ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The newest inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame were announced Thursday.
Fisher-Price Little People, Dungeons and Dragons and the swing were official inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame.
Thousands of people all across the country voted on their favorites earlier this year. An in-house selection committee at the Strong National Museum of Play narrowed down the nearly 800 choices to just 12 finalists.
- Bubble wrap
- Care Bears
- Coloring Book
- Dungeons and Dragons
- Fisher-Price Little People
- Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
The list chosen based on three main criteria. The first is longevity; toys must be at least 20 years old. Next, they must be highly recognizable. Lastly, they must foster creativity and learning.
"Every holiday season we hear about this year's hot 10 must haves, and we're kind of providing a counter balance in November and December and letting people know there are enduring toys with play value," said Chris Bensch, chief curator of the Toy Hall of Fame.
After the finalists were chosen, the selections were judged by the national selection committee - a group of toy experts, experts on the history of play, and those who specialize in child development and learning.
There are currently 59 toys in the hall of fame. The Toy Hall of Fame started in a small museum in Salem, Oregon in 1998 before moving to Rochester in 2002.