Most of us probably had one or two toys or games that were more important to us as children than any of our belongings.
Maybe it was a teddy bear or blanket you got as an infant, or that Rubik’s Cube that you just couldn’t put down.
Well, it’s that time of year when the greatest and most influential toys of all time are honored for their contributions to play at the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York. They’ve announced their finalists for the class of 2015, and there are plenty of recognizable heavyweights on this year’s list. American Girl dolls, Battleship, the coloring book, Jenga, PLAYMOBIL, the puppet, the scooter, Super Soaker, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the spinning top, Twister, and Wiffle Ball are all finalists for 2015, with winners being announced in early November.
The winners will join other mega-popular toys and games already in the Hall of Fame, like G.I. Joe, Barbie, the Easy-Bake Oven, and Monopoly.
What was your favorite toy or game as a child? How did it help shape your personality? If you stopped playing with it at some point, why was that? Did you grow out of it or did another toy or game take its place? If you had to choose five toys from this year’s finalists to make the National Toy Hall of Fame, which would they be? Why?
Be sure to vote in our Ranker below and pick which toys you think you be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Think the curators missed a finalist this year? Add it to the list!
You can see a full list of the toys already inducted here.
Tim Walsh, toy and game designer and author of “Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them” (Andrews McMeel, 2005)