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Is your favorite Christmas toy in the Hall of Fame or the hall of shame?

By in Press Enterprise on December 22, 2017

By Kurt Snibbe

How many toys have you played with in your life? Chances are you’ve come across some if not all of the 65 that have been inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame.

The Toy Hall of Fame is part of the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. The Hall of Fame accepts nominations from the public, but to be inducted, the nominees must be approved by historians and educators with background and appreciation of learning and play.

On the other hand, there are the toys banned for being dangerous. Brompton Bicycles, children’s sleepware and Squatty Potty are all children’s products that had recalls of thousands of units just this month.

First, we look at the good toys:

Nominated in 2017

The National Selection Advisory Committee for the Toy Hall of Fame selected paper airplanes, Clue and the wiffle ball for induction. Here are the nine nominees that will have to wait another year:

  • Magic 8 Ball
  • Matchbox cars
  • My Little Pony
  • PEZ candy dispenser
  • Play food
  • Risk
  • Sand
  • Transformers
  • Uno

Note: Transformers and Uno were nominated in 2016 as well. All the toys in the hall of fame are listed below.

There are four key aspects the toys are rated on but they do not have to meet all four to be selected:

  • Icon status: Toys that are widely recognized and respected
  • Longevity: Toys that are not a passing fad and have had popularity over several generations
  • Discovery: Toys that foster creativity and learning
  • Innovation: Toys that change the ways we play or have groundbreaking design
  • You can go here to nominate your favorite toy for the hall of fame.

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