Can you believe bubbles made Toy Hall of Fame?
It's mission accomplished for little green army men.
The plastic pretend soldiers have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is in Rochester, N.Y. The plastic soldiers were honored along with the 1980s stumper Rubik's Cube, and soap bubbles.
The trio of toys takes its place alongside other classics. Those include Barbie, G.I. Joe, Scrabble and the hula hoop. This year's winners beat out nine other finalists.
The tiny green army pieces have been around since 1938.
The army men were finalists two other years before making the cut this time around. That should offer hope to this year's runners-up. Those include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Slip 'N Slide, the skill game Operation and paper airplanes.
The Rubik's Cube was invented in Hungary in the 1970s. It became popular in the United States in 1980. More than 100 million of the six-color cubes were sold between 1980 and 1982.
The cubes have nine colored squares on each side. They can be arranged 43 quintillion ways. Mats Valk of the Netherlands holds the speed record for re-aligning the colors. He did it in 5.55 seconds.
Children have played with soap bubbles since at least the 17th century. There are paintings from that time depicting the play in what is now Belgium. Now, more than 200 million bottles of bubble liquid are sold annually.
A national selection committee made up of 24 experts vote the winners in to the Toy Hall of Fame each year.
"All kinds of stuff gets nominated," hall curator Nicolas Ricketts said. "People have nominated dirt, sofa cushions. Anything that someone has played with and had a good time with might end up being nominated."