Little green army men a Hall of Fame toy

New additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame are seen in an undated photo provided by the National Toy Hall of Fame. Little green army men, along with the Rubik's Cube and bubbles, were announced Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 as the newest additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y. The toys enter the Rochester museum after being selected by a panel of expert judges from among a dozen finalists. (AP Photo/National Toy Hall of Fame)
New additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame are seen in an undated photo provided by the National Toy Hall of Fame. Little green army men, along with the Rubik's Cube and bubbles, were announced Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 as the newest additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y. The toys enter the Rochester museum after being selected by a panel of expert judges from among a dozen finalists. (AP Photo/National Toy Hall of Fame)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — It’s mission accomplished for little green army men.

The molded plastic must-haves for generations of pretend soldiers were announced as the newest additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday, along with the Rubik’s Cube and bubbles.

The toys enter the Rochester museum after being selected by a panel of expert judges from among a dozen finalists.

The other contenders were: American Girl dolls, Fisher-Price Little People, Hess toy trucks, My Little Pony, the skill game Operation, paper airplanes, pots and pans, Slip `N Slide and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Anyone can nominate a toy, but to become a finalist a toy must have achieved icon status, survived through generations, foster learning, creativity or discovery and have profoundly changed play or toy design.

A look at all the inductees over the years:

2014

  • Little green army men
  • Bubbles
  • Rubik’s Cube

2013

  • Rubber duck
  • Chess

2012

  • Dominoes
  • Star Wars action figures

2011

  • Blanket
  • Dollhouse
  • Hot Wheels

2010

  • Playing cards
  • The Game of Life

2009

  • Ball
  • Big Wheel
  • Nintendo Game Boy

2008

  • Baby doll
  • Skateboard
  • Stick

2007

  • Atari 2600 game system
  • Kite
  • Raggedy Andy

2006

  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Lionel trains

2005

  • Candy Land
  • Cardboard box
  • Jack-in-the-box

2004

  • G.I. Joe
  • Rocking horse
  • Scrabble

2003

  • Alphabet blocks
  • Checkers

2002

  • Jigsaw puzzle
  • Raggedy Ann

2001

  • Silly Putty
  • Tonka trucks

2000

  • Bicycle
  • Jacks
  • Jump rope
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Slinky

1999

  • Duncan yo-yo
  • Hula Hoop
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Radio Flyer wagon
  • Roller skates
  • View-Master

1998

  • Barbie
  • Crayola crayons
  • Erector set
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Frisbee
  • LEGO
  • Marbles
  • Monopoly
  • Play-Doh
  • Teddy bear
  • Tinkertoy

Source: The National Toy Hall of Fame

 

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