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From ‘Merely Ken’ to National Toy Hall of Fame Finalist?

by Lucas Garcia
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National Toy Hall of Fame

Could this be the moment for Barbie’s longtime companion, Ken, to transition from merely being her sidekick to becoming an inductee into the National Toy Hall of Fame?

Introduced in 1961 by Mattel, and recently popularized through his character portrayal by Ryan Gosling in the blockbuster film “Barbie,” Ken is among the dozen candidates vying for a spot in this year’s Hall of Fame induction. The announcement came this Wednesday from the National Toy Hall of Fame itself.

Ken faces stiff competition from an array of iconic items, including baseball cards, the board game Battleship, bingo, the interactive game Bop It, Cabbage Patch Kids, Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks, Connect 4, Little Tykes Cozy Coupe, Nerf products, slime, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The National Toy Hall of Fame, situated within The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with an impressive list of finalists, according to Christopher Bensch, Vice President for Collections at the museum.

“While this may have been Barbie’s year at the box office, it’s conceivable that Ken may also capture some of the limelight through his potential induction,” Bensch noted, referencing the character’s musical performance of “I’m Just Ken” in the film.

Barbie herself gained entry into the Hall of Fame during its inaugural class in 1998.

The selection for this year’s inductees will be finalized on November 9, following a voting process that includes both a 22-member expert committee and a public vote. Each committee member will cast ballots for their top three choices. Public votes gathered by September 20 will constitute a single ballot in the decision-making process.

While nominations for the Hall of Fame are open to the public, qualifying for induction requires that a toy has attained iconic status, demonstrated longevity across multiple generations, and has contributed in some way to fostering creativity or learning through play.

Last year, the Hall of Fame welcomed three new additions: Lite-Brite, Masters of the Universe, and the spinning top, thereby increasing the total number of inductees to 80 up to that point.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about National Toy Hall of Fame

What is the primary focus of the article?

The primary focus of the article is to report that Ken, the iconic companion to the Barbie doll, is among the 12 finalists nominated for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2023.

Who are the other nominees competing against Ken for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame?

Ken is competing against 11 other iconic toys, including baseball cards, Battleship, bingo, Bop It, Cabbage Patch Kids, Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks, Connect 4, Little Tykes Cozy Coupe, Nerf products, slime, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

When was Ken first introduced?

Ken was first introduced by Mattel in 1961.

Where is the National Toy Hall of Fame located?

The National Toy Hall of Fame is located at The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York.

When will the final decision for the 2023 inductees be made?

The final decision for the 2023 inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame will be made on November 9. Voting will be conducted by a 22-member expert committee along with the public.

What criteria must a toy meet to be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame?

To be considered for induction, a toy must have attained iconic status and demonstrated longevity across multiple generations. Additionally, the toy must be innovative and foster learning or creativity through play.

Was Barbie ever inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame?

Yes, Barbie was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 1998.

How many new inductees were there last year, and who were they?

Last year, the Hall of Fame inducted three new members: Lite-Brite, Masters of the Universe, and the spinning top.

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8 comments

NostalgiaNut September 13, 2023 - 9:15 pm

Connect 4 and Cabbage Patch Kids, those were the days. They’ve got my vote for sure.

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OldSchoolToysFan September 14, 2023 - 2:35 am

Battleship and bingo are classics, man. They deserve the hall of fame spot for sure. Ken’s cool but, come on.

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MovieBuff101 September 14, 2023 - 4:30 am

Ryan Gosling as Ken was epic. If he got more peeps to buy a Ken doll, then why not? He should be in the Hall of Fame!

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FinanceWizard September 14, 2023 - 5:59 am

is this a big deal for Mattel’s stock? wondering if this news will push it up a bit.

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BarbieQueen September 14, 2023 - 3:00 pm

Barbie got inducted in 1998 and it took Ken this long? About time they considered him too.

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ConcernedParent September 14, 2023 - 4:32 pm

My kids love slime and Nerf, but are they really iconic enough to be in a Hall of Fame? just asking.

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ToyCollector September 14, 2023 - 5:30 pm

Finally, some diverse toys in the mix. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nerf and Choose Your Own Adventure books. Takes me back.

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Jennyfromtheblock September 14, 2023 - 5:31 pm

Wow, can’t believe Ken’s finally getting some recognition. Always thought he was just Barbie’s sidekick lol.

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