Trains, oven inducted into Hall of Fame

Nov. 10, 2006 at 9:06 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Two classic playthings, Lionel Trains and the Easy-Bake Oven, have been inducted into the National Museum of Play's Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y.

The toys join the honored ranks of checkers, Barbie, Lincoln Logs, roller skates and other classic children's items in the Hall of Fame.

"We feel really good about this year's inductees," Nicholas Ricketts, a curator at the museum told ABC News. "One's a boy's toy. One's a girl's toy. And both meet our criteria really well. They have longevity and some real educational and quality play values, too."

Lionel Trains hit the market around the turn of the 20th century as one of the earliest playthings to incorporate electricity. Easy-Bake Ovens, which were created in the 1960s, are still sold to U.S. customers seeking to cook small items with the use of a light bulb.

Finalists that didn't make the cut this year included the Atari video game system, the rubber duck and the game Twister.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Hammerhead shark bumps boat motor off Florida coast
Tourist's Brooklyn Bridge climb selfie sparks security questions
Vlogger shoots iPhones to determine bullet-stopping capabilities
74.8-inch Illinois cow posthumously named tallest ever by Guinness
British festival launches egg 21.7 miles toward space