I've been a great fan of Rubik type puzzles, since I got an original rubiks cube for my 14th birthday, in 1980.
Lost interest though for some years, and gave my beloved puzzles away to my dads workmate, for his kids.
Got into collecting in a big way, after finding a Rubiks Mate in our local charity shop going for a quid ! and have picked up various bargains, at dozens of charity shops, boosting my collection with the odd ebay auction or 50 ( under my pseudonym Pomperberry).
have just today acquired a 10 billion master barrel on ebay, and am waiting to get a diamond skewb, for believe it or not, my 37th birthday from my parents :)
I have an understanding but baffled husband, who can't even solve the 3 x 3 rubiks , and already 2 display cases full of puzzles, which I have solved mostly, but they mysteriously end up mixed up again. I suspect my husband, but can't prove it.
would love to get some of the more unusual puzzles, and still dream of owning one day, a dogic, a rubiks domino,a rubiks rabbit, and an octahedron. have tried and missed several ebay auctions for these, but will keep hoping.
great that there is such an active community around this brilliant hobby.
And why shouldn't they use the same name everyone else used?!
Ideal's "tub" packaging. Released in the UK in 1981.
Tiled Cube 48mm
This tiled cube stands 48mm high, including the thickness of the tiles (approximately 1mm each).
Magic Square Cube
All diagonal, horizontal and vertical rows add up to 15.
This version has various shades of grey and a logo on every side.
Follow up to the Rubik's cube, as shown by its name.
Produced in 1982 and 1983 by Ideal in Taiwan and Macau.
CUBE (SHAPE PRESERVING)
CUBE (SHAPE CHANGING)
The 1994 Irwin Toys version.
The logo on this version is written in a different font.
Meffert's build-up and truncation of a Skewb into an octahedron.
The official Meffert Tetraminx.
Tomy's twelve colour 1982 version.
The 1981 Tomy version.
Functionally the same as a 2x2x2
Arrange the ten pieces by breaking them into two groups and putting them back together again.
The standard Wonderful Puzzler version, packaged in a cardboard box.
The standard Wonderful Puzzler version, in it's original plastic package.
A beautiful (but simple) puzzle closely related to the Dino Cube!
Diamond Style Puzzler
Also known as Diamond Cube. This puzzle is closely related to the Rhombicuboctahedron.
This version shows a Czech-themed crest.
Mach Ball Soccer
Solve all twelve hexes by matching up the three colours correctly.
A black globe on a stand with the seven continents in various colours.
A confusing 12 sided puzzle, closely related to the Megaminx.
HEADS & OBJECTS
Darth Maul Head
A 2x2x2 puzzle in the shape of Darth Maul's head.
Rubik's Obi Wan Head
A 2x2x2 puzzle with the shape of two characters from Star Wars Episode II.
An attractive little puzzle, possibly related to the legendary Rubik's Cheeze.
Back Spin / Loophole
A mix between the moving hole puzzles and the two-layer UFO puzzles.
Missing Link Key Chain
The 1982 official Rubik's Missing Link Key Chain released by Ideal. This puzzle stands 59mm tall excluding the keychain, and the keychain's plastic attachement loop.
This 3x6 Whip-It stands approximately 7cm tall.
One of the more successful puzzles from the original cube craze.
"Just put the numbers in order"... sounds a lot easier than it is!
Spin the top/bottom half to mix the satellites, then use the central plunger to flip one, two, three or four satellites over.
Rubik's Fifteen (aka: XV)
Rubik's 15 (XV) is 2 puzzles in one. Arrange the numbers in sequence 1 to 15. On the other side there is a magic square challenge.
SIAMESE & FUSED
A great little puzzle that keep you busy for hours!
Mastering Rubik's Cube
At last. The Solution. The 20th century's most perplexing puzzle made clear by a world-famous cube-master - Don Taylor
You Can Do The Cube
#1 in the London Times and New York Times bestseller list for 1981, selling 1.5 million copies world-wide.
Rubik's Magic Strategy Game
"Easy to learn, a challenge to win." (Not to be confused with Rubik's Infinity, which is "easy to learn, a challenge to master"!)
It's a race to make the scrambled "Cube Face"