There’s 12 finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester.
The winners will be named Nov. 5 and will join 49 toys already enshrined, such as Barbie, crayons and alphabet blocks, the Democrat and Chronicle reports.
The finalists are:
• Dominoes, which originated in China and later appeared to Europe. A standard set of 28 dominoes allows for many different games as well as the creation of designs in which dominoes can be pushed over in a wave. It was a finalist in 2010.
• The Fisher-Price Corn Popper push toy, which was introduced in 1957. It makes noises while toddlers push it around, teaching cause and effect.
• Lite-Brite, which has been popular since 1967. It uses backlit plastic pegs against a black background. It was a finalist in 2003 and 2010.
• Little green army men. Introduced in the 1930s, these have been manufactured by the millions.
• The Magic 8 Ball, which debuted in 1946. It offers 20 responses to questions and was a finalist in 2008 and 2010.
• Pogo stick, which was patented in 1919 and has undergone recent changes in technology and materials. Players must maintain their balance while jumping. The pogo stick was a finalist in 2010 and 2011.
• Sidewalk chalk, first used by 16th century European artists to decorate public squares during festivals. It was a finalist in 2009.
• Simon, an easily operated game introduced by Ralph Baer in 1978. It was a finalist in 2011.
• Star Wars action figures, introduced in the late 1970s. Their success spurred the industry to create more toys linked to movies, television series and comic books. The toys also were finalists in 2011.
• The tea set. The tiny sets have been part of children’s play for 300 years. It was a finalist in 2009.
• Twister, introduced in 1966 by Milton Bradley. The game initially was seen as risqué, but soared to success after Johnny Carson played it with Eva Gabor on the Tonight show. It was a finalist in 2011.