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See this year’s finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame



See this year’s finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Officials from the Strong National Museum of Play announced Wednesday this year’s finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame.

This year’s finalists include:

  • American Girl Dolls
  • Battleship
  • Billiards
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Fisher-Price Corn Popper
  • Mahjong
  • Masters of the Universe
  • Piñata
  • Risk
  • Sand
  • The Settlers of Catan
  • Toy fire engine

“These 12 toys represent the wide scope of playthings — from one of the most universal playthings in the world like sand to a game-changing board game like Risk to the popular adult game of billiards,” says Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections. “Whether old or new, for kids or adults, all 12 of these toy finalists greatly influenced the world of play.”

The National Toy Hall of Fame was established in 1998 and “recognizes toys that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period.” Anyone can nominate a toy to the National Toy Hall of Fame and final selections are made on the advice of historians, educators, and other individuals who exemplify learning, creativity, and discovery through their lives and careers.

According to Strong officials, The National Toy Hall of Fame recognizes toys that have “engaged and delighted multiple generations.” Criteria for induction include: 

  • Icon-status (the toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered)
  • Longevity (the toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations)
  • Discovery (the toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play)
  • and Innovation (the toy profoundly changed play or toy design)

American Girl Dolls

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Created in 1986 by educator and newscaster Pleasant Rowland, the 18-inch American Girl dolls (and their accompanying books) explore America’s social and cultural history. Each doll comes with a unique narrative that fits her era, such as Molly McIntire, who is waiting for her father to return home from World War II. The Pleasant Company released the My American Girl line of dolls in 1995 (originally under the name American Girl Dolls of Today) and designed them to look like their owners. 


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Originally a pencil-and-paper game, Battleship’s inspiration began with similar two-person strategy games in the late 19th century. Various manufacturers printed paper versions beginning in the 1930s and Milton Bradley’s 1967 plastic adaptation became a hit. The game was among the first board games to be computerized in 1979, and today countless electronic versions exist.  


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Billiards is a blanket term for many different cue sports, but pool—or pocket billiards—is the most common term in the United States. The game evolved from earlier European outdoor games, like croquet in the 14th and 15th centuries, and became extremely popular in the 1800s. While the dedicated poolhalls of yesteryear may be mostly gone, billiards remains a popular form of adult play in arcades, restaurants, bars, and entertainment centers.

Cabbage Patch Kids

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When Cabbage Patch Kids launched in 1979, they offered American children a soft, cuddly playmate in a world of hard toys and cold electronics. Consumers could not get enough of the dolls, each with its own name, its unique, lumpy rounded face, and adoption papers. They became the must-have holiday toy of 1983 and generated massive demand, paving the way for later holiday crazes around Tickle Elmo, Beanie Babies, and Furby. For more than 40 years, these dolls have expanded children’s notions of play and fantasy, of beauty and belonging.

Fisher-Price Corn Popper

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Fisher-Price introduced the Corn Popper in 1957, calling it an amusement device for young children. Parents quickly discovered that by pushing the device, children could strengthen gross motor skills, and it has become a staple toy for toddlers ever since. The bright, flying balls and popping sound also help to stimulate the senses, promoting curiosity and discovery.


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Mahjong (also known as Mah-Jongg) evolved from 18th and 19th-century gambling card games in China. Variations spread to Korea, Japan, and other areas of Asia before becoming popular in the United States in the 1920s. Standard Chinese Mah-Jongg played like American gin rummy but was changed in the 1930s when the National Mah Jongg League established more formal and limited rules. According to the 2021 book Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture, the game caught on with Hollywood starlets, high-society, middle-class housewives, and immigrants and “signified both belonging and standing apart in American culture.”

Masters of the Universe

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The Master of the Universe line of action figures, which includes the iconic He-Man and She-Ra, traces its popularity to maker Mattel’s use of comic books, television, and the big screen. The cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which ran from 1983 to 1985, created a cohesive, fantasy world that allowed Mattel to introduce new characters and new toys to the line. Over the years, Mattel has paired the brand with everything from toothbrushes to sleeping bags.


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As the centerpiece of a party game, a piñata is a paper mâché object filled with small toys, confetti, fruits, candies, or coins and raised high with rope. Both children and adults can play; while blindfolded, players swing a stick and try to break open the piñata and shower guests with the treats inside. Commonly associated with Mexican culture, the object may date back to early 13th-century China. Although there is an inherent impermanence to the piñata as a plaything, it has been and continues to be used in religious and secular celebrations all over the world.


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Based on the French game Le Conquete du Monde, Risk translates the hobby of wargaming with miniature figures into a mass-produced war and strategy board game. First published in the United States in 1959, Risk challenges players to control armies and conquer the world. The game’s innovative mechanics ignited renewed interest in strategy games in the 1970s and continues to influence the board game industry.


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Sand may be the most universal and oldest toy in the world. Educator Maria Montessori has argued that sand “is only one substance that the modern child is allowed to handle quite freely.” Children recognize sand as a creative material suitable for pouring, scooping, sieving, raking, and measuring. Wet sand is even better, ready for kids to construct, shape, and sculpt. Sand provides unique opportunities for tactical, physical, cooperative, creative, and independent free play.

The Settlers of Catan

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The Settlers of Catan, now called “Catan,” was first published by Kosmos in Germany. It’s one of the first German-style board games to find widespread popularity outside of Europe. It is a cooperative game in which players representing settlers establish a settlement on an island by spending resources, which are earned through trade and rolls of the dice. It’s been called the “game of our time” by the Washington Post, is sold in more than 30 languages, and has won multiple international awards in game design.

Toy Fire Engine

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Although toy fire engines have evolved in materials, design, and technology over time, the benefits of play with these vehicles remain the same. A child might use a toy fire engine to explore role playing by assuming the position of a firefighter or person in danger. A child might spin the wheels or extend the ladder to test the capabilities of a toy fire engine. This variety of possibilities allows a child to practice communication skills, cognitive flexibility, and to explore risk, technical competence, and emotional fortitude.

To date, the following 74 toys have been inducted into the Hall (sorted alphabetically):

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.


Eleventh heaven? Heat with a mixed, memorable history in 10 previous Game 7s



Ravens kicker Justin Tucker’s record-breaking kick honored as NFL’s Best Moment of the Year

Yes, the Miami Heat have been here before.

Ten times to be exact.

Making Sunday’s 8:30 p.m. showdown at FTX Arena against the Boston Celtics in these Eastern Conference finals the 11th Game 7 in the franchise’s 34 seasons.

For many on the roster, though, it also will be something new, requiring, perhaps, some sage advice.

“Block out the noise as much as possible,” veteran power forward P.J. recommended, “and get ready to play a regular game like you’ve been playing.”

A look at the 10 previous times the Heat have been in this spot.

1997 East semifinals: Heat 101, Knicks 90. Tim Hardaway erupts for 38 points in his first career Game 7, with the Knicks’ Allan Houston and Chris Childs serving suspensions from the teams’ Game 5 melee. The victory completes a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.

2000 East semifinals: Knicks 83, Heat 82. Patrick Ewing scores the winning basket with 1:30 left, with the Heat’s Jamal Mashburn then bypassing a scoring opportunity to pass to Clarence Weatherspoon, whose miss seals the Heat’s loss.

2004 first round: Heat 85, Hornets 77. Current Heat assistant coach Caron Butler leads the way with 23 points, as the Heat advance during Dwyane Wade’s rookie season.

2005 East finals: Pistons 88, Heat 82. With Wade limited by a rib injury, the Heat come up one game short of their first appearance in the NBA Finals.

2009 first round: Hawks 91, Heat 78. With Jermaine O’Neal sidelined by a migraine, Erik Spoelstra comes up just short in his first playoff series as coach.

2012 East finals: Heat 101, Celtics 88. Down 3-2, just like this time around against Boston, the Heat follow up LeBron’s James’ 45-point Game 5 with the first Big Three trip in the NBA Finals.

2013 East finals: Heat 99, Pacers 76. The Heat again leave then-Pacers coach Frank Vogel shaking his head, with James closing with 32.

2013 NBA Finals: Heat 95, Spurs 88. A game after Ray Allen’s miraculous 3-pointer keeps the Heat alive, the franchise’s third title is closed out in a rare anti-climactic Game 7.

2016 first round: Heat 106, Hornets 73. The rare Game 7 blowout, with Goran Dragic leading the way with 25 points, Purple Shirt Guy from Charlotte no longer courtside to taunt Wade.

2016 East semifinals: Raptors 116, Heat 89. Wade comes up one win shy from a playoff showdown against LeBron James’ Cavaliers, with current Heat guard Kyle Lowry leading the Raptors with 35 points.


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Indian Bank Recruitment 2022: Bumper vacancies for these posts in Indian Bank, application process started, will get 90000 salary 



Bank Recruitment 2022: Golden chance to become manager in City Union Bank, apply soon, will get good salary, know selection & others details

Indian Bank Recruitment 2022: Bumper vacancies for these posts in Indian Bank, application process started, will get 90000 salary

Indian Bank Recruitment 2022: Vacancy has been removed for the posts of Specialist Officer in Indian Bank. Candidates can apply online by visiting the official website of Indian Bank.

New Delhi: There is a golden opportunity for the candidates who want to do government jobs in the bank. Vacancy has been issued by Indian Bank for the posts of Specialist Officers in various departments. Under this vacancy 312 posts of manager will be filled in the bank. The application process for these posts has started from 24th May. Candidates can apply online by visiting the official website of Indian Bank, The last date to apply has been fixed as 14 June 2022.

Maximum Age Limit

1. Assistant Manager – 20 to 30 Years
2. Manager – 23 to 35 Years
3. Senior Manager – 25 to 38 Years
4. Chief Manager – 27 to 40 Years

According to the government rules, three years relaxation will be given to the OBC category candidates and five years to the SC, ST category candidates in the upper age limit.

Educational Qualification

: Different educational qualifications have been decided by Indian Bank for the candidates applying for various posts. According to the posts, it is mandatory for the candidate to be CA, ICWA, Graduate, Post Graduate. Also, candidates applying for the post of manager should have 3 years experience, 5 years for senior manager posts and 7 years for chief manager posts. At the same time, experience is not required to apply for the post of Assistant Manager.

Application Fee

1. For SC, ST and Divyang candidates – Rs 175
2. For other category candidates – Rs 850

For other information related to this vacancy, candidates can get by clicking on the notification link given below.

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BMF Season 2 Release Date – Renewed or Cancelled? Updated Info!



BMF Season 2 Release Date – Renewed or Cancelled? Updated Info!

The popular television program BMF has aired for one season. The program has been broadcast on HBO and Cinemax. BMF is an acronym for “Black Mafia Family.”

BMF is inspired by the actual story of two brothers who, in the late 1980s, emerged from the deteriorating neighborhoods of southwest Detroit to form one of the most important criminal families in the United States. The charismatic leadership of Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, the commercial acumen of Terry “Southwest T” Flenory, and the brotherly partnership’s vision beyond the drug trade and into the realm of hip hop would make the brothers internationally renowned. Their unshakeable commitment to family loyalty would be the bedrock of their relationship and the catalyst for their eventual separation. In pursuit of the American ideal, this is a story of love, betrayal, and thug capitalism.

Randy Huggins produced the American crime drama television series BMF for HBO. After being unfairly imprisoned, three closest friends must rebuild their criminal enterprise from the inside out. Since its launch on November 14, 2016, the series has broadcast four seasons.

HBO renewed the drama for the second season in 2022.

Will BMF Return for Season 2?

Yes, BMF will return for a second season.

Four days after the premiere of the first episode of BMF on Starz, the program was renewed for a second season on September 30.

A high audience rating of 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes indicates that the series has had a positive reaction. Additional episodes have been confirmed.

Even though no release date has been confirmed for season 2, it is anticipated that viewers will have to wait until the second half of 2022 to see the next episode of BMF.

BMF Season 2 Release Date:

The official release date of BMF season 2 Big Meech has yet to be disclosed, but the second season is set to premiere in September 2022, which is sooner than you may imagine.

In addition, it was revealed that the second season will have more episodes than the first, which contained eight episodes with a total length of 52 minutes.

The Cast Of BMF Season 2: 

  • Snoop Dogg portrays Pastor Swift
  • Steve Harris portrays Detective Bryant
  • Serayah portrays Lori Walker
  • La La Anthony portrays Markaisha Taylor
  • Eminem as White Boy Rick (Guest Starring)
  • Walnette Marie Santiago as Cecile aka Big L (Guest Starring)
  • Felisha Terrell as Commander Mars aka Commander Marceline ‘Mars’ Beckwith (Guest Starring)
  • Demetrius Flenory Jr. portrays Demetrius Flenory
  • Da’Vinchi portrays Terry Flenory
  • Myles Truitt portrays B-Mickie
  • Russell Hornsby portrays Charles Flenory
  • Michole Briana White portrays Lucille
  • Sydney Mitchell as LaWanda

Who portrays Da Vinci blue in BMF?

The true name of American rapper Bleu Davinci is Barima McKnight. The 43-year-old Los Angeles native has one daughter, Madisyn, and three boys, Xavier, Melaki, and Brandon. He shares his youngest kid, Xavier, with Love & Hip Hop Atlanta celebrity and hip-hop musician Keely Hill.

BMF Season 2 Plot:

The upcoming season is currently unknown, and there have been no firm updates from the show’s producers. Curtis Jackson, the program’s executive producer, intends to continue focusing on the two brothers and how they negotiate life and their careers in the second season since the show is strongly influenced by the real-life narrative of the two brothers.

It is anticipated to be considerably more engaging than Curtis Power and Power Book II. In a recent interview, Jeffery Hitch, president of Starz, expressed his eagerness to see Randy and Curtis and the other award-winning ensemble in the second season.

Official Trailer Of BMF Season 2:

This show’s second season will not have a trailer, which is unfortunate. Therefore, it is difficult to foretell what will occur. However, we will keep you informed if Starz publishes a trailer for this widely awaited season. While we await a trailer, prior seasons are available on Netflix.

Below is the first trailer for BMF Season 1:

Where Can I View BMF?

The first season of BMF is currently available on Hulu for watching. It seems probable that the second season of BMF will also be accessible on Hulu.

IMDB Ratings:

The first season of BMF has received 3,200 votes and an IMDb rating of 7.5 out of 10. Since the announcement of Season Two, the show’s popularity has climbed by 20 points, reaching a total of 1,321 points. Audience members awarded the show a Tomatometer score of 83% and a Rotten Tomatoes score of “Good”.

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