The Rubik’s Cube — who didn’t have one when it was all the rage back in the 1980s? What an innovation — certainly one of most unique puzzles or toys I had as a youth!
As the story goes, Hungarian sculptor and professor Ernő Rubik invented the device to teach his students about the mechanics behind 3D movable parts. He soon discovered that he had a pretty cool toy on his hands and with that impetus, the Rubik’s Cube made it’s international debut at some European toy fairs in early 1980. With sales at over 350 million units to date it is widely assumed to be the world’s top selling puzzle game … ever!
If toy stores had not decided to take a chance on this innovative new toy we never would have had been enamored with its unique challenge.