Imagine my surprise and absolute delight when I saw that THIS was on my
eight-year-olds Christmas list:
Yes. Oh yes...my old friend/nemesis, the
Everybody had one back in the 80s! You did too, right?!?
I begged my parents for one for my birthday – they ended up
getting me a knockoff pyramid shaped puzzle that I pretended to enjoy
for a while. The pyramid was cool and all but it wasn’t the real deal.
I remember kids getting in trouble for sneaking their Rubik’s Cubes out
and playing with them during class. I also remember a kid with a bowl
cut named Myron who could solve it in five minutes flat. He started
charging other kids who would bring him their jumbled up messes for him
to solve. (I never really understood how that was fun, having someone
play your game for you?)
FINALLY...the following Christmas Santa was good to me:
This outfit and this present are burned in my memory. This was at my
grandma’s house, Christmas Day in her basement. Like the kids in class
at their desks I would not put the thing down, even at the dinner table
which did not go over well.
I kept it on my nightstand so it was the first thing that I saw in the
morning and the last thing I saw every night – I was a tad bit obsessed,
along with a million other 80s kids.
I wasn’t allowed to take it to school but I took some cash that I had and
bought one of those mini ones, like on a keychain.
I put that puppy on the zipper to my book bag so I always had it with me.
Like other toys I eventually lost interest in my Rubik’s Cube. After I
didn’t have the energy anymore to try and solve it and didn’t care
enough to give Myron any money to solve it for me I did what all the
other kids who couldn’t figure it out did.
I peeled off the stickers and put them back on so red was all on one side,
blue was on another, and so on and so on.
The stickers looked all lopsided and weird. The cube was never the same
after that, it’s like it knew that I had cheated and it broke. I kept at
my little keychain cube for years after that, it was always in the
bottom of my purse or in my coat pocket.
I never did solve it. But now I have a new cube to work on along with my
son. We’ve been passing it back and forth and before it got all
scrambled I had fun showing him how we used to make patterns/designs by
turning it certain ways.
Time to get obsessed again - and no way am I telling him how I peeled the
little squares off back in the day.
> 80s Toys: Rubik's Cube
> Rubik's Cube Costume
Buy a Rubik’s Cube here
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.