This classic 3x3x3 cube puzzle needs no introduction and probably no description on what to do with it either. We’ve been doing it since the 1980’s and it’s as popular today as it was way back then!
It is considered to be the greatest puzzle craze of all time. There were puzzle crazes before that going all the way back to the Chinese Tangram craze of 1817 and The 15 Puzzle craze of 1880, but none like Rubik’s Cube. (We also stock the books on our website about these two puzzle crazes; both very good reads.)
When Hungarian Enro Rubik created his first Buvos Kocka (The Magic Cube in Hungarian) the toy company that produced it did an initial run of 5000 puzzles in early 1977. Even just selling them locally in Hungary they had sold out by Christmas and it wasn’t even called the Rubik’s Cube yet.
Reports vary but it’s generally thought that more than 350 million 3x3x3 cubes have been sold around the world since it was dubbed Rubik’s Cube in 1980 and it’s generally acknowledged as the bestselling toy of all time.
The Rubik’s Cube has been used in advertising and politics. As early as 1981 in Germany there was a cartoon showing a confused looking Chancellor Helmut Schmidt holding a cube with the caption “Berlin, unemployment”. There’s even one in the design section of MOMA in New York.
Clubs, newsletters and Championships sprang up in the wake of the craze many of which are still going today. And now there’s a whole community of people into Speedcubing.
At the first World Championships held in 1982 in Budapest there were contestants from 19 different countries. They even had to devise a standard way of messing up the cubes so that no contestant had an easier cube to solve than any other. The winner was a young 16 year old from Los Angeles, USA, who had emigrated there from Vietnam 3 years earlier. Minh Thai won with an official time of 22.95 seconds. In 2017 Max Park also of the USA won with an official time of 5.87 seconds. And in 2017 the Guinness Book of records listed 15 year old Patrick Ponce also of USA as solving the 3x3x3 Cube in 4.69 seconds.
We even sell another version of the 3x3x3 cube with a built in timer so you can time yourself as you practice.
You might also want to check out our Puzzle Books page. We do at times have some Second-hand copies of various original Solution Books for sale; just in case you need some help!
Colours: White Background with vinyl stickers in classic Red, Blue, White, Green, Yellow & Orange sides.
Size: 58mm x 58mm x 58mm
No solution enclosed but there’s lots of places on the web you can see solutions.
Note: A lot of the information I’ve found about the history of the Rubik’s Cube is from a fascinating book called “The Cube. The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Bestselling Puzzle” by Jerry Slocum published in 2009. Thank you Jerry and the others that contributed, including Enro Rubik himself who wrote the introduction to the book, for documenting the real facts about this puzzle.