"The Toy Box"
Season Premiere Sunday, October 1 at 7 PM ET/PT on ABC
“The Toy Box” is the ultimate toy-competition series, providing talented designers with the chance of a lifetime – an opportunity to bring their toy concept to life with industry-giant Mattel and to the shelves of Toys”R”Us® the day after the season finale. Hosted by Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”), inventors present a wide variety of games, plushes and educational, creative and imagination-building toys to the toughest panel of judges – a rotating roster of no-nonsense, toy-loving kids.
In each episode, passionate inventors who have poured their hearts and souls into their product present their toy concepts to a panel of the toughest judges in the industry – kids! The judges have the opportunity to play with the toy, give their feedback and determine who will receive a Golden Hot Wheel, putting them on the “fast track” to the next round. The winner from each episode will move on to the finale to compete for the grand prize; their toy will be made by Mattel and sold exclusively at Toys”R”Us stores nationwide and Toysrus.com, joining last season’s winner, ArtSplash, as well as a $100,000 cash prize.
This week’s toy inventions include:
Cyborg Princess – a series of alternate-world characters and comic books that serve as futuristic emblems of female empowerment
Inventor: James from Beaverton, Oregon
Soldier Ball – a game combining the iconic mini green army men with elements of strategy and bowling
Inventor: Nate and Isaac from Albany, Georgia
Go Chopstix – a racing game in which players using chopsticks to compete against each other to remove toy sushi pieces from a rotating tray the fastest
Inventor: Chuck from San Diego, California
Patio Pong – a large-scale ball toss game that is fun for the whole family
Inventor: Melissa from Woodstock, Georgia
Flip-O-Matic – a kid-friendly, color-coordinated launcher game
Inventor: Brad from New York, New York
Water Dodger – an environmentally friendly take on water-balloon fights where players are equipped with reusable water balls and water-blocking shields
Inventor: Nate from South Euclid, Ohio
Thingamatink – an origami-inspired blanket that can be folded into a boat
Inventor: Erin and Kayla from Oakland, California