My Favorite Toy Box Donates Roc-opoly Board Games to The Strong

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

December 17, 2015

For Immediate Release

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

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

My Favorite Toy Box Donates Roc-opoly
Board Games to The Strong Museum

ROCHESTER, New York—Local toy store My Favorite Toy Box has donated to The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, two of the first copies of their new Roc-opoly board game—a unique, hometown-themed Monopoly-style game that features local landmarks and organizations such as The Strong museum, Seneca Park Zoo, Geva Theatre, Rochester Public Library, and more than a dozen others.

“Monopoly is one of the most popular board games in history and was inducted into The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998,” says Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections at The Strong museum. “The museum has the world’s most comprehensive collection of Monopoly games, including several different city-themed varieties. We’re excited to add these original Rochester versions to our collection, as well.”

My Favorite Toy Box CEO Meghan Eddy Ludwig and president James Eddy partnered with marketing consultant Michele Murphy to create and produce the Roc-opoly game. My Favorite Toy Box sought out local businesses and organizations to be included in different parts of the game, such as spaces on the board, “Chance” cards, and the bank. They printed 1,500 copies of the game in its first run, which have been distributed to the game participants for sale in their gift and retail shops around the Rochester area.  Games can also be purchased at The Strong gift shop, My Favorite Toy Box in Fairport, and online at www.myfavoritetoybox.com

“I’m a big believer in board games that the whole family can play together. We carry many themed ‘opoly’ games at My Favorite Toy Box, and I started thinking, ‘Why not create a Rochester version?’ Rochester is a beautiful city with such a rich history,” said Meghan Eddy Ludwig. “And The Strong immediately came to mind as soon as we embarked on this project. When we learned that the museum had the most comprehensive collection of Monopoly games in the world, we knew we wanted to make Roc-opoly part of that legacy. We’re proud to be contributing our game to such a prestigious organization.”

Roc-opoly will sit among The Strong’s current collection of more than 145 Monopoly games, including a 1913 John Heap Monopoly set, which was a key piece of evidence in a Monopoly copyright dispute; and two hand-made Monopoly sets by Charles Darrow (1933), who is credited with marketing and popularizing the game we have come to know and love.

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 World Video Game 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. 

About My Favorite Toy Box

My Favorite Toy Box LLC sells American-made, quality toys on their web site www.myfavoritetoybox.com and at 62 North Main St. Fairport, NY. MFTB only carries American-made toys and games that foster family unity, engage human interaction, develop a love of reading, promote the advancement of gross and fine motor skills, encourage problem solving, and cultivate the innate curiosity and imagination of a child.