Located in Rochester, New York as part of the children’s educational interactive game and toy museum called The Strong, the National Toy Hall of Fame has been inducting classic toys for 15 years.
This year’s nominees include Bubbles, chess, the board game Clue, Fisher-Price Little People, little green Army men, the Magic 8 Ball, My Little Pony, Nerf toys, the Pac-Man video game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the scooter and the rubber duck.
Curator Patricia Hogan says nominations come from the public, and can be done through their website at toyhalloffame.org, or by calling or mailing a suggestion. Their address and phone number are available at their website. Hogan says you can nominate as many as you like and as often as you like.
“The staff vets the nominations and selects of those that we have received 12 toys that are sent on to the national selection committee,” Hogan tells KTRH News, “Composed of educators, and child development specialists, historians, toy designers, inventors, creative people, and they are the ones who actually vote on the two or three winner each year.”
Last year’s winners were dominoes and Star Wars action figures.
Hogan proudly announced the 2013 National Toy Hall of Fame winners: “The game of chess, which has been around for centuries, and the rubber duck, a kind of iconic toy of water play.”