The finalists for this year's National Toy Hall of Fame include:

Care Bears . . . coloring books . . . the Fisher-Price Corn Popper . . . Jenga . . . Magic the Gathering cards . . . He-Man . . . Matchbox cars . . . My Little Pony . . . Nerf guns . . . Risk . . . the top . . . and the smartphone.

That's right:  The smartphone.

Yeah, you can play games on it, but is it really a TOY?

Around two or three toys usually wind up getting voted in every year. Last year, the three toys that made it were the Magic 8 Ball, the pinball machine, and Uno. Fisher-Price Corn Popper and He-Man were both finalists last year as well, but didn't make it in.

A committee of 23 experts vote on the toys, but this year, for the first time, they let the public vote as the "24th member." The winners will be announced November 7th.

Toy Hall of Fame 2019 Nominees
Toy Hall of Fame 2019 Nominees

The Strong National Toy Hall of Fame recognizes toys that have engaged and delighted multiple generations. Criteria for induction include: Icon-status (the toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered); Longevity (the toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations); Discovery (the toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play); and Innovation (the toy profoundly changed play or toy design).

To date, the following 68 toys have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame:

alphabet blocks, Atari 2600 Game System, baby doll, ball, Barbie, bicycle, Big Wheel, blanket, bubbles, Candy Land, cardboard box, checkers, chess, Clue, Crayola Crayons, dollhouse, dominoes, Duncan Yo-Yo, Dungeons & Dragons, Easy-Bake Oven, Erector Set, Etch A Sketch, Fisher-Price Little People, Frisbee, G.I. Joe, The Game of Life, Hot Wheels, Hula Hoop, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jigsaw puzzle, jump rope, kite, LEGO, Lincoln Logs, Lionel Trains, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, marbles, Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, Nintendo Game Boy, paper airplane, pinball, Play-Doh, playing cards, puppet, Radio Flyer Wagon, Raggedy Ann and Andy, rocking horse, roller skates, rubber duck, Rubik’s Cube, Scrabble, Silly Putty, skateboard, Slinky, Star Wars action figures, stick, Super Soaker, swing, teddy bear, Tinkertoy, Tonka Trucks, Twister, Uno, View-Master, and
Wiffle Ball.

Game on!

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