On November 7 The Strong Museum of Play and the National Toy Hall of Fame inducted the newest members to the National Toy Hall of Fame. Out of the 12 finalists, three toys were chosen for induction to the Hal of Fame bringing the total number of inductees to 68.

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This year’s finalists were the Care Bears, the colouring book Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Jenga, the card game Magic: The Gathering, Masters of the Universe, Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, Nerf Blaster, Risk, smartphone, and the top. Of those finalists, Magic the Gathering, Matchbox Toys, and the coloruing book were selected to join the National Toy Hall of Fame.

2019 Toy Hall

Magic: The Gathering, Matchbox Cars, and the Colouring Book are all joining the Hall of Fame.

Toys are selected for induction into the Hall of Fame based on their longevity, its iconic status, and its ability to spark discovery and innovation.

The miniature replicas of hot rods, Matchbox Cars made it debut in England in 1953; they made the trip across the pond to make their appearance in the United States in 1954. The Matchbox Cars join the Hot Wheels as a part of the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong Museum.

Magic: The Gathering made its debut in 1993 and quickly rose to such popularity that the demand outnumbered the supply. A game with fantasy themes, Magic requires skill, strategy, and elements of chance.

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The colouring book has been around for hundreds of years in a number of variations. It was originally designed as an educational tool. And most recently, adults are channeling their inner child with adult versions of the books that feature complex and intricate designs.

Established in 1998, the National Toy Hall of Fame was first housed in the A. C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village in Salem, Oregon. After outgrowing its space, The Hall made the trip across the country in 2002 for a new permanent home at The Strong in Rochester, New York.


photos courtesy of The Strong in Rochester, New York