ROCHESTER, New York — What toys will be in the National Toy Hall of Fame in November? Can Risk beat the competition or does Battleship fight its way to victory? Can billiards hit the corner pocket? Will the settlers of Catan outlive the others?
The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, today announced the 12 finalists for induction into the hall: American Girl Dolls, Battleship, Billiards, Cabbage Patch Kids, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Mahjong, Masters of the Universe, piñata, Risque, sable, The Settlers of Catan, and toy fire truck.
“These 12 toys represent the wide range of toys, from one of the world’s most universal toys like sand to a revolutionary board game like Risk to the popular adult pool game,” says Christopher Bensch, vice -President of the collections. “Whether old or new, for children or adults, these 12 toy finalists have greatly influenced the world of play.”
The National Toy Hall of Fame receives thousands of nominations each year, and this year fans can vote for their favorite finalists from September 15-22 in a “Player’s Choice” ballot on toyhalloffame.org. The three toys that receive the most votes from the public will be submitted and join the other three submissions from the members of the National Selection Advisory Committee.. (The public will act collectively as a member of the 23-member committee.) The latest 2021 toy inductees, chosen on the basis of the ballots, will be announced by the Strong Museum on Thursday, November 4 at 10:30 a.m.)
The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame recognizes toys that have engaged and delighted generations. Induction criteria include: Status icon (the toy is widely recognized, respected and remembered); Longevity (the toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over several generations); Discovery (the toy promotes learning, creativity or discovery through play); and Innovation (the toy has profoundly changed the design of the game or toy).
To date, the following 74 toys have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame: Alphabet Blocks, Atari 2600 Play System, Baby Doll, Baby Nancy, Ball, Barbie, Bike, Ferris Wheel, Blanket, Bubbles, Candy Land, Box Cardboard, Checkers, Chess, Clue, Coloring Book, Crayola Crayons, Dollhouse, Dominoes, Duncan Yo-Yo, Dungeons & Dragons, Easy-Bake Oven, Erector Set, Etch A Sketch, Fisher-Price Little People, Frisbee , GI Joe, The Game of Life, Hot Wheels, Hula Hoop, jack-in-the-box, jacks, Jenga, puzzle, jump rope, kite, LEGO, Lincoln Logs, Lionel Trains, little men of the green army, Magic 8 Ball, Magic: The Gathering, Marbles, Matchbox Cars, Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, Nintendo Game Boy, Paper Plane, Pinball, Play-Doh, Playing Cards, Puppet, Radio Flyer Wagon, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Rocking Horse, Roller Skates, Rubber Duck, Rubik’s Cube, Scrabble, Sidewalk Chalk, Silly Putty, Skateboard, Slinky, Star Wars Figures, Bato n, Super Soaker, Swing, Teddy Bear, Tinkertoy, Tonka Trucks, Twister, Uno, View-Master and Wiffle Ball.
For more information, visit www.toyhalloffame.org.
About the National Toy Hall of Fame
The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame, established in 1998, recognizes toys that inspired creative play and that have been popular for an extended period of time. Each year, the prestigious hall inducts new award winners and presents new and historic versions of classic toys loved by generations. Anyone can submit a toy to the National Toy Hall of Fame. Final selections are made on the advice of historians, educators and others who exemplify learning, creativity and discovery throughout their lives and careers.
Classic toys from the National Toy Hall of Fame sit alongside and complete The Strong Museum’s collection, the world’s largest and most complete assembly of toys, dolls, board games, video games, other electronic games, books, photographs , documents and other materials related to the game.