing director at idee+spiel, one of the most successful toy trade co-operations for leisure, hobbies and games. Mr. Schäfer is a trained retail salesman. After working for an EDP-equipment store he got into the toy industry in 1990, where he gained experience over the last 20 years in Germany and abroad.
Vincent StozickyJouéClub, 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.
Rainer WeiskirchenTÜV 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 WodzickiBAG 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.