Thursday, December 21, 2006

Toys that last longer than the Christmas tree

Each year Family Fun magazine holds a Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) competition. This year, the magazine's writers collected 480 brand new toys from 146 manufacturers, dropped the toys in front of more than 100 elementary school kids in Kennebunk, Maine, and then seriously reconsidered their career choices.

Anyway, after destroying as many of the toys as is humanly possible, the kids in Kennebunk narrowed down the field of 480 toys to only 63 finalists, the toys the kids wanted to take home with them. And that's when the fun began. The 63 finalist toys were sent to 15 different KinderCare facilities around the United States where 1,200 children spent a combined total of 30,834 hours of play time hitting each other over the head with assorted Tonka trucks.

At the end of the play testing/pummeling, each child voted privately for their absolute favorite toys. The results were compiled by Digital Research on behalf of Family Fun magazine. Oh, and the surviving toys were donated to local charities.

Long story short: The toys on the 2006 T.O.Y. awards list are literally the best of the best, the toys your kids WILL want to play with well after you take down the holiday decorations. For a complete list of this year's winners, just point your favorite web browser to

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