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.
Best Vinyl & Plastic
Presented to the best Designer Toy platform manufactured using “Western vinyl,” which typically means manufactured in China. 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 mainly in “Western vinyl” (usually from China), but includes other types of western plastic such as ABS, PVC, etc. Pieces made out of sofubi (Japanese vinyl) should be entered in the Best Sofubi category.
• A 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 vinyl, not including soft Japanese vinyl (sofubi) which has its own category.
* Must be a stand-alone release and not part of a series (see Best Mini-Series).
Massive congratulations to the nine finalists in the Best Vinyl & Plastic category. Definitely more than one contender for this title. Could be interesting!