September 16 – They may be biased, but the Board Knight staff says they think Clue should be inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame.
The Strong’s Toy Hall of Fame has announced the twelve finalists for this year’s Hall of Fame class. The finalists are:
- Bubble Wrap: It was created by accident in 1957.
- Care Bears: Began as greeting cards in the early 1980s but grew into television and games.
- Clue: The board game was created nearly 70 years ago.
- Coloring Book: The books are still used for budding, young artists today.
- Dungeons & Dragons: The role-playing game was first introduced in the 1970s.
- Fisher-Price Little People: The small wooden figures were on a school bus in 1959.
- Nerf: The company created safe foam balls in the 1960s.
- Pinball: The classic arcade game is still in many bars, bowling alleys, and amusement parks.
- Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots: Players throw punches to try and knock their opponents’ head off.
- Swing: In playgrounds and backyards all over the world.
- Transformers: The Hasbro action figures that are featured in video games, comic books, and on the big screen.
- Uno: The card game was introduced in 1971.
Alex Fandel works at Board Knight on Main Street in Decatur. They sell mostly card games and board games along with some action figures and other games.
After a short pause, Fandel quickly answered that Clue should definitely be inducted.
“Clue is popular enough for a movie adaptation and spin offs,” he says. “If it’s still popular 30 plus years later, it probably belongs in the Hall of Fame.”
Strong says they will induct two or three this November. Fandel also felt strongly about the Coloring Book, Uno and Dungeons & Dragons.
“Bubble wrap seems like a silly finalist to me,” he laughed. “I’m not sure how that is considered a toy.”
Fandel wasn’t so sure about the swing, either, saying he doesn’t think anything you sit on can necessarily be a toy. The staff says they were pretty surprised a number of finalists aren’t already in the Hall of Fame.
So far, 59 toys have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. More information can be found here.