Exhibitors of the Spielwarenmesse® 2018 can register up to three products for the ToyAward free of charge. Register now. Application deadline is the 22nd December 2017.
22 December 2017
Closing date for entries
All products must be entered and registered online by this date.
31 December 2017
Closing date for submitting entries
All products must be sent to the address given on the registration form by this date.
25 January 2018
Main Press Conference
The three nominated products are announced for each category.
30 January 2018
The winners and nominees are revealed at the Opening Ceremony of the Spielwarenmesse® 2018 around 5.30 pm CET.
30 January – 4 February 2018
Exhibition featuring the award-winning products
ToyAward Area, Spielwarenmesse® 2018
All entries for the ToyAwards must be delivered carriage and duty paid (DDP = delivered duty paid). The cost of transportation, insurance and customs duties for importation and exportation is to be borne by the entrant.
The registration form for product entries provides entrants with two options:
1. Product may be donated
After the competition, the product entry becomes the property of the Spielwarenmesse® and may be donated.
2. The product will be collected during the Spielwarenmesse 2018
The products can be collected at any time during the trade fair. The product will only be released if sufficient identification is provided (e.g. business card or ID).
The award-winning products are displayed in the ToyAward Area and should be collected at the end of the fair on Sunday, 4 February 2018 at 6 pm directly from the ToyAward Area.
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.
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.
Nadine MüllerPremini 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.
Thorsten Paedeltduo schreib & spiel GmbH & Co.KG, Managing Director
Thorsten Paedelt works for duo schreib & spiel since 2001 and became Managing Director for Marketing and Sales in 2002. The retail trade co-operation from Berlin covers 460 toy shops in Germany and Austria. The range extends from stationery and toys to products from the creative and lifestyle segments.
Jochen PohleEK/servicegroup, Managing Director Toys and Baby
Jochen Pohle is Managing Director for the toys and baby segment at the multi-sector network EK/servicegroup in Bielefeld, Germany. Before that, he had been Purchase Director at the Spiele Max AG and worked in serveral managing positions for the Metro Group in Germany and Asia. Jochen Pohle is enrooted in the toy industry for nearly 15 years.
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.
Marietheres WaschkAkademie 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 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.