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New Entrants to Toy Hall of Fame
November 4, 2010

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The game of Life® and playing cards are now enshrined in the National Toy Hall of Fame, according to the Rochester, N.Y. organization.

A total of 46 toys are now in the hall, including such ancient favorites as chess and the pogo stick and relatively newer favorites like the Nintendo Game Boy®.

Life, created in the mid-19th Century, encourages players to make choices as they move pieces around the game board, earning and spending paper money depending on things like education and number of family members.

Playing cards have been around for many hundreds of years. The number of games that can be played with these cards is quite high.

The Toy Hall of Fame first inducted toys in 1998, when the list included Barbie®, LEGO®, the Frisbee®, and marbles.

The Hall of Fame is part of the Strong, a network of educational entities that includes the National Museum of Play and the International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

Here is a list of the toys inducted into the Hall of Fame:

  • alphabet blocks
  • Atari® 2600
  • baby doll
  • Barbie®
  • bicycle
  • Big Wheel®
  • Candy Land® game
  • cardboard box
  • Checkers
  • Crayola® crayons
  • Duncan® yo-yo
  • Easy-Bake® oven
  • Erector® set
  • Etch-a-Sketch®
  • Frisbee®
  • G.I. Joe®
  • hula hoop®
  • jack-in-the-box
  • jacks
  • jigsaw puzzle
  • jump rope
  • kite
  • LEGO®
  • Life® game
  • Lincoln Logs®
  • Lionel® trains
  • marbles
  • Monopoly® game
  • Mr. Potato Head®
  • Nintendo Game Boy®
  • Play-Doh®
  • playing cards
  • Radio Flyer® wagon
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy™
  • rocking horse
  • roller skates
  • Scrabble® game
  • Silly Putty®
  • skateboard
  • Slinky®
  • sticks
  • teddy bear
  • Tinkertoy®
  • Tonka® trucks
  • View-Master®

To nominate a toy, click here.

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