The US Toy Association has named a trio of toy titans who will next February be inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
Each of the honourees made huge contributions to the toy industry that are still felt today, founding some of the world’s longest-running and most successful toy companies.
They are: Thomas Chan, founder & CEO of Playmates Toys Inc.; Thomas G. Murdough, Jr., founder of Little Tikes, Step2, and Simplay3; and the late Harry Kislevitz, founder of Colorforms Corporation.
“Thomas Chan, Thomas G. Murdough, Jr., and Harry Kislevitz have made a lasting impact on the global toy community, inspiring generations of creative, imaginative, and physical play. They have introduced products that challenged play norms and evolved them into evergreen brands that continue to be loved by kids young and old,” says Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Toy Association.
“A clear commitment to innovative design and marketing is a career-long hallmark among all three inductees and serves as inspiration to future toy and play makers. For 2020, our members once again offered an impressive array of potential nominees and from that cadre three worthy giants have emerged."
The individuals were nominated for induction and voted on by members of The Toy Association in recognition of their significant contributions to the industry and the impact they have had on the lives of children through a lifelong commitment to toys and play.
They will join an impressive line-up of 79 toy industry luminaries, such as Milton Bradley, Joan Ganz Cooney, Walt Disney, Ruth Handler, Jim Henson, and Stan Lee.
The latest inductees will be honored during the 20th annual Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY) gala on Friday evening, 21 February, 2020 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. The ceremony kicks off the 117th North American International Toy Fair.