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What Toys Should Make It into the Toy Hall of Fame?

New members to the Toy Hall of Fame will be named in the next few weeks. I was surprised to find some of these still waiting to get in. The National Toy Hall of Fame has released the list of 12 toy finalists for this years honor:


Bubbles

Bubbles

 

What a special toy. I think every kid has played with bubbles. This is one of the oldest toys we know about. There are early paintings of children playing with bubbles from the 1600′s. But they got popular in the 1940′s when Chicago company called Chemtoy began selling bubble solution as a toy.

Chess

Chess

Chess is an ancient two-player game that evolved in England during the 15th century. Chess is a recognized sport of the International Olympic Committee. Today the game is played at home, in clubs, by correspondence, and in tournaments.

Clue

Clue

 

This is one of my favorite games. It is still one of the top-selling board games.  Players have to try to solve a murder which happens under different circumstances in each game. Clue was developed by a retired solicitor’s clerk during the air raids of World War II and originally introduced under the name “Cluedo.”

Fisher-Price Little People

Fisher-Price Little People

 

Fisher-Price first offered its wooden Little People in the 1959 Safety School Bus. Made of brightly painted wood and fashioned for little hands, the figures helped small children imagine big adventures at the Little People school, airport, service station, amusement park, zoo, and farm.

Little Green Army Men

Little Green Army Men

 

It is time for these guys to make it into the Hall of Fame. These plastic molded guys are a staple in homes with boys. Youngsters can have endless hours of fun with the army men.

Magic 8 Ball

Magic 8 Ball

For more than 60 years, Magic 8 Ball has entertained millions by letting them flirt harmlessly with fortune telling. The billiard-ball novelty made its debut in 1946 and has continued offering its standard 20 responses to a wide range of questions. Do people still love playing with Magic 8 Ball? Without a doubt.

My Little Pony

My Little Pony

Introduced in the 1980s and reintroduced in 2003, the My Little Pony line of mini horses encourages children in traditional forms of doll play—fantasy, storytelling, hair grooming, and collecting. The small pastel ponies also reflect the modern strategies of toy production and marketing first applied by the maker of Star Wars action figures and copied by legions of toy companies for the past 30 years.

Nerf Toys

Nerf Toys

From its initial production in the 1960s as a foam ball safe enough to throw indoors, Nerf toys quickly multiplied into balls for every possible sport. With the 1989 debut of Blast a Ball, Nerf continued its evolution, resulting in a hugely successful line of blasters that shoot harmless foam darts for outdoor fun that encourages physical exertion, social interactions, and strategic thinking.

Pac-Man

Pac-Man

According to legend, Namco programmer Toru Iwatani conceived of his Pac-Man (or Puck Man as it was known in Japan) video game after removing a slice of pizza from a full pie. Whether or not an Italian pie inspired Iwatani, his game featuring a little yellow character and four colorful ghosts racing around a maze captured the imaginations of millions of people during the 1980s. As the first video game icon and the face of a mass cultural phenomenon that transcended video game culture, Pac-Man introduced video games to millions of people and set the stage for other iconic video game characters such as Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Lara Croft.

Rubber Duck

Rubber Duck

Although rubber squeak toys have been around since the 1800s, no evidence exists of exactly who hatched the idea of the rubber duck. Kids have enjoyed playing with molded yellow rubber duck toys since at least the 1940s. Most often identified as bath playthings for babies and toddlers, their image as the quintessential tub toy was sealed in 1970 when Sesame Street’s Ernie sang the ditty, “Rubber Duckie.”

Scooter

Scooter

First appearing as a homemade vehicle of two wheels, a wooden deck, and handlebars, the scooter began cruising American streets and sidewalks around the turn of the 20th century. Scooters continued to provide kids with easy, low-tech transportation for generations. Modern scooters made of lightweight materials and innovative technologies have transformed the mild-mannered two-wheeler into a vehicle of speed, dexterity, and durability suited for a variety of sporting events and competitions.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

 

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book was originally self-published by two struggling artists to satirize comic book heroes and action figures in the early 1980s. However the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles found themselves transformed into comic book and play icons, transmedia pioneers, and an enduring popular cultural sensation known as “Turtlemania”—generating toys, television shows, movies, video games, and merchandise over the past 25 years.

 

In preliminary voting, My Little Pony is easily winning. 3 of these toys will likely be chosen. Which ones would you like to see included? Check out the toys already in the Toy Hall of Fame. The 2013 inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame will be revealed at a special ceremony on Thursday, November 7 at 10:30 a.m.

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