Members of The Toy Association have chosen four new inductees for The Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
“This year’s Hall of Fame inductees have made an enduring mark on the toy industry and in the hearts of countless millions of children worldwide,” says Steve Pasierb, president & CEO of The Toy Association. “Phillip Bloom, William C. Killgallon, Pleasant T. Rowland, and Margarete Steiff are change-makers and innovators whose careers and inventions are an inspiration to us all. If these past months of the pandemic have taught us anything, it’s that toys and play have the awesome power to comfort, heal, and bring hope to kids both young and old. So, it is with great pleasure and pride that we announce their induction and celebrate their myriad achievements.”
2021 TOY INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
- Philip Bloom: founder and former publisher, The Bloom Report
- William C. Killgallon: chairman of the board, The Ohio Art Company
- Pleasant T. Rowland: founder, American Girl, a division of Mattel
- Posthumous Inductee — Margarete Steiff (1847-1909): founder, Steiff Toys
Since 1984, the Toy Industry Hall of Fame has honored outstanding individuals who have made impactful contributions to the toy industry and The Toy Association. Last year, Thomas Chan, founder and CEO of Playmates Toys Inc.; Thomas G. Murdough Jr., founder of Little Tikes, Step2, and Simplay3; and the late Harry Kislevitz, founder of Colorforms Corp., joined the ranks of Milton Bradley, Joan Ganz Cooney, Walt Disney, Ruth Handler, Jim Henson, George Lucas, and Stan Lee in the Hall of Fame.
The 2021 inductees will be honored during the virtual 21st annual Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY) on Friday, February 12.