Monday, October 15, 2012

HABA Wins Family Fun's 21st Annual T.O.Y. Awards! {Henry HABA Strong's Armor and Expedition Dino Review & Giveaway}

HABA logo
Once in a while I see polls or awards noting such-and-such actress is the sexiest woman alive or whoever brand car has been rated the most-loved by parents, and I roll my eyes as I wonder who comes up with these things. After all, isn't sexiness a subjective feature? And how was that car picked above all others? I don't remember being asked my opinion!

On the other hand, when the experts in all things entertaining declare that they have tested over 300 toys with kids of all ages and have named the very best, then I know that the winners of Family Fun's 21st Annual T.O.Y. Awards must actually be pretty darn good.

Which is why I wasn't all that surprised to hear that one of our all-time favorite brands, HABA, has taken home not one but two of those awards. We have long known that their products are high quality, durable, educational and extremely awesome, so hearing that Henry HABA Strong's Armor and Expedition Dino have been recognized as two of the very best toys of the year is truly giving credit where credit is due.

HABA Family Fun Awards

Founded in Germany back in 1938, HABA has been bringing amazing, award-winning products to children ever since. Unmatched in their selection of unique, high quality toys, games, gifts and furniture, they offer the whimsical and innovative toys for babies, toddlers and beyond that reflect their European values of staying playful and environmentally-friendly.

And when it comes to playful, is there a child around that wouldn't be thrilled to participate in the exciting make-believe fun of dressing up in Henry HABA Strong's Armor?

HABA Henry Armor

Thanks to the adjustable fastener on the belt, this armor can be easily put on and off by any little knights, as well as fitting those of multiple sizes. With elastic on the shoulders for comfort and a chest protector showing a fiery dragon right on the front, it only takes a minute to slip on this colorful, durable outfit and be transformed into character.

The only thing that makes it better? Adding any of the adorable matching accessories (such as the helmet, mace, sword, or shield) to truly bring your pretend play into medieval times.

HABA Henry helmet sword

As I had suspected, Big Sister E and Little Sister B were beyond thrilled to see Henry HABA Strong's Armor, Helmet and Sword and began to incorporate being a knight into just about any imaginative tale they would weave. Princesses and knights, knights and dragons, knights at the grocery store... you get the picture.

Henry Haba Armor

Designed for ages 3 - 6, Henry HABA Strong's Armor, Helmet and Sword have led to adventures and battles of all kinds that have been brave and exciting (and safe). The cotton/polyester fabric has proven strong and tough, the helmet flips open and shut just like a real knight and the sword is plenty rugged... without actually imparting any risk.

En garde!

HABA knight costume

Retailing for $32.99 for the Armor and between $9.99 - $22.99 for the accessories, I can see why Family Fun declared these pieces perfect for exciting make-believe and ideal for boys and girls who love role play.

Henry HABA Strong's Armor

When my kids aren't busy defending their kingdom from dragons and bad guys, they've been having a great time extending their love of dinosaurs to the next level by playing Expedition Dino. The whole family can easily get in on the action, as this game is for ages 4+ and can be played with 2 - 5 players.

HABA Expedition Dino

While most board games resemble one another, it was immediately apparent that Expedition Dino was going to be different simply based on the 3D aspects of it. How could kids not be excited to play a game that starts with a tower of boulders and a hammer and chisel?

HABA Expedition Dino review

Using a combination of skill and luck, players take turns "excavating" petrified bones from the rocks in an effort to collect the most before the hidden dinosaur topples over and ends the game.

Although we had to keep glancing at the instructions during our first round or two of play (to keep track of what the different spaces on the board represented or what each player could choose to do next), this game quickly proved to be a whole lot of fun for everyone!

Expedition Dino review

Retailing for $35.99, Expedition Dino provides a unique way to build cognitive thinking, practice motor skills and keep kids interested (one game only lasts around 15 minutes) and wanting to play time and again. It's a must-have for family game nights for years to come!

Offering children's products ranging from infants to big kids, we have been a fan of HABA ever since our first introduction... so having the recognition from Family Fun that this brand knows all that there is to know about providing fun and learning for all ages feels like a perfect fit. Congratulations, HABA!

And, thanks to their generosity, two people will soon have a taste of the award-winning entertainment that HABA can provide, because...

One lucky person will win a Henry HABA-Strong's Sword and one lucky person will win a Henry HABA-Strong's Sword AND an Expedition Dino game!


(Enter with the Rafflecopter form below. If you have any questions or problems entering, there is a video tutorial found here that can help.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A big thank you to HABA for providing an Expedition Dino game and Henry HABA Strong's Armor pieces for me to review as well as for two lucky giveaway winners. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll. 

151 comments:

julie said...

My kids would love the Marble Ball Track Building Set (Large)

aperry said...

My First Ball Track

Gala said...

Blossom Sky Play Tent

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

MOOVER Baby Truck Red
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mummytotwoboys said...

Another great item from the Haba site is Musical Pudgie Puppy Pure Nature - Organic Soft Toy

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john said...

Marble Ball Track Set

Lisa R said...

Zippy Scooters Domino Game

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Patricia Williams said...

Carpenter pixie walker wagon

mommyisshopping said...

Would love the beautiful My First Ball Track.

Anonymous said...

I think my nephew would have fun playing Gerda Gacker Game.

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ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

Marble Ball Track Building Set

wigget said...

woul love to get the Arranging Game Corner to Corner

Mammamayor said...

Marble track thank you !

Tammy1409 said...

Captain Charlie costume

BeckyM said...

I like the Figure Tack game!
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Sandy VanHoey said...

I like the red moover doll pram
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debijackson said...

zippy scooters domino game
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petchk79 said...

my daughter would love the classic duck pull toy, she loves pulling things behind her!
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lace said...

I'd love Big Looping Track - Marble Ball Track

Tanya M said...

Shopping Net Vegetables.
Thank you for the giveaway.

Alissa @ Fun Finds for Families said...

Besides Expedition Dino, you mean? (Because it's PERFECT for my dino fan!) We'd also love the large marble track from Haba!

Kathy said...

I like the Doctor Suitcase.

s said...

Animal Upon Animal Game

Jenny Stanek said...

I woud love one of the Assembly Kits for my boys

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Anonymous said...

marble ball track building set

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coliebear said...

I like the animal upon animal game.
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Connie Gruning said...

We would love the Cow Carola Picture Cube
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Chelsea said...

I would love the Pirates Junior Sudoku Game

Cassandra Eastman said...

I would love the On Duty Tack Zap Hammer Game for my 3 year old son!

Cassandra Eastman said...

I would love the On Duty Tack Zap Hammer Game for my 3 year old son!

Colleen M said...

I would also like to have their Building Blocks First Letter Fun.

Hippie4ever said...

The carrot pinching and little orchard games look fun.

Carrie Phelps said...

The Nele Doll would be perfect for my granddaughter.

AStarrA said...

Robin Hound game

apple blossom said...


The Black Pirate Game

bison61 said...

Starter Set with Water Seesaw

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sandra d said...

the rose fairy tent

Cserafini said...

Marble ball track!

sue said...

Blossom sky play tent- what fun! Thanks for the chance.

Anne N. said...

I like the marble track.

cindy said...

Captain Charlie's Hat and Beard

Jessica said...

My daughter would love the Lucky Horseshoe Horse Barn for Dolls. Thank you!

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tatertot374 said...

Marble Ball Track Set

SueZH said...

I like the ABC sand mold

mogrill said...

I like the blossom sky play tent.
Thanks for the chance.
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Mirm said...

Like the First Blocks set.

Stephanie said...

My daughter would love Luca Doll's Bed

Chelsea said...

My daughter Alea would love any of the princess toys!

Kimberly said...

I like the Nele Doll
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Amo said...

I would like the Flower Child Threading Beads!

NJD said...

My little guy would love expedition dino- I never heard of it and I will probably buy it anyway even if I don't win!

tina reynolds said...

i really like the Aircraft Swing thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

Kathleen said...

The Knuckling Knights Games looks like fun.

Janet W. said...

My grandson would like the Frog Bath Book with Frog Squirter.

Dave said...

The antiquity architerctural blocks look neat...entered as Davis

Becky R said...

Doc HABA set

Brooke Adametz said...

The Baroque architechtural blocks

Renee Walters said...

My son would like the brick mold toy! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
Reneewalters3@yahoo.com

polly said...

love their red rocking horse

Annette said...

Love the "arranging game"

Amy B said...

We'd love to have Captain Charlie's Hat and Beard to play with!

KD { Mom of 3 Dolls } said...

The baby would like the MOOVER Baby Truck Red.

Mrs. Kaminski said...

Arranging game corner to corner looks great!

taralieb said...

I would like to get the Colored Building Blocks for my son

Theresa said...

I would love to own the Starter Set with Water Seesaw

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Marisa M said...

The Blossom Sky Playtent is adorable. My daughter would love it!
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Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said...

We own a lot of HABA games. We love Animal Upon Animal.

Lindsey M said...

my sons would love all the marble track stuff

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Ledford Land said...

I'd love the Animal Upon Animal Balancing Bridge for my daughter

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Ledford Land said...

I'd love the Animal Upon Animal Balancing Bridge for my daughter

Jessica Eaton Ledford
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Heather said...

I would love to give all your animals to my neice!

Danielle said...

I would love Cabrioletto for my son.


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Bunny B said...

The Figure Tack Game

sarah79harding said...

Marble Ball Track Building Set large

Nicole said...

I like the red moover dump truck

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this for my son

Marysa said...

Once Upon an Animal Game - I'd love it for my two kids!
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Kathy said...

I'd love to give the Doctor's suitcase to my niece!

Karen F said...

Sand Play Backpack Set

Kim said...

Love the Marble Ball Track Building Set (Large)

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Darlene ysaguirre said...

The Carpenter Pixie Walker

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Kerry said...

My daughter would love the MOOVER Doll Pram Red

The Brown Bunch said...

The Animal Upon Animal game:)

freddie said...

I would love to own their Sandwich Baguette. dwelchert@yahoo.com

Christine Jensen said...

I like the Clara doll

Teh Doll said...

Biofino Assorted Cookies

Rusti Michael said...

I would love to have the Egypt Architect blocks for my sons.

Khanh said...

I would love the Ships See Saw Swing for my son!

Nicole Wells said...

We love every thing HABA but especially the board game Little Thunder Witch. Its our go to birthday party present. We have had our eye on the Henry HABA Lance sword.

Jessica said...

I like the shopping net of vegetables.

Dana said...

I LOVE the knight set!!! I really want to give this to my 4 year old son. It is so cute!

Kayla said...

I love the sword & armor -- my boys would love to wear it!!

Teish said...

The clown blocks are so cute and cheeful!

Mayla Moore said...

I like the Animal Upon Animal Game.

SolDucky said...

the Building Scoop Baudino!

Sara said...

My oldest daughter would love the Doc HABA doctor kit.

Tiffany (NatureMom) said...

I'd love to have Haba's baking game.

Heather McDougle said...

i like the chef's stovetop set

Gianna said...

Castle Blocks.

corey1971 said...

My son would love the Terra Kids Automobile Assembly Kit (Corey Olomon)

Auri Lae said...

I'd love to have the MOOVER rocking horse in natural for my son - I know it would be a big hit!

Stephanie said...

My son would love the Construction Little Hand Puzzles
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Raising My Padawans said...

I'd also love to have the Haba pushing car walker wagon.
-Heather S

Jessica Rose said...

The Henry HABA Strong Hobby Horse

Saver Sara said...

Basic Building Blocks (Starter Set)

CarrieAnn13 said...

I like the Discovering Ball Paletti

Lena said...

My son would love the doctor kit.

Christine Jessamine said...

i would love the Cory Caterpillar Pull Toy

MELINA said...

Marble Ball Track Building Set (Large)

Amy V said...

i'd love the 'shopping net vegetables'

Missy L said...

My son would really like the Marble Ball Track Building Set

Niclan80 said...

I would like to give the Ahoi Treasures game as a Christmas gift to my son.

Karen said...

My son would LOVE the Marble Ball Track :)

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Star S said...

Animal Upon Animal is something my granddaughter would love

Erika P. said...

I would give the Moover Dump Truck Red as a gift.

Charlene said...

I'd like to have the Cake or King game :)

kathy pease said...

I love the Doll Philippa

Tabathia said...

My First Ball Track - Basic Pack

Anonymous said...

The doctor suitcse - Mary

Teresa Thompson said...

Airy Fairy Baby Swing

Kimberly said...

My son would love this!!

Marissa M said...

I would love the Marrakesh Room Tent
lovefreestuff17(at)gmail(dot)com

Alena Telford said...

marble ball track

Hotsnotty2 said...

Zippy Scooters Domino Game

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

melmorgan4 said...

Blossom Sky Play Tent

groco said...

I'd love to give the shopping net vegetables.

Magela said...

I love the Bambini Aqua Zoo Threading Beads

shirley H said...

Airy Fairy Baby Swing





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Tamar said...

I fell behind.... no internet here as a result of Sandy. We're in day 6 of an outage :( I'm borrowing from a neighbor.

I see the person above me chose what I actually went to habausa to spot myself,... and that coincidence, I swear, was not intentional!!!!

Doctor's Suitcase looks great. Doc Haba is also cute.

oceanrena said...

Convoi Pull & Stack Toy
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blew415 said...

the traffic suitcase set is cute!

Anonymous said...

Marble Ball Track Set

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Emily Reviews said...

I'd also love - http://www.habausa.com/products/toddler-toys/puzzles-for-toddlers/my-very-first-game-sailor-ahoy.html

littleheathen9109 @ Yah00 d0t c0m

Tracey said...

I like the Biofino Pizza.
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Anonymous said...

my first block set
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amy16323 said...

Animal Upon Animal Game
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susansmoaks said...

We would enjoy the Basketball Hoop - Marble Ball Track Accessory
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Jennifer Peaslee said...

I'd love to give the Animal Friends Fabric Book to my nephew!

Jenny Q said...

I really like the Antiquity architectural building blocks

edgesmama said...

i love the dool pram in blue. i know some ittle girls who would love it as well!
edgesmama@yahoo.com

Dawn Reid said...

I would love the Carpenter Pixie Walker Wagon
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rebecca11111 said...

i would give it to my nephew i think he would like it

AngelWinner said...

Ring a Thing game

Jamie Leigh Martin said...

http://www.habausa.com/products/arts-and-crafts-for-kids/sticker-books/stickerworld-princess.html

Kellie Conklin said...

I also am in love with the Little Miss Fidget Play Doll Puppet. So cute and the girls I watch are always putting on shows! thanks!

daveshir2005 said...

I like the Arranging Game Corner to Corner

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Sarah Yurga said...

Carpenter Pixie Walker Wagon would be great to have

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Vikki Billings said...

Animal Upon Animal Balancing Bridge, I would gift it to my grandson!

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Tylerpants said...

My kids would love to receive the Fantasy Blocks. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

laurasloves said...

I would love to give the Moover Baby Walker Red for my son for Christmas.
lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

caseykelp said...

Animal Upon Animal Balancing Bridge looks like fun