Toy Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees


The National Toy Hall of Fame recently announced it’s inductees for 2013. The game of chess and Ernie’s favorite toy, the rubber duck, have found their way into the museum located in Rochester, New York.

I like that the selection of toys for this honor balance between brand names like G.I. Joe and Barbie and generic toys like a ball and this year’s inductees. While the brand names may have more pizzazz and marketing potential, it’s difficult to deny the relevance and place in history for the generic entries.

A list of this year’s finalists may be found here. Maybe next year the toys who didn’t make it will get another shot. I voted for bubbles this year. They are cheap, timeless and hours of fun, especially for younger children. My niece is two years old and she is obsessed with bubbles.

Who would you have voted for this year?

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3 thoughts on “Toy Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees

  1. mwentworth says:

    So, how did you get selected to vote on this? I think I would have melted down under the responsibility of casting my vote as there are some heavy hitters in the list. I think I would have settled on the FP Little People, though. Only one gets in?

  2. GuitarAnthony says:

    Video Chess for Atari 2600 has a funny origin story. It was only created because the original 2600 boxes had a chess piece among its many pictures and some douche sued Atari because, in his opinion, the box implied there was a chess game out or being released at some point and Atari had no plans for one, hence, Atari had to make one to shut this guy up.

  3. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    The organization had an online poll for people to vote on the finalists. I wish I were that important to have a say in what toys make it into the Hall of Fame each year.

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