Toy Industry to Induct Five Outstanding Individuals into Esteemed Hall of Fame
NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2013 -- The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced today that it will induct Jill Barad, former chairman and CEO of Mattel; Horst Brandstatter, president of PLAYMOBIL/Brandstatter; the late Jack Friedman, former chairman, CEO & co-founder of JAKKS Pacific; and the late co-founders of Wham-O, Arthur "Spud" Melin and Richard Knerr, into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
The five individuals were selected for induction by members of the Association in recognition of their significant contributions to the industry and the impact they have made on the lives of children through a lifelong commitment to toys and play. They will join an impressive roster of 62 toy industry luminaries who have been previously inducted into the Hall since it was established in 1984. Their induction ceremony will be held on February 15, 2014 in conjunction with the annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards celebration.
2013 National Toy Hall of Fame Inductees Announced Today:
Chess and Rubber Duck - You're the Ones!
November 7, 2013 - ROCHESTER, New York - One toy stretches our gray matter; the other expands our sense of childhood wonder. The venerable, ancient game of chess joins the splashy toddler bath companion, the rubber duck, as honored toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong. The honorees were selected from a field of 12 finalists that included: bubbles, Clue, Fisher-Price Little People, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, My Little Pony, Nerf toys, Pac-Man, scooter, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. During the National Toy Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held at The Strong in Rochester, New York on November 7, nationally syndicated cartoonist Leigh Rubin (Rubes®) presented two original commemorative cartoons, which he created in honor of the newest toy hall honorees.
The Strong and Toy Industry Association Form Halls of Fame Partnership
June 2013 - ROCHESTER, New York - The Strong and the Toy Industry Association (TIA) are pleased to announce a partnership to house TIA's Toy Industry Hall of Fame alongside The Strong's National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York. The two halls of fame - one recognizing classic toys and the other recognizing the individuals who designed, made, and sold them - will share a cutting-edge, $4 million state-of-the-art museum installation, 75 percent of which will be funded by TIA and the toy industry. The confluence of two prestigious halls and their uniquely high-tech housing is expected to draw regional and national attention as America's most beloved toys are recognized together with toy industry luminaries such as Walt Disney; George Lucas; F.A.O. Schwarz; the founders of Hasbro, LEGO, Mattel, and Radio Flyer; and others.
Star Wars Action Figures and Dominoes Inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame® at The Strong®
November 15, 2012 - ROCHESTER, New York - This year's toy inductees come from a galaxy far, far away - and from a time long, long ago! Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2-D2, and all of the intergalactic Star Wars action figures join the centuries-old game of dominoes as honored toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong. The honorees were selected from a field of 12 toy finalists, which included Clue, Fisher-Price Corn Popper push toy, Lite-Brite, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, pogo stick, sidewalk chalk, Simon, tea set, and Twister.
About Star Wars action figures: When 20th Century Fox released the first Star Wars movie in May 1977, no one imagined it would change the toy industry and popular entertainment so dramatically. The film spawned five more episodes of a sprawling space opera that also generated sales of millions of action figures of the saga's characters. The 3.75-inch figures - including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2,