National Toy Hall of Fame 2010 Nominees

Natonal Toy Hall of Fame News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

October 1, 2010

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359

National Toy Hall of Fame® 12 Final Nominees
Announced in Rochester, NY
2010 Inductees to Be Named November 4

ROCHESTER, New York—Which of America’s most beloved toys will make it into the hallowed halls of the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong this year? Will the Pogo Stick jump high above its competitors? Can Lite Brite® outshine the others? Will the Game of Life® find a path to success?  

 The National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong in Rochester, New York, today announced the 12 final nominees for induction into the hall: Cabbage Patch Kids®, Chess, Dollhouse, Dominoes, Dungeons & Dragons®, The Game of Life®, Hot Wheels,®, Lite Brite®, Magic 8 Ball®, Playing Cards, Pogo Stick, and Rubik’s Cube®. Only two of the 12 finalists will make it into the prestigious hall, joining such toy luminaries as Barbie®, Mr. Potato Head®, and the Atari® 2600 Game System.

The National Toy Hall of Fame receives thousands of nominations via mail and email annually. The final 2010 toy inductees, to be chosen by a national selection committee, will be announced at the National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 4, at 10:30 a.m. and a major weekend public celebration will follow at the Strong’s National Museum of Play on Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7.  

The National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong recognizes toys that have engaged and delighted multiple generations, inspiring them to learn, create, and discover through play. Criteria for induction include: Icon-status (the toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered); Longevity (the toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations); Discovery (the toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play); and Innovation (the toy profoundly changed play or toy design).

To date, the following 44 toys have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame:  Alphabet Blocks, Atari® 2600 Game System, Barbie®, Baby Doll, Ball, Bicycle, Big Wheel, Nintendo Game Boy®, Candy Land®, 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®, Lincoln Logs®, Lionel® Trains, Marbles, Monopoly®, Mr. Potato Head®, Play-Doh®, Radio Flyer® Wagon, Raggedy Ann & Andy™, Rocking Horse, Roller Skates, Scrabble®, Silly Putty®, Skateboard, Slinky®, Stick, Teddy Bear, Tinkertoy®, Tonka® Trucks, and View-Master®.

Anyone can nominate a toy for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. An internal museum advisory committee comprised of curators, educators, and historians reviews the submitted nominations and determines which toys meet the criteria for selection. A national selection committee then reviews the list of toys that meet the criteria. Each national selection committee member votes for his or her top toy picks for induction. The votes are then tallied, with the toys receiving the most votes making the cut for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

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