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Rubik's Cube, army men, bubbles enter Toy Hall of Fame

By Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN
updated 11:56 AM EST, Thu November 6, 2014
The National Toy Hall of Fame has announced three new inductees into its collection. Click through the gallery to see this year's finalists -- and which playthings received top honors. The National Toy Hall of Fame has announced three new inductees into its collection. Click through the gallery to see this year's finalists -- and which playthings received top honors.
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2014 National Toy Hall of Fame finalists
Bubbles
Little green Army men
Rubik's Cube
American Girl dolls
Fisher-Price Little People
Hess toy trucks
My Little Pony
Operation
The paper airplane
Pots and pans
Slip 'N Slide
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • National Toy Hall of Fame inducted three toys from 12 finalists on November 6
  • Rubik's Cube, bubbles and little green army men received the honor in 2014
  • Other finalists included American Girl dolls, Slip 'N Slide, pots and pans

(CNN) -- Sorry to burst your bubble, My Little Pony and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But it was a few other classic toys that earned entry into the National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Rubik's Cube, little green army men and yes, plain old bubbles won the honors over nine other finalists. The toys will become part of the National Toy Hall of Fame collection at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.

Anybody can nominate toys for the honor, but inductees are selected by historians, educators and others based on the objects' icon status, longevity and innovation. They range from simple playthings like the ball and the stick to beloved brands like Barbie and Lionel trains.

Top childhood toys ranked
Since its introduction in the 1960s, the original "Operation" game has spawned many variations. But we have to say the classic version is our favorite. Click through to see some other popular childhood games. Since its introduction in the 1960s, the original "Operation" game has spawned many variations. But we have to say the classic version is our favorite. Click through to see some other popular childhood games.
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Others toys nominated in 2014 included American Girl dolls, Hess trucks, the Slip 'N Slide, the paper airplane and yes, pots and pans -- those kitchen staples that creative kids have been treating as toys for generations.

Last year's inductees included the rubber duck and the game of chess. Toys previously inducted into the Hall of Fame include Monopoly (1998), roller skates (1999), jack-in-the-box (2005) and in 2012, "Star Wars" action figures and dominoes.

But there's still hope for My Little Pony and the other runnersup: They'll be eligible again next year, and many finalists aren't inducted on their first try.

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