Toys inducted into National Toy Hall of Fame

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Two new toys were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame for 2012.

Dominoes and Star Wars action figures are this year’s inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame.

The inductees were announced at a November 15, 2012 ceremony at The Strong in Rochester, New York.

They were selected from 12 toy finalists, which include Clue, the fisher-Price Corn Popper push toy, Lite-Brite, little green army men, the Magic 8 Ball, the pogo stick, sidewalk chalk, Simon, the tea set and Twister.

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The Strong website says Dominoes are one of the oldest known tools for game play, originating in China in the 1300s.  A standard set of 28 dominoes represents all possible results when rolling a pair of six-sided dice plus two blank sides.  Dominoes were originally made from bone, ebony or ivory and today  they are usually made from plastic.

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There are more than 100 Star Wars action figures including Obi-Wan Kemobi, Chewbacca, Princes Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and R2-D2.  They were originally sold from 1978 to 1985 and again from the mid-1990s to now. 

Fifty-one toys have been inducted in to the National Toy Hall of Fame.  Anyone can nominate a toy for possible induction at

Previous inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame:

Aphabet blocks, Atari 2600 Game System, baby doll, ball, Barbie, bicycle, Big Wheel, blanket, Candy Land, cardboard box, checkers, Crayola Crayons, dollhouse, dominoes, Duncan Yo-Yo, Easy-Bake Oven, Erector Set, Etch A Sketch, Frisbee, The Game of Life, G. I. Joe, Hot Wheels, hula hoop, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jigsaw puzzle, jump rope, kite, LEGO, Lincoln Logs, Lionel Trains, marbles, Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, Nintendo Game Boy, Play-Doh, playing cards, Radio Flyer Wagon, Raggedy Ann and Andy, rocking horse, roller skates, Scrabble, Silly Putty, skateboard, Slinky, Star Wars action figures, stick, teddy bear, Tinkertoy, Tonka Trucks and View-Master.