Sadly, this year no stuffed animals made the final list. In fact, quite a few famous toys were nominated but didn’t make the cut.
Among them are Care Bears, Uno and even the Transformers. The list also included Bubble Wrap, Nerf ball, the coloring book, the pinball and the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.
The new members of the 2016 National Toy Hall of Fame
The toys that made the cut are just three. The sing, Little People and Dungeons and Dragons. They join toys like the green army men, Twister, puppets, teddy bears, bubbles and many more.
The National Toy Hall of Fame is hosted by The Strong National Museum of Play. The museum accepts nominations for toys by the public. Then the toys which have the most nominations go to a special panel which chooses the three winners for the given year.
The swing is one of the oldest toys in the Hall of Fame. There are records of it all the way back to the humanity roots. People have found cave drawings and carved figures from Crete from ancient history which depict people and swings.
The Little People are made by Fisher-Price in 1959. The little figures quickly became very popular and made their way to the Hall of Fame.
Dungeons and Dragons was introduced in the 1970s. They created a new way to role play. “More than any other game, Dungeons & Dragons paved the way for older children and adults to experience imaginative play,” says Curator Nic Ricketts. “It was groundbreaking. And it opened the door for other kinds of table games that borrow many of its unique mechanics. But most importantly, Dungeons & Dragons’ mechanics lent themselves to computer applications, and it had a direct impact on hugely successful electronic games like World of Warcraft.”