Chess, rubber duck inducted into Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, New York - The rubber duck has squeaked out a win for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame.

The bath toy joins the ancient game of chess in the class of 2013 inducted Thursday.

The pair beat out 10 other finalists for a spot in the 15-year-old hall. The finalists that didn't make the cut include bubbles, the board game Clue and little green Army men.

Chess is one of the world's oldest games, tracing its history to an ancient Indian war game.

Hall officials say no one knows exactly who hatched the rubber duck, though squeak toys have been around since the 1800s.

The National Toy Hall of Fame is located inside The Strong Museum in Rochester.

The inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame

   2013
   -- Rubber duck
   -- Chess

   2012
   -- Dominoes
   -- Star Wars action figures

   2011
   -- Blanket
   -- Dollhouse
   -- Hot Wheels

   2010
   -- Playing cards
   -- The Game of Life

   2009
   -- Ball
   -- Big Wheel
   -- Nintendo Game Boy

   2008
   -- Baby doll
   -- Skateboard
   -- Stick

   2007
   -- Atari 2600 game system
   -- Kite
   -- Raggedy Andy

   2006
   -- Easy-Bake Oven
   -- Lionel trains

   2005
   -- Candy Land
   -- Cardboard box
   -- Jack-in-the-box

   2004
   -- G.I. Joe
   -- Rocking horse
   -- Scrabble

   2003
   -- Alphabet blocks
   -- Checkers

   2002
   -- Jigsaw puzzle
   -- Raggedy Ann

   2001
   -- Silly Putty
   -- Tonka trucks

   2000
   -- Bicycle
   -- Jacks
   -- Jump rope
   -- Mr. Potato Head
   -- Slinky

   1999
   -- Duncan yo-yo
   -- Hula Hoop
   -- Lincoln Logs
   -- Radio Flyer wagon
   -- Roller skates
   -- View-Master

   1998
   -- Barbie
   -- Crayola crayons
   -- Erector set
   -- Etch A Sketch
   -- Frisbee
   -- LEGO
   -- Marbles
   -- Monopoly
   -- Play-Doh
   -- Teddy bear
   -- Tinkertoy

   Source: The National Toy Hall of Fame
 

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