Kicker – Hall of Fame toys


MARY REICHARD, HOST: The National Toy Hall of Fame has announced the 12 finalists for this year’s honors. That out of thousands of nominees.

Among the candidates are several board games, along with a few toys you might remember, depending upon when you were a child.

AUDIO: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!

My Little Pony also made the cut, along with Baby Nancy and Breyer Horses. 

The criteria for induction includes icon-status, longevity, discovery through play, and innovation.

Other nominees include Yahtzee, Jenga, the board games Risk and Sorry, and…

AUDIO: Light Bright, Light Bright

BASHAM: Oh I loved that one!

REICHARD: Me, too! A panel of judges will choose three winners and the public will choose another three by voting at toyhalloffame.org. Voting is open through Wednesday.

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(Victoria Gray/The Strong museum via AP) This Aug. 25, 2020 photo provided by the The Strong museum in Rochester, N.Y., shows the 12 toys that are up for induction to the the National Toy Hall of Fame later this year. 

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