National Toy Hall of Fame

The National Toy Hall of Fame is an American hall of fame that recognizes the contributions of toys and games that have sustained their popularity for many years. Criteria for induction include: icon-status (the toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered); longevity (more than a passing fad); discovery (fosters learning, creativity, or discovery); and innovation (profoundly changed play or toy design).[1] Established in 1998 under the direction of Ed Sobey, the National Toy Hall of Fame was originally housed at A. C. Gilbert's Discovery Village in Salem, Oregon, United States, but was moved to the Strong National Museum of Play (now The Strong) in Rochester, New York, in 2002 after it outgrew its original home.

Forty-six toys have been enshrined in the National Toy Hall of Fame:


Original inductees (1998-99)

The original inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame were announced in November 1999. Students from nearby Willamette University protested (good naturedly) when they learned that Mr. Potato Head and Barbie’s friend Ken were not included.[2]
  1. Barbie
  2. Crayola Crayon
  3. Erector Set
  4. Etch-A-Sketch
  5. Frisbee
  6. Hula Hoop
  7. Lego
  8. Lincoln Logs
  9. Marbles
  10. Monopoly
  11. Play-Doh
  12. Radio Flyer wagon
  13. Roller Skates
  14. Teddy Bear
  15. Tinkertoy
  16. View-master
  17. Duncan Yo-Yo
The classic red-and-white Etch A Sketch model
Hand-made marbles from West Africa

Class of 2000

This year's selections were chosen from a field of 34 nominations by a panel of educators and civic leaders that included Sharon Kitzhaber, wife of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.[3] Nominees rejected for the honor this year included G.I. Joe, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the soccer ball, Beanie Babies, the baseball glove and the cap gun.[3]
  1. Bicycle
  2. Jacks
  3. Jump rope
  4. Mr. Potato Head
  5. Slinky
A Triumph with a step-through frame.
A set of jacks
Metal Slinky
A girl playing on a jump rope.

Class of 2001

Both children and adults created a list of 82 nominees over the past year. A national panel of distinguished educators and civic leaders choose two toys for induction this year.[4]
  1. Silly Putty
  2. Tonka Trucks[4]
an old-style steel toy bottom-dump truck by Tonka
Silly Putty molded into a cube

Class of 2002

There were more than ninety nominees this year.[5]
  1. Jigsaw puzzle
  2. Raggedy Ann: her induction this year came after a full year of campaigning from fans.[5]
Raggedy Ann meets Raggedy Andy for the first time; illustrated by Johnny Gruelle
A completed Jigsaw puzzle

Class of 2003

  1. Alphabet Blocks[6]
  2. Checkers[7]
English draughts board (aka checkers)

Class of 2004

  1. G.I. Joe: the G.I. JOE brand overwhelmed the competition in a Playthings Magazine poll asking which nominated toy most deserved to be honored.[8]
  2. Rocking horse
  3. Scrabble

Class of 2005

  1. Candy Land[9]
  2. Cardboard box[10]
  3. Jack-in-the-box
A jack-in-the box
Staple corrugated box

Class of 2006

This year’s nominees were: Atari Game System, Big Wheel, Easy-Bake Oven, Lite-Brite, Fisher-Price Little People, Hot Wheels, Lionel Trains, Operation Skill Game, Pez candy dispenser, rubber duck, skateboard, and Twister.[11] Only two of the twelve nominees took their place in the hall that year.

  1. Easy-Bake Oven[1]
  2. Lionel Trains[1]

Class of 2007

  1. Atari 2600[12]
  2. Kite[13]
  3. Raggedy Andy[14]
Atari 2600 four-switch "wood veneer" version, while the original 2600 had six switches.
Raggedy Ann meets Raggedy Andy for the first time; illustrated by Johnny Gruelle
A simple geometric kite with a tail.

Class of 2008

The following toys were added in 2008:[15]

  1. The Stick: Curators praised the stick for its all-purpose, no-cost, recreational qualities, noting its ability to serve either as raw material or an appendage transformed in myriad ways by a child's creativity.
  2. The Baby Doll
  3. The Skateboard

Class of 2009

The following toys were added in 2009:[16]

  1. The ball
  2. Game Boy
  3. Big Wheel
A boy playing with a ball
Nintendo Game Boy
Big Wheel

Class of 2010

The following toys were added in 2010:[17]

  1. The Game of Life
  2. Playing cards
Playing cards

Class of 2011

The following toys were added in 2010:[18]

  1. Hot Wheels
  2. Dollhouse
  3. Blanket
A Hot Wheels car
A dollhouse
A blanket fort

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Hall of Famers: Easy-Bake, Lionel". Playthings. 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  2. ^ Vader, J.E. (1999-11-01). Where the Toys Are. VIA Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2008-02-14 
  3. ^ a b "New inductees to Toy Hall of Fame". Associated Press. Cable News Network. 2000-03-23. Retrieved 2008-02-14. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Tonka to be Inducted Into National Toy Hall of Fame; Hasbro Brand Honored for its Rich Tradition of Creating Durable and Fun Vehicles". Business Wire (CNET). 2001-03-28. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  5. ^ a b "Raggedy Ann Inducted in National Toy Hall of Fame". Raving Toy Maniac. 2002-03-27. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  6. ^ "The History of Alphabet Blocks". Nuttybug. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  7. ^ "View-Master Inducted into National Toy Hall of Fame". 3-D Review Online Magazine. Archived from the original on 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  8. ^ "GI JOE and SCRABBLE Honored with Induction into National Toy Hall of Fame". Business Wire. 2004-11-12. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  9. ^ Elliot, Debbie (2005-11-19). "An Underdog Favorite Makes Toy Hall of Fame". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  10. ^ "Cardboard box added to Toy Hall of Fame". Associated Press. USA Today. 2005-11-12. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  11. ^ "National Toy Hall of Fame Final Nominees Announced" (Press release). Strong National Museum of Play. 2006-09-15. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  12. ^ Dobbin, Ben (2007-11-08). "Atari 2600, Raggedy Andy, Kite Enshrined". Associated Press. ABC News. Retrieved 2008-02-24. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Toy Hall of Fame Welcomes Atari 2600, the Kite and Raggedy Andy". Associated Press. Fox News. 2007-11-08.,2933,309799,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  14. ^ "Raggedy Andy Reunited with Raggedy Ann in the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York". Raggedy Land (Playthings). 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  15. ^ Stick, skateboard, Baby Doll enter Toy Hall of Fame, retrieved from on 11/07/08
  16. ^ "''Ball, Game Boy, Big Wheel enter toy hall of fame'', retrieved 5 Nov 2009". Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  17. ^ "Playing cards, the Game of Life join Toy Hall of Fame". Democrat and Chronicle. Gannett Company (Rochester, New York). November 4, 2010. Archived from the original on November 4, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Three toys inducted into Hall of Fame". Rochester Business Journal (Rochester, New York). November 10, 2011. Archived from the original on November 10, 2011. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 

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