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Hornby Hobbies’ Hogwarts Express Train Set crowned Toy Fair 2019 Editor’s Choice

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Hornby Hobbies’ Hogwarts Express Train Set crowned Toy Fair 2019 Editor’s Choice

Winners picked as top three toys of the show, as voted for by attending journalists 

(London, UK) 23 January, 2019 – Hogwarts Express Train Set by Hornby Hobbies has been crowned the overall winner of the Editor’s Choice Awards at Toy Fair 2019. Second place was awarded to the Peppa Pig Deluxe Wooden Playhouse by Character Options, while third went to Artie 3000™ by Learning Resources.

Organised by the British Toy and Hobby Association, the awards were voted on by media who attended Toy Fair this week at Olympia London. Thousands of toys were launched at the show, where more than 250 exhibiting companies showed off their latest creations to journalists from national newspapers, broadcasters, consumer and trade outlets.

Toys launched at Toy Fair often go on to shape the UK market in the year ahead. The top three toys as voted for by the media are:

First Place:

Hogwarts Express Train Set, Hornby Hobbies, £199.99

Second Place:

Peppa Pig Deluxe Wooden Playhouse, Character Options, £99.99

Third Place:

Artie 3000™, Learning Resources, £69

"The Hogwarts Express is an iconic part of the Harry Potter stories, so we’re highly delighted to win the Editor’s Choice Award for the Hornby Hogwarts Express Train set,” commented Simon Kohler, Marketing and Product Development Director at Hornby Hobbies. “We’re extremely pleased to be working with our partners at Warner Bros Consumer Products on this wonderful addition to the Hornby range.”

"Congratulations to the winners of Editor’s Choice 2019!” said Majen Immink, Director of Fairs & Special Events. “With so many fantastic toys launched at Toy Fair, it’s a real achievement to be selected for this award. My thanks to our attending journalists, too, for taking the time to vote at another jam-packed show."



Follow the latest Toy Fair news on Twitter at @toyfairuk. Toy Fair is the UK’s largest trade exhibition dedicated to the toy, game and hobby market. The event opened at the Olympia in London on 22 January and remains open until Thursday 24. PLEASE NOTE: TOY FAIR IS A TRADE ONLY EXHIBITION AND IS NOT OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

Notes to editors:
For more information please contact

Toy Fair Press Office (Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 January): 020 7598 6514
Bastion Office: 020 3841 7660

About Toy Fair

Toy Fair is the UK’s largest dedicated toy, game and hobby trade exhibition taking place at Olympia London. The event takes place over three days at the end of January each year and plays host to hundreds of exhibitors, from startups to some of the biggest toy companies, launching thousands of new toy lines.

Toy Fair 2019 takes place from Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 January. Press day is Tuesday 22 January. To register for a press pass, visit

Please note the opening times are 09:00-18:00 Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23, and 09:00-17:30 Thursday 24 January.

About the BTHA 

The British Toy & Hobby Association was established in 1944 to represent the interests of British toy manufacturers and to raise standards of practice in the industry. Today it has around 150 members ranging from international toy giants to small family-run businesses that together account for more than 80% of the UK toy market. Membership of the British Toy & Hobby Association shows the member’s commitment to adhere to the BTHA Code of Practice under the umbrella of the Lion Mark which includes rules covering ethical and safe manufacture of toys, toy safety, a ban on counterfeit goods, an assurance to market responsibly, a commitment to improving sustainability and a desire to promote the value of all play through support of the Make Time 2 Play campaign. Our members are manufacturers committed to making good quality toys in a responsible way. The BTHA also administers the Toy Trust - the industry’s charity.

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