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Rubik’s Cube tipped as Christmas best seller

Cube making a comeback via YouTube
A Christmas giftwrap

The Rubik’s Cube is set to top the Christmas best-sellers list once again, more than 25 years after its launch, a retailer has predicted.

Woolworths unveiled its predicted top toys almost six months ahead of December 25.

The high street chain has tipped the puzzle to be a top seller despite it being invented in 1974 and launched in 1980.

Rubik’s Cube

The cube fell out of favour in the 1990s but is experiencing a revival following the popularity of tutorials on YouTube and ‘speedcubing’, where players compete to be the first to match the colours.

Another two 80s classics, Star Wars and Indiana Jones, are also tipped to be big hitters this festive season.

Toys based on a new animated Star Wars film to be released later this year, and the recent Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie are expected to make the top 10.

Indiana Jones

A £19.99 Indiana-style whip will be a bestseller, Woolworths predicted.

The most high-tech entry this year is a pen-shaped gadget that uses computer and infrared technology to read to children as it runs over specially created books.

The Leapfrog Tag also plays reading games that work on vocabulary, comprehension and rhyming letters and sounds.

In the Night Garden

Upsy Daisy, a character from the BBC show In The Night Garden, is expected to be popular with younger children.

Steve Jebson, commercial director at Woolworths, said: ‘The huge popularity of brain teasing games such as Nintendo’s Brain Training have paved the way for the Rubik’s Cube return. And what a comeback. There won’t be many teenagers without one this year.’

Here is the Woolworths list of predicted top 10 toys for Christmas 2008, in no particular order:

  • Rubik’s Cube, £9.99
  • Star Wars Clone Wars Lego, from £34.99
  • Meebas, £16.99
  • Ben 10 Deluxe Omnitrix, £15.99
  • High School Musical Sing Together Dolls, £20.99
  • Bakugan Battle Arena, £29.99
  • Leapfrog Tag, £39.99
  • In The Night Garden Upsy Daisy In Her Bed, £34.99
  • Indiana Jones Whip, £19.99
  • Catcha Beast, £19.99

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