Whether popping plastic packing material is your idea of a good time, or nailing your adversaries with a foam projectile is more your speed, both modes of entertainment have a chance at being inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame this year.
Twelve finalists will be duking it out for a place in the HOF, including that all-ages favorite, Bubble Wrap, and Nerf toys, The Strong museum, located in Rochester, NY, announced. In the end, only two or three of the nominees will make the cut and take up their thrones next to past inductees like Barbie, Atari, rubber duckies, chess, Rubik’s Cube, and Little Green Army Men.
The final inductees will be chosen on the advice of a national selection advisory committee, which will consider criteria like the toy’s icon status, its staying power over multiple generations, whether it fosters learning or creativity through play, and innovation. The museum will announce the winners on Nov. 10.
The full list of finalists:
• Bubble Wrap
• Care Bears
• coloring books
• Dungeons & Dragons
• Fisher-Price Little People
• Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots
May the odds be ever in your favor, guys, but I’d definitely watch out for the Demogorgon.