Two Toys Join the National Toy Hall of Fame!

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: The toy doll Barbie appears in her various incarnations at Leuralla NSW toy and railway museum, as the iconic doll approaches her 50th birthhday May 18, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. First launched at the New York Toy Show in 1959, Barbie has now become the largest selling toy ever produced. Barbie has worn the outfits of the great designers such as Dior, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Versace and many others, and has seen a career of almost 50 years of dramatic social, cultural and political changes. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

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Yesterday, the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York announced two new additions for 2012.

According to an article in Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, hundreds of toys were nominated by the public and officials narrowed the field to just 12 toys to be up for consideration this year. Ten of them did not make the cut.

The 12 toy choices included:

  1. Clue
  2. Twister
  3. Simon
  4. Dominoes
  5. Magic 8-Ball
  6. Fisher-Price corn popper
  7. Lite-Brite
  8. Little green army men
  9. “Star Wars” action figures
  10. Pogo stick
  11. Sidewalk chalk
  12. Tea set

Can you guess which two toys were inducted into the Hall of Fame?

Was it the green army man?

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Or the pogo stick?

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Toys are voted into the Hall of Fame by a committee of national experts, based on four criteria:  popularity, how much they encourage creativity, how much they encourage learning, and their appeal to multiple generations.

Here is a hint, one 2012 inductee is a toy that has been around since the 1300’s, and originated in China…

The answer? Dominoes!

The second inductee debuted in the late 1970’s, and has experienced immense popularity and hype ever since…

“Star Wars” action figures!

According to the article, “Star Wars” action figures have been wildly popular over the years, and were what led the toy industry to create more toys linked to movies, television series and comic books.

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Dominoes and “Star Wars” action figures have joined 49 other famous toys in National Toy Hall of Fame, which can be viewed here. Some other toys include: Barbie, Monopoly, Hot Wheels, and Play-Doh.

What was your favorite toy as a child? Tell us in the comments!

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