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'Star Wars' Action Figures, Dominoes Inducted into Toy Hall of Fame

5:13 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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By Victoria Freile

Star Wars action figures and Dominoes are the newest members of the National Toy Hall of Fame.

The two inductees were announced at a news conference Thursday morning at The Strong. Star Wars action figures were introduced in the late 1970s.

Their success spurred the industry to create more toys linked to movies, television series and comic books.

The toys also were finalists in 2011. Dominoes originated in China and later appeared in Europe.

A standard set of 28 dominoes allows for many different games, as well as the creation of designs in which dominoes can be pushed over in a wave. It was a finalist in 2010.

The two favorites joined 49 others in the Hall of Fame, which began in 1998 with the induction of popular toys such as Barbie, Monopoly and the Teddy Bear.

Last year, the blanket, the dollhouse and Hot Wheels got the honor.

This year's finalists included: Clue, Dominoes, Fisher-Price corn popper, Lite Brite, little green army men, Magic 8 ball, pogo stick, sidewalk chalk, Simon, Star Wars action figures, the tea set and Twister.

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