Thursday, November 10, 2016
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — At long last, a big honor for the Little People.
After seven times as finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame, the tiny tenants of Fisher-Price's house, barn and school bus were enshrined today.
They were joined by the swing and Dungeons & Dragons in the hall's class of 2016.
"People have called us the Susan Lucci of the toy world," Fisher-Price spokeswoman Brenda Andolina said as the East Aurora-based toy maker prepared to send a busload of employees to the ceremony, albeit a lower key one than when the much-nominated soap actress got her Emmy.
"One of their challenges has been, frankly, that they've been kind of little and they've been easier to overlook or postpone for our national selection advisory committee," said Chris Bensch, The Strong's vice president for collections. He said their relatively limited audience of 1- to 5-year-olds has been another hurdle.
Since being introduced in 1959, more than 2 billion Little People have been sold. The earliest tubular wooden versions evolved over the years to the plastic figures with arms, legs and dimensional faces of today.