Star Wars figures, dominoes enter Toy Hall of Fame – Life Inc.
The latest toy legends to ascend into the vaunted Toy Hall of Fame are… duhn duhn duhn…. Star Wars action figures and dominoes!
From a field of twelve finalists, a national selection committee picked the final two, beating out the Fisher-Price corn popper, Lite-Brite, Clue, the Magic 8 Ball, Simon, the tea set, and Twister. Each committee member was asked to pick two and then write a brief essay passionately advocating their choice.
Star Wars action figures hit the market in 1978 after the big blockbuster movie came out in 1977. Dominoes have been around since the 1300s in China.
Anyone can nominate a toy for entry into the hall of fame, and then a museum committee narrows that list down based on toys that are real superstars. They must have remained popular for generations, and stimulate child development.
Dominoes and Star Wars action figures certainly meet those criteria, selection committee member Jeff Gomez told TODAY.