Rubik’s Cube

Category: Toy
> Total sales: 350 million units
> Parent company: Seven Towns Ltd.

The Rubik’s Cube remains the top selling single toy of all time with 350 million sold since 1980. The Rubik’s Cube remains so popular that in the decades since its creation, it has spawned entire speedcubing competitions. The toy still has a large fan base, among young and old. One developer even created an iPhone application that instructs users how to solve a Rubik’s Cube in 20 moves. Unlike other best-selling toys, such as Monopoly and the Gumby Doll, the cube was not originally intended to be a toy. Its inventor, Hungarian architecture professor Erno Rubik, created it in 1974 as a way to teach his students three-dimensional geometry. The combined collections of Mattel’s Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels have both outsold the Rubik’s Cube, but none of them have as a single toy.