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National Toy Hall of Fame® Final Nominees
Announced by Strong Museum in Rochester, NY 2004

Inductees to be Named November 12

ROCHESTER, New York—Will G.I. Joe march into the National Toy Hall of Fame® this year? Can Scrabble® rack up a really high score? Or will Rubik’s® Cube stump all its opponents?

The National Toy Hall of Fame® at Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, today announced the 12 final nominees selected for possible 2004 induction. Only three of the 12 nominees will find a place in the prestigious hall.

The twelve toy finalists are: Big Wheel, Cabbage Patch Kids®, Candy Land®, Easy-Bake® Oven, Fisher-Price® Little People, G.I. Joe, Hot Wheels, Lionel Trains, Rocking Horse, Rubik’s® Cube, Scrabble®, and Wiffle® Ball.

The three final 2004 toy inductees will be announced at a press conference on Friday, November 12, and a major weekend public celebration will follow at Strong Museum on Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, November 14. Festivities will include demonstrations by Duncan® Yo-Yo and Hula Hoop® champions, strolling toys, entertainment, and craft activities.

The National Toy Hall of Fame® at Strong Museum recognizes toys that have engaged and delighted multiple generations, inspiring them to learn, create, and discover through play. 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).

In addition, inducted toys must be generally accepted as safe for those for whom they are designed or who fall within the manufacturer’s recommended ages.

To date, the following 28 toys have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame®: Alphabet Blocks, Barbie®, Bicycle, Checkers, Crayola® Crayons, Duncan® Yo-Yo, Erector® Set, Etch A Sketch®, Frisbee®, Hula Hoop®, Jacks, Jigsaw Puzzle, Jump Rope, LEGO®, Lincoln Logs®, Marbles, Monopoly®, Mr. Potato Head®, Play-Doh®, Radio Flyer® Wagon, Raggedy Ann™, Roller Skates, Silly Putty®, Slinky®, Teddy Bear, Tinkertoy®, Tonka® Trucks, and View-Master®.

Playthings, the leading trade magazine covering the children’s toy industry in the United States, is the official national media partner of the National Toy Hall of Fame® at Strong Museum. Coinciding with the toy industry’s major event, International Toy Fair, Playthings will recognize all of the National Toy Hall of Fame® inductees at its Annual Industry Achievement Awards Dinner this coming February. Founded in 1903, Playthings offers the most current and in-depth information and news on toy manufacturers, retailers, licensing, products, and people. Playthings is published by Reed Business Information, the largest business-to-business publisher in the United States.

Strong Museum is the nation’s only museum devoted to the study of play as it illuminates American popular culture. Known for its family-friendly, interactive exhibits and world-renowned collections (including the world’s largest collection of toys and dolls), Strong Museum has been ranked one of the Top 10 “children’s” museums by CHILD magazine and among the most family-friendly museums in the Northeast by Family Fun magazine. For more information on the National Toy Hall of Fame® visit