This just in!!!! Rubber duckie was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame! The National Toy Hall of Fame recognizes toys “that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period.” The institution announced 12 finalist last month and yesterday it announced two winners. The chess game……and you guessed it….Rubber duckie!!!
Rubber duck and chess squeaked and check mated past ten other finalists, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man and My Little Pony to win this year’s honor.
Toys previously inducted into the Hall of Fame include Monopoly (1998), roller Skates (1999), jack-in-the-box (2005) and last year’s inductees: Star Wars action figures and dominoes.
Rubber ducks have been recognized as the quintessential bathtub toy since 1970 when Ernie, the cheerful orange Muppet on Sesame Street, first sang the catchy ditty “Rubber Duckie” to his best bath buddy. The song rose to number 16 on Billboard’s chart of hit tunes and, decades later, kids still sing the praises of their water play pals. Adults, too, appreciate rubber ducks. Collectors proudly display variations of the classic form that proclaim their affinity to colleges, careers, sports, celebrities, and holidays. Aficionados adorn their homes with rubber duck–themed shower curtains, towels, bathrobes, nightlights, and wallpaper. “Rubber Duckie, you’re the one,” indeed!