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PHOTOS: Check out the newest and past inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame

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KHQ.com - When I look back on my childhood, and admittedly, occasionally into my adulthood, I can very vividly and fondly remember my favorite toys. 

There were the simple ones: Lincoln Logs, Hot Wheels, Tonka Trucks.

There were the intermediate ones: Teddy Ruxpin, Ninja Turtles and WWF (It was WWF when I was a kid!) action figures.

Then came the more advanced selections: Nintendo, Game Boy, Sega. 

Being 31-years-old now, sure it might not be "cool" to still play with toys, but whenever I'm in a place like Target or Wal-Mart, I'd be lying if I said I didn't go check out the toy section every now and then just to see what Leonardo and Michelangelo look like these days (The 90's figures were cooler in my opinion). I wish I could buy one, but I'd have a hard time explaining that to my wife. 

It's funny how your mindset changes as you grow older. 

First it's, "They're not dolls, their action figures!" which of course transitions into adulthood as, "They're not toys! They're collectables!"  

Honestly, being able to play with toys again ranks pretty high on my reason to have kids. I can sway little Cory Jr. to pick up the new incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just so I can pick up a hero in a half-shell and yell "Cowabunga" with him! 

But as valued as those toys are to me, they aren't quite at the level of being recognized as the 56 inductees into the national Toy Hall of Fame. Yes, I didn't realize there was one either, but it is absolutely fascinating to look back at the inductees and see the progress of toys throughout the years. 

Some are as simple as they come (Stick, Cardboard Box), others are tipping their hats to the pioneers of technology (Gameboy, Atari), but I think it's safe to say, if you are over the age of 30 (using myself as a yardstick), then at some point in your life, you've played with these toys. 

How are the toys chosen? Simple. They base it on a few key factors:

Icon-status: The toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered

Longevity: The toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations

Discovery: The toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play

Innovation: The toy profoundly changed play or toy design. A toy may be inducted on the basis of this criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three.

This year's inductees are: The Rubix Cube, Bubbles, and Toy Soldiers! Congrats!

Get ready for a trip down nostalgia lane and scroll through the attached slideshow to view all of the inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame! For more on the National Toy Hall of Fame, CLICK HERE

And if you read this entire article, went through the slideshow and didn't see your favorite toy in the Hall of Fame, and are thinking, "There is no greater tragedy in this world," and would like to nominate a toy, CLICK HERE.

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