Last week the National Toy Museum in Rochester, NY announced two new inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame. They join 51 other toys with this esteemed status including Barbie, jump rope, Lincoln Logs, the Easy-Bake Oven and even the humble cardboard box. Care to guess which two got the honor this year?
Surprised? I am a bit. The finalists included: bubbles, Clue, Fisher-Price Little People, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, My Little Pony, Nerf toys, Pac-Man, scooter, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Here's the criteria for induction:
- 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
- Innovation: the toy profoundly changed play or toy design
I'm most surprised that bubbles didn't get in. I have two small children and both love bubbles. Taking a bottle of bubbles out at the playground instantly turns you into a Pied Piper and you will quickly be surrounded by a mass of kids wanting to either pop them, chase them around or blow them.
The rubber duck is certainly iconic as a design and enjoys longevity but I'm not sure it cuts it in the discovery and innovation categories. But that's just my opinion.
What do you think - did you guess right? What would you have chosen?
I wrote about my visit to the Toy Hall of Fame (housed in the wonderful National Museum of Play) last year. If you're near Rochester, NY I can't recommend a visit more highly.
→ Read the Toy Hall of Fame's 2013 press release for more on the history of chess and the rubber duck.
(Images: Pac-Man: Wikimedia; Little Green Army Men: Oriental Trading; Chess: Shutterstock; My Little Pony: Tea Jay on Etsy; Bubbles: Shutterstock; Clue: Past Moons Home on Etsy; Magic 8 Ball: Shutterstock; Rubber Duck: Shutterstock; Little People: I Prefer Vintage on Etsy; Nerf: Hasbro; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Toys R Us; Scooter: Shutterstock. Composite by Carrie McBride)