TR Robertson — The Toy Hall of Fame is located inside The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Each year, hundreds and hundreds of toys are nominated for induction into the Toy Hall of Fame. You can have a part in the selection of the toys that will be selected. You are invited to vote for your favorites nominated this year on a “Player’s Choice” ballot, but you only have until September 22 to vote. The toys selected for this years Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on Thursday, November 4th. Go to www.ToyHallofFame.org to vote.
The nominees for selection for the Hall of Fame for this year include:
American Girl Dolls – Created in 1986, each doll in the collection tells of an era of American history.
Battleship – This Milton Bradley game plastic strategy game was introduced in 1967. It was computerized in 1979.
Billiards – This game, called pool in the U.S., originated in Europe in the 1800’s.
Cabbage Patch Kids – These dolls caused a buying frenzy in the early 1980’s and came with adoption papers.
Fisher-Price Corn Popper – Every youngster seemed to have one of these push toys, appearing in 1957.
Mahjong – This card game started in China and became popular in the U.S. in the 1920’s.
Masters of the Universe – These actions figures had names like He-Man and She-Ra with their popularity spreading with appearances in comics and cartoons on T.V.
Pinata – It seems many birthday parties were not complete without the appearance of a candy filled Papier-Mache object, hung from a tree or some other high point, then “attacked” with a bat or stick in hopes of knocking the candy out for the waiting crowd. Popular in Mexico, dating back to early years of China.
Risk – Another board game, introduced in 1959, where your armies try to conquer and control the world.
The Settlers of Catan – A board game first appearing in Germany, players work in cooperation to establish a settlement on an island.
Toy Fire Engine – A metal push toy red fire engine, usually a hook and ladder design, dating back to the 40’s or 50’s.
These are the nominees you can vote on to select one that will be added to others picked for the 2021 Hall of Fame. Those that are selected will join toys like Atari, Checkers, Crayola’s, Marbles and 70 other toys already selected for the Toy Hall of Fame. Once again, go to www.ToyHallofFame.org to take part in voting for one of the toys nominated.