Friday, November 6, 2009

National Toy Hall of Fame snubs Hot Wheels

The National Toy Hall of Fame this week selected the Big Wheel, Nintendo Game Boy and the generic ball for induction.
They join past inductees such as Barbie, G.I. Joe, Lego, Frisbee, Easy Bake Oven, Etch A Sketch, View-Master, Tonka Trucks, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky and Silly Putty.
The generic category of inductees includes the stick and the cardboard box, which were picked because kids have such great imaginations.
What? No lawn darts? Maybe next year.
The Game Boy is the second electronic toy inducted to the hall after the Atari 2600 Game System. Nintendo introduced the Game Boy in 1989. The Atari 2600 video game console debuted in 1977.
My pick for the hall of fame is Hot Wheels, the brand of die cast cars introduced in 1968 by Mattel.
The National Toy Hall of Fame is part of the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y.

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