It’s hip to be square, it’s easy being green, and everyone loves tiny bubbles. Classic puzzle Rubik’s Cube, little green army men, and bubbles, favorites for generations, were named to the National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday.
The chosen toys beat out other competitors including American Girl dolls, pots and pans, My Little Pony and the paper airplane.
Army men have been a plaything for decades, and played a regular role in the “Toy Story” movies, helping Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear with adventures despite having their feet permanently stuck in various positions.
Soap bubbles are an iconic toy dating back to the 17th century, the hall reports.
And rainbow-patterned twisty puzzle Rubik’s Cube, while invented by Hungarian inventor Erno Rubik in the 1970s, is forever thought of as a 1980s icon.
The hall is located in the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, and so far 54 other toys have been enshrined. The hall contains a mix of branded toys, like Rubik’s Cube and Barbie, and generic offerings, including 2008 inductee, “the stick.” (Comrade “the ball” was added in 2009, “cardboard box” entered in 2005.)
(Operation is a battery-operated game of physical skill that tests players’ hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. The game’s prototype was invented in 1964 by John Spinello, a University of Illinois industrial design student at the time, who sold his rights to the game to Milton Bradley for a sum of USD $500. Initially produced by Milton Bradley in 1965, Operation is currently made by Hasbro, with an estimated franchise worth of USD $40 million.)
Little Green Army Men, Rubik’s Cube & Bubbles Named To Toy Hall Of Fame.