In the world of plush landscapes, Toy Fair truly matters. And, quite honestly, within that rarefied real estate in Manhattan, colors seem to matter a great deal! Inside Javits Center, which is huge, glass-encased, and generally gray, the hues of Toy Fair are bright, brilliant, and bold. If Judy Garland as Dorothy had taken an unintentional detour off the Yellow Brick Road, I think she might have ended up in the Javits plush aisle. (Interesting side note: that actually could have happened! Celebrating its 115th year in 2018, New York’s Toy Fair would have been a youthful 35 years old when “The Wizard of Oz” was being filmed!)
The winners of the 2018 Teddy Bear of the Year (TOBY) Industry’s Choice Awards were announced at the Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show in San Diego Jan. 6. Approximately 150 entries submitted by nearly 60 artists from around the world were each given a score by fellow professionals within the teddy bear collecting field. The highest-scoring entries in each category become this year’s Industry’s Choice winners, and will go on to be the nominees for the Public’s Choice Awards voted on by Teddy Bear & Friends readers.
Nearly 400 Teddy Bear & Friends readers cast their votes for this year’s Teddy Bear of the Year (TOBY) Public’s Choice Awards. The winners were announced at the Teddy Bear Artist Invitational (TBAI) in Syracuse, N.Y., July 29.