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‘Star Wars’ figures, dominoes in Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia outmuscled little green army men for a spot in the National Toy Hall of Fame. ‘‘Star Wars’’ action figures join centuries-old dominoes in the class of 2012, which was announced Thursday.

A national selection committee chose them from among 12 finalists.

‘‘Star Wars’’ action figures went on the market in 1978, following the 1977 release of the 20th Century Fox movie. The nearly 4-inch figures of Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and company were sold until 1985 and again from the mid-1990s to today.

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Museum officials say their popularity inspired other toy makers to tie products to movies and television series.

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The toys beat out plastic green army men, the board game Clue, the Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Lite-Brite, the Magic 8 Ball, the pogo stick, sidewalk chalk, the electronic game Simon, the tea set, and Twister.

Associated Press