HALL OF FAME TOYS IN­DUCTED

Win­ners are cho­sen on the ad­vice of his­to­ri­ans, ed­u­ca­tors and oth­ers

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Na­tional Toy Hall of Fame adds Match­box cars, the col­or­ing book and Magic: The Gath­er­ing cards.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Match­box Cars, the col­or­ing book and the col­lectible card game Magic: The Gath­er­ing were in­ducted Thurs­day into the Na­tional Toy Hall of Fame, rec­og­nized for an en­dur­ing ap­peal that keeps them on store shelves to­day.

A panel of ex­perts se­lected the Class of 2019 from among nom­i­nated fi­nal­ists that also in­cluded Care Bears, the Fisher-Price Corn Pop­per, Jenga, Masters of the Uni­verse, My Lit­tle Pony, Nerf Blaster, Risk, the smart­phone and the top.

The hon­orees were in­stalled dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the hall, lo­cated in­side The Strong Na­tional Mu­seum of Play in Rochester. They will be per­ma­nently show­cased along­side 68 pre­vi­ous win­ners that in­clude al­pha­bet blocks, the Big Wheel, G.I. Joe and oth­ers rec­og­nized for their in­no­va­tion, longevity and abil­ity to fos­ter cre­ativ­ity or dis­cov­ery through play.

Match­box Cars fol­low ri­val Hot Wheels, Class of 2011, into the hall. Les­ney Prod­ucts de­buted Match­box Cars in Eng­land in 1953 and in United States a year later, where they were sell­ing at a rate of more 100 mil­lion a year by 1960, the hall said.

When the sporty Hot Wheels en­tered the mar­ket in 1968, Match­box Cars re­sponded with a “su­per­fast” line of its own. Both brands are now owned by Mat­tel.

“Match­box Cars rev­o­lu­tion­ized the toy car in­dus­try af­ter their in­tro­duc­tion, and the name Match­box has be­come syn­ony­mous with minia­ture cars,” Chief Cu­ra­tor Christophe­r Ben­sch said in a news re­lease. “It’s only fit­ting that they join the Toy Hall of Fame to sit in the win­ner’s cir­cle along­side Hot Wheels, the other ti­tan of the field.”

Wizards of the Coast in­tro­duced Magic: The Gath­er­ing in 1993 and quickly had trou­ble meet­ing de­mand, the hall said. A book se­ries, elec­tronic games and Net­flix se­ries have fol­lowed. The fan­tasy game em­ploys chance and skill as play­ers con­tin­u­ously col­lect new cards and re­fine their deck and strate­gies.

The win­ners are cho­sen on the ad­vice of his­to­ri­ans, ed­u­ca­tors and oth­ers whose lives or ca­reers are fo­cused on learn­ing, cre­ativ­ity and dis­cov­ery, ac­cord­ing to the hall.

NA­TIONAL TOY HALL OF FAME/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Match­box Cars, left, the col­or­ing book, cen­ter, and the col­lectible card game Magic: The Gath­er­ing were in­ducted into the Na­tional Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y., on Thurs­day. The win­ners were se­lected by a panel of judges from among 12 fi­nal­ists.

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