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Top Holiday Toy Crazes of All Time

Top Holiday Toy Crazes of All Time

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Rubik’s Cube (1980)

Manufacturer: Ideal Toy

Although the popularity of the Pet Rock came and went, Rubik's Cube has seen enduring popularity over the years. "Speedcubing" competitions, where fans try to solve the multicolored plastic puzzle in the fastest time possible, are still being held.

The cube was created by Hungarian architecture professor Erno Rubik. Rubik dreamed up the idea for the puzzle, which he initially called the Magic Cube, in 1974, but it took some time to find a toy company willing to take a chance on it. In its first year, Ideal Toy sold 5 million Rubik's Cubes. Since then hundreds of millions have been sold, and it ranks among the best-selling toys of all time.

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