The Toy Hall of Fame may have rejected plastic toys this year, but the man who brought us the Cozy Coupe hasn't been forgotten.
The Toy Industry Hall of Fame announced Dec. 20 that Tom Murdough, the man who created Little Tikes, Step2 and now Simplay3 will be inducted in its Hall of Fame in 2020.
When he founded Little Tikes in the 1970s, he developed a summer "off-peak" toy season by launching the "Turtle Sandbox," which remains in production today, the Hall noted.
"Murdough has always been a risk taker, an idea engine and an out-of-the-box thinker — the very definition of the word entrepreneur," it wrote. "When starting his first company, Murdough brought the rarely used process of rotational molding to the toy industry. At a time when the whole industry was going to injection molding, Murdough opted to go the other way."
Among those who nominated him? Isaac Larian, the founder & CEO of MGA Entertainment Inc., which now owns Little Tikes.