Pots, pans, dolls, games up for toy hall of fame

ARE your favorite toys as a child among the 12 finalists for induction this year into the National Toy Hall of Fame in the United States?

TIMELESS TOY. The Rubik’s Cube is among the 12 finalists for induction this year into the National Toy Hall of Fame in the United States. (AP FOTO)
TIMELESS TOY. The Rubik’s Cube is among the 12 finalists for induction this year into the National Toy Hall of Fame in the United States. (AP FOTO)

Well, if pots and pans and paper airplanes were a childhood favorite of yours, then you’d be gladly surprised to know that these humble contenders are up against American Girl dolls, the game Operation and several return nominees including little green Army men and bubbles.

The hall of fame at The Strong museum in Rochester announced the finalists late last month. Two winners will be inducted Nov. 6.

Anyone can nominate a toy. An internal museum advisory committee narrows down the list and a national committee of history, toy and education experts then votes on the winners.

Inductees have to be widely recognized, proven to be more than a passing fad and foster learning, creativity or discovery through play.

The other 2014 nominees are: Fisher-Price Little People, My Little Pony, Rubik’s Cube, Slip ‘N Slide, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Toys and the toy trucks sold each holiday shopping season at certain gas stations.

The two winners will join last year’s honorees, the rubber duck and chess, along with the 51 other toys that have been inducted since the hall was established in 1998.

Other past winners include Etch A Sketch, Play-Doh, Barbie, Mr. Potato Head and the Frisbee. (AP)

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