2013 National Toy Hall of Fame Nominees Announced: Is the 4th time a charm for Magic 8 Ball?

2013 National Toy Hall of Fame Nominees Announced: Is the 4th time a charm for Magic 8 Ball?


The nominees have been announced!  And again we’ve got a couple “frequent flyers” on the list.  This year’s nominees are: bubbles, chess, Clue, Fisher-Price Little People, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, My Little Pony, Nerf toys, Pac-Man, rubber duck, scooter and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Only two will be selected and I’ll be honest, I’m kind of pulling for Magic 8 Ball because this is its FOURTH nomination.  Magic 8 Ball was on the list last year as well as in 2010 and 2008.  I believe the only other item that has been nominated that many times (and still not been voted in) is Pogo Stick — and if it was up to me I’d choose Magic 8 Ball over Pogo Stick simply because my Magic 8 Ball never tried to kill me.

National Toy Hall of Fame Nominee 2013

I wish there were a few more games on this list this year, but I say that just about every year.  No really, if you’ve read any of my previous National Hall of Fame Articles (see the list HERE), I’ve been pretty vocal about there not being more games in the Hall of Fame. And yes, I know it’s called the National TOY Hall of Fame but it really should be the National Toy AND GAME Hall of Fame if you ask me.  Toys and games go together like Ernie and Bert… the co-exist so nicely.  There are 2 game nominees this year (down from 4 last year).  Clue retained its spot on the nominee list so maybe this is its lucky year!  And I guess it’s even possible that when the winners are announced on November 7th we’ll see BOTH games get added to the collection — wouldn’t that be fun?

The press release has some fun details on all of the items.  You can find it HERE  if you’d like to read about the non-game nominees.

What it says about chess:

Chess is an ancient two-player game that evolved in England during the 15th century, based on an earlier Indian game called chaturanga. A complex combination of strategy and tactics, chess remains one of the world’s most popular games. Chess is a recognized sport of the International Olympic Committee and is led by the FIDE (French acronym of the World Chess Federation). Today the game is played at home, in clubs, by correspondence, and in tournaments.

What it says about Clue:

Clue has remained a top-selling board game since 1947 thanks to the witty way it invites players to deduce, from available evidence, a solution on the murder of the luckless Mr. Boddy, which occurs under different circumstances in each game. Clue was developed by a retired solicitor’s clerk during the air raids of World War II and originally introduced under the name “Cluedo.”

And what it says about Magic 8 Ball:

For more than 60 years, Magic 8 Ball has confused millions by being sold in the game aisle despite not having rules — or even a winner!  You keep nominating this item, but honestly, we can’t even decide if it’s a toy or a game and this usually takes over the debate on whether or not it should be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so until we can decide we’re going to leave it in limbo on the nominee list. 

No I’m kidding… this is what it really says about the Magic 8 Ball:

For more than 60 years, Magic 8 Ball has entertained millions by letting them flirt harmlessly with fortune telling. The billiard-ball novelty made its debut in 1946 and has continued offering its standard 20 responses to a wide range of questions. Do people still love playing with Magic 8 Ball? Without a doubt. 

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