National Toy Hall of Fame finalists announced, include magic 8-ball and Transformers

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIFR) – The National Toy Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 finalists which include sand and paper airplanes.


A few toys will be inducted in the Hall of Fame on November 9th. Current nominees include Risk, Clue, the magic 8 ball, Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, PEZ candy dispensers, Transformers, UNO, and the Wiffle ball.

While toys can be nominated by anyone, historians and educators advise how successful a given toy has been along with their ability to inspire creativity when selecting nominees. The Hall of Fame is currently home to 63 toys including the dollhouse and dominoes.

Here are the National Toy Hall of Fames nominees:

Clue: The game that challenges players to solve a murder was introduced in 1947 and remains one of the top 10 best-selling board games of all time.

Magic 8 Ball: Over the past 70 years, millions of people have posed questions and waited for a floating “ask again later”, “signs point to yes”, or other answer.

Matchbox Cars: The miniature cars debuted in 1952 and by 1960 were selling at a rate of 100 million a year. They remain a top seller for Mattel.

My Little Pony: The miniature pastel ponies were introduced in the 1980s and reintroduced in 2003. They outsold Barbie for several years at their peak.

Paper airplane: Leonardo Da Vinci may be among the most famous to make flying machines out of paper, writing about it in the 15th century.

Play food made of various materials has been filling the plates at pretend tea parties and picnics for generations.

Risk: The war and strategy board game was published in the United States in 1959. Its innovated mechanics ignited renewed interest in strategy games in the 1970s.

Sand: Historians believe even the earliest humans played in the sand, and record from the 1800s document the building of sandcastles and other sculptures.

Transformers: The mid-1980s line was marketed with an elaborate back story supported by a Marvel comic book series, cartoon series, animated movies, electronic games and good including its own cereal. The latest movie was released in June.

UNO: Easy to learn and quick to play, the card game has players dispose of the cards in their hands.

Wiffle Ball: The perforated plastic ball has been hit and thrown since 1953. Inventors determined that eight oblong slots provided the best performance.