2019 TOY AND GAME INNOVATION (TAGIE) AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT 17th ANNUAL CHICAGO TOY & GAME WEEK
CHICAGO, Ill., December 3, 2019 – The Chicago Toy & Game Group revealed the winners of the 12th annual TAGIE Awards, recognizing top toy and game innovators from around the world. The TAGIE Awards are the preeminent awards program honoring innovation and excellence in the toy and game industry. Winners were announced at a playful Gala event, The Power of Magic, on November 22, 2019 at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago.
Attended by almost 500, the Gala event kicked-off with magic, music and a rocket with industry innovators in the spotlight. Mark Setteducati (magician, author and inventor of magic, illusions, games and puzzles), John Railing (magician and author) and Max Temkin (magician and Co-Founder of Cards Against Humanity) impressed attendees with their magic tricks, while music was enjoyed by Skip Towne and the Greyhounds, along with Jay Horowitz on piano. In addition, Robert Victor, and his team at Kite and Rocket Research, led the inaugural launch of their latest creation, the World’s Largest Kid-Powered Rocket.
The awards program was hosted by Karri Bean, Senior Licensing Manager, Disney Parks Experiences & Products, and the new Star Wars D-O Remote Control Droid by Hasbro also made a special appearance on stage. The keynote address was delivered by Richard Dickson, President & COO of Mattel and the evening was culminated with the Lifetime Achievement Award honoring industry legend Ivan Moscovich.
“The TAGIE Awards Gala is always an inspiring evening as we celebrate the amazing innovators behind some of the most successful toys and games,” said Mary Couzin, Founder and President, Chicago Toy & Game Group. “This year was especially memorable as Ivan Moscovich shared his life journey from surviving concentration camps as a teenager, to becoming one of the most prolific inventors in the industry over the past seven decades.”
The official 2019 Toy and Game Innovation (TAGIE) Award winners are:
TOY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by American Specialty Toy Retailing Association; ASTRA)
Ryan Kratz and Gil Zalayet for Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ Transforming Batmobile™ RC Vehicle (Mattel)
GAME INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by The Michael Kohner Corporation)
Kane Klenko for Pandemic: Rapid Response (Z-Man Games), Cosmic Factory (Gigamic), Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken (Minion Games), Proving Grounds (Renegade Game Studios), Slap It! (Renegade Game Studios)