ROCHESTER — Each year, when the National Toy Hall of Fame makes its final selection of inductees households and offices across America clamor with nostalgia fueled debate.
On Monday The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester announced 12 finalists to be considered for induction into the hall of fame.
The list of finalists includes, American Girl dolls, bubbles, Fisher-Price Little People, Hess Toy Trucks, 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.
The preliminary list of finalists was chosen by an internal board at the museum made up of curators, educators and historians.
Only two inductees will be selected from the list of finalists by a national selection committee on Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be followed by a weekend-long public celebration on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 9.
Inductees are chosen through the consultation of individuals who exemplify learning, creativity, and discovery through their lives and careers.
Among the criteria for choosing inductees is a toy's iconic status (whether the toy is widely recognized, respected and remembered); longevity (whether the toy was enjoyed by multiple generations); discovery (whether it inspired learning or creativity through play); and innovation (the level to which the object changed the industry of toy design).
To date, 53 toys have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Some of the most notable past inductees include Barbie, Monopoly, Star Wars action figures and Mr. Potato Head.
The list of past inductees also includes the baby doll, ball, bicycle, the yo-yo, hula hoop, the jump rope, teddy bear, Silly Putty, Tonka trucks, chess, checkers and many others.
Anyone can nominate their favorite toy by emailing the museum. Thousands of submissions are received annually, and curators are now taking suggestions for next year's list.