Brands and Characters of the Year – Pop Culture Hall of Fame

The Pop Culture Hall of Fame recognizes the iconic brands of toys and collectibles that have shaped people from their childhood and beyond. Each year, the Hall also honors the characters that have the most impact by inspiring those toys, collectibles, comics and movies.

Class of 2018

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Class of: 2018

"He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" was perhaps the most popular cartoon of the 1980s. The action figures and playsets based on the adventures Skeletor, She-Ra, Beast Man, Stinkor and the rest were colossal sellers. Over thirty years after their introduction, the characters remain as popular as ever.

POPS! for Patients
POPS! for Patients

Class of: 2018

POPS! For Patients collects and donates Funko Pop! figures to kids in hospitals to spread a little joy. Since August of 2016, they’ve donated almost 10,000 figures to kids in the U.S and other countries.

Pokémon
Pokémon

Class of: 2018

The Pokémon empire spans cartoons and toys as well as video and virtual games. The most popular and enduring part of the “Pocket Monster” universe is the collectible card game, which has been in circulation since the mid-1990s.

Power Rangers
Power Rangers

Class of: 2018

Power Rangers have morphed into so many versions over the last 25 years, it’s almost hard to count all the different variations. But with each new generation comes continued popularity on TV, movies, comics and merchandising.

Tintin by Hergé
Tintin by Hergé

Class of: 2018

Tintin was the globetrotting, adventure-seeking, young reporter at the center of Belgian cartoonist Herge's comic books. Over the course of several decades, Tintin travelled the world and even to the moon solving mysteries and enthralling readers of all ages and languages.

Warhammer
Warhammer

Class of: 2018

The Warhammer series of tabletop games started in the 1980s emphasizing thoughtful, cooperative team play over competition. The series has gone from the original Warhammer Fantasy Battle’s Earth-like setting to the more recent Warhammer 40,000, with its futuristic, planet hopping storyline.

Class of 2017

G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe

Class of: 2017

G.I. Joe has been a mainstay of toys and collectibles since 1964. He made toy history by introducing the term "action figure" to the world.

Nerf
Nerf

Class of: 2017

Nerf is best know for their soft foam sports toys as well as their sponge-projectile weapons.

Pixar
Pixar "Cars"

Class of: 2017

Pixar's "Cars" movies have been a juggernaut for producing countless beloved collectible toys.

Transformers
Transformers

Class of: 2017

Transformers have been an enormous success story in toys, comics, television, and movies since the 1980s and are still as strong as ever.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman

Class of: 2017

Wonder Woman has been an super hero favorite for 75 years, but never more popular than in 2017.

Class of 2016

Deadpool
Deadpool

Class of: 2016

Despite his raunchy, viloent R-rated antics, Deadpool has become one of the most popular, bankable super heroes in the Marvel Universe.

Funko
Funko

Class of: 2016

Funko is best known for its collectible vinyl Wobblers, plush toys, and Pop! figures.

Jakks Pacific
Jakks Pacific

Class of: 2016

Jakks Pacific designs and markets toys, electronics and consumer products representing hundreds of popular brands.

NECA
NECA

Class of: 2016

The National Entertainment Collectibles Association manufactures action figures and dolls of many recognizable characters.

Class of 2015

Barbie
Barbie

Class of: 2015

Barbie is an iconic American doll from Mattel who helped the imaginations of girls worldwide run wild.

Mattel-WWE
Mattel-WWE

Class of: 2015

Mattel continues to lead the action figure world, thanks in large part to its line of WWE figures, which annually ranks among the industry’s best sellers.

Rey from
Rey from "Star Wars"

Class of: 2015

As the anchor of the latest "Star Wars" trilogy, Rey has also been a powerhouse in toys and collectibles.

Tech Deck
Tech Deck

Class of: 2015

Tech Deck rose to prominence in the '80s as a leading manufacturer of fingerboards, mini skateboards ridden by hand.