2021 Toy Hall of Fame Nominees


Today the The Strong National Museum of Play announced the 12 finalists for induction into the Toy Hall of Fame. The nominees are: American Girl Dolls, Battleship, billiards, Cabbage Patch Kids, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Mahjong, Masters of the Universe, piñata, Risk, sand, The Settlers of Catan, and toy fire engine.

Retro battleship game Battleship showing plastic player boards from Toy Hall of Fame

Photo Credits: Courtesy of The Strong®, Rochester, New York

Five out of the total twelve are games; which I actually find quite impressive given some of the nominees lists in past years.  The funny thing is I don’t think I’d actually choose to vote for any of the games.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy them, I do have plenty of childhood memories of Battleship with my sister (but I’m pretty sure there was some cheating going on).  For me, I have tons of happy memories around my Cabbage Patch Kids and American Girl Doll.  Up until recently I actually still had my Cabbage Patch Kids and I still have my American Girl Doll lovingly packed away.  Beyond games and LEGOs, I spend most of my time playing with my dolls and making stuff for them.  Actually it might have been less about the dolls and more about the having someone to make fun stuff for — but either way the dolls were somehow involved!  Anyway, those are the two that get my vote this year.

What’s YOUR vote?

You can place your vote at The Strong’s website and you can vote up to once per day until September 22nd.  The public’s vote will act collectively as 1 vote on the 23 member committee.  The inductees will be announced on November 5th. Stay tuned…

Photo Credits: Courtesy of The Strong®, Rochester, New York