Since these awards are made up at the last minute, I highly expect, if not demand, a large amount of controversy regarding the results.
Disaster of the Year: ThunderCats
It arrived with much fanfare and then was gone in an instant. A very good example of how not to bring back a beloved line. Wave 2 didn't even make it to UK shops properly, while Wave 1 now lines the shelves of Home Bargains for 99p each.
Discount Shop Award: BakuganI love the engineering involved with Bakugan. I marvel at the way the designers manage to get so many different creatures to transform out of a sphere, aided by a magnet. But this engineering excellence comes at a cost, and it's a high one as Bakugan toys cost a fortune in shops. Lucky then that the discount shops have been filled with the things all year long.
Pre-order Award: Fortress MaximusTwo giant toys were recently put up for pre-order for release in 2013. For Transformers there's the reissue of the 80s toy no one owned but everyone wanted, Fortress Maximus. For Masters of the Universe there's a Castle Grayskull for the not-quite dead Classics line. Both come in at around 3 feet in height and are highly anticipated by fans of each series.
I've given the award to Fort Max simply because a) I know what that one will turn out like since all we've seen thus far of Grayskull are some blueprints, and b) I've wanted a Fort Max for far longer. No, it's not the greatest Transformer ever created. It's a large block with limited articulation, limited features and a less than complex transformation. But how can you now want a toy that's the size of a small child?
Hope for the Future: Ninja Turtles Classics
I was late for my Governor training course last month as I headed to Forbidden Planet to get my Ninja Turtles Classics figures a whole week before the rest of the country! The hands are a little...odd, but in every other regard this figures are brilliant - a great nostalgic melding between the original cartoon and the toys released at the time. In Toys R Us at the weekend the shelves were filled with the things, which is either great news or ill, depending on how you look at it. The only potential problem is that Playmates won't be able to use the same mould 4 times over for future figures which will bump up costs rather a lot.
And we definitely don't need to think about the winner of last year's Hope for the Future award.
Honourable mention: Hobbit Collectors figures.
(Re)discovered Classic: New Adventures of He-Man
It's not really a 're' discovery since I never had any of these the first time around, but the NA He-Man toys are pretty good - if annoyingly incompatible with the older Masters of the Universe toys. Nordor, in particular, is a really good vehicle/playset most people, sadly, probably never played with.
Dad's Toy of the Year: Trash Pack
4yo's Toy of the Year: Lego Batman Wii
The original or the sequel, 4yo couldn't get enough of these games this year. We've had many a tantrum when he's been told he's been playing for 4 days without a break and maybe it's time he stopped.