Joining the esteemed ranks of such cultural icons as "stick" and "cardboard box," three new beloved toys have taken their place in the National Toy Hall of Fame. Say hello to your new champions: Rubik's Cube, little green army man, and... bubbles.

The two toys (and one chemical reaction) which were declared victorious by 24 expert judges had some tough competition, too, ultimately taking down American Girl Dolls, Slip 'N Slides, and even pots and pans on their path to infamy. So what does it take to earn your place among the most timeless of childhood icons? According to curator Patricia Hogan:

Over the years, these toys have remained popular because they are lightweight, simple to transport in buckets or pails, fun to blow up, easy to replace. But most of all because they inspire open-ended play.

Which, while fair, can also be said of firecrackers, which will probably never win similar accolades. [AP via Consumerist]


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