The National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York announced the 12 finalists that will be on its ballot in 2019, and as in past years, it’s a variety of classic toys from lots of different eras.
But this year, there’s something different….a modern item is a finalist. The smartphone!!
This year’s 12 finalists – Care Bears, coloring books, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Jenga, Magic the Gathering cards, He-Man, Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, Nerf guns, Risk, and as we mentioned above, the smartphone.
National Toy Hall of Fame
Is a Smartphone really a toy? Obviously, you can play games on a smartphone, but is it a toy?
Every year 2 or 3 toys are voted in, last year the Magic 8 Ball, Pinball Machine and Uno made it in the Hall of Fame. The Fisher-Price Corn Popper and He-Man were both finalists last year but didn’t get the votes to make it in.
This year the public will be the 24th vote along with a committee of 23 experts on the toys. You can vote at ToyHallOfFame.org this week for your favorite of those 12 toys.