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More New Entrants to Toy Hall of Fame
November 9, 2014

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The new members of the National Toy Hall of Fame have floated, fought, and puzzled their way in.

Joining the 53 other members of the Hall of Fame are soap bubbles, little green army soldiers, and the Rubik's Cube. Examples of all will be on permanent display in the Strong's National Toy Hall of Fame museum, in Rochester, N.Y.

The three new members span many decades of fun for children of all ages. Soap bubbles have been around since at least the 19th Century. Estimates are that today's retailers sell more than 200 million tiny bottles of soap bubbles each year.

The tiny green soldiers seized control of the toy scene in 1938. Sales of the toy soldiers have varied through the years since then, with annual sales of the multiple millions.

The Rubik's Cube, invented in the early 1970s, continues to puzzle and thrill children and adults, with estimated in the hundreds of millions in the 40 years since.

The other nine finalists were these:

  • American Girl dolls
  • Fisher-Price Little People
  • Hess Toy Trucks
  • My Little Pony
  • Operation Skill Game
  • Paper airplanes
  • Pots and pans
  • Slip‘N Slide
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The National Toy Hall of Fame announces its inductees each year, after the toys are selected by a committee of curators and historians.

The hall, in Rochester, N.Y., has an annual celebration of toys and has named a handful as Hall of Famers every year since 1998. The hall has resided in its current location, the Strong, since 2002.

Criteria for induction include:

  • being widely recognized,
  • enduring in popularity for many years
  • fostering learning and/or creativity through play.

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

To nominate a toy, click here.

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