Iconic Toys Compete for a Spot at the National Toy Hall of Fame
These toys have stood the test of time.
This November, the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, will announce which childhood favorites have made it into their collection.
The organization recently revealed the 12 finalists competing for the spot this week, with popular toys that include Care Bears, Nerf, Transformers, Uno, Dungeons & Dragons, and Clue.
Additional selections include pinball, the swing, coloring books, Fisher-Price Little People, bubble wrap, and Rok ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.
Two to three of these finalists will be inducted into the hall, alongside iconic toys like Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, Barbie, and Star Wars characters, and will officially be announced on November 10.
You can also learn about the history behind these items, like bubble wrap, which was created accidentally by two engineers in the 1950s, or the swing, which was intended for the wealthy in Europe in the 18th century until it became a staple across playground years later.
The National Toy Hall of Fame was established to honor toys that have inspired creative play and remained popular throughout generations, with a total of 59 toys making it into the hall since it was established in 1998.
Talia Avakian is a digital reporter at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @TaliaAvak.