New Toy Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

On November 9 the National Toy Hall of Fame announced the newest members of their Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Finalists

After careful consideration by the panel of experts over whether it should be the Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox Cars, My Little Pony, PEZ Candy Dispenser, play food, Risk, sand, Transformers, Uno, the paper airplane, the Wiffle ball, and the game of Clue; the long popular and imaginative paper airplane, the Wiffle ball, and the crime solving game of Clue were selected to join the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.

The new inductees join long lasting iconic toys like the cardboard box, the rope, Lincoln logs, teddy bears, the wagon, and Raggedy Ann and Andy in the Hall of Fame.

paper airplane 2

Reportedly created in 1909, the paper airplane may not have been flying through the air, but fans of artist and inventor Leonardo Di Vinci have found drawings of flying machines among his works.

Speaking on the long standing toy, The Strong vice president for collection Christopher Bensch said, “where some toys require financial investment, paper airplanes start with a simple sheet of paper, coupled with creativity and dexterity, to produce a toy with infinite aeronautical possibilities. They allow the imagination to takeoff and soar!”

Whiffle Ball (retouched label)

Often used in fun and practice sessions for college and professional baseball players, the Wiffle Ball is not just a plastic orb filled with holes. Developed by a retired baseball player in Connecticut, the Wiffle Ball was created to allow children to play ball games in the cramped spaces of suburban backyards. The holes allow the ball the grab the air, slow the speed, and alter trajectories. The game of Wiffle Ball has its own rules.

Created in the United Kingdom during World War II, the game of Clue was taken from the era’s popular murder-mystery dinner parties. Orignally called Cluedo, it became the game of Clue when Parker Brothers bought the rights to the game.

Clue continues to remain on the top 10 list of all time of games sold. The game has expanded to a Junior edition, a travel edition and various themed editions.

The National Toy Hall of Fame occupies the second floor of The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York. The interactive museum allows children to examine, explore, and learn all while having loads of fun. The Strong also houses the World Video Game Hall of Fame.


photos courtesy of The Strong Museum in Rochester, NY

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