Let’s talk toys. We all had a favorites growing up but did you know many of the classic toys and games we played with are recognized in a museum? On Monday PBS reported that the Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame has announced their 2014 finalists for induction into the museum.
The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame was established in 1998. It comprises many noteworthy toys and games that have “inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period.”
The finalists for 2014 induction include: American Girl dolls, bubbles, Fisher-Price Little People, Hess ToyTrucks, little green army men, My Little Pony, Operation Skill Game, paper airplane, pots and pans, Rubik’s Cube, Slip’N Slide, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Of this list only two will receive a prestigious position in the museum.
There are currently 53 toys currently in the National Hall of Fame. This year’s toy additions will join toys and games including Barbie, the Atari 2600 Game System and Candy Land. Other inductees that you would not expect to see in the Toy Hall of Fame include the cardboard box and the stick which is noted as possibly being one of the world’s oldest toys.
Of the finalists, My Little Pony and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are currently on the Toys “R” Us most popular toys for girls and boys. Earlier this year CNBC reported that the sales for My Little Pony has recently gone up. Along with the pony toys Hasbro also offers children a TV show, teenage human versions of the ponies, plush toys, clothing and books.
In the CNBC article Stephanie Wissink, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, said, “With My Little Pony, Hasbro is having tremendous success because they are developing not just physical toys but also content that helps little girls understand storylines and character development.”
Every year the National Toy Hall of Fame receives thousands of toy nominations. The “criteria for induction include: 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); and Innovation (the toy profoundly changed play or toy design).”
Anyone can send in a nomination. A national selection committee decides if the toy meets the criteria and takes a vote for which toys become finalists. After finalists have been chosen the committee votes on which toys are inducted into the Hall of Fame. This year the inductees to be announced on Thursday, November 6, and a celebration will be held that weekend.