Atten-TION! Little green army men, Rubik's Cube, bubbles named to Toy Hall of Fame

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By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper

It's hip to be square, it's easy being green, and everyone loves tiny bubbles. Classic puzzle Rubik's Cube, little green army men, and bubbles, favorites for generations, were named to the National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday.

The chosen toys beat out other competitors including American Girl dolls, pots and pans, My Little Pony and the paper airplane.

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Army men have been a plaything for decades, and played a regular role in the "Toy Story" movies, helping Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear with adventures despite having their feet permanently stuck in various positions.

Soap bubbles are an iconic toy dating back to the 17th century, the hall reports.

And rainbow-patterned twisty puzzle Rubik's Cube, while invented by Hungarian inventor Erno Rubik in the 1970s, is forever thought of as a 1980s icon.

In a survey, Fisher-Price Little People and Rubik's Cube topped reader favorites. Few TODAY voters were fans of pots and pans as an entrant, with that toy-kitchen accessory earning only 1 percent of the vote.

The hall is located in the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, and so far 54 other toys have been enshrined. The hall contains a mix of branded toys, like Rubik's Cube and Barbie, and generic offerings, including 2008 inductee, "the stick." (Comrade "the ball" was added in 2009, "cardboard box" entered in 2005.) 

Toys can be nominated by anyone, but they're voted into the hall by a panel of experts.

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