What 3 toys have been inducted into the New York Toy Hall of Fame?

The National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York has announced its Class of 2022! Did one of your favorites enter? !

The 2022 inductees were announced Thursday morning, Nov. 10, by the Strong Museum of Play, home to the National Toy Hall of Fame. There were 12 finalists for induction this year (which you can see at the bottom of this story) but only three were selected for induction. For a toy to be considered for induction, it is measured against four main criteria: icon status, longevity, discovery, and innovation.

So without further ado, here are your 2022 inductees…

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Photo by Ash from Modern Affatus on Unsplash

The more you learn about this toy, the more it makes your head spin…for starters, it’s ancient. Archaeologists have found examples as old as 5,000 years… not only does this toy have a long history, but it’s also incredibly adaptable, suitable for making clay, metal, stone and, later, rubber , tin and plastic.

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

It first lit up the world of toys in 1967…several toy company executives marveled at a window display in New York consisting of hundreds of colored lights. “It would make a great toy,” they thought, “but it would be way too expensive. Only one of the men, toy designer Burt Meyer, continued to tinker with the idea. Within two weeks, he had his “lightbulb” moment and finished his plastic prototype. His company introduced the company to gaming company Hasbro.

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In 1979, Ray Wagner of Mattel formed a men’s action team to explore creating the company’s next big line. Mattel had to rival the movie-fueled success of Kenner’s Star Wars action figures… instantly distinctive among competing toys, he was super ripped, larger than life, scantily clad, larger than life and full of strength brute.

Congratulations to the National Toy Hall of Fame Class of 2022!

If you’ve never been to the Strong Museum in Rochester, it’s definitely worth a visit. Your kids are going to have a blast, but there’s a whole lot of cool stuff in there for adults. It’s a real trip down memory lane, and the museum’s exhibits are sure to scratch that nostalgic itch.

2022 National Toy Hall of Fame Finalists

Which of these 12 toys will enter the hallowed halls of the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York? !

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With the holiday spirit in the air, it’s the perfect time to dive into the history of iconic holiday gifts. Using national toy archives and data curated by The Strong from 1920 to present, Stacker researched products that captured the minds of the public through novelty, innovation, kitsch, quirkiness or just the right time, then exploded into success.