Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Toy Hall of Fame Winners 2007

The Strong National Museum of Play announced the 2007 inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame on November 8th and they are: the Atari 2600 video game system, the Kite and Raggedy Andy, after five years of separation from Raggedy Ann (she was inducted in 2002) joins her as a Toy Hall of Famer.

Ah, the Atari 2600. We got it, along with most of the other families I knew, way back in the 1970's. It may not have been the first home video game system, but it certainly was the one that started the whole video game craze that has yet to relent. I remember how excited we were that games like Asteriods and Defender were going to be available to play at home! (In the immortal words of the Beastie Boys, "and if you play Defender, I could be your hyperspace"). Plus, you can still play your favorite Atari 2600 games on your computer! Just get an emulator and you can use the ROM files from your games on your computer.

Kites, Raggedy Andy and the Atari 2600 join toys like Silly Putty, Etch-A-Sketch and the Duncan Yo-Yo and 32 others in the Hall of Fame.

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