Toy Hall Of Fame Snubs ‘Ken’ Doll
This has become an announcement that I look forward to each year. I’m all in on the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York and their annual list of who made the cut for immortality. I always think its cool that the list comes out RIGHT before Thanksgiving as that traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season. This year’s finalists included some all-time toys for sure. One, I thought was a shoo-in for induction. I was wrong. In a year when you couldn’t get away from Barbie, her constant comrade, ‘Ken’ HAD to get in, right?
I mean, you can’t even say Barbie without Ken popping into mind. You think Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce are America’s couple? Think again. For decades it’s been Barbie and Ken. I’d be willing to bet a huge percentage of girls tried to figure out kissing by first making Barbie and Ken show their affection. And I guess I just underestimated Ken’s competition this year. He was up against the likes of ‘Connect Four,’ ‘Bingo,’ ‘Battleship’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’ action figures. Look at that list, huh? All of them home runs. NONE of them got in either.
Nope, although ‘Ken’ probably had as good an opportunity for Toy Hall of Fame induction as he ever will (with the Barbie movie’s popularity), everyone’s favorite plastic, posable boyfriend came up short. So, who did get in? Baseball cards, Cabbage Patch Kids, the Fisher-Price Corn Popper and Nerf foam toys. Seriously, not a stiff in the bunch. There have been years when I’ve had issue (I’m still trying to get over a stick and sand being in the Toy Hall of Fame), but not with any of these.
The Toy Hall of Fame inducts toys each year that “have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period. The good news for ‘Ken’ is there’s always next year. After all, he’s not going anywhere, right? And maybe his girlfriend can put in a good word with the committee.
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