If you could chose one childhood toy to make it to the Toy Hall of Fame in New York, what would it be?
It’s a question that stumped us this morning when we a) realised there was such a thing as a Toy Hall of Fame and b) realised that some of the best toys ever invented haven’t been considered.
Take Snoopy. A toy that defined the childhoods of the ’70s and ’80s. A loyal companion. A wise friend with a groovy wardrobe. But is he there? No. But there is a stick. And a cardboard box. Go figure.
Established in 1998, The National Toy Hall of Fame is a US based organisation that ranks the best toys in the world. Every year people nominate they’re favourite toys and two or three get chosen for the prestigious toy list.
The finalists for 2015 have just been named – some of which we agree with, and other which we don’t. But this is what has made the cut previously – and as few we think should have.
1. LEGO (added in 1998)
2. Monopoly (added in 1998)
3. Barbie (added in 1998)
4. Marbles (added in 1998)
5. Frisbee (added in 1998)
6. Hula Hoop (added in 1999)
7. View Master (added in 1999)
8. Radio Flyer master (added in 1999)
9. Roller Skates (added in 1999)
10. Slinky (added in 2000)
11. Jump Rope (added in 2000)
12. Mr Potato Head (added in 2000)
13. Silly Putty (added in 2001)
14. Tonka Trucks (added in 2001)
15. Jigsaw puzzles added in 2002
16. Raggedy Ann added in 2002.
17. Checkers added in 2003
18. Alphabet Blocks added in 2003
19. Rocking Horse added in 2004
20. G.I Joe added in 2004
21. Scrabble added in 2004.
22. Jack in the box added in 2005
23. Cardboard box added in 2005
24. Easy Bake Over added in 2006
25. Lionel Train added in 2006
26. Kite added in 2007
27. Raggedy Andy added in 2007
28. A stick added in 2008
29. Baby doll added in 2008
30. Skateboard added in 2008
31. Ball added in 2009.
32. Big Wheel added in 2009
33. Nintendo Game Boy added in 2009.
34. The Game of Life added in 2010
35. Cards added in 2010
36. Dollhouse added in 2011
37. Hot Wheels added in 2011.
38. Dominoes added in 2012.
39. Rubber duck added in 2013
40. Chess added in 2013.
41. The Rubik's Cube, added in 2014.
42. Green Army Men, added in 2014
As for this year, twelve finalists including American Girl dolls, Battleship, the colouring book, Jenga, Playmobil, the puppet, the scooter, the Super Soaker, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the top, Twister and Wiffle Ball, have been selected. But only two can make it through.
And while we think they're pretty good suggestions - we have some other ideas that we think they should consider....
Snoopy (and his outfits)
He wasn't just a dog. He was a dog who had smarts and a stylish wardrobe.
You could change his clothes and do many things. We can't thing of them just now. But many things.
Crissy and Velvet Dolls
Velvet and Crissy weren't just dolls. They were dolls whose hair you could make long or short without involving scissors or sticky tape.
A boardgame involving thousands of little sheep? What could go wrong?
There were no '80s without Alf. The alien creature made a great stuffed animal. Even if he was a little unattractive.
Who needs an iPad when you have Jacks? The original knuckle busters. They had us entertained for hours.
They were cuddly, multi-coloured and better than a regular teddy bear.
We know it's on the shortlist. But Jenga is proof there was a time when wooden blocks were more interesting than multiple screens.
Ugly? Yep. But cute.
If you could balance on a pogo ball. You were pretty rad. Kids used to spend hours rolling around on these things.
Cabbage Patch dolls
The ultimate toy for everyone who grew up in the '80s.
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Making Hippos eat balls has never been so satisfying.
If you could choose one childhood game to add to the