The Toy Man® Product Guide accepts all juvenile products designed for infants through adult. Prototypes are also eligible for submission, but they are only given article recognition, no awards; as are Beta versions of software.
Number of Products Required for Submission
The Toy Man® Product Guide requires only two sample products for evaluation. It should be noted though that the more samples provided for evaluation, the greater number of evaluators that can participate and the number of hands-on consumers in that portion of the evaluation will be impacted dramatically.
Products that are NOT approved for The Toy Man® Seal of Approval are eligible to be resubmitted. Upon re-submission the product, it must have the changes made which were specified in first submission denial for approval. There is no limit to the number of resubmissions.
There are no submission fees of ANY kind. It is the desire of The Toy Man® Product Guide staff to keep a level playing field for all products submitted for approval.
All products submitted for evaluation are analyzed and tested under our strict evaluation guidelines. There is NO FEE of any kind for any portion of the product evaluation and/or publishing of evaluation report summaries/articles on The Toy Man® Product Guide web site.
If a product is inducted, the product induction notification is published 24 hours before recipient is notified. If the company submitting the product(s) desires to use The Toy Man® Seal of Approval or awards in any manner other than The Toy Man® Product Guide web site, a "first year" licensing fee of $150 per product, (with an additional $15 account setup fee for first year only.) Each seal and/or award is specific to the year it was given. The licensing fees and usage are an option, NOT mandatory.
If the licensing option is selected, an in-depth and highly detailed evaluation report summary is published and will remain indefinitely for
current and future reference.
( The OPTIONAL $150 USD
licensing fee is in place in order to help create a greater "perceived value" of the Seal and/or Awards when used for promotional purposes outside of The Toy Man® Product Guide web site.
The fee is used as part of funding base to produce Award Certificates and other materials delivered to the manufacturers of products which have been inducted. ) Renewal is only $25 per year on an annual basis.
Lifetime Licensing Fees
The Lifetime Licensing Fee entitles each recipient of The Toy Man® Seal of Approval, seals, and awards (if applicable), to unlimited use of all Seals and Awards authorized for use. With the business model of our staff working on a volunteer basis to help avoid any inflection of bias, we still have operational costs to contend with. The licensing fees assist us in having the assets to allow us to engage in constant study and evolution to help our service evolve with the needs of the industry as it changes each year.
Shipping and Delivery
The Toy Man® Product Guide upholds a policy of no acceptance of COD or postage due packages. If your package is considered to be oversized or overweight by the US Postal Service, Fed Ex, UPS, DHL, or Airborne Express, you will need to contact our office to specify how the products or toys will be submitted.
Please ship your products to the office specified on the product submission form.
All products with their corresponding applications, press kits, etc. should be included.
Evaluation and analysis is generally completed within 30 business days or less following reception of product, pending on complexity of design of product. Prior to a major trade show product evaluations can be expedited upon request and approval.
PLEASE NOTE: To ensure 100% understanding of our product return
policy, we are re-affirming it here. Results
of product evaluations which fail to meet our guidelines
will NOT be released, except to the manufacturer who submitted
the product for review. We do NOT
return products which are submitted, (unless
arrangements have been made PRIOR to start of product evaluation.) Products
are generally donated with all appropriate manuals, etc.
to children's wards at hospitals, schools, off-continent
urgent concerns, special needs children, or charities for
disadvantaged children for most beneficial use from the contribution of the