Recently departed Marvel legend Stan Lee is to be inducted into the US Toy Association Hall of Fame next February.
The late comic book editor-in-chief, publisher, and chairman passed away in November aged 95. He will be posthumously entered into the prestigious Hall of Fame during the Toy of the Year Awards, which takes place 15 February in New York City, the eve of New York Toy Fair 2019.
Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner will also have his contribution to the industry recognised, joining Stan and an impressive roster of Hall of Famers, industry luminaries like Ruth Handler, Jim Henson, George Lucas, and Joan Ganz Cooney. 2019’s third entrant is Joe Mendelsohn, the highly respected president of Kenner Products between 1978 and 1985 who passed away last year.
These individuals were selected for induction 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.
Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Toy Association, says: “Stan Lee, Brian Goldner, and Joe Mendelsohn represent the passion, creativity, and business acumen that are hallmarks of Toy Industry Hall of Fame inductees.
“They have created beloved characters and exciting products that stand the test of time while each consistently demonstrated deep dedication to the world of entertainment and toys. Even more important is the joy and wonder they have brought to children around the world, forever shaping how kids play. The Toy of the Year Awards gala in February is certain to be both a celebration and emotional tribute.”
The Toy Industry Hall of Fame lives alongside the National Toy Hall of Fame in a special exhibit at The Strong museum in Rochester, NY. The cutting-edge installation features inductees of both halls under one roof, showcasing the toys beloved by generations and the toy industry trailblazers who helped bring those toys to life.