12 finalists announced for National Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Strong's National Toy Hall of Fame announced the 12 finalists for this year's class.

The finalists include: Clue, Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox Cars, My Little Pony, Paper Airplane, Pez Candy Dispenser, play foods, Risk, sand, Transforms, Uno and Wiffle Ball.

Only two or three of these finalists will join other iconic toys in the hall and sit alongside past inductees such as Barbie, LEGO, Monopoly, Rubik’s Cube, and Star Wars action figures.

The winners will be chosen on November 9 at 10:30 a.m.

The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame recognizes toys that have engaged and delighted multiple generations, inspiring them to learn, create, and discover through play.

Criteria for induction: 

  • 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.
  • Innovation: The toy profoundly changed play or toy design.
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