The finalists for this year’s induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame have been announced and we’ll know the results on November 10th.

Twelve nostalgic toys have been nominated, but only a few will be enshrined.

The finalists are ‘Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots’, ‘Transformers’, ‘Bubble Wrap’, ‘Dungeons and Dragons’, ‘Care Bears’, ‘Nerf’, ‘Pinball’, ‘Coloring Books’, ‘Clue’, ‘Uno’, ‘Fisher-Price Little People’, and ‘Swings’

I can relate to about seven of the above mentioned one of the earliest memories is Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots’ I remember getting them way back in the late 1960’s as a Christmas gift, my brother and I would battle it out I always wanted the Blue robot.

I remember when Nerf first came out, I had a Nerf basketball hoop and ball in my bedroom and I would play that all the time.

Coloring Books and Swings are probably a part of everyone’s childhood, I just bought a couple of new coloring books for my granddaughter last week.

I was too old for Care Bears and Transformers, but we played Uno from it’s conception in the early seventies.

Pinball games were a big part of my youth, I am always reminded of the Wigwam across from Binghamton North High School in the 70’s  I used to play the games on my lunch break.

I’m not sure where ‘Bubble Wrap’ fits in as a toy, maybe because it’s fun to pop, but I equate it to something you use when shipping items through the mail.

Dungeons and Dragons was never my thing, but I know many kids and even adults love the game.
I have played Clue a few times and now I believe they actually have an on line version of the game.
Last Years Inductees were ‘Super Soaker’, ‘Twister’ and ‘Puppets’

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