Yeah, it would have been nice if we could spend more time with each, but Toy Fair is very rush and go. Everything is scheduled, and everyone always has somewhere else to be.
Plus, some of these guys just aren't as talkative on camera as I'd like them to be. :-) I understand that they are kind of being put on the spot, so I don't fault them. But Randy at NECA is such a natural. He was awesome. Whereas the guys at Playmates, while incredibly grateful for the rewards, were a little more camera shy I think. :-)
Jay and I deliberated for quite some time on each of these winners, and we absolutely took feedback from fans online for our choices. It's always hard to choose winners for stuff like this, becuase of course everyone has their own opinions and tastes. So nobody is wrong in what they feel here, and if you don't agree with us we're definitely not offended. We're not the end-all be-all of toys! Heh.
But the winners we chose we picked based on what we felt were the best showings for each category and had the most positive feedback from fans.
TMNT was real close to sweeping these awards, LOL. Arguments could have been made for Playmates and TMNT to win each category, honestly. They just did a great job in 2012, imo. But I definitely feel they synched Toy of the Year with that playset. There were some great toys in 2012, don't get me wrong. But that playset is absolutely outstanding for this day in age. It's huge, it's well made, and it's fun.
NECA was easy choice for Company of the Year not only for their great product that constantly seems to improve, but also for their amazing fan interaction. Jay and I both agreed upon that pretty quickly, and it was great to see the poll results reflect that a lot of the fans felt the same way. The fact that Randy goes out of his way to always talk to the fans and answer them, even when the fans aren't that nice, really says alot about him and the company as a whole. NECA is pretty top notch in that regard, and that was a big reason for why they won.
Property of the Year was the hardest for us to choose. I think Marvel Legends had a really great comeback and showing altogether, especially compared to Hasbro's first go-around. I know that I personally tried hard to avoid getting back into collecting Marvel Legends, but once I got a figure from Hasbro's new line, I was immediately hooked again.
As for sculptors, there are a lot of great ones (NECA!), but The Four Horsemen were an easy pick for both myself and Jay. (Hey look...Pixel Dan only picked one MOTUC winner! Wow! ;-) ) These guys work so hard and on so many different lines, and just about everything they do is always impressive. MOTUC, DCUC, Watchmen, and their own lines like Outer Space Men, the upcoming Power Lords (woo!), and their FANtastic Exlcusive stuff...it's all incredible, imo.
So, there's my insight! Jay can add anything else to that and his personal feelings if he wants. I just hope you guys enjoyed this! This was out first go at this, so there's always room for improvement in the future as far as the video presentation and such goes. :-)