He-Man, Lite-Brite, and the Spinning Top Defeat Nerf for a Spot in the National Toy Hall of Fame

It’s official! The ancient top, cultural phenomenon Masters of the Universe, and beloved Lite-Brite have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

The National Toy Hall of Fame® at The Strong, established in 1998, recognizes toys that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period. Each year, the prestigious hall inducts new honorees and showcases both new and historic versions of classic toys beloved by generations. Anyone can nominate a toy to the National Toy Hall of Fame. Final selections are made on the advice of historians, educators, and other individuals who exemplify learning, creativity, and discovery through their lives and careers.

There are nine other finalists that didn’t get enough votes from toy industry experts, historians, and the general public to make it into the Hall of Fame this year.

They are Bingo, Breyer Horses, the board game Catan (or Settlers of Catan), Nerf toys, the piñata, the card game Phase 10, Pound Puppies, Rack-O, and the Spirograph.

Last year’s three inductees were American Girl Dolls, the board game Risk, and Sand, from a beach or sandbox.