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When it comes to toys, after years of growth the construction/building category took a hit in 2017, with sales falling 6%. As Toy Fair approaches, toymakers will no doubt be looking to rebound from that, and one way to do that is to innovate. Strictly Briks is bringing the iconic Rubik's Cube into the brick construction universe, reimagining it as four-sided bricks across three distinct product lines geared toward kids aged 4-7, 5-12 and 10+. RUBIK'S BRIKS will debut with sets that go beyond typical building by challenging kids with 3D Modeling, colorful pixel images and Puzzles. Here's a quick look at some of the sets they'll be offering beginning in the fall of 2018...

Each year, the National Toy Hall of Fame opens up for public nominations for which toys should be considered as finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame. From those dozen finalists, just two will become official inductees, and for 2014 the field has been announced - and it's tough. In reality, all twelve of the finalists should be in the Hall of Fame, but since just two will make the cut, I'm curious which ones all of YOU think should be crowned...

rubic3The Rubik's Cube is an undeniable classic, and a puzzle that I've owned several of over the years. For the past few, I've had the Icon Edition here in my office (I'm not good with these, so it remains unsolved) and recently we received a couple of new additions that make great stocking stuffers. The Rubik's 2x2 and the Rubik's Key Ring are both miniature cubes that make the Rubik's experience even more portable, and the 2x2 is fantastic for kids and beginners.