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Little People inducted into National Toy Hall of Fame

The Little People would like to thank you.

After seven nominations, Fisher-Price Little People have finally been chosen for induction into the Strong Museum of Play's National Toy Hall of Fame.

The swing, an outdoor favorite, and role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons also made it in.

A committee at the Rochester museum had chosen 12 hall-of-fame finalists, including Little People, from among thousands of other nominations. The others included bubble wrap, Care Bears, Clue, pinball and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots.

A busload of East Aurora Fisher-Price employees were on hand for the announcement.

"It's a very special thing for a brand to be so loved by generations of families for nearly six decades," said Mark Zeller, senior vice president of design at the company.

Little People were created in 1950 in East Aurora and have remained a fan favorite throughout the decades. The toys were first made of wood and lithographed paper and later of hard plastic. Over the years, they grew larger in size and arms, legs and dimensional faces were added. Today, it is a top-selling brand for Fisher-Price. More than 2 billion have been sold.

"Fisher-Price Little People are just the right size for kids with big imaginations who play with the figures to explore the world beyond their homes," said Patricia Hogan, curator at the Strong Museum of Play.

Little People join 59 other hall of famers including Play-Doh, Mr. Potato Head and the hula hoop.

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