December 03, 2015 10:30 ET

GUND Earns Multiple TIA Toy of the Year Nominations

EDISON, NJ--(Marketwired - December 03, 2015) - Two popular GUND products have been selected as finalists by the Toy Industry Association for their prestigious 2016 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award. Nominations were determined by industry experts including retail buyers, journalists, bloggers, trade media spokespersons, academics, and designers. Input from mass retailers, specialty retailers, media, and TIA members will be weighted and used to determine the overall "Toy of the Year" award.

Both GUND products have been nominated as finalists in the specialty toy category. Sleepy Seas Sound & Lights Whale is a cute and cuddly plush toy that helps soothe baby to sleep with relaxing sounds and soft glowing lights. Nursery Rhyme Elmo is a delightful 15" animated plush that recites five childhood classics with his own humorous spin: Humpty Dumpty, Mary Had A Little Lamb, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Hickory Dickory Dock, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

To vote for Sleepy Seas Sound & Lights Whale and Nursery Rhyme Elmo, please visit and scroll down to the "Specialty Toy of the Year" category.

"Receiving two nominations from a prestigious organization like the TIA is such an honor," said GUND Vice President of Marketing Sally Drewes. "GUND always strives for excellence in product design. To have our work recognized by the industry is a tribute to our commitment to creating quality toys that children love."

The TOTY nominations are the latest in a series of industry honors earned by GUND products in recent years. Sleepy Seas Sound & Lights Whale has earned both a 2014 Creative Child Preferred Choice Award, as well as a seal of approval from the National Parenting Center. Nursery Rhyme Elmo has earned a Top Fun designation from the Tillywig Toy Awards.

For more information about GUND products, please visit or call 800-448-4863.

About GUND

GUND®, a division of Enesco, LLC, is known worldwide for its top quality, soft, and huggable plush designs and gift products. Award-winning GUND products appeal to all ages, from infants up, and are perfect for both play and collecting. The 116-year old company is based in Edison, New Jersey, and distributes throughout the United States and Canada as well as in Europe, Japan, Australia, and South America. GUND products may be found in gift, specialty, toy, book, museum, and department stores as well as many other retail outlets. To find your nearest retailer or to purchase directly please visit

About Enesco

Enesco, LLC, is a global leader in the giftware and home and garden décor industries. Serving more than 44,000 customers worldwide, Enesco distributes products to a wide variety of specialty card and gift retailers, home décor boutiques, mass-market chains, and direct mail retailers. With subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Hong Kong, Enesco serves markets operating in Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Asia. The company's product lines include some of the world's most recognized brands including Heartwood Creek® by Jim Shore, Foundations®, Our Name is Mud®, GUND®, Boyds®, Department 56® Villages, Country Artists®, Walt Disney Classics Collection®, Disney Traditions™, Border Fine Arts™, Cherished Teddies®, The Trail of Painted Ponies®, and Lilliput Lane®, among others. Further information is available at

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