Back in February, we reported on the hottest toy trends of the year from The Toy Fair, and one thing we noticed was the amount of classic, old-school toys that were being revamped. These toys, like Mr. Potato Head and The Etch a Sketch, have stood the test of time, and will always remain on the shelves in one packaging or another.
And we can’t have a discussion about classic toys without bringing up the iconic Rubik’s Cube, which has been stumping puzzle-lovers for 30 years. We introduced you to the brand new Rubik’s Slide, which boasts over 10,000 addicting puzzles, and it should be hitting stores any day now. (We were seriously addicted to this LED-version of the classic.) You can find it at stores like Toys ‘R Us, Target and Amazon.com.
In honor of this new toy launch and the 30th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube, we found some incredible versions of the beloved puzzle that we just had to share:
ThinkGeek is our go-to source for all things incredibly cool yet also kind of nerdy — so, naturally, they must pay homage to the geekalicious Rubik’s Cube. This in an actual working alarm clock, and the top twists to switch between the clock, calendar, alarm and temperature. Sure it’s not the most high-tech clock you can buy, but it’s simplicity adds to the retro charm. (ThinkGeek, $19.99)
This isn’t on the market, but the idea behind this Mp3 player is that you’d listen to music (and activate certain functions like play, pause rewind, etc.) by playing the Rubik’s puzzle. Naturally, the music won’t stop until you complete the game. Would anyone actually buy this? (Designer: Hee Young)
A puzzle lovers dream: Part Sudoku, part Rubik’s. My brain hurts just looking at it. ($7.95)
This handmade magnetic Rubik’s Cube (from the Etsy shop Cubeception) is completely functional and probably a lot harder than the original. Bonus? When you inevitably get frustrated and give up, just use the little magnets for the fridge! (Etsy, $49.99)
And for glamorous geeks, this Juicy Couture Limited Edition Rubik’s Cube is glittering in rhinestones. ($69)