The Rubiks Cube

A colorful icon of the ’80s

What more of an icon from the ’80s can you get? It’s the personification of an era. Every kid had one or wanted one. It was the toy to have. Even today, the very glance of this classical object with colored blocks, makes you think back to the ’80s. That is of course if you grew up in the ’80s. Even today, The Rubiks Cube from the 80s is being fiddled with by young and old. It is a timeless design and its appeal has given this product the longevity to be admired by many.

The Rubik’s Cube

The history behind Rubiks Cube

This 3D combination puzzle was initially invented by a Hungarian professor of architecture by the name of Erno Rubik.

Erno Rubik

Also a sculptor, he assembled the Magic Cube as it was initially called. Erno never intended the cube to be a toy or puzzle, but merely wanted to see how the design worked and if it was possible to solve it.

In 1977 he acquired the patent for the design. At the Nuremberg toy fair, after getting permission to sell the toy to West, the businessman Tibor Laczi walked around with the cube, fiddling with it as he mingled with the crowd. It is here where the British toy expert Tom Kremer noticed the cube. Kremer then placed an order for a million units from the Ideal Toy Corporation, which acquired the rights.

After some consideration, the company called their puzzle the “Rubik’s Cube” The “puzzle” won some awards and was released in toy stores in the West in 1980. Rubik’s Cube reached its peak of popularity in the mid-1980s.

The cube and the movies

The cube has had no shortage of appearances in movies so far, and you can’t be surprised. The iconic value it boasts, speaks for itself. It appeared in numerous films like WALL-E, Armageddon, and my favorite, Despicable 3 amongst others, and will most certainly be a feature in movies to come.

A Scene from Despicable Me 3


Many other variants and merchandise followed. From keychains to pyramid-shaped puzzles. It became a never-ending flow of new designs and colors.


Rubik’s Cube – Wikipedia