ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y., announced this year's inductees: the puppet, Twister and Super Soaker.
The Strong National Museum of Play announced the inductees selected from a field of 12 finalists and "represent a wide range of play, from role-playing and imaginative play to active and outdoor play."
The puppet, inducted in all of its forms, was honored by the museum as a toy stretching back thousands of years and being found in nearly every culture around the world.
"Puppets belong in the play world of individual children too," museum Curator Patricia Hogan said. "Hand puppets have been a popular toy form for more than a century. Playing with puppets helps children develop coordination and manual dexterity. Children use their imaginations to provide voice, plot, and purpose to their puppet characters. Using puppets also allows children to try on new personalities, emotions, and goals."
Twister, a game invented in 1964 by inventor Reyn Guyer, was chosen for its lasting popularity.
Guyer said he was honored by the selection.
"For almost 50 years, the Twister game has been giving endless hours of enjoyment to kids and families by challenging them to using their bodies as the game pieces, and to bend and stretch in challenging ways. When my team first conceptualized the game in 1964, we never could have imagined how engrained in pop-culture and beloved by kids it would become. It's truly an honor to have the recognition of the National Toy Hall of Fame," he said.
Super Soakers, pressurized water guns first sold to the public in 1990, sold 27 million units in the first three years of production, The Strong said.
"Fun with Super Soakers yields several dividends: exercise in the chases and brain-training while calculating vectors to moving targets and improvising tactics on the fly. Getting soaked in the process adds up to good, clean fun," said Chris Bensch, The Strong's vice president for collections.
Toys announced as finalists in September but failing to make the final cut included American Girl Dolls, Battleship, the coloring book, Jenga, Playmobil, the scooter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the spinning top and Wiffle Ball. The toys will be eligible for re-nomination next year.