Which of these finalists will you vote into the National Toy Hall of Fame?

Twelve classic toys and games are up for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame, and you can cast a vote for your favorites

September 14, 2018
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Lego, Monopoly, and the Rubik’s Cube are already in. Who'll be next? I'm talking about the National Toy Hall of Fame, which you and I will probably never visit because it's in Rochester, New York, and if you're anything like me, you're unlikely to be visiting Rochester anytime soon. Too bad, because the Strong Museum, which contains the National Toy Hall of Fame, looks pretty cool. Their mission:

The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play.

Fun, right? Anyway, each year they add two or three inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame, and we the people get a vote from a list of 12 between now and September 19. 

Here are your nominiees:

American Girl Dolls


Chutes & Ladders

Fisher-Price Corn Popper

Magic 8 Ball

Masters of the Universe toys




Tickle Me Elmo

Tudor Electric Football


The guy from the museum says:

These 12 toys represent different play styles, from outdoor to imaginative,and diffrerent eras, from ancient to more modern. But they all share an undeniable ability to inspire people of all ages to learn, create, and discover through play.

Here's a closer look at all twelve finalists:

And here's where you cast your vote -- one vote per person per day.

I guess my only question about the whole thing is . . . . chalk? Seriously? Chalk?