Pokémon Go is taking over the world and quickly becoming a craze for the ages. And while Pokémon Go is not a video game in the traditional sense, it is a game-changer in terms of augmented reality and downloadable apps, one that looks to move the entire gaming industry in completely new directions. This got us here at Goliath thinking about other toy crazes that have taken the world by storm over the past 40 years. You know, the toys and games that we all remember and love, which were seemingly in high demand everywhere for a period of time, often leading to fairly sticky situations at retailers when they weren’t available. No need to push, we’ve got plenty of examples for everyone!
10. Rubik’s Cube
In 1980, the Rubik’s Cube seemingly took over the world. The little device, which was invented in 1974 by Hungarian inventor Erno Rubik, became a novelty toy that everyone had to get their hands on in order to try and solve it. Seriously, is there anyone reading this who has not tried to solve a Rubik’s Cube at least once? When it was initially released, trying to align a group of colored squares on a 9×9 cube consumed people endlessly. First introduced at international toy fairs and mass marketed by company Ideal Toys, the Rubik’s Cube sold 4.5 million units in its first year of existence alone. Since then, the toy and its different variations has sold more than 350 million units worldwide, making it one of the bestselling toys of all time. Today, experts can solve the cube in less than 10 seconds and actually compete in tournaments held around the world.