Care Bears, Transformers among Toy Hall of Fame finalists


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The Fisher-Price Little People and Care Bears will square off against Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots and Transformers for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Whether any or all make it will be announced Nov. 10.

The hall revealed 12 finalists for the class of 2016 today at The Strong museum. The list also includes Nerf foam balls, the board game Clue, the card game Uno, pinball, the swing, Dungeons & Dragons and coloring books.

Bubble wrap rounds out the list. If selected, it would join the cardboard box and stick among unconventional honorees.

To be recognized by the hall, toys must have lasted across generations, influenced the way toys are designed or played with and fostered learning or creativity through play.

Anyone can nominate a toy, and the hall receives thousands of suggestions email every year. Final selections are made on the advice of historians, educators and other experts.

Last year, the parlor game Twister, the puppet and Super Soaker squirt gun were honored.

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