Funko Games Earns Toy of The Year Nominations For Fifth Year In a Row

Disney Animated and Cranium Big Brain: Detective Game Received Nominations for Game of the Year and STEAM Game of the Year Respectively

Today, the Toy Association announced that innovative tabletop games developer Funko Games earned Toy of The Year (TOTY) Award nominations for two of their most popular games released earlier this year – Disney Animated and Cranium Big Brain: Detective Game. The announcement signals the fifth consecutive year that Funko Games’ products have earned nominations and the seventh year for Prospero Hall as a whole. The TOTY Awards are the most prominent honor to achieve in the toy and collectibles industry – a perfect fit for Funko Games’ products.

We’re so proud of our team at Funko Games for creating these outstanding games,” said Andrew Perlmutter, President of Funko. “It’s a testament to the Prospero Hall studio team and the quality of games they create, for earning their 6th and 7th TOTY Finalist nominations in just 4 years!

Both games are tied to extensive campaigns that Funko Games have been involved with this year. Disney Animated was released earlier this year as part of Disney’s 100-year anniversary celebration and has since enthralled gamers and Disney fans, letting players be a part of the magic behind the franchise and rightfully earning it a Game of the Year nomination. Cranium Big Brain: Detective Game, under license by leading toy and game company Hasbro and nominated for STEAM Game of the Year, serves as a notable game from the Cranium game collection released  to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the game.

More details can be found below:

Disney Animated Game – Game of the Year Nominee

Work together like the team at the famous Walt Disney Animation Studios to create movie magic! Produce five classic Disney films using detailed background art, vibrant paint colors, and lively sound to bring cherished stories to life on the screen. But watch out! The infamous Villains of your feature films will rush your deadlines and create all the calamity they can. As a team, you’ll use the strengths of the Animation Studio—Heart, Focus, Inspiration, Grit, and Teamwork—to vanquish the Villains and finish your films in time!

Ages 10+ for 2-4 players

MSRP: $34.99


Box of Cranium Big Brain Detective Game

Cranium Big Brain: Detective Game – STEAM Toy of the Year Nominee

Your brain is a REALLY big place – and if you can imagine it, it fits!  But in big places, things go missing all the time.  Explore inside the Cranium brain and help each other figure out what happened in all the mysteries, puzzles, and ‘find it’ sets of “Imagination Land!​”

Play solo or cooperatively with others, with brain teasing, storytelling, and discovery ​exercises to educate and engage. Graduated play modes provide solo and team challenges for kids of all ages​. Gameplay is focused around the massive 880 square-inch game board, richly illustrated with hundreds of mysteries to solve!

Ages 5+ for 1 – 4 players

MSRP: $22.99 USD


The TOTY Awards will be held on the eve of Toy Fair®, September 29, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. For more information, visit or follow @FunkoGames on X, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.


WHEN: The Toy of the Year Awards® will be held in NYC on September 29, 2023

WHERE: The Awards ceremony will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.