The Designer Toy Awards are back! Yeah, it feels like two minutes since the 2016 winners were being announced. There is a reason for this. In previous years the DTA Ceremony took place during NYCC. However, in 2017 with the arrival of the Five Points Festival in NYC, hosted by Clutter Magazine. With Clutter also hosting the Designer Toy Awards, it makes sense that the DTA’s take place during Five Points! The DTA’s are a special time for all involved in the Designer Toy community. We are going to go through each category, and let you know the finalists for each. These finalists are based on public nominations, followed up by a Nomination Panel choosing the final nine. The winner will be chosen by the DTA Finalists Panel (see HERE for details on the panel) and announced at the Live ceremony on Friday 19th May at Five Points Festival.
Presented to the best Designer Toy manufactured platform using a sofubi (Japanese soft vinyl) style of production. This category celebrates the manner in which Japanese production techniques, factories, and design styles have become a mainstay for the Designer Toy market. The manufacturing quality, sculpting, and innovative colour variations will all be considered for this award.
Please note: This category is only open to platforms cast in sofubi. Pieces made out of “Western vinyl” (usually from China) should be entered in the Best Vinyl category.
• Release must be a brand new Designer Toy, or a significantly modified version of a previous release, that was debuted last year.
• The majority of the release must be made out of soft Japanese vinyl.
* Must be a stand-alone release and not part of a series (see Best Mini-Series).