Toy Hall of Fame inducts pinball, Uno and the Magic 8 Ball for 2018

ROCHESTER, NY (WDRB) -- Three all-time favorites are now part of the Toy Hall of Fame.

The National Museum of Play announced that the Magic 8 Ball, Uno and pinball are being honored as 2018 inductees.

Only 68 toys have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and it took the Magic 8 Ball seven nominations to get in. Toys are inducted based on longevity, innovation, discovery and icon-status.

The honorees were chosen from a field of 12 finalists that also included American Girl Dolls, chalk, Chutes and Ladders, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Masters of the Universe, sled, tic-tac-toe, Tickle Me Elmo, and Tudor Electric Football. This was the first year fans got to vote on their favorite toys.

The museum says the Magic 8 Ball dates back to 1946 and allows users to flirt harmlessly with fortune-telling.

"Users pose questions, shake the ball, and then read one of 20 answers that float to the surface at the bottom of the ball-ranging from "ask again later" and "signs point to yes," to simply, "no." The toy became an icon of popular culture, making its first television appearance on the Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s, and showing up later on hit series such as Friends and The Simpsons."

If you're a fan of card games, you've probably played Uno. According to curators, "an Ohio barbershop owner named Merle Robbins dreamed up Uno while playing cards with his family. The new game - a shedding game like crazy eights, where players seek to empty their hand-proved to be simple enough for young children and varied enough for adults to enjoy." The museum says Robbins and his family produced 5,000 decks of Uno and pitched it across the United States before a manufacturer bought the rights to it.

Pinball traces its roots to the 18th-century French table game called bagatelle, according to the museum. The updated coin-operated pinball machines originated in 1931. "Over the last century, pinball has incorporated top brands (such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Game of Thrones) and become common in bars, amusement parks, arcades, restaurants, family fun centers, and other public places," the museum said.

The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York is home to the National Toy Hall of Fame. It is also home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame and the International Center for the History of Electronic Games. 

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