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The Toy Box

The Toy Box

Photo Credit:  ABC/Richard Cartwright
  • Premiered: 
    April 7, 2017
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: business, invention, toy

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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by Eric Stonestreet, THE TOY BOX is a one-hour competition series that features amateur toy inventors and designers, who are given the opportunity of a lifetime to have their toy go through a series of trials and tests. The show's mentors and judges select the winning toy that will be made by Mattel and sold exclusively at Toys 'R' Us, with the winner also receiving a cash prize of $100,000. The group of mentors includes Dylan's Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren, toy guru Jim Silver and Pixar Creative Director of Consumer Products Jen Tan. If the toy maker gets past the mentors, they will move on to The Toy Box where a panel of young, no-holds-barred judges -- Sophia Grace Brownlee, Aalyrah Caldwell, Toby Grey and Noah Ritter in Season 1 -- who decide which toy moves on to the finals and eventually crowned the winner. The series opener featured the following toy inventions: Arya Ball (Inventor: Babak from Carlsbad, CA), a reimagining of the soccer ball with special surprises inside; Wacky Worm Racing Game (Inventor: Cedric from Orlando, FL), a racing game where players dressed in a worm costume race to cross the finish line; Niya Doll (Inventor: Darla from Columbia, SC), a multicultural doll collection who sings and speaks in multiple languages; Swurfer (Inventor: Rob from Charleston, SC), a backyard swing inspired by a surfboard; and Party Cannon (Inventor: Rick from Miami Springs, FL), a party game that launches toys, prizes and candy. Season 2 of THE TOY BOX premiered on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 7pm ET/PT on ABC, with Eric Stonestreet returning to host for another season. This season, there are no adult mentors and all toys are assessed by a rotating panel of five kid judges per episode, featuring all new faces and perspectives and one returning favorite, Noah Ritter (age 8). The judges also include Adi Ash (age 10), Paxton Booth (age 7), Sydney Mae Estrella (age 9), Kyle Lee (age 7), Joachim Powell (age 11), Gideon Reynolds (age 6), Emma Sobel (age 9), Madison Stevens (age 8) and Olivia Trujillo (age 12).
On Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the Season 2 finale of THE TOY BOX. In the season ender, the finalists from each episode return, where the young judges decide who will have their toy made by Mattel and sold exclusively at Toys 'R' Us. The seven toys in the finals include:

Water Dodger: an environmentally friendly take on water-balloon fights where players are equipped with reusable water balls and water-blocking shields. Inventor: Nate from South Euclid, Ohio

CLICKEYBits: a pocket-sized fidget toy made with keyboard keys. Inventor: Shep from Jenkintown, Pennsylvania

Water Constructor: a build-it-yourself set of sprinkler tubes. Inventor: Steven and Damaris from Logan, Utah

Hovercraft: a build-it-yourself, remote-controlled water hovercraft that offers both a learning experience and a fun toy. Inventor: Bob from Cordova, Illinois

Archipelagolf: a reimagined portable golf set in which a ball launcher is used instead of golf clubs. Inventor: Doyle from Clovis, California

Ninja Cards: a fast-paced and competitive target throwing game with collectible cards. Inventors: Dustin from Irvine, California, and Ken from Chicago, Illinois

Poshies: a fashion system with exchangeable animal-inspired prints and designs. Inventor: Blythe from San Juan Capistrano, California


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Electus
  • Produced by Hud:sun Media