We always get a kick out of anything that comes from the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York. Today, they announced the Finalists for the 2021 Class of the Toy Hall of Fame.
The nominees are:
-American Girl Dolls: Created in 1986 by educator and newscaster Pleasant Rowland, each doll comes with a narrative that reflects an era of American history.
- Battleship: Originally played with paper and pencil, Milton Bradley’s 1967 plastic adaptation popularized the two-person strategy game. It was among the first board games to be computerized in 1979.
- Billiards: Commonly known as pool in the United States, the game evolved from earlier European outdoor games and became popular in the 1800s.
- Cabbage Patch Kids: The dolls, each unique, were launched in 1979. Complete with adoption papers, they were the must-have holiday toy of 1983, paving the way for Tickle Me Elmo, Beanie Babies, and Furby that followed.
- Fisher-Price Corn Popper: Introduced in 1957, the push-toy got toddlers walking, mesmerized by bright flying balls and the popping sound.
- Mahjong: The gambling card game originated in China became popular in the United States in the 1920s.
- Masters of the Universe: He-Man, She-Ra and the line's other action figures became popular through Mattel’s use of comic books and television, including the cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, from 1983 to 1985.
- Piñata: The treat-filled paper mache object is commonly associated with Mexican culture but may date back to early 13th-century China.
- Risk: The strategy board game first published in the United States in 1959 challenges players to control armies and conquer the world.
- Sand: The substance is perhaps the most universal and oldest toy in the world, according to the National Toy Hall of Fame.
- The Settlers of Catan: The cooperative board game now called “Catan" was first published in Germany. Players representing settlers establish a settlement on an island by spending resources, which are earned through trade and rolls of the dice.
- Toy fire engine: Materials, design and technology have evolved but the appeal has remained.
The winners will be inducted on November 4, and will join 74 other toys.