Toy News Magazine has named Micro Inventor Wim Ouboter on the Top 10 Toy Inventors list. He's in great company, also on the list is LEGO inventor Ole Kirs Christiansen.
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The toy inventors’ top ten inventors are as follows:
- Ole Kirk Christiansen – Danish designer of LEGO and founder of The LEGO Group.
- Frank Hornby – British inventor of Meccano, Hornby Model Railways and Dinky Toys - three of the most popular lines of engineering-based toys in the 20th century.
- Erno Rubik – inventor of the world famous Rubik’s cube in 1974. By 2009, more than 350 million cubes had been sold globally.
- Richard James – James invented the Slinky in 1943. His first inventory of 400 sold within 90 minutes and 300 million had sold by 2005.
- Ruth Handler – Handler, former president of Mattel, invented Barbie after watching her daughter Barbara struggle to dress and play with her paper dolls. It was launched in 1959.
- Leslie Scott - British designer of over forty board games including the globally popular Jenga, which she launched at the London Toy Fair 1983 and has since sold more than 50 million products. The name jenga is derived from a Swahili word meaning ‘to build’.
- Eddy Goldfarb – The American creator of the yakity-yak talking teeth, which have sold tens of millions since their debut in 1949, plus close to 800 popular toys and games including Ker-Plunk.
- Walter Frederick Morrison – Fred Morrison discovered a market for the frisbee in 1938 when he and future wife, Lucile, were offered 25 cents for a cake pan that they were tossing back and forth on a Californian beach.
- Wim Ouboter – Inventor of the ubiquitous Micro Scooter, which he designed because his favourite sausage shop in Zurich was too far away to walk, yet not far away enough to take the car out of the garage.
- Reiner Knizia – British-based Knizia has been a full-time game designer since 1997, when he quit his job from the board of a large international bank. He has designed over 500 published games since, including the best selling Lord of the Rings, which has been published in 17 languages and sold over one million copies.