Catan, Bingo, Lite-Brite, and Nerf – Finalists for the Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, NY 2022’s inductees will join toys like the American Girl Dolls, Risk, sticks, cardboard boxes, and sand as parts of the toy hall of fame.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
Public voting on which toys should join the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2022 began in mid-September, reported the AP, and the finalists are bingo, Breyer Horses, Catan, Lite-Brite, Nerf Toys, Masters of the Universe, piñata, Phase 10, Pound Puppies, Rack-O, Spirograph, and the top.
Along with those selected by the national selection committee whose members are industry experts, academics, and other similarly credentialed people, the top three toys that received the most public votes will be entered as a people’s choice ballot.
The National Toy Hall of Fame opened at The Strong, in Rochester, NY in 1998, and so far 77 toys have been inducted. While anyone can nominate toys for the honor, to be chosen and recognized, toys have to “have achieved icon status, longevity, and foster learning or discovery.”
Describing this year’s nominees, Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections at The Strong Museum, which houses the hall of fame, said, “These 12 toys span the history of play. The top is as old as civilization itself and bingo has been played in some form for hundreds of years.”
Indeed, while many of the toys previously included are board games like Risk or more modern toys like American Girl Dolls, other notable honorees have included S sand, sticks, cardboard boxes, paper airplanes, bubbles, or sidewalk chalk.