National Toy Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Finalists; Inductees to be Revealed Nov. 7

The following article contains excerpts from a press release issued by The Strong on October 1, 2013 entitled: National Toy Hall of Fame Reveals 2013 Toy Finalists.

October 5, 2013 | The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong recently announced 12 finalists for induction into the prestigious Hall of Fame: 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. Two inductees will be announced on Thursday, November 7th, followed by a weekend-long celebration for kids and their families at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York (November 9-10).

Throughout the year, toy lovers of all ages nominate thousands of toys to be considered for the Hall of Fame. An internal museum advisory committee comprised of curators, educators, and historians reviews the submitted nominations and determines which toys will become finalists. Inductees are chosen by a national selection committee which considers each toy’s icon status, longevity, innovative nature, and ability to educate or inspire discovery through play.

To date, 51 toys have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, including alphabet blocks, ball, bicycle, Candy Land, Crayola Crayons, Easy-Bake Oven, The Game of Life, hula hoop, playing cards, and more. Star Wars action figures and dominoes were inducted in 2012. Visit www.toyhalloffame.org to learn more. 

The Strong and the Toy Industry Association (TIA) recently announced a partnership to house TIA’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame alongside the National Toy Hall of Fame in a cutting-edge museum installation at The Strong. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2015.