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2008 Toy Awards: Best Packaging

While collectors are often torn between opening or leaving their toys in the package, it always helps to have well-produced (and attractive) packaging.  So, here are our five favorites of the past year.


5. Dookie-Poo (Chaotic Unicorn)
Designed like a little tree, this box listed the entire Dookie-Poo lineup on the back panel...even before it was released.  And that front window lets you see the cute character inside.


4. Tricycle Terror (Scott Tolleson)
The packaging for Scott Tolleson's Tricyle Terror is sporting a retro look to it. It has some great artwork of the inside character. And the front panel allows you to display it inside the packaging.


3. Star Wars Line (Sideshow)
The packaging for the Star Wars line always gets high grades from us.  Whether it's the photos from the films, the photos of the figure, the background info, or the magnetic front's all well done.


2. Carrot Shake Jake (Gary Ham)
Nice and simple. That describes the Carrot Shake Jake packaging. The front window is shaped like a cup.  And there's even a recipe for a carrot shake on the back.


*WINNER* 1. Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark (Sideshow)

Like Sideshow's Star Wars line, the Indiana Jones packaging features pictures from the film, photos of the figure and plenty of Indiana Jones reading. Then there are a pair of plastic trays to keep ahold of all of those accessories.

Plastic and Plush 2008 Toy Awards


It's that time of year again!  We get to make our selections for the best toys of the past year.  But don't fret, you'll also have a chance to choose your favorites in several different categories (what we call the Readers Choice section).

The categories we'll be covering this year include:

  • Best Packaging
  • Best Sculpting
  • Best Customizer
  • Best Mini Line
  • Best Fully Poseable Male Figure
  • Best Fully Poseable Female Figure
  • Artist of the Year
  • Best Toy Line
  • Plush Toy of the Year
  • Plastic Toy of the Year

We'll be asking you, the readers, to submit your picks in each of the following categories:

  • Favorite Artist
  • Favorite Company
  • Favorite Toy Line
  • Worst Toy
  • Favorite Fully Poseable Figure
  • Favorite Plush
  • Favorite Vinyl

Please submit your answers to and include your mailing address in the email.  That's because one lucky person will receive a Full Throttle Lara Croft (LE of 300, $169.99) thanks to

Entries will be accepted through February 9th at 11:59PM EST.  Everyone is eligible!