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10 November 2014

Dad's Choice Awards - The Results

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With Christmas just a few weeks away the pressure is on parents to pick the best toys, apps and games for their little ones. I often find it difficult knowing what to purchase for the Mini Mes but the Dad's Choice Awards 2014 have certainly helped to make that decision easy. A team of super dad testers and their children have put the entries through their paces to ensure the best toys make it through.
They have collated the results and here are the very best toys and apps which impressed our testers for 2014.

  1. Best Remote Control Toy: Air Hogs Rollercopter (Spinmaster)
  2. Best Electronic Toy: Boomer Dino (Spinmaster)
  3. Best Arts and Craft: Edible Sweet Art Popsicle (Tobar)
  4. Best App: Tree Fu Tom (Crane Media Ltd)
  5. Best Educational: Reading Eggs (Blake E Learning)
  6. Best Building & Making: Meccano Multimodel 20 (Spinmaster)
  7. Best Gadgets and Gizmos: Wowee MIP (Trends UK)
  8. Best Stocking Fillers: Rubik’s The Void (John Adams)
  9. Best Board Games:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kimble (Tactic Games)
  10. Best Vehicle: Hot Wheels Super Loop Chase Race (Mattel)
  11. Best Models: Makie Doll (Makie Lab)
  12. Best Models: Haynes Motorcycle (Trends UK)
  13. Best Fun Toys: Domino Express Crazy Factory (John Adams)
  14. Best Travel Games: Zip IT (Bananagrams)
  15. Best Outdoor Toys: BoomCo Rapid Madness (Mattel)
  16. Best Traditional: Construction Train Set (Big Jigs)
  17. Best Ride Ons and Bikes: VTriker Elite Scooter

  1. Highly Commended Remote Control: Nano Quad Pro (Revell)
  2. Highly Commended Art and Craft: Loom Twister (H Grossman)
  3. Highly Commended Apps: The Essential Parent Company (The Essential Parent Company)
  4. Highly Commended Educational: Appletters (Bananagrams)
  5. Highly Commended Building and Making: Magna-Tiles® Clear Colors 48 Piece Set (Valtech)
  6. Highly Commended Gadgets and Gizmos: Zuru Pirate Robo Fish (Tobar)
  7. Highly Commended Stocking Fillers: Fruitominoes (Bananagrams)
  8. Highly Commended Board Games: Moustache Smash (Spinmaster)
  9. Highly Commended Board Games: Bananagrams (Bananagrams)
  10. Highly Commended Vehicles: Transformers Optimus Prime Challenge Track Set (HTI)
  11. Highly Commended Outdoor: Jumbo Bananagrams
  12. Highly Commended Outdoor: Raskullz Red Mohawk Helmet (ReCreation)
  13. Highly Commended Fun Toys: Zip Stix Mega Pack (ReCreation)

  1. Commended Remote Control: Maisto Extreme Beast (Tobar)
  2. Commended Apps: Twelve A Dozen (Bossa Studios)
  3. Commended Educational: Pears in Pairs (Bananagrams)
  4. Commended Vehicles: Tonka Town Air Rescue Play Set (HTI)
  5. Commended Board Games: Liar Liar (Pants on Fire Ltd)
  6. Commended Outdoor: Smiler Space Hopper (Tobar)
  7. Commended Outdoor Toys: Scoppi (Quut)

David Ross, founder of Dad’s Choice Awards commented, “We’ve been overwhelmed this year with the fantastic feedback from our Super Dad Testers. When you look through the list of winners, highly commended and commended its fantastic mix of timeless classics and new innovations that make it into the final awards. Every winner should feel proud to have made it through the rigorous testing and tough critics – the dads and of course their children!” We’ve had everything from tech toys, board games, superb action toys to classic cars and models. Apps and educational toys were very popular and reflect how many children have tablets and phones. We appreciate all the manufacturers who entered and hope those who’ve won will join us in celebrating their success. Hopefully it will inspire other Dads who are struggling for inspiration for Christmas day!”

A full list of all the winners can be found at

What would be on your top toy list?

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