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Finalists selected for Toy Hall of Fame

Finalists selected for Toy Hall of Fame

A dozen toys have been named finalists for the Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame. Fans can vote to help determine which three will be inducted.

care-bear-resizedThe finalists include Care Bears, coloring book, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Jenga, magic the Gathering, Masters of the Universe, Matchbox Cars, My Little Pony, Nerf Blaster, Risk, smartphone and top.

“These 12 toys represent the wide scope of play—from the simple, traditional spinning top that has been played with since pre-history to the ultra-modern smartphone, which has dramatically changed how people of all ages play and connect,” said Christopher Branch, vice president for collections at the Strong. “Whether old or new, or imaginative or physical, all 12 of these toy finalists share an undeniable ability to inspire people to learn, create and discover through play.”

The National Toy Hall of Fame was started in 1998 to recognize toys that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period. Some 68 toys have been inducted to date, including checkers, Easy-Bake Oven, Radio Flyer Wagon and LEGO.

The hall of fame annually receives thousands of nominations, and this year fans can vote for their favorite finalists from Sept. 11 through Sept. 18 as part of a “player’s choice” ballot. The three toys that receive the most public votes will be submitted and join the other top-three submissions by members of the national selection advisory committee. Criteria for induction include icon status, discovery and innovation.

The winners will be announced on Nov. 7.

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