History Of The Rubik’s Cube

In the 1980's the world was taken by storm when a new toy began hitting the market. The Rubik’s Cube became a smash hit and millions of people worked tirelessly to figure out how it worked. While the toy has become a cultural icon, and remained successful for decades, many are unaware of its history. This toy has an interesting origin, a fantastic rise to popularity, and an amazing legacy.

Erno Rubik was working as a professor of architecture in Hungry when he first came up with the idea for a new puzzle. He constructed a specially designed cube that was able to twist and rotate its many sides. Rubik then took colorful stickers and attached them to every side of his new invention. By shuffling the puzzle around, all the stickers would get mixed up and the player would have to do their best to restore each side to its original appearance.

It took Erno Rubik over a month to solve the puzzle. And during that time, his invention had gained quite a bit of interest. Rubik realized that he had something special and he decided to mass produce the cube so that it could be sold in stores. When it was first launched, the toy was marketed as the “Magic Cube.” However, during the 1979 Nuremberg Toy Fair, an American businessman named Tom Kremer saw the cube and decided to buy its distribution rights. He renamed the toy, calling it the “Rubik’s Cube” and released it inside the United States.

In 1980 the Rubik’s Cube hit store shelves in both the United States and Western Europe. It became an immediate success and was a massive sensation. Stores sold out almost immediately, people went wild for it. The Rubik’s Cube's popularity didn't die down either. To date, over 350 million cubes have been sold. Additionally, the cube has appeared on multiple television shows and in numerous movies. It has also had the honor of being taken on a mission into outer space.

The Rubik’s Cube has had quite a story behind it. From its humble beginnings to its unbelievable legacy. The toy started life as a Hungarian architecture professor's amusing invention. It then became a massively successful toy in the United States and abroad. And after all of that, the Rubik’s Cube still managed to solidify itself as an iconic piece of pop culture, recognized all across the world.