The National Toy Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2014 inductees.
Even though it sounds like that wouldn’t be a big deal, it’s actually remarkably hard for a toy to make the Hall of Fame: they only induct a few toys every year after a rigorous voting process. This year, three toys made it and nine other nominees were rejected.
The three inductees this year are: The Rubik’s Cub, little green army men and bubbles.
The nine toys that got rejected are: Fisher-Price Little People, American Girl dolls, My Little Pony, pots and pans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Slip ‘n Slide, Operation, paper airplanes and Hess gas station toy trucks.
The toys are voted on by a panel of 24 experts, including collectors, designers, and psychologists. The main criteria is that the toy has been popular across different generations, that it inspires creativity, and that it changed how kids play.
The National Toy Hall of Fame is inside the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York. The two toys inducted last year were the rubber duck and chess.