The 8th Annual Designer Toy Awards Nominations Are Now Open!​
February 14, 2018

The DTAs have now officially launched the nomination period for the 8th annual awards! Running from now until March 12th (6pm EST), nominations can be submitted through the website

This year’s awards will accept nominations for releases, artists, and companies, that were active from January to December 2017.

So Get Nominating…

Head on over to the Designer Toy Awards website and answer our “Call For Entries” by adding those worthy from 2017, and don’t forget… only nominated items can be considered for the awards. If you want your work to be considered please nominate it, nominations are confidential and there is no shame in nominating yourself or your own product! Voting for yourself… well that’s a different story 😉

Start Nominating Now!

What’s changed this year?

Due to popular demand, we have added a brand new category!

Introducing Best Production Sculpt!

This new category will recognize a singularly outstanding sculpt for a production toy. This award celebrates a sculpt that exemplifies the creative act of transforming an artists vision into a 3-dimensional object.

• Release must be a brand new Designer Toy, or a significantly modified version of a previous release, that was debuted last year.
• Release must have been produced in quantities greater than 50 pieces.
• Release can be produced in any material

Adding this award gives the DTAs the opportunity to celebrate the craftsmanship behind the scenes, and the magic of collaboration between production house and artist. We are very excited to honor the art of the sculpt with this award.

How do the awards work?

Now in its 8th year, The Designer Toy Awards has honed its process, listening to feedback and adjusting where ever it makes sense. We haven’t made any structural changes to the awards process in the past few years, but just to recap, here is how it works:

1. Open Nominations –  Call for entries is open for anyone to make a relevant nomination. We rely on these nominations for the awards. These are not published on the website.

2. Nomination Committees –  The DTAs host small committees of industry professionals and fans, carefully matched to categories in order to reduce bias, to take the list of nominations and reduce them down to become the Finalists. The committees meet and discuss every entry, using the published list of award criteria to make their selects. These are published on the website as the year’s official finalists.

3. Voting – We run two voting blocks:

DTA Panel: Industry professionals make up the DTA panel. They are charged with voting ONCE per category for the winner in the panel voted awards. Each year new panel members are added to keep our list as diverse as possible.

Fan Voted: The public voters get ONE vote per category in the open Fan award. We do look at IP addresses, ISPN Hacks, and email address to reduce voter fraud. Each year we tighten up on potential attempts to “rig” the system.

4. Winners – Winners of each category are determined by the most votes in each category.  Clutter, nor The Designer Toy Awards, or Five Points Festival staff, vote in or “choose” the winners.

5. Awards Ceremony – The awards are presented at a ceremony on June 1st, 2018, during the weekend of Five Points Festival .  For the public to attend the ceremony you must purchase a VIP Weekend ticket for Five Points Festival.

Relevant Links

The Designer Toy Awards

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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