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Toy Hall of Fame inducts 'Star Wars' figurines and dominoes

'Star Wars' figurines and dominoes were inducted into the 2012 Toy Hall of Fame Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.
November 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The National Toy Hall of Fame announced its 2012 inductees Thursday.

"Star Wars" sci-fi action figurines and dominoes are the newest selections to achieve Hall of Fame status.

The 700-year-old game of dominoes originated in China in the 1300's and put "domino effect" into the American lexicon.

Since the first film in the "Star Wars" blockbuster franchise was released in 1977, more than 300 million action figures have been sold.

The "Star Wars" toy line is worth at least $20 billion.

Museum officials noted the toys continued appeal with adults collecting them. Patricia Hogan, curator at The Strong museum, called the action figures a "force to be reckoned with."

The new inductees were selected among 12 classic toy nominees including the board game Clue, plastic green army men, and Twister.

"Star Wars" figurines and dominoes join toys that have stood the test of time like Scrabble, Hot Wheels, Nintendo Game Boy, Silly Putty, Barbie, and Crayola Crayons.

Anyone can nominate a toy to the National Toy Hall of Fame. For more information, visit http://www.toyhalloffame.org.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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