Toy Industry Hall of Fame: Voting is Open for the 2019 Posthumous Inductees

August 28, 2018 | Toy Association members are invited to cast their votes for the posthumous inductees into the 2019 Toy Industry Hall of Fame. Voting is open through Monday, September 24.

Ballots have been emailed to all eligible voters; to request a link to the ballot please email Akshata Hase.

Candidates for posthumous induction include:

  • Harvey Greenfield – former chairman of the Board, Commonwealth Toys & Novelty Co. Inc. 
  • Harry Kislevitz – founder, Colorforms Corporation
  • Fred Kort – founder, Imperial Toy Company
  • Joe Mendelsohn – former president, Kenner Products

The living inductees for the Toy Industry Hall of Fame will be Brian Goldner (chairman & CEO, Hasbro, Inc.) and Stan Lee (former chairman, Marvel Comics).  The Toy Industry Hall of Fame Committee carried forward both Goldner and Lee from the 2018 planned inductees.

The Toy Industry Hall of Fame was established in 1984 to recognize people – from toy inventors to toy retailers – who made significant contributions to toys and play. The opportunity to honor these individuals is a special tradition for The Toy Association and its members. The posthumous candidates were chosen from a slate of highly qualified nominees submitted for consideration by members of the Association’s Hall of Fame Committee.

Designated points of contact at Toy Association member companies, former Hall of Fame inductees, and recent Toy Association Board Members are invited to rank their choices in the posthumous category. In this defined pool of respondents, no single organization shall have more than one vote.

An announcement of the 2019 inductees will be made in November. The Toy Industry Hall of Fame induction will take place during the Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards ceremony on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.

More information on the candidates – including nomination criteria and bios for each posthumous nominee – is available online.