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Squishmallows from Jazwares Takes Home Prestigious “Toy of the Year®” Award for 2023

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2023  Squishmallows by Jazwares and the Monster High Skullector Line by Mattel, Inc. received top honors today, taking home the Toy of the Year® (TOTY®) Awards’ coveted overall “Toy of the Year” award and “People’s Choice” honor, respectively. A representation of the most creative, imaginative, and fun products perfect for gifting this holiday season, The Toy Foundation™ (TTF) previously announced the product category winners at the 2023 TOTY Awards celebration in September.

Squishmallows earns the “Toy of the Year” recognition for the third year in a row, a testament to its global fandom that continues to capture the hearts of millions of children and adults alike. Also named “Plush Toy of the Year” and “Collectible of the Year” during the awards celebration, Squishmallows has more than 2,500 personalities to deliver immense comfort and joy through its soft, squeezable plush toy design.

Determined solely by consumer votes, the Monster High Skullector Line of dolls earns the “People’s Choice” recognition. This limited-edition line of collector dolls reimagines horror icons and popular entertainment properties through the lens of Monster High. Each doll’s premium fashions and styling, displayable packaging, and hidden easter eggs has created a devoted fan base.

“Congratulations Jazwares and Mattel, your winning products are outstanding examples of the creativity and imagination advancing the world of play,” said Pamela Mastrota, executive director of The Toy Foundation. “In addition to celebrating the toy industry, the TOTY Awards support The Toy Foundation’s work delivering joy to children in need and we are grateful for the toy industry’s continued commitment to philanthropy.”

Earlier this year, hundreds of companies submitted their toys, games, and other playthings to the TOTY Awards. An independent panel of play experts, journalists, academics, retailers, and other toy experts reviewed and ranked the products to determine the 122 finalists. Category winners were determined by votes from consumers, The Toy Association™ members, retailers, and media. The overall Toy of the Year winner was determined by a panel of expert judges; the People’s Choice winner was selected based on votes cast by the public at ToyAwards.org. All results are audited for accuracy, including the judging and voting process.

The TOTY Awards are a critical fundraiser uniting the toy industry in support of children in need. The industry raised $1 million, which directly supports TTF’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pipeline program fostering the next generation of diverse talent for the industry; the Play Grants program, which improves pediatric care through play; and the Toy BankSM, which distributes toys to children in need around the world.

Follow TTF on LinkedInInstagram, and Facebook to learn more about the toy industry’s impact delivering play to children in need.

For more information about the TOTY Awards voting and selection process, visit ToyAwards.org.

About The Toy Foundation www.toyfoundation.org
The Toy Foundation (TTF) is a 501 (c)(3) children’s charity and philanthropic arm of The Toy Association. Our mission is to be the uniting force for the collective philanthropy of the toy industry for the benefit of all children in need. In collaboration with the toy industry, TTF aims to create a world where every child experiences the comfort, joy, and extraordinary physical, emotional, and educational benefits of play through three program areas – The Toy Bank, Play Grants, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). To date, TTF has delivered the joy of play to more than 31 million children around the world; supported play therapy programs for 365,000 hospitalized children; and engaged hundreds of university students to build a pipeline of diverse talent for the toy industry.

Daniel Pickett

AFi founder and Editor-In-Chief Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since.

In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features.

He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced.

In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com.

Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s
“Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on Bloomberg News, MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com
Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official
Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many
others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows.

But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.

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