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Has Your Favorite Toy Made the Hall of Fame?

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In that Glen Campbell/Steve Wariner Mother’s Day standard “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” they sing, “They’re oughta be a hall of fame for mamas.” Well, long before its inception in 1998, I said they’re oughta be a hall of fame for toys.

And, recently, its brand new members were announced. I think it’s interesting that the National Toy Hall of Fame inducts generic toys as well as brand names. For example, the brand new entries for 2012 are dominoes and Star Wars action figures.

More examples? The Game of Life and the bicycle; LEGOs and the ball. I love this.

Have you ever checked out the National Toy Hall of Fame’s website. My friends, it is a trip back in time. Frisbees, marbles, Monopoly–they’re all there. In fact, those are three of the eleven toys in the inaugural induction class.

Seriously, if you are someone “of a certain age” and you can think of a toy you played with when you were a kid, chances are it’s in there.

Now, about the new members.

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I never played dominoes when I was a kid. In fact, I didn’t do it until I was in my late 20s and I was joining a group of friends for a weekly “dominoes night.” Now, I can’t get enough. I usually play dominoes online before I go to bed each night. It may sound odd, but it’s highly competitive, but always a blast.

The other new member of the National Toy Hall of Fame is the first television or movie inspired “action figure.” Actually, it’s ALL the Stars Wars action figures that have made the list. I don’t know where this hall of fame is located, but I certainly hope they keep Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi away from each other when they turn off the lights.

Now these are toys I did have as a kid. Had ’em all. I also had the big elaborate play sets and the Millennium Falcon. Of course, if I’d known then what I know now, I might have kept them in their containers.

Might have.

I was recently watching History Channel’s hit reality series, Pawn Stars, and one of the guys on the show said that Star Wars action figures are a gold mine. You cannot go wrong with any of them. Although, I’d imagine that if you found the right collector, you could make a pretty penny on just about any of the toys listed in the registry of the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Did your favorite toy make it? I know mine did.

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