Three Inducted Into Rochester’s National Toy Hall Of Fame

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ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum inducted some longtime favorites during a ceremony Thursday.

The class of 2019 includes the collectible card game Magic the Gathering, Matchbox cars, and the coloring book.

The Matchbox Car, Magic: The Gathering, and the coloring book were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester Thursday WXXI NEWS

Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections for the Strong, said the newest honorees were chosen from a group of finalists that included My Little Pony, Jenga, Nerf Blaster, Masters of the Universe, Care Bears, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, the top, the game Risk, and the smartphone.

“Through the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Strong recognizes outstanding toys that have engaged multiple generations over time, inspiring them to learn, create and discover through play,” he said.

Bensch said the finalists are chosen by a national selection advisory committee.

“Those are experts in child development, toy history and so forth,” he said. “That gets added in with a public vote that represents one of the members of that committee, and then the two or three top vote-getters are the ones that get inducted each year.”

There are now 71 toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum in Rochester, which is the only collections-based museum anywhere devoted solely to studying play.