LEGO made waves this year by taking back to Billund a total of four out of 19 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards presented at the 2019 New York Toy Fair. This is the highest number of awards that LEGO has won in a single year since the awards’ inception, celebrating four sets that no doubt represent the high level of talent that went into making them.
The Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards (also known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry) are presented annually to the top toys, games, and properties of the year. Administered by The Toy Association, the awards program supports the philanthropic work of The Toy Foundation, which delivers new toys to children in need.
We at The Brothers Brick wish a heartfelt congratulations to The LEGO Group and especially to the designers and creative team behind these sets including Justin Ramsden, Joel Baker, Robert Heim, Jaime Berard, Mark Stafford and Crystal Fontan as well as the folks in the minifigure team led by Matthew Ashton for their passionate work that led to these wins. No doubt we’ve missed many people who helped these sets come to fruition as product design is a team effort, so we congratulate all the unsung heroes behind the scenes as well.
Category: Collectible of the Year
Winner: LEGO Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Minifigure Series
Harry Potter ran the table at the awards this year, starting with the introduction of medium sized legs, new plant elements and spot-on character design. Read our full and detailed review of this magical menagerie of characters or check out our Feel Guide to help you find them all in stores.
If you are not one to invest time in feeling blind bags, a whole box of 71022 Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Collectible Minifigures with all 60 minifigures is available on Bricklink.
Category: Construction Toy of the Year
Winner: LEGO Harry Potter Great Hall
The Great Hall burst into life for the first time at the New York Toy Fair nearly a year ago today and thrilled a new generation of LEGO Harry Potter Fans. Now we have come around full circle with this award. Check out our in-depth review of this first set announced in the rebooted Harry Potter line.
The 75954 Hogwarts Great Hall has 878 pieces and retails for $99.99 USD, and is available at the following retailers: LEGO Shop Online (USA | UK), eBay, and Amazon.
Category: Playset of the Year
Winner: LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster
After a variety of other Creator Expert fairground rides were released, it was only a matter of time before LEGO made a proper roller coaster. The excitement went into high gear with the release of 70922 Joker Manor with its new car and intricate rails, and quietly signaled to LEGO fans that an expert-level roller coaster was on its way. Read our full review of the roller coaster here.
The Creator Expert 10261 Roller Coaster includes 4,124 pieces and 11 minifigures. It is available at LEGO Shop for $379.99 in the US | 479.99 CAD in Canada | £299.99 in the UK.
Category: Specialty Toy of the Year
Winner: LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
The second-largest LEGO set of all time, this “microscale” Hogwarts Castle was the number one toy on every kid’s (and adult’s!) Christmas list this past year and will likely remain there for several years. From new elements to impressive geometry, to exclusive minifigures and tiny micro-figures, this castle has delighted fans of all ages to build big within the Wizarding World. You can read our in-depth review here.
71043 Hogwarts Castle includes 6,020 pieces, 4 minifigs, and 27 micro-figuress. The set is available exclusively from the LEGO Shop (USD 399.99 | CDN 499.99 | GBP 349.99).
Don’t miss the rest of our New York Toy Fair 2019 coverage here on The Brothers Brick:
In-person coverage from the show floor:
- LEGO Star Wars Resistance and Action Battle sets close-up
- LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary sets close-up
- LEGO Hidden Side sets close-up and video
- LEGO Jurassic World sets close-up
- LEGO Movie 2 sets close-up
- LEGO Toy Story 4 sets close-up
New LEGO set announcements: