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Toy of the Year 2012

2012 was a good year for toys with some outstanding releases coming in just under the wire. Our entirely un-scientific voting method has narrowed down the pack to the top 10 in each category. From there, YOU the public, voted to let us know which was the best of the best. So, without further ado, here are the 2012 Toys of the Year

Best High-End Toy

Yamato Macross VF-4G Lightning III

It really was a race between the VF-4G and the DX Mazinger Z, but the legions of Macross fans threw their support behind the long awaited valkyrie.

Best Action Figure

TMNT Classic Collection

Despite only having one TMNT review in the history of CollectionDX, the Classic Collection just narrowly took the top spot. The 90's kids are out in full force as the second place went to the SRC Daizyuzin (a.k.a. the original Megazord( from Power Rangers. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles won with ONE VOTE.

Best Gokin

DX Soul of Chogokin Mazinger Z

Even though it didn't win best high-end toy, the DX SOC Mazinger Z can rest assured that it is king of the gokin. This fantastic piece won by a landslide.

Best Transforming Toy

Yamato Macross VF-4G Lightning III

While we have no doubt that this is a fantastic toy, we definitely think the Macross crowd came out for this one. Technically it is a transforming toy, and it is amazing, but it may have skewed the vote. Just a little.

Best Designer Toy

Glyos Armorvor

This entirely new Glyos sculpt really captured the fans attention this year. While not a "designer toy" in the traditional sense, we lumped in all the toys we had covered that were the result of an artists vision.

Best Actual Kids Toy

TMNT Classic Collection

There's an internal argument at CollectionDX as to wether or not the TMNT Classic Collection are actual kids toys as they appear to be targeted to collectors. However, when one looks at the actual toy - despite the nostalgic quality, they are toys any kid could play with, were sold at mass market retail and had a normal price point. I bet any kid who got their hands on one was super happy with them.

Overall Winners

The patterns above are clear as to what toys the audience thought were the best in 2012. We aggregated the stats and calculated the top vote getters overall.

1. Yamato Macross VF-4G Lightning III 202 votes
2. DX Soul of Chogokin Mazinger Z 188 votes
3. TMNT Classic Collection 114 votes

TOTY12: Best High-End Toy

Fewture EX Gokin Black Getter Changing Ver.
7% (23 votes)
Hot Toys MMS Iron Man MkII Armor Unleashed
2% (7 votes)
Hot Toys MMS Luke Skywalker (Bespin Outfit)
3% (9 votes)
Sideshow IG-88
1% (3 votes)
Soul of Chogokin Daioja
6% (19 votes)
DX Soul of Chogokin Mazinger Z
33% (100 votes)
Hot Toys MMS Iron Monger
12% (37 votes)
Yamato VF-4G Lightning III
36% (109 votes)
Total votes: 307
Posted 6 January, 2013 - 14:34 by JoshB

TOTY12: Best Gokin

Chogokin Charming Drossel
3% (6 votes)
Chogokin Macross VF-171EX
13% (27 votes)
Chogokin RAcaseal
3% (7 votes)
Soul of Chogokin Daioja
7% (15 votes)
Soul of Chogokin DX Mazinger Z
44% (89 votes)
Super Robot Chogokin Big Volfogg
2% (4 votes)
Super Robot Chogokin DaiZyuJin
14% (28 votes)
Super Robot Chogokin Might Gaine
2% (5 votes)
Play Imaginative Super Alloy Batman
2% (4 votes)
Fewture EX Gokin Black Getter Changing Ver.
8% (17 votes)
Total votes: 202
Posted 6 January, 2013 - 14:57 by JoshB

TOTY12: Best Designer Toy

3A Caesar Clint-E Desert Corps 666th
10% (13 votes)
3A Caesar RIP002
7% (9 votes)
Calgrim Master Wraith
2% (3 votes)
Fuei Shokai Slender Man
6% (7 votes)
Gigabrain Bisson
2% (2 votes)
Glyos Armorvor
38% (48 votes)
Glyos Rig Runner
4% (5 votes)
Incubot Gigantor USB
2% (3 votes)
Bandai Tokyo Vinyl Godzilla
14% (17 votes)
Bandai Tokyo Vinyl MechaGodzilla
14% (18 votes)
Total votes: 125
Posted 6 January, 2013 - 15:00 by JoshB

TOTY12: Best Action Figure

TMNT Classic Collection
29% (52 votes)
Super Robot Chogokin DaiZyuJin
28% (51 votes)
Super Robot Chogokin Solar Aquarion
2% (4 votes)
Super Robot Chogokin Majin Gattai MagiKing
4% (7 votes)
SIC Kiwami Tamashii Kamen Rider Kuuga (Mighty Form)
7% (13 votes)
Robot SpiritsWing Gundam Zero
6% (11 votes)
Robot Spirits OZ-06MS Leo
6% (10 votes)
Revoltech Powered Suit
4% (8 votes)
Bandai Vinyl Godzilla
4% (8 votes)
S.H.Figuarts Akiba Red
8% (15 votes)
Total votes: 179
Posted 6 January, 2013 - 14:54 by JoshB

TOTY12: Best Transforming Toy

FansProject Assaulter
10% (23 votes)
Gyrozetter Nissan GT-R
0% (1 vote)
Transformers Masterpiece Lambor
23% (51 votes)
Transformers Prime Arcee
1% (3 votes)
Transformers Prime Ultra Magnus
2% (4 votes)
Transformers Prime Vehicon
9% (20 votes)
SIC Kiwami Tamashii Side Basshar
1% (2 votes)
Transformers War for Cybertron Bruticus
5% (10 votes)
Chogokin Macross VF-171EX
5% (11 votes)
Yamato Macross VF-4G Lightning III
43% (95 votes)
Total votes: 220
Posted 6 January, 2013 - 15:03 by JoshB

TOTY12: Best Actual Kids Toy

Imaginext Doc & Exo Suit
9% (16 votes)
Tomica Storm Runner
11% (20 votes)
TMNT Classic Collection
34% (62 votes)
Bandai Ultra Egg Eleking
3% (6 votes)
Playmmobil E-Rangers Collectobot
5% (10 votes)
Spider Man Flip and Attack Battle Hauler and Cyber Lizard
1% (2 votes)
Bandai Fusion Series Gigan
1% (1 vote)
Lego Sith Fury-class Interceptor
14% (25 votes)
V-Tech Switch N Go Tonn the Stegosaurus
8% (14 votes)
Mega Bloks Spider-Man Techbot
16% (29 votes)
Total votes: 185
Posted 6 January, 2013 - 15:06 by JoshB

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TOTY12: Best Action Figure

  • 11 January, 2013 - 23:23

With the exclusion of Riobot Gurren Lagan I couldn't even cast a vote in this category!

Yeah, totally. Don't think

  • 16 January, 2013 - 01:07

Yeah, totally. Don't think any of those entries can even touch Riobot Gurren Lagann from the design and poseability stand point. Its a shame its not even listed.

Even though it took three

  • 11 January, 2013 - 23:35

Even though it took three attempts to get one that didn't have paint splatter or stress marks, no Blazing Sword Voltron?

MS-05L Zaku I Sniper Type didn't make the cut either... MS-06 was 2011 I guess.? I haven't had either in my hands but they are two good looking figures, both with diecast.

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