Toy Industry Hall of Fame: Reminder to Submit Nominations by June 27

All New and Existing Inductees to be Exhibited in State-of-the Art Gallery Beginning in Fall ’15 

June 16, 2014 | The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is reminding members and toy industry stakeholders to submit their nominations of deserving candidates for induction into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame in February 2015. The nomination period is now open and will close on Friday, June 27, 2014. Download the nomination form here.

Consideration for the Toy Industry Hall of Fame is limited to individuals (living or deceased) who have made outstanding contributions and/or provided outstanding service to the toy industry and TIA. Information regarding eligibility criteria and the selection and voting process, as well as the nomination form, are available on the Hall of Fame webpage.

As previously reported, beginning in fall of 2015, all existing and incoming Toy Industry Hall of Fame inductees will be spotlighted in a new, state-of-the-art museum installation alongside The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York. Plans are currently being developed for the cutting edge, $4 million exhibit, which will recognize America’s favorite toys alongside the individuals who designed, made and sold them. Construction is on-track for completion in mid-September 2015, when the joint halls will open to the public and serve as the official kick-off to TIA’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

“We are pleased to report that our plans for the installation at The Strong are proceeding on schedule,” said Carter Keithley, TIA President & CEO. “We look forward to honoring our industry’s outstanding individuals and playthings in a prestigious and dazzling installation that is expected to draw regional and national attention. I can’t think of a better way to help celebrate TIA’s centenary!”

At the opening of the new gallery, the 2015 Toy Industry Hall of Fame inductees will be honored alongside 68 previously inducted individuals – including Walt Disney, George Lucas, F.A.O. Schwarz, and the founders of world-renowned toy companies like Mattel, LEGO, Hasbro and Radio Flyer. The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame honorees – which to date include 53vclassic playthings, such as Dollhouse, Dominoes, Monopoly and Rubber Duck – will be featured within the same interactive exhibit.

Plans are also being developed to create a cross-country traveling exhibition of the Toy Industry Hall of Fame “to raise public awareness of the innovative minds that have brought beloved toys to life for generations of kids,” added Keithley. The touring exhibit’s first stop will be at the 113th American International Toy Fair in February 2016.

The 2015 Toy Industry Hall of Fame inductees will be announced this fall and honored at a ceremony held in conjunction with the Toy of the Year Awards held on February 13, 2015 in New York City.