October 18, 2023
They are playfully called the “forgotten five”: A handful of toys—the pogo stick, the Fisher-Price Corn Popper, My Little Pony, PEZ dispensers, and Transformers—that regularly approach toybox royalty as finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame, only to be tossed back on the pile.
Toys usually are chosen for the annual induction ceremony with input from a panel of historians, educators, and other experts. The members vote for their top three out of a dozen finalists that have been selected by an internal committee from among thousands of nominations that come in each year.
“They’re like Susan Lucci was to the Emmy Awards, or Steve Tasker to the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Chief Curator Christopher Bensch said. “Now, one of these five will make the hall and, for the first time, it will be purely in the hands of the voting public.”
The three other toys to be honored will be chosen from 12 finalists announced last month. The nominees are baseball cards, Battleship, Bingo, Bop It, Cabbage Patch Kids, Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks, Connect 4, Little Tykes Cozy Coupe, Nerf, slime, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken.
The National Toy Hall of Fame is located inside The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.
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