Iconic duck, chess join hall of fame

A rubber duck was on display during the National Toy Hall of Fame ceremony at the National Museum of Play.

Carlos Ortiz/Democrat & Chronicle via AP

A rubber duck was on display during the National Toy Hall of Fame ceremony at the National Museum of Play.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The rubber duck squeaked out a win for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining the ancient game of chess in the 2013 class inducted Thursday.

The pair beat out 10 other finalists: bubbles, the board game Clue, Fisher-Price Little People, little green Army men, the Magic 8 Ball, My Little Pony, Nerf toys, the Pac-Man videogame, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the scooter.


A national selection team of 23 experts, including collectors, designers, and psychologists, voted in the winners.

‘‘The two inductees . . . are fantastic examples of the two extremes in the world of play,’’ said Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections at The Strong Museum, which houses the 15-year-old hall.

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‘‘One is so strategic. It’s rule-driven. It’s something that adults play and puzzle over,’’ Bensch said, ‘‘and at the other extreme is a toy that’s pure fun. It has no rules. No one wins or loses. . . . It’s so silly, so fun.’’

Associated Press

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