Toy of the Year: Knights' Empire Castle


October 4, 2005

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October 5, 2005 Disney’s FamilyFun magazine announced the winners of Its 14th annual Toy of The Year Award at the Children's Museum of Manhattan yesterday. Unlike many Industry awards where the winners are chosen by the opinion of journalists, peers or popular vote, Family Fun actually puts the toys to the test with a massive undertaking of testing the most popular toys with large numbers of the real experts - the children themselves. This year 520 toys from 170 manufacturers were tested by 1,400 kids across the US In assembling the Top 10 Toys of 2005. That’s 30,000 hours of testing in total, so we think the results (63 kid-approved playthings organized by age and category) are worth looking at if you’re planning on buying toys soon. The Toy of the Year Award went to the Knights' Empire Castle (pictured) with the 3D Pool Table runner-up.

The top 10 Toys of 2005 according to 1400 children who tested them are:

1. Knights' Empire Castle

2. 3D Pool Table

3. Shake 'N Go! Speedway

4. ChatNow

5. Slurpee Drink Maker

6. Darth Vader Voice Changer

7. Go Go TV

8. Pyrates Dread Eye's Phantom

9. Nylint Rock Crawler

10. Card Kit

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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