PHOTOS: The 2015 Toy Hall of Fame Nominees - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

PHOTOS: The 2015 Toy Hall of Fame Nominees

Posted: Updated:
The Super Soaker is one of many toys up for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame (PHOTO: Courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, New York.) The Super Soaker is one of many toys up for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame (PHOTO: Courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, New York.)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -

We all grew up playing with toys. Some were probably more elaborate than others. I had the privilege of growing up in the video game age where once my hand eye coordination fully developed, I was playing Tecmo Bowl and Top Gun (though I still wasn't any good, even with Bo Jackson). 

I'm not sure when it is, but there comes a point in time when playing with toys becomes "uncool" by normal standards. We lose our imaginations when life starts happening. Our days as kids usually filled with hours and hours of helping the Ninja Turtles solve the latest crime quickly turn to homework, friends, significant others, college, debt, jobs and careers. But if you're like me, your toys will always hold a special place in your heart. 

I still like to reminisce by taking a stroll through current toy aisles to see what I'm missing out on these days. Though I can't complain. We had some great toys when I was a kid.

"Back in my day, we played with a stick," I can hear my Grandpa say. 

But whether a stick or a video game or an action figure, they are all toys, and for the past several years, the National Toy Hall of Fame has been making sure the most iconic toys get their shot at immortality. 

Last year they inducted the Rubik's Cube, Little Green Army Men and Bubbles. Past inductees include the Rubber Duck, Candyland, and yes Grandpa, a stick. 

This year, they will induct more toys, but they need your help deciding which ones. 

This year's nominees are: 

American Girl Dolls: I never played with these, but I can tell you American Girls dress a little bit differently now. 

Battleship: I hadn't played this game in a long time (but when I did I always cheated, but also always got caught because eventually, your lie is smoked out), however I found it in a downtown bar one afternoon (it was late afternoon, don't worry), sat down and played it. It never gets old! Fun game!

Coloring book: While I still enjoy coloring, even at 32, I can't stay inside the lines. 

Jenga: It was fun as a kid, but then some genius figured out that you can also have fun playing it as an adult (read: At college parties) by writing ridiculous actions to perform on the back of every piece. A multi-generational favorite for sure!

PLAYMOBIL: I never played with these as kid. In all honesty, I don't recall ever even hearing about them. Are they basically LEGOs? 

Puppet: Puppets are fun! They sing you songs, they teach you lessons. They be your friend on the playground when no other kids will play with you because maybe it was experimental Scandinavian Seafood Night at your house and the stench firmly embedded it's way into your clothes (that didn't happen to me. A friend of mine. Yeah.). 

Scooter: The scooter! For when you're like me and aren't cool enough to learn how to ride a skateboard. 

Super Soaker: Another toy that managed to stay in rotation all the way from my childhood to adulthood. Obviously as a kid, we had epic wars with these on hot summer days, in college we used them for... different things that need not be mentioned here, and as an adult it makes for a wonderful tool for when my bloodhound is misbehaving. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ken Griffey Jr. is a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer, and I hold the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the same regard. Put them through immediately!

Top: Top. You spin it. It spins for a minute. Then stops. That's it. I don't get it. 

Twister: I'm certainly not the most flexible of gentlemen, but I also couldn't talk to girls very well, so this was always a great way to do both! 

Wiffle Ball: For when you don't exactly want to play tee ball (because there are rules about adults playing I guess), but also don't want to play slow-pitch softball, then the classic game of wiffle ball is for you!

To vote for your favorite, simply go to the voting page on the Toy Hall of Fame's website. 

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Officials say cougar in fatal attack was shot

    Officials say cougar in fatal attack was shot

    Saturday, May 19 2018 8:37 PM EDT2018-05-20 00:37:36 GMT

    NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) - Officials in Washington state say a cougar that attacked two men riding bicycles, killing one and injuring the second, has been shot to death. Capt. Alan Myers of the state's Fish & Wildlife Police says agents using a hound-dog tracker shot and killed the cougar shortly before 3 p.m., the Seattle Times reported.

    >>

    NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) - Officials in Washington state say a cougar that attacked two men riding bicycles, killing one and injuring the second, has been shot to death. Capt. Alan Myers of the state's Fish & Wildlife Police says agents using a hound-dog tracker shot and killed the cougar shortly before 3 p.m., the Seattle Times reported.

    >>
  • Pregnant woman says man punched her and service dog on flight to Orlando

    Pregnant woman says man punched her and service dog on flight to Orlando

    Friday, May 18 2018 7:54 PM EDT2018-05-18 23:54:01 GMT
    Stock image of inside a planeStock image of inside a plane
    Stock image of inside a planeStock image of inside a plane

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A deaf woman who is 5 months pregnant says a man punched her in the stomach and hit her service dog during a confrontation on an airplane as it arrived at a Florida airport. Hazel Ramirez says she and her partner, Matthew Silvay, were confronted Thursday by Timothy Manley, who objected to their service dog, Zariel, a Great Dane. Manley says the dog triggered his wife's allergies as the flight from Colorado Springs to Orlando was making its descent. &nb...

    >>

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A deaf woman who is 5 months pregnant says a man punched her in the stomach and hit her service dog during a confrontation on an airplane as it arrived at a Florida airport. Hazel Ramirez says she and her partner, Matthew Silvay, were confronted Thursday by Timothy Manley, who objected to their service dog, Zariel, a Great Dane. Manley says the dog triggered his wife's allergies as the flight from Colorado Springs to Orlando was making its descent. &nb...

    >>
  • Felon arrested after bragging to Moses Lake police on Facebook

    Felon arrested after bragging to Moses Lake police on Facebook

    Saturday, May 19 2018 5:19 PM EDT2018-05-19 21:19:17 GMT

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Here's a tip: If you're on the run from police, don't brag about getting away on their Facebook page. That's what 19-year-old Kayla Irizzary did before she was taken into custody early Saturday morning by Moses Lake Police. Officers say they first contacted the woman during a traffic stop last week. She was a passenger in the stopped car.

    >>

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Here's a tip: If you're on the run from police, don't brag about getting away on their Facebook page. That's what 19-year-old Kayla Irizzary did before she was taken into custody early Saturday morning by Moses Lake Police. Officers say they first contacted the woman during a traffic stop last week. She was a passenger in the stopped car.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • 14-year-old pretends he's a NY cop, robs a legally blind man

    14-year-old pretends he's a NY cop, robs a legally blind man

    Sunday, May 20 2018 4:49 PM EDT2018-05-20 20:49:21 GMT
    Child found in Illinois garage may have been killed in 2013Child found in Illinois garage may have been killed in 2013

    NEW YORK (AP) - Police say a 14-year-old boy posing as a police officer was arrested for snatching a legally blind man's wallet in a Manhattan subway station - while pretending to help him.    His mother turned the baby-faced youth in to police on Sunday, nearly a week after he fled the station at 34th Street and Eighth Avenue.

    >>

    NEW YORK (AP) - Police say a 14-year-old boy posing as a police officer was arrested for snatching a legally blind man's wallet in a Manhattan subway station - while pretending to help him.    His mother turned the baby-faced youth in to police on Sunday, nearly a week after he fled the station at 34th Street and Eighth Avenue.

    >>
  • Ex-State Republican Party chair to challenge Sen. Cantwell

    Ex-State Republican Party chair to challenge Sen. Cantwell

    Sunday, May 20 2018 4:15 PM EDT2018-05-20 20:15:25 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - Former state Republican Party chair Susan Hutchison is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's effort to win a fourth term in 2018.    The Seattle Times reports Hutchison filed late Friday afternoon right before the candidate-filing deadline.    Hutchison is the best-known of more than two-dozen challengers in the race.

    >>

    SEATTLE (AP) - Former state Republican Party chair Susan Hutchison is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's effort to win a fourth term in 2018.    The Seattle Times reports Hutchison filed late Friday afternoon right before the candidate-filing deadline.    Hutchison is the best-known of more than two-dozen challengers in the race.

    >>
  • Bicyclist still in hospital after cougar attack

    Bicyclist still in hospital after cougar attack

    Sunday, May 20 2018 3:55 PM EDT2018-05-20 19:55:37 GMT
    file photofile photo

    NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) - A mountain biker who survived a cougar attack that killed his friend east of Seattle is still hospitalized.    Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg said the 31-year-old man was in satisfactory condition Sunday.    He and a 32-year-old man were riding on a trail in the Cascade Mountain foothills on Saturday when the mountain lion began following them.

    >>

    NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) - A mountain biker who survived a cougar attack that killed his friend east of Seattle is still hospitalized.    Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg said the 31-year-old man was in satisfactory condition Sunday.    He and a 32-year-old man were riding on a trail in the Cascade Mountain foothills on Saturday when the mountain lion began following them.

    >>