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Spin Master Ltd. Tops Global Hot Holiday Lists Winning Multiple Awards for Toys and Games

TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spin Master Ltd., a global leader and one of the top five U.S. toy manufacturers*, is honored to have topped multiple comprehensive hot holiday and toy lists from retailers and consumers and have received numerous accolades from the most respected awards programs within the industry.

Annual retail holiday toy lists include Amazon, Kmart's "Fab 15," Kohl's, Target's "Fabulous 15" and Hot List, Toys "R" Us and Wal-Mart's "Top 20 'Chosen by Kids'."

"When it comes to toys, kids are the experts," said Anne Marie Kehoe, VP of Toys, Walmart U.S. "We polled hundreds of kids 18 months to 12 years old, letting them loose on dozens of toys. Their choices unveiled the 5 toy trends of the year, including that kids want creative and electronic toys. Spin Master's Sew Cool Sewing Machine made this year's list under the creative toy trend. Kids also chose Spin Master's Zero Gravity Laser Racer, the Flutterbye Light Up Fairy and the Zoomer Dino, proving that electronic toys are still a big hit with kids."

This year, Spin Master's innovative toys and games swept the awards program. North American honors include the Good Housekeeping Research Institute 2014 Best Toy Awards, FamilyFun Magazine's #3 Toy of the Year Award, Winner of the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Gold and Silver Awards from the National Parenting Publications Awards, The Oppenheim Platinum Awards, Parents Choice Awards, Parents Magazine Top Toys, Time to Play Magazine's Most Wanted and the Toy Insider's Top 20 and Top 12 Tech Toys. Internationally, Spin Master received the Grand Prix du Jouet 2014 (Arts & Craft & Robots), Etoiles du Jouet 2014 (Kid's Choice – Boys High Tech Cat) in France, the Dad's Choice, Dream Toys, Junior Awards, Rainbow Toy Awards, Right Start, Toy Talk Awards, Toy Tester Awards, Toyology Awards and Toy Shop UK – Independent Toy Awards in the UK.

Each award program and hot list enlists panels of independent, expert judges, as well as kid and parent testers who carefully evaluate hundreds of thousands of submissions. Only the best-of-the-best are chosen based on quality, innovation, and most importantly, fun!

Some of Spin Master's hottest toys of the season topping the lists include Air Hogs RollerCopter™, Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Racer™, Chatsters™, DigiBirds™, Kinetic Sand™, Moustache Smash™, Sew Cool™, Shark Mania™, Zoomer Dino™ and Zoomer Zuppies™. Spin Master offers a diverse range of innovative toys and games that provide high play value for children of all ages.

"Every year, the competition gets harder and harder. This year, Spin Master's innovation and design has proven to be a step above the rest and we are honored to have made so many hot lists," said Ben Gadbois, Global President & Chief Operating Officer of Spin Master Ltd.

Awards & Hot Lists:

Air Hogs RollerCopter: Amazon Top Toys, Good Housekeeping Research Institute 2014 Best Toy Awards, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Racer: Amazon Top Toys, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Parents Canada Top Toys for School-Aged ids, Walmart Top 20 Chosen By Kids, Internationally: Dads Choice Award - UK,

Air Hogs Vectron Wave 2.0: Amazon Top Toys

Chatsters: Amazon Top Toys, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

Cool Baker Magic Mixer: Amazon Top Toys, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

DigiBirds: FamilyFun Magazine #3 Toy of the Year, National Parenting Publication Silver Winner, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Oppenheim Platinum Winner, Parents Magazine #1 Top Toy School-Aged Kids

Erector Jr / Meccano Jr Advanced Toolbox: Kohl's Dream Toys

Erector Jr / Meccano Jr Easy Toolbox: Kohl's Dream Toys

Erector / Meccano 10pc: Internationally: Toy Shop UK Gold Winner

Flutterbye Deluxe Light Up Fairy: Amazon Top Toys, Walmart Top 20 Chosen By Kids, Internationally: Toyology Featured – UK,

Kinetic Sand: National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Parents' Choice Awards Fun Stuff Winner, Parents Magazine Top Toy, Savvy Auntie Cool Toy Award, Target Hot Toys, Toys R Us "Fabulous 15," TTPM Most Wanted, Internationally: Rainbow Toy Awards – Construction – UK,

Moustache Smash: Amazon Top Toys, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Oppenheim Platinum Winner, Parents' Choice Awards Fun Stuff Winner, Internationally: Dad's Choice Award - UK, Toy Shop UK Bronze Winner,

Paw Patrol HQ: Amazon Top Toys, Kmart FAB 15, People's Play Award Nomination, Target Top Toy, Toys R Us "Fabulous 15," Toy Insider Top Toy, TTPM Most Wanted,

Sew Cool Sewing Studio: Amazon Top Toy, Good Housekeeping Research Institute 2014 Best Toy Awards, National Parenting Publication Honors Winner, Oppenheim Platinum Winner, Parents Magazine Top Toy, Parents Canada Top Toys for School-Aged Kids, Parents' Choice Awards Fun Stuff Winner, Savvy Auntie Cool Toy Award, Walmart Top 20 Chosen By Kids, International: Right Start Silver Award – UK, Toy Shop UK Recommended Winner, Grand Prix du Jouet 2014 (Arts & Craft) - France

Shark Mania: National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Parents' Choice Awards Fun Stuff Winner,

Zoomer 2.0: Amazon Top Toys, Kohl's Dream Toys

Zoomer Dino: Amazon Top Toys, Kmart FAB 15, Kohl's Dream Toys, National Parenting Publication Silver Award Winner, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Oppenheim Platinum Winner, Parents' Choice Awards Fun Stuff Winner, Parents Magazine Top Toy, Savvy Auntie Cool Toy Award, Target Hot Toys, Toys "R" Us "Fabulous 15," Toy Insider Top 12 Tech Toys, TTPM Most Wanted, Walmart Top 20 Chosen By Kids, Internationally: Dream Toys Hot Dozen – UK, Dad's Choice Award – UK, Toy Testers TV 3rd Place – Electronics – UK, Junior Awards Highly Recommended Award – UK, Etoiles du Jouet 2014 (Kid's Choice – Boys High Tech Cat) – France, Grand Prix du Jouet 2014 (Robots) - France

Zoomer Zuppies: Kohl's Dream Toys, National Parenting Publication Silver Award Winner, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

*Source: The NPD Group / US Retail Tracking Service / Annual 2013 / Dollar Volume

For additional information please contact:
Rachel Griffin
Director of Global Communications
Spin Master Ltd.
310-871-3919 (mobile)
RachelG@spinmaster.com

About Spin Master Ltd.

A multi-category children's entertainment company, Spin Master has been designing, developing, manufacturing, and marketing consumer products for children around the world since 1994 and is recognized as a global growth leader within the toy industry. Spin Master is best known for such popular brands as boy's action phenomena and 2009-2010 Boy's Toy of the Year winner Bakugan Battle Brawlers™, and award-winning brands Air Hogs®, Aquadoodle™, Flutterbye™, Spin Master Games™ including 2014 Game of the Year, Boom Boom Balloon ™ and the popular Hedbanz™, SpyGear™, Tech Deck™, and the 2014 Innovative Toy of the Year Zoomer™. The company has also marked an entry into children's media with the launch of Spin Master Entertainment, a subsidiary focusing on the design, development and production of television and other media properties, including the hit animated preschool series, PAW Patrol™. Spin Master employs over 900 people with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Munich, and Milan. For additional information please visit: www.spinmaster.com

CONTACT: Rachel Griffin Director of Global Communications Spin Master Ltd. 310-871-3919 RachelG@spinmaster.com

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