People of Play (POP) announced the winners of the 2021 TAGIE Awards. These awards honor innovators, designers, and marketers in the toy and game industy.

The TAGIEs were presented in a virtual ceremony on November 19, 2021, which was hosted by Karri Bean, Senior Licensing Manager for LEGO at Disney Consumer Products. Here are the following winners by category:

Toy Innovator of the Year

Ora & Theo Coster, Theora Concept Ltd for GO POP (Last Lost) aka POP IT with FoxMind

Game Innovator of the Year

Peggy Brown Creative for KraftHeinz Variety Game Pack with Big G Creative, Cat's Pajama's with TCG, Game A Saurus Rex with Goliath, and Stack Your Chickens with Mindware

Rising Star Innovator of the Year

Frederica Scott Vollrath for Slappy Camper by Mindware, The Mermaid's Jewels by Winning Moves Games, Crystallized by Games by Bicycle

Young Innovator of the Year (under 18 years of age)

Tristan Donaldson for Sew Fast with Fat Brain Toys

Innovative PR and Marketing Team of the Year

The Orbeez Marketing Team for Orbeez by Spin Master

Innovative Art and Design Visuals of the Year

KID Group and Michael McGinnis for Perplexus Snitch with Spin Master

Innovative Retailer of the Year

LEGO Brick and Mortar Stores Worldwide

Innovative Supplier of the Year

Wai Or and Longshore Toy & Game Manufacturer Team

Innovative License of the Year

Exploding Minions by Exploding Kittens with Illumination and Universal Brand Development

Hassenfeld Family Initiatives Humanitarian Award

Jan-Maurits Duparc, Chief Creation at Identity Games

Game Changers of the Year

Megan Kanous, Director of Business Development, PSI

Azhelle Wade, The Toy Coach Podcast Season II

Josslynne Welch and Litzky PR, President of Litzky PR

Lifetime Achievement Award

Tom Kalinske, Executive Chairman at Mixed Dimensions and former CEO of Sega America, Leapfrog, and Mattel

Michele Litzky, Founder of Litzky Public Relations

The Pressman Family, Accepted by Jim Pressman, Past President of The Pressman Toy Company

They also conducted an In Memoriam Presentation for Brian Goldner, Chairman & CEO of Hasbro (see "CEO Brian Goldner") and Ora Coster, Co-Founder of Theora Design.