The Toys That Have Been Inducted Into National Toy Hall Of Fame

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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.


The first toys to ever be inducted (1998-99) include:

  1. Barbie
  2. Crayola Crayons
  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


Fisher-Price Little People were part of 2016’s group added to the honorary list.

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What toys do you think should be nominated? How many of the toys, on the list, did you play with? Share your comments in the comment section below.

Sources: USA Today, The Strong National Museum Of Play, Wikipedia


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