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The winners of the 2018 Toy and Game Innovation Awards (TAGIE) have been announced at Chicago Toy and Game Week.

 

The awards were presented at a gala on Navy Pier in Chicago and celebrate innovation and excellence in the toy and game industry.

 

Australian innovation was recognised in the program, as Michael Nixon – a 15 year-old high school student from Wagga Wagga NSW – was a finalist in the Young Inventor of the Year category for his product, The Amazing Annoyatron. This product also features in the November-December issue of Toy & Hobby Retailer. 

 

The winners and finalists were:

 

GAME INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Don Ullman and Bob Driscoll for Don't Step In It by Hasbro

 

Bang Zoom for Chow Crown from Hasbro

Jeff Foxworthy for Relative Insanity from PlayMonster

Rob Daviau and Justin D. Jacobson for Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar by Restoration Games

Seven Towns for Greedy Granny by Goliath Games

 

TOY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

David Fuhrer, Richard Kimbrough, DiscoNifty for Twisty Petz by Spin Master

 

Bang Zoom for Lil’ Gleemerz by Mattel

Latham Gaines - Power Dough by Canal Toys

Shoot The Moon for NERF Laser Ops by Hasbro

Sydney Wiseman for Fingerlings by WowWee

 

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

Nick Metzler of Spin Master for Hail Hydra

 

Adam Borton for Flushin' Frenzy by Mattel

Art, Joe & Jim Seymour for Circuit Blox, Power Blox and Story Blox by eblox

Daryl Andrews for The Oregon Trail by Pressman Toy/Goliath Games

Jeff Lai for Maki Stack by Blue Orange

Jillian Lakritz for Yoee Baby Original Line: Puppy, Kitty, Fox, Lion, Monkey, Bunny

Krissa Watry for playPORTAL by Dynepic

Marissa Louie for Animoodles: Iris Unicorn, Hazel Sloth, Randy Orangutan, Brady Lion, Miguel Frog, Sophie Elephant

 

INNOVATIVE ARTS & VISUALS OF THE YEAR

Elan Lee and Matt Inman of Exploding Kittens for Bears vs Babies

 

Geizi Guevara, Mike Freeth, Patrick Murray, Chris Wickman of Spin Master for The Cat Game

Jakks Pacific for Fan Heads

Prospero Hall for Disney Villainous by WonderForge

Sabrina Miramon (Illustration), Chris D’Angelo, Greg Stata, Kelly Miele (Graphic/Packaging Design) and Kathy Beyerle (Product Design) of ThinkFun for Shadows in the Forest

 

INNOVATIVE MARKETING TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sydney Wiseman for Fingerlings by WowWee

 

JMP Creative's Social Media Team for Orbeez Wow World Campaign with Maya Toys

PlayMonster 5 Second Rule Marketing Team for 5 Second Rule

Lee Parkhurst, Jennifer Jens, Sunny Choi, Nicole Younger of Educational Insights for Sculptapalooza's Online Campaign

Hasbro Marketing and Rhett and Link for their online Influencer video campaign

 

YOUNG INVENTOR OF THE YEAR

Harper Miller for The Dream Pillow by Architec Brands

 

Ethan Klein for House Architecture Set by 3duxdesign

Michael Nixon for The Amazing Annoyatron by EduKits International

 

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