Dad’s Choice Awards 2018 winners revealed

The unique awards names the top toys of 2018 as chosen by a panel of Super Dad Testers

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 07.12.2018 | Toys

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The winners of the Dad’s Choice Awards 2018 have been revealed, naming the top toys of the year as chosen by a group of Super Dad Testers.

With just over a fortnight to go until Christmas day, the Dad’s Choice Awards aim to inspire parents still on the hunt for the perfect presents – or to find some unique playthings that promise real play value.

After weeks of putting top toys through their paces, this year’s winners have been hand-picked by a diverse panel of Super Dad Testers – each offering the best out there when it comes to fun factor, creativity, value for money, and living up to the hype and promise on the box.

This Dad’s Choice Award winners are:

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Playmobil

Switch & Go Dinos Sandstorm the Stegosaurus – VTech

Learning Friends 100 Words Book – LeapFrog

ThinkFun Gravity Maze – Ravensburger

Power Tracks – John Adams

Science Mad Chemistry Lab – Trends UK

Fartist Club – Eolo Toys

Holiday Campervan – Le Toy Van

Trybike 2-in-1 Steel Vintage – Hippychick

Sussed All Sorts – Games To Get

Blue Orange Kingdomino – Coiledspring Games

Playmobil's Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is a winner with dads

David Ross, founder of the Dad’s Choice Awards, says: “Congratulations to all of this year’s winners who really shined among the strongest competition we’ve had to date. Toy manufacturers are pressed to pack as much value into every product now, and that was evident across all the entries we received. The competition was fiercer than ever this year, so all the winners really do offer something special, quirky or unique and would make tremendous presents this Christmas.

“With our diverse panel of judges, the awards also prove how much value there is for dads and parents in general to get involved in picking the right toys for their kids. Doing research and engaging in that process makes playtime a more rewarding experience for everyone. A huge thanks to all the families, testers and brands that made this such an incredible awards season.”

Visit for a full list of the Highly Commended and Commended.

Jamie Dickinson, Marketing Manager at Playmobil was thrilled with the result, telling LTW.MEDIA: “We are extremely proud to have won at the Dad’s Choice Awards 2018 with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. This toy has proven to be very popular with parents and children alike, so it’s great to have been recognised for this. Playmobil look forward to entering the Dad’s Choice Awards each year as it’s a great opportunity to see what parents really think of the toys and their playability.”

"We are delighted to receive the Dads Choice Award for our Science Mad Chemistry Lab,” says Trends UK’s Lindsay Hardy. “With over 100 real chemistry experiments, 19 chemical ingredients supplied and a proper spirit burner, it is a fantastic activity set for parents & children to enjoy together, to be inspired and learn STEM skills too.”

Gemma Briant of Coiledspring Games says: “We are thrilled that our Blue Orange Kingdomino won, and that Harry Potter: The Burrow Wrebbit 3D puzzle has been Highly Commended in the Dad’s Choice Awards. The quality of the Wrebbit 3D puzzle range really speaks for itself – they are the sturdiest 3D puzzles on the market. It is fantastic that Potterheads can bring the magic of the Wizarding World into their home, for the entire family to build and enjoy!”

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