The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong® in Rochester, NY announced the 12 finalists for induction into the hall: bubbles, chess, Clue, Fisher-Price Little People, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, My Little Pony, Nerf toys, Pac-Man, rubber duck, scooter, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Only two of these 12 finalists will make it into the Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Barbie, Mr. Potato Head, Star Wars action figures and Monopoly.
Each year, the National Toy Hall of Fame receives thousands of nominations. The finalists are chosen by a national selection committee and will be announced on Thursday, November 7, at 10:30 a.m. This year’s induction ceremony includes a special guest appearance by nationally-syndicated cartoonist Leigh Rubin (Rubes®) who will unveil two custom cartoons featuring the newest toy inductees. Rubin will also participate in the museum’s weekend celebration, sharing insights on his visually quirky outlook on life at special 40-minute presentations in the museum theater.
To date, 51 toys have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame: alphabet blocks, Atari 2600 Game System, baby doll, ball, Barbie, bicycle, Big Wheel, blanket, Candy Land, cardboard box, checkers, Crayola Crayons, dollhouse, dominoes, Duncan Yo-Yo, Easy-Bake Oven, Erector Set, Etch A Sketch, Frisbee, G.I. Joe, The Game of Life, Hot Wheels, hula hoop, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jigsaw puzzle, jump rope, kite, LEGO, Lincoln Logs, Lionel Trains, marbles, Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, Nintendo Game Boy, Play-Doh, playing cards, Radio Flyer Wagon, Raggedy Ann and Andy, rocking horse, roller skates, Scrabble, Silly Putty, skateboard, Slinky, Star Wars action figures, stick, teddy bear, Tinkertoy, Tonka Trucks, and View-Master.