BELOIT — PlayMonster, the Beloit-based toy and game making company, received a Toy of the Year award for its game Yeti in My Spaghetti at the 114th North American International Toy Fair.
Also, PlayMonster director of marketing Lisa Wuennemann, was presented with the Women in Toys Wonder Woman Award at the toy fair.Yeti in My Spaghetti was crowned Game of the Year at the TOTY Awards Ceremony at New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Feb. 17. The event kicked off Toy Fair Week, which took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Feb. 18 through 21.
The game, which involves keeping a Yeti suspended on a mound of spaghetti while players remove noodles one-by-one, was recognized for its innovation, design, product excellence and marketplace success; and it was chosen as a winner by elite members of the toy industry, including retail buyers, inventors/designers, academics, journalists, trade media spokespeople and bloggers.
“We were so excited that we set a company record this year with five TOTY nominations: My Fairy Garden, Automoblox, Perplexus Q-bot, Wonder Crew, and of course, Yeti in My Spaghetti,” said Bob Wann, Chief PlayMonster of PlayMonster. “Then to win the Game of the Year for Yeti in My Spaghetti… what a great way to kick-off the show! The entire PlayMonster team is beyond proud of this accomplishment.”
The celebration continued on Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Women in Toys (WIT) 13th Annual Wonder Women Awards Gala, which salutes the industry’s top female change makers and pioneers. PlayMonster’s Director of Marketing, Lisa Wuennemann received the Wonder Woman Award for excellence in Marketing for her talents and expertise in bringing PlayMonster’s products successfully to market.
“It is immensely gratifying to be recognized by the industry and to receive this distinguished award,” said Lisa Wuennemann. “The 12 nominees in the marketing category were all dynamic women from established, successful companies, and to be a nominee among them was in itself, a true win.”