The Toy Hall Of Fame Inducts Class Of 2018


via upi   The National Toy Hall Of Fame has three new members after the official announcement at a recent press conference.  Magic 8 Ball, UNO and Pinball are now enshrined in the hallowed halls in Rochester New York, home of the Strong Museum of Play. 

This year's inductees were chosen from a field of finalists that also included American Girl Dolls, chalk, Chutes and Ladders, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Masters of the Universe, sled, tic-tac-toe, Tickle Me Elmo, and Tudor Electric Football. 

In the article, museum curator Michelle Parnett-Dwyer said:

"According to some surveys, Magic 8 Ball is one of the top 20 most popular toys of the 20th-century."

Some other cool factoids: Uno was invented by Ohio barbershop owner Merle Robbins, who produced 5,000 decks of the crazy eights-like game and pitched them around the country before selling the rights to a manufacturer.

Pinball Machines were created in 1931, inspired by an 18th-century French table game called bagatelle. For more details, or to see which toys and games join them in the Hall of Fame, click HERE.

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