Baby&Infant (0-3 years)

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Tegu BEANS & TUMTUM Magnetic Wooden Block Set


Wooden toys have been experiencing a renaissance in children’s rooms for some time now. But the BEANS & TUMTUM Magnetic Wooden Block Set sets itself apart from the masses with its combination of the traditional and modern. Beautiful blocks, some colourful, can be "stuck" together very easily on the rubber sides thanks to magnets – so simply, in fact, that even the very young can quickly celebrate their first successful forays into the world of construction. The concept, tasteful design and high-quality materials also impressed the jury, which awarded the BEANS & TUMTUM Magnetic Wooden Block Set first place in the Baby & Infant category.

PreSchool (3-6 years)

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Mighty Mountain Mine

Hape International

Absorbing play worlds over four levels: the Mighty Mountain Mine combines a classic railway set and mining. Trains are loaded at the very top with the aid of a 360-degree crane. Then help them travel carefully through the waterfall tunnel with its beautiful water feature – and, whoosh, rope and obstacle bridges which must be negotiated await one level below. Time just to ring the bell to warn other trains before setting the points and moving full steam ahead, down to the next level. The jury was so enthusiastic about the reinterpretation of the wooden railway set and the multi-level design that it named the Mighty Mountain Mine the winner in the PreSchool category. Packed with details and lovingly painted, this is a great eye-catcher in any child’s room!

SchoolKids (6-10 years)

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With LEGO BOOST, schoolkids can already gain their first programming experience through play. The set comes with instructions on how to build several models – including Vernie the robot, Frankie the cat and a guitar. Once built, a free app brings them to life. Vernie can then talk and dance, for example, while controlled by his user via a tablet. Kids can use the free app to very simply program movements and add sound effects. With Boost, Lego is combining the conventional construction experience with modern technology – an approach recognised by the jury with first prize in the SchoolKids category.

Teenager&Adults (10+ years)

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Revell Control X-treme Raver VR Racer


Virtual reality and remote-controlled car – a winning combination for boys and their fathers in particular! The powerful Revell Control X-treme Raver VR Racer is operated via remote control. Activate the VR glasses included to enjoy completely unimagined sights – from the perspective of the car. Drive around a corner and check out what is hidden behind the wall. Seeing the car coming towards yourself is like an experience out of the Matrix. To use the glasses, download a free app to a smartphone, then insert the mobile phone into the slot and off you go. The jury enjoyed it so much that it named this innovative play idea the winner in the Teenagers&Adults category.

Jurors 2017

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.

Dr. Thomas Märtz

VEDES 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 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.

Thorsten Paedelt

duo 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 Pohle

EK/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 Schäfer

idee+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 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. n mark (GS) guarantees a high quality of products.

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