Toy Hall of Fame Inductees

Woody and Buzz Lightyear still haven’t made the cut, even though some of their “Toy Story” supporting actors, like Mr. Potato Head and Barbie, have.

This year’s 12 nominees for the Toy Hall of Fame include American Girl Dolls, games like Jenga and Twister, and generic toys like the scooter and coloring book. They are vying for the two annual openings in The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.

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A total of 56 toys have made it into the Hall of Fame, so far. Last year’s inductees, Rubik’s Cube and soap bubbles, joined classic toys like Etch A Sketch, Easy-Bake Oven, and Play-Doh.

Do you have a favorite toy from your childhood? Whether it’s Barrel of Monkeys or Creepy Crawlers, anyone can nominate a toy for induction into the museum, but winners must meet certain standards. It has to have survived multiple generations, be widely recognized, and foster creativity and learning through play.

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While the nominees are all fun and games, the judges are pretty serious people – inventors, psychologists, and educators. But not too serious to disqualify the “Stick” from being inducted in 2008.

The two winners will be announced November 5. Are you cheering for the Super Soaker or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

(Photo: Courtesy of The Strong)

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