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Spinning top, Lite-Brite, 'He-Man' line join Toy Hall of Fame
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The National Toy Hall of Fame's new honorees include an object dating to ancient times, a line of muscle-bound action figures and an iconic art set whose medium is colorful pegs. The hall on Thursday announced the top, Masters of the Universe and Lite-Brite as this year's inductees.
The trio was chosen from a field of 12 finalists that also included bingo, Breyer Horses, Catan, Nerf, the piñata, Phase 10, Pound Puppies, Rack-O and Spirograph.
The Toy Hall of Fame inducts a new class of toys each year in a ceremony at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, where the hall is housed.
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The top earned a place by being a childhood staple of cultures in Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Australia, according to the hall, which noted that ancient Greek pottery shows people playing with the twirling objects more than 2,000 years ago.
"The top is one of the oldest toys and an integral part of many cultures, where it developed independently as a plaything," Chief Curator Christopher Bensch said in a news release. "With more than 5,000 years of history behind it, it’s about time that the top spun its way into the National Toy Hall of Fame!"