The Strong Unveils 2022 National Toy Hall of Fames Inductees

The newest inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York were announced on Thursday, November 10. Three objects of play received the honour: Top, Lite-Brite, and Masters of the Universe.

Established in 1998, the National Toy Hall of Fame recognizes objects of play that have earned a place in the hearts and minds of the public over generations. Each year, the toys and games chosen as finalists go through a rigorous review process. Inductees are announced at a live ceremony at The Strong Museum each November.

In addition to the toys officially inducted, other Toy Hall of Fame nominees this year included Bingo, Breyer Horses, Catan, Nerf Toys, Piñata, Phase 10, Pound Puppies, Rack-O, and Spirograph.

The three newcomers to the National Toy Hall of Fame join past inductees, including Risk (2021), Super Soaker (2015), Easy-Bake Oven (2006), Mr. Potato Head (2000), Lincoln Logs (1999), and Marbles (1998).

Do you feel a deserving classic toy or game is absent from the National Toy Hall of Fame? Use the nomination form on the National Toy Hall of Fame website to advocate for your pick for November 2023 induction. The four major criteria for nomination outlined by The Strong 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).

Learn more about the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong.