[TOY OF THE YEAR RESULTS TO FOLLOW, PLEASE VOTE] Blimey, 8 years of 3rd Party Year in Reviews. If you want to see previous years results, we have a brief summary below. 2012 was the year of Hercules Vs Giant. 2013 was the year Fans Toys hit the scene with fan favourite MMC Hexatron taking second place to the game-changing Quakewave. 2014 was the year where MMC finally took the coveted top spot with Toy of the Year in Feral Rex and Company of the Year, narrowly beating out Scoria for Toy of the Year. Unique Toys took most improved, and Warbotron took newcomer of the year. 2015 was a busy year, with MMC narrowly missing out on company of the year to Fans Toys by just two votes. With MMC Spartan, UT Ordin and XTB Apollyon winning in their respective categories. 2016 was the year that Maketoys finally got the top spot beating out Fans Toys with their wide variety of styles, but with Fans Toys Stomp winning overall toy of the year. 2017 was a return to form for Fans Toys, winning company of the year, Citybot of the year with Omega, MP style and 3P toy of the year with Phoenix. MMC did well overall with Kultur winning CHUG, Iron Factory stormed the Legend style, Fans Hobby took best newcomer, and DX9 won most improved 2018 was very fractious, and MP won out with Fans Toys taking Toy of the Year with Quietus, but XTB were right on their heels with the most MP nominations and Most Improved Company, enough to also score them Company of the Year. So, so many Legends nominations! The voting for overall 3P Toy of 2019 closes on 7th January based on the ten most nominated toys, click here to check the nominations for this year, and below we'll look at the top nominations for each category. These nominations determine the finals for the poll above, and directly decide Company of the Year results. What will be the most popular category? Is it still all about MP or have people moved on to Legends? Is CHUG still relevant? Lets find out together. (But first; Disclaimer: Thank you to everyone who voted in all of the polls. TFW is nothing without it's members, and your voices on the 3P thread do get seen and heard by the majority of 3P companies. These are your choices and are presented here based on your nominations. Please do not attack the choices as being "wrong", biased, or in any way of my choosing, they are all correct as they are subjective. Having said that, there are thousands of board members and barely any people got involved and a lot of people outright ignored formatting and many categories. Your vote counts, but only if you take part!) Third Party Toy of the Year results 3P MP style Category 1) Fans Toys Roadking (Motormaster) 2) Transform Element OP Leader (G1 Prime and MP44 challenger) 3) Fans Hobby Double Evil (Overlord) MP is still king it seems, and Roadking is king of MP this year. The clue is in his name. Looking at the nominations, it seems next year will be a battle of completed Menasors, and I imagine FT Superion will do very well. Early on it looked like Transform Element was going to win this with a very impressive figure which goes out of its way to directly oppose Takara-Tomny's biggest and most expensive MP release too date. It seems many people thought MP44 that was a high price-tag too far, and some people outright preferred this design. Curious that 3rd Party helped to normalise high-end Transformers and was essentially free market research to show the market could support more than one expensive release per year, and now that same market is offering cheaper alternatives. Fans Hobby Double Evil was both 3rd most voted MP style, and 3rd most popular Giant Toy, combining the votes wouldn't have been enough to steal second place from TE OP Leader however. 27 different MP products nominated, an improvement on last year's lighter 21 products. Even some Movie style Masterpieces making the nominations more diverse than just G1! 3P CHUG style Category 1) Planet X Kadmos (Star Sabre) 2) MMC Reformatted Foxwire and Ni (DJD Pet and Nickel) 3) Planet X Ismenios (Deathsaurus) A huge year for Planet X, with first and third. Has MMC lost it's touch with Refomatted? I'm going to say no, as it seems an awful lot of people consider these great figures to go with their MTMTE / Lost Light collections, and I can see why! A lot of people mentioned that they consider these MP, or MP quality, and I would say an awful lot of the MMC and PX figures are easily MP quality, but they're still their own thing in my mind and deserve a category of their own for now. 18 toys nominated, and more votes than last year, showing a slight comeback for CHUG, and slight controversy with people not sure if Deathsaurus counted as he came out right at the end of last year, however he was largely ignored in 2018 and a lot of people nominated him this year. Honorable mention for Make Toys Cross Dimension Buster Skywing / Stealthwing. Didn't break the top three, but nice to see something original and doing it's own thing getting a good chunk of nominations. 3P Giant Toy / Combiner Category 1) MMC Reformatted Magna Inventa (Sky Lynx) 2) Zeta Toys Superitron (Superion) 3) Fans Hobby Double Evil (Overlord) Weird to see this list with no Omega Supreme, or other citybots involved. The winner is clearly Magna Inventa, worth mentioning the first half of this figure made fourth place on this last year, and last years fourth place Zeta Toys Bruticus picked up a lot of votes despite not being eligible, but they picked up way more votes with their Superion. Is this the benefit of being first to market? Are these just (expensive) placeholders for Fans Toys or other combiners? Certainly a lot of people bought Roadking this year. And there's Double Evil. Is he MP (yes), is he a giant toy (yes), is he a city bot (yeah, I guess), is he a combiner (world's most expensive Duocon technically)? He's all of these things and more and I let you the fans decide where he belonged with your nominations. Worth noting that he came third in MP, but if we combined votes together, he would have won this category, beating out Sky Lynx. Will this affect how he does overall? Could he win Toy of the Year? Who knows! He is certainly a very impressive figure and the nominations reflected this. 3P Legends / Small Scale Category 1) Iron Factory Spirits of the DEC Combiner, Dubhe and co. (DJD Tarn Combiner) 2) New Age Seekers, Lucifer et al (Seekers / Starscream) 3) New Age Agamemnon (Megatron) For me, this has been the most interesting category this year... and yes, I know I said that last year. For four years now, Iron Factory continue to dominate the top spot, but New Age is right on their heels. Loads of nominations split the votes, and an awful lot of conflicting votes. For example; Iron Factory's Megatron offering Tyrant lost out on third place to New Age's Megatron by just one vote. Two different Legend Cosmos, two Wheeljacks, and a lot of figures who already have an equivalent character on the market. Impressive stuff for Legends. Iron Factory take the top spot with a combiner for the second year in the row, and an obscure one at that. Non-canon, with comic only characters. Re-read that again and cast your mind back 10 years, did you ever think we would be this spoiled? The choice and variety on the market these days is incredible! Once again there were loads of nominations in this category, but we had more nominations in every category this year after a relatively sparse 2018. OVERALL 3P Figure of the Year: TE-01 OP Leader Poll is now closed. After a fierce battle which very quickly made the poll a two horse race, Fans Toys Roadking has lost out to TE-01 OP Leader, which wins the award for 3rd Party Toy of the Year 2019. 3P Company of the Year Results Most Improved Company of the Year 1) Mastermind Creations 2) X-Transbots A very close race which ended as a complete inversion of last year. Not many votes this year, but looking at the amount of Ocular Max figures nominated in the MP category, it's easy to see this is where the votes came from, even if they didn't have enough nominations to crack the top three. Well done MMC, previous Company of the Year. Is Most Improved Company enough to make it a comeback to Company of the Year as it was for XTB last year? Keep reading. Best Newcomer 1) Transform Element There was only one real contender this year. Magic Square and New Age got a few votes for being fairly new to the scene, Blue Lobster and Banana Force got a single vote each despite being legitimate newcomers, but Transform Element dominated this category and rightfully so with their alternative take on MP Optimus Prime. Jiang Xing perhaps deserved more. 3P Company of the Year It is once again Fan Toys. As it was in 2015 and 2017. Last year's Toy of the Year Quietus was still in people's minds, as was their Galvatron reissue Sovereign. Jabber / Blurr did well, Maverick / Silverbolt has people excited for an MP Superion, but Roadking and Spoiler, the first two parts of their Menasor did very well. I can see FT dominating again next year with their combiners. Edit: 2nd place was Iron Factory. Okay, they didn't break ten votes which is why I didn't include them, but that's more than MMC, XTB, or any other contenders. Incredible stuff really, considering how dominant 3P is usually. Summary Well this is more like it! Last year was a tad disappointing with minimal releases across a lot of categories, but we've had lots of releases this year! More nominations in every category than last year so it looks like we've had a healthy amount of releases. Planet X and MMC are the only companies to have two products go to the voting stage this year so that deserves a nod, but could count against them. If two Fans Toys products went up it might eat into their vote, although looking at the popularity of Road King this year it probably would not make any difference. The biggest shocker though is how few people voted for Company of the Year, and how many people skipped entire scales with no nominations. There are hundreds of us active in this thread and very few people voted. I think people forget what is released every year, maybe there are too many categories so I'll look at streamlining the process next year. Your vote counts though, get involved! 2020 Predictions MP still dominates and this looks to continue into 2020, and the market is ripe for MP style combiners, but will Zeta stay in people's collections or will they be replaced by FT or Ocular Max versions? I expect to see more diversity with Movie toys, Beast Wars and stuff like Armada getting representation. Heck, even Japanese and Euro exclusives are getting releases from Fans Hobby next year! Siege has dominated sales this year but Hasbro are switching to Earthrise, will we ever see 3P companies fill in the gaps and make a return to CHUG? Will Iron Factory manage to get another small set of combiners to market in time for next years polls? Will Magic Square come up with a better naming system than Light of Justice and Light of Freedom for the same character in different scales? Come back next year and take part! Photo credit to Napalm, Destructimus Prime and Google. Many thanks. More photos still needed and will be credited. That's all! Thanks for taking part in nominations, voting, buying and supporting 3P, and for reading this every year.