- 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). 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.
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. 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.
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.
Class of 2002
There were more than ninety nominees this year.
Class of 2003
Class of 2004
Class of 2005
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. Only two of the twelve nominees took their place in the hall that year.
Class of 2007
Class of 2008
The following toys were added in 2008:
- 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.
- The Baby Doll
- The Skateboard
Class of 2009
The following toys were added in 2009:
Class of 2010
The following toys were added in 2010:
Class of 2011
The following toys were added in 2010:
- Toy Industry Hall of Fame, recognizing the contributions of toy-makers.
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- National Toy Hall of Fame at Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY
- Raggedy Ann Inducted in the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2002
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