Fisher-Price Named Finalist for National Toy Hall of Fame
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Posted by: Kathleen Chaplick
Every year toy makers hope to see their name on the list of finalist for the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining the ranks of beloved toys such as the Hula Hoop, the Rubber Duck, and the Teddy Bear.
Since 1998, 59 toys have been inducted in the National Toy Hall of Fame. Every year, the public nominates toys via online submission forms, email, or U.S. mail. According to The Strong, the world’s largest museum devoted to toys and materials related to play, an internal museum advisory committee reviews the submissions and pre-qualifies the toys that best meet the criteria selection.
So what qualifies a toy for this honor? Toys must be more than just popular to make the cut. Toys must be widely recognized and remembered, have longevity throughout generations, foster learning/creativity, and have changed play or toy design.
This year, JPMA member Fisher-Price has been selected as a finalist for their Little People collection. Other finalists include Care Bears, Clue, Dungeon and Dragons, and Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. For a full list of the 12 finalists click here. According to The Strong, “Only two or three will take their honored places in the hall this year when they are announced at a ceremony at The Strong on Thursday, November 10, at 10:30 a.m.”
Congratulations to Fisher-Price from all of the JPMA staff!