Highly Commended, 2014

To be a Highly Commended Winner, entries had to be impressive in nearly every criteria.

Nano Quad Pro

Experienced RC flyers will love the new 4-channel GHz Nano Quad Pro, the professional version of the multi award-winning Nano Quad. Compared to its predecessor, it's optimised for 100% performance, featuring three speed levels, an ability to fly loops and weighing only 11.5g. The gyro ensures smooth, stable flight and bright, built-in LED lights aid flying in lowly lit areas. Other features include 4-channel, 2.4GHz-Transmitter with trim control and easy battery charging via the USB connection. The package includes the Nano Quad Pro, transmitter, USB Cable, set of spare blades and multi-lingual manual.

Buy from Amazon and All good toy and model stores — SRP 39.99
Loom Twister

The Loom Twister has been this years hot product, with kids creating everything from bracelets to dresses using this loom and a collection of coloured rubber bands. The Loom Twister collection starts with low cost training packs and goes right up to 25,000 band cases. Children can add charms and personalise their creations.

Buy from Amazon, The Works, The Entertainer and Toy Master — SRP 12.00
The Essential Baby Care

The Essential Baby Care Guide is described by Professor Robert Winston as “The Encyclopaedia Britannica of baby-care – everything you need to know in a nutshell”. A comprehensive guide, covering all baby-care subjects, brought to you by the top medical experts, including UNICEF, St John Ambulance, the Royal College of Paediatrics and more. Made by a team formerly from the BBC science department – beautifully presented and easy to watch. 160 different visual advice and demonstrations clips on breastfeeding, formula feeding, introducing solids, care, health, massage, development, sleeping, first aid and safety. Fantastic value for money. You don’t need any other baby-care guides if you have this one

Buy from Appstore, Googleplay and kindle — SRP 0.69
Appletters

The core-skills word game that makes learning fun! Spelling, concentration and strategic thinking… Parents and educators agree that playing Appletters develops all these core skills and more! Ideal for early readers, the game sees players work together to build a ‘word worm'… As you add new words to the head and tail, the word worm gets longer and the game gets harder! But stay on your toes: while the worm twists and turns, your aim stays the same… You want to be the first player to use all your tiles — and win! Appletters is an addictive game for ages 5+. It comes with instructions for three extra challenge games…. So clear the table, unzip the apple-shaped carry case and prepare for a great family game!

Buy from John Lewis, Lakeland and www.winningmoves.co.uk — SRP 15.99
Pirate Robo Fish Play Set

Water activated robotic fish toy that has pirate design and realistically swims when submerged. Place in water and the tail fin makes life-like movements to propel the robot. Includes bowl and accessories.

Buy from Hamleys, Fenwicks and Toymaster — SRP 20
Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 48 Piece DX Set

Magna-Tiles 3-D magnetic building tiles are “where math, science, and creativity meet”. These tactile, colorful, geometric shapes are designed to promote imaginative, open-ended play. Each tile is lined with magnets, allowing children of all ages to successfully make flat patterns and 3-D shapes. Build a Magna-Tiles castle or a tall, tall tower! The secret is the unique ability to attract even when the tiles are flipped. They always attract! Magna-Tects (Magna-Tiles Architects) develop fine motor skills and learn math concepts through play.

Buy from Amazon — SRP 49.99
Transformers Optimus Prime Challenge Track Set

Fans of Transformers will love to race Bumblebee and Lockdown through the Transformers Optimus Prime Challenge Track Set! Pull back and release the Bumblebee and Lockdown cars down the mega drop, watch them speed through the awesome 360° loop and shoot out through the Optimus Prime cab grill with launch ramp — cool! Comes with Bumblebee and Lockdown shooting target discs — position in the cars trajectory paths for an Autobot versus Decepticon collision! Everything packs away into the transporter for tidy-away play and includes a carry handle — so you can take the Transformers Optimus Prime Challenge Track Set everywhere you go!

Buy from Argos, Toys R Us, Littlewoods/Very — SRP 29.99
Fruitominoes

Fruitominoes takes classic dominoes and gives them a fresh, fruity twist. Deliciously colorful images of fruit instead of dots means the time-tested game now appeals to children too… It even works for kids that are too young to count! Fruitominoes are beautifully crafted and come in a portable fabric pouch that goes just about anywhere you go… Connect the fruit and connect your family with Fruitominoes!

Buy from Amazon, Staples www.winningmoves.co.uk — SRP 14.99
Zip Stix Mega Pack

Prepare to Zip! Introducing the all new Zip Stix Mega pack, which has the complete package for everything you need to get zipping. The mega pack includes 6 x Zip Stix, 2 x launchers (that can lock together) 6 x crash cones, 1 x kicker ramp & 1 x quarter pipe. High-octane graphics lay flat like a skateboard then curl up like a runaway wheel when launched. Simply Lock, Load & Launch against the competition. Zip for distance, to crash cones & do amazing stunts! Suitable for ages 4

Buy from Smyths and Amazon — SRP 12.99
Raskullz Red Mohawk Helmet

Young skaters, scooterers and cyclists can unleash their personalities and step out in their favourite helmet design. Turning an essential product that kids need, into something they want, Raskullz feature a shock-absorbing EPS inner shell for protection, aerodynamic cooling vents to keep the head nice and cool, and adjustable nylon straps for a great fit. The 3D technology, a soft rubber-based material goes into making these unique and cool designs. Fits heads: Adhere to UK safety standard: BS EN 1078 2012. Age guide 4+ years, sizing (circumference) 50-54cms.

Buy from Argos and Smyths — SRP 22.99
Jumbo Bananagrams

Jumbo BANANAGRAMS is terrific for indoor, outdoor and classroom play. Each of the 144 three-inch square tiles is waterproof, washable and flexible. The set comes in a giant, banana-like tote bag. Play BANANAGRAMS as usual or put the Bunch further away for a run-around version that exercises minds and bodies! Perfect for innovative play in the garden or playground, but equally fun on the living room floor or in the classroom.

Buy from Selfridges Hamleys and Ocado — SRP 49.99
Moustache Smash

Look! Match! Smash! Moustache Smash is the ‘tache smashing game that's full of speedy fun! Each player keeps a moustache held up to their nose, as each card is turned over, watch for a card matching your ‘tache in colour or shape. See a match, you better smash it fast! Be the first to smash the ‘tache card and your moustache's suction cup will pick it up and you score a point. But don't smash the wrong card, or you'll pay a penalty and lose 2 of your cards. Collect the most moustache cards and you win! For 3-6 players.

Buy from Smyths, The Toy Shop and Amazon — SRP 14.99
Bananagrams

The core-skills word game that makes learning fun! Spelling, concentration and strategic thinking… Parents and educators agree that playing Appletters develops all these core skills and more! Ideal for early readers, the game sees players work together to build a ‘word worm'… As you add new words to the head and tail, the word worm gets longer and the game gets harder! But stay on your toes: while the worm twists and turns, your aim stays the same… You want to be the first player to use all your tiles — and win! Appletters is an addictive game for ages 5+. It comes with instructions for three extra challenge games…. So clear the table, unzip the apple-shaped carry case and prepare for a great family game!

Buy from John Lewis, Lakeland and www.winningmoves.co.uk — SRP 15.99