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Finalists Announced For National Toy Hall Of Fame

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As a kid my favorite toy was always my record player.  My parents gave me my first at age 2.  Then came the 8-track player/recorders and later cassette players/recorders.  And I have always been entertained by radio.

But if I had to name my favorite “toy” as a kid, it would probably be my Aurora HO Golden Gate Bridge Race Car Track that sold for $23.99 (which I still have) or my  Hot Wheels set.

Twister and the Rubik’s Cube are among six Hasbro toy and game lines that have been named finalists for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame.  The 12 finalists also include Hasbro’s Transformers and Star Wars action figures, Jenga, and the Simon electronic flash game. Also in the running are the dollhouse, Mattel’s Hot Wheels, Dungeons & Dragons, the pogo stick, puppets and radio-controlled vehicles. Two of these will be selected for induction in November. Forty-six toys are currently in the National Toy Hall of Fame in  Rochester, New York.  Among them are Crayola crayons, Silly Putty, Hasbro’s Mr. Potato Head and the Easy-Bake Oven. Toys are chosen for induction based on several criteria, including “icon status”, longevity and innovation.

What toy do you feel deserves a place on the shelves of the National Toy Hall of Fame?



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