The National Toy Hall of Fame is in the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, just over two and a half hours away from Binghamton. Every year they have toys that are nominated, and only a few make the cut.

According to UPI, this year they announced that Matchbox Cars, coloring books, and “Magic: The Gathering Cards” are being inducted. Personally, I've never seen “Magic: The Gathering Cards” and I'm kind of surprised that coloring books and Matchbox Cars weren't already in.

I had hundreds of Matchboxes as a kid, and my friends and I would play with them all the time.

Last year three toys were inducted, they were the pinball machine, Uno, and the Magic 8 Ball. Toys that were nominated this year but didn't get enough votes to be inducted included the top, Care Bears, the smartphone, He-Man, Nerf guns, Risk, My Little Pony, Jenga, and the Fisher-Price Popcorn Popper.

The Fisher-Price Popcorn Popper is the toy with a plastic dome on top that has the balls that bounce around inside as a kid pushes the toy while they walk. How is this thing not in the Hall of Fame already? Didn't we all have these when we were kids?

I think I'll have to go check out the Toy Hall of Fame if I'm ever in Rochester and have a couple of hours to kill. I don't think I would make a road trip up there just to see the Hall of Fame, but if I was up there for another reason, and had a couple hours to spare, I think it would be fun to walk around in there and see how many toys from my childhood made the cut over the years.

[via: UPI]