TTPM content director Chris Byrne launched the consumer toy review website annual TTPM Spring Showcase event at New York’s Altman Building with the observation that the toy trade has ignored an important family member—pets. With some 98 million U.S. households having cats or dogs, the site began reviewing pet toys last year, and for the first time this year, numerous pet toy suppliers were on hand, along with traditional kids toy and family entertainment industry manufacturers.
Byrne and his editorial team then announced three 2015 TTPM “Summer Play Lists”—their call of the best toys in the Outdoor Toys, Breakout Hits and Movie Toys categories.
The top Outdoor Toys focus on bubbles, ride-ons and blasters and include the Razor J. Mini Mod electric scooter, Hasbro’s Nerf Super Soaker FloodFire blaster, RoseArt’s Washable Sidewalk Chalk Paint Shake ‘n’ Roll Paint Rollers, Skyrocket Toys’ Prank Star Farting Bubbles blaster, Madd Gear’s Mini Drift tricycle, Little Kids’ Bump n Bubbles Robot bubble blower, MGM Entertainment’s Fish and Splash Water Table fishing toy, Hog Wild’s Atomic Sword Popper foam ball blaster, Kids Only’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Children’s Patio Set and Crayola’s Sidewalk Chalk Mega Pack.
High-tech and classic entries populate the Breakout Hits category and include VTech’s Kidizoom Action Cam Purple and Kidizoom Action Cam Yellow video and still photo cameras, Spin Master’s Sick Bricks 3-in-1 Power-Up Playset, Just Play’s Sheriff Callie Callie-oke Sing Along talking/singing stuffed animal, Playmates Toys’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutations action figures, K-NEX’s K Force Dual Cross blasters, Just Play’s Frozen Fever Snowgie chatterback figures, Moose Toys’ Shopkins Season 2 12-Pack figures/accessories sets, Alex Toys’ Sketch It Nail Pens Salon, Mattel’s Barbie in Princess Power Super Sparkle Doll and Crayola’s Color Alive Skylanders coloring books.
Finally, the top Movie Toys envisioned by TTPM are dominated by Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, and Minions and include Hasbro’s Avengers Age of Ultron Iron Man Arc FX Armor gloves set and Jurassic World Indominus Rex mega interactive dinosaur figure, LEGO’s Avengers Age of Ultron Quinjet City Chase 722-piece set, Hasbro’s Jurassic World Hero Mashers Triceratops figure and Jurassic World Velociraptor hand puppet, Jada Toys’ Fast and Furious 7 Brian’s Nissan GT-R (R35) car, LEGO’s Jurassic World Indominus Rex Breakout 1,156-piece set and Hasbro’s Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron Titan Hero Tech Interactive Hulk Buster.
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