Can you believe bubbles made Toy Hall of Fame?
Can you believe bubbles made Toy Hall of Fame? (ThinkStock)
Can you believe bubbles made Toy Hall of Fame?
Lexile: 1060L
Lexile

Assign to Google Classroom

It's mission accomplished for little green army men.

The plastic pretend soldiers have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame along with the 1980s stumper Rubik's Cube, and soap bubbles.

The trio of toys takes its place alongside other classics including Barbie, G.I. Joe, Scrabble and the hula hoop. They beat out nine other finalists including Fisher-Price Little People, American Girl dolls and My Little Pony.

The tiny green army pieces have been around since 1938. Their popularity waned during the Vietnam War. But they became big-screen stars with the 1995 Pixar movie "Toy Story." Several manufacturers continue to produce millions of them every year.

"Over the years, these toys have remained popular because they are lightweight, simple to transport in buckets or pails, fun to blow up, easy to replace," said curator Patricia Hogan. She noted how some were inevitably melted under a magnifying glass in the sun. "But most of all because they inspire open-ended play."

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, paper airplanes, pots and pans, and the toy trucks sold annually since 1964 by the Hess gas station chain.

The brain-teasing Rubik's Cube was invented by Hungarian architect Erno Rubik in the 1970s. It became popular in the United States in 1980 after being imported by Ideal Toy Corp. More than 100 million of the six-color cubes were sold between 1980 and 1982.

The cubes, with nine colored squares on each side, can be arranged 43 quintillion ways, according to the Toy Hall of Fame. They have inspired organized competitions in more than 50 countries. There are also contests to solve it blindfolded, one-handed and under water. Mats Valk of the Netherlands holds the speed record for re-aligning the colors in 5.55 seconds.

Children have played with soap bubbles since at least the 17th century, according to the toy hall, when paintings depicting the play appeared in what is now modern-day Belgium. Now, more than 200 million bottles of bubble liquid are sold annually.

Bubbles got the nod as a toy of the imagination, spokesman Shane Rhinewald said. It's listed alongside similar previous inductees including the stick and blanket.

Hogan, who curates the toy hall inside The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, noted the staying power of the decidedly low-tech toys in this year's class. The simpler the toy, the more ways children find to use them.

"The toys that do all the laughing or singing or moving for you don't offer the child as much room to use his imagination," she said.

A national selection committee made up of 24 experts vote the winners in to the hall each year. The experts include toy collectors, designers and psychologists. Anyone can nominate a toy. But to make it through the preliminary selection process and become a finalist a toy must have achieved icon status. That means it has survived through generations, foster learning, creativity or discovery and have profoundly changed play or toy design.

"All kinds of stuff gets nominated," 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."

Critical thinking challenge: If you were to submit a toy to the Toy Hall of Fame what would you choose and why?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/can-you-believe-bubbles-made-toy-hall-fame/

Filed Under:  
Assigned 185 times


COMMENTS (140)
  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    11/12/2014 - 09:39 p.m.

    I think this is amazing because now there are a lot more toys to decide which toy gets to the Toy Hall of Fame. I agree with the fact that the simpler the toy the more uses children find to use them because a simple toy or thing usually has no use for it so children can make up ways to play with the toy or thing. Like sand, children finds out ways to use the sand in beaches or sandboxes. I predict that the green army men would make it to the Toy Hall of Fame because of the fact that they can be carried anywhere.
    Critical thinking challenge: If you were to submit a toy to the Toy Hall of Fame what would you choose and why?
    Answer: If I were to submit a toy to the Hall of Fame, then I would choose sand to be in it because sand has been used for a very long time and everyone enjoys playing it with sand in the beach, sandboxes, or even play structures.

  • KateHart-Wil
    11/13/2014 - 08:13 a.m.

    I don't know my brothers play with so many toys that I don't know what I would do. I might use barbies but those were all ready inducted. My next choice would be Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles just because they are awesome.

  • Aw2000red
    11/13/2014 - 08:48 a.m.

    I believe it because bubble have been around for a long time now. Our parents played with bubbles. Its a very fun and even relaxing thing to do.

  • aleahd-Kin
    11/13/2014 - 09:43 a.m.

    wow and bubbles is just soap now that's pretty cool it also cool that American girl dolls have to because I love , love , love , American girl dolls they are so cool and they are made very good but still bubbles cool

  • gabbyh-Kin
    11/13/2014 - 09:43 a.m.

    Cool the bubbles made the toy hall of fame. Its cool that they have the toy hall of fame. I wish I could go vist it.

  • matthp-Kin
    11/13/2014 - 09:44 a.m.

    I think this is interesting because Children have played with soap bubbles since at least the 17th century, according to the toy hall, when paintings depicting the play appeared in what is now modern-day Belgium. Now, more than 200 million bottles of bubble liquid are sold annually. Hogan, who curates the toy hall inside The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, noted the staying power of the decidedly low-tech toys in this year's class. The simpler the toy, the more ways children find to use them.

  • nicot-Kin
    11/13/2014 - 09:45 a.m.

    I like bubbles a lot. At my house I blow bubbles when I'm bored because there so fun to play with. I liked this article very much. I did not know that bubbles made the hall of fame that is very interesting I also didn't know that Mats Valk of the Netherlands did the Rubik cube in 5.55 seconds so I learned a lot in this article. I liked this article very much

  • johnnys-Kin
    11/13/2014 - 09:49 a.m.

    When were bubbles made also who was the award winner for making bubbles and what are bubbles made out of water and soap or something else.

  • akira14
    11/13/2014 - 10:38 a.m.

    The toys that were picked have been bringing children entertainment for a long time. They might be toys, but I think it's about time that they were put into the Toy Hall of Fame. The Rubik's Cube, bubbles, and toy soldiers are all very entertaining, and are now getting the recognition they deserve, along with the other toys listed.

  • audry6
    11/13/2014 - 10:41 a.m.

    I never heard of the Toy Hall of Fame. The green soldier as well as Barbies etc. are a great way unlock your imagination. There are some games that require children to have to think about what they are doing doing such as Stumper Rubik's Cube etc.

Leave a comment
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Leave a comment