Nominate Your Favorite Toy for the National Toy Hall of Fame

The Strong News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

June 18, 2014

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@thestrong.org

Kim Della Porta, 585-410-6325, kdellaporta@museumofplay.org

Nominate Your Favorite Toy for Induction into the
The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, New York—Do you have a favorite toy that deserves to join the ranks of LEGO, Tonka Trucks, Monopoly, Slinky, and other classic playthings enshrined in The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame? The deadline for nominations is soon approaching and toy lovers everywhere are urged to voice their choices for induction this coming November.

To nominate your favorite classic toy, visit toyhalloffame.org/nominate or mail your selection to: The Strong, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607.  Submissions for nominations must be received at the museum by Thursday, July 31, 2014. On Thursday, November 6, the National Toy Hall of Fame will reveal the identity of the newest toy inductees, and the induction will be followed by a weekend celebration Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9.

The National Toy Hall of Fame 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). A toy may be inducted on the basis of innovaton without necessarily having met all of the first three.

To date, the following 53 toys have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame: alphabet blocks, Atari 2600 Game System, baby doll, ball, Barbie, bicycle, Big Wheel, blanket, Candy Land, cardboard box, checkers, chess, Crayola Crayons, dollhouse, dominoes, Duncan Yo-Yo, Easy-Bake Oven, Erector Set, Etch A Sketch, Frisbee, The Game of Life, G.I. Joe, Hot Wheels, hula hoop, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jigsaw puzzle, jump rope, kite, LEGO, Lincoln Logs, Lionel Trains, marbles, Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, Nintendo Game Boy, Play-Doh,Playing Cards, Radio Flyer Wagon, Raggedy Ann and Andy, rocking horse, roller skates, rubber duck, Scrabble, Silly Putty, skateboard, Slinky, Star Wars Action Figures, 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.

For more information on the National Toy Hall of Fame, visit toyhalloffame.org

About The Strong

The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to the history and exploration of play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.