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New Acquisition Makes The Strong’s Monopoly Collection World’s Largest

With the recent acquisition of the Philip E. Orbanes Collection, The Strong in Rochester, N.Y.—home to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of dolls, toys, and play-related artifacts—now holds the distinction of housing the world’s largest and most comprehensive assemblage of classic Monopoly games.

Orbanes spent more than a decade leading research and development teams at Parker Brothers and is widely recognized as the foremost scholar and author on the subjects of Monopoly and Parker Brothers. Through acquisition of Orbanes’s collection of Monopoly and early Parker Brother games and related archival material, The Strong gains not only rare examples of historic games, but also detailed files related to their manufacture, and Orbanes’s own research and experiences as an industry insider. [Read more...]

Make Your Move at Game Time! Original Exhibit Opening at National Museum of Play at The Strong

Your turn! Move like a piece on a giant game board through three centuries of American games, puzzles, and public amusements at Game Time! an original permanent exhibit opening at the National Museum of Play at The Strong on April 13.

EntrancefamiyVisitors can enjoy rare historic treasures from The Strong’s game and puzzle collections—many never available to the public before. A gaggle of games both old and new invite families to jump right in for active hands-on fun. Feast your eyes on oversized toy props—from jumbo chess and Sorry game pieces at the entryway, to a towering domino tile, and a knight in shining armor standing guard over cases of role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons. [Read more...]

Lego Travel Adventure Lands at the National Museum of Play in January

Where will you travel? How will you get there? The Lego Travel Adventure exhibit lands at the National Museum of Play at The Strong on January 19. The newest Lego exhibit is filled with colorful backdrops, kid-friendly building activities, and eye-popping Lego brick sculptures built by Lego Master Builders.

In Lego Travel Adventure, museum guests are invited to fly, drive, or float anywhere their imaginations take them by creating extraordinary vehicles out of Lego bricks. Hands-on activities will include: [Read more...]

The Strong Announces National Toy Hall of Fame Finalists

Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

After reviewing thousands of nominations submitted this year by toy lovers of all ages, The Strong in Rochester, Ny., has announced the 12 nominees for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Two finalists will be inducted on Thursday, November 15.

The finalists for 2012 are: Clue, dominoes, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Lite-Brite, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, pogo stick, sidewalk chalk, Simon, Star Wars action figures, tea set, and Twister. The selected winners will join the ranks of 49 toy luminaries already in the Hall of Fame, including Candy Land, cardboard box, Crayola Crayons, Duncan Yo-Yo, Mr. Potato Head, Radio Flyer Wagon, and Tinkertoy.

The 2011 Inductees for the National Toy Hall of Fame are…

Last week, The Strong announced the 2011 National Toy Hall of Fame inductees: the dollhouse, Hot Wheels, and the blanket. The honorees were selected from a field of 12 toy finalists, including Dungeons & Dragons, Jenga, the pogo stick, the puppet, R/C vehicles, Rubik’s Cube, Simon, Star Wars action figures, Transformers, and Twister.

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“Father of Video Games” Donates Collection to The Strong

Ralph H. Baer, widely recognized as “the father of video games,” has donated an extensive collection—which documents four decades of his career in electronic game and toy design—to The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG). The Ralph H. Baer Papers (1960s–2009) include original diagrams, schematics, engineering notes, and patents.

The Papers document Baer’s major contribution to the development of commercial and educational electronic toys and games, in particular, his work with toy design firm Marvin Glass and Associates (1975–1982), video game pioneer Jay Smith III of Smith Engineering (1981–1987), and independent toy and game designer Phillip E. Orbanes (1987– 2001).

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The Strong Announces 2010 Toy Hall of Fame Nominees

The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong has announced the 12 final nominees for the 2010 Toy Hall of Fame. The nominees are Cabbage Patch Kids, chess, the dollhouse, dominoes, Dungeons & Dragons, The Game of Life, Hot Wheels, Lite Brite, Magic 8 Ball, playing cards, pogo stick, and the Rubik’s Cube.

Criteria for induction include: icon-status (the toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered), longevity, discovery (the toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play), and innovation. The 2010 toy inductees, to be chosen by a national selection committee, will be announced at the National Toy Hall of Fame on November 4 at 10:30 a.m. Last year’s inductees were the ball, the Big Wheel tricycle, and the Game Boy. The Strong, located in Rochester, N.Y., recently changed and shortened its name from Strong Museum of National Play.