Friday, October 3rd, 2008
Stand in Judgement of Toy Hall of Fame Nominees
It’s a completely arbitrary process prone to people or companies gaming the system, but so what? Only two toys will be selected this time around, on November 6th, and the matter will not be put to a vote.
So, hey, let’s review the finalists:
Baby Doll — The entire genre of dolls that look like babies or children.
Clue board game — Colonel Mustard did it with the candlestick in the conservatory.
Dollhouse — The entire genre of dollhouses.
The Game of Life — Drive forever, only stopping to let your spouse and kids into the car on your way to Millionaire Acres.
Hot Wheels — Die cast toy cars.
Magic 8-Ball — It is decidedly so.
Rubikâ€™s Cube — A cube that challenges you to peel off 54 square stickers and realign them so that each side of the cube displays a solid color.
Thomas the Tank Engine — Umm, the iconography of Thomas? Or perhaps the wooden train set. Surely not the matching bedspread and pillow cases.
Wiffle Ball — The plastic hole-ridden ball and plastic bat.
Yahtzee — The dice game scoring points for achieving various number combinations.
I’ll post my perspective in a bit. Please, dear Thinga-readers, share your thoughts on which two toys most deserve to be inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame and why. I only saw one clear choice and several maybes.
What concerns you? Nostalgia? Entertainment value? Educational value? Cost? What? Why one over another? These questions become increasingly important as our kids leave toddlerhood and we lose some of our focus on educational toys. Or, is that okay?
Update: Okay, here are my two cents. Er, two votes.
Yahtzee is a shoe-in for me. Play it anywhere, and learn probability as you decide a personal strategy for filling in the best possible scorecard against the randomness of the die throws.
Unlike most table games, you are playing against other people without maneuvering to delay, hinder or destroy them. There’s no blocking or confrontation, just die rolls and pleasant conversation.
My second pick is a tie between the dollhouse (unscripted creative play) and Wiffle Ball. I could go with any outdoor athletic toy that keeps kids away from video games, but Wiffle Ball is the only own vying for inclusion that requires the social interaction of group play.