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Russian 3x3x3
Above:Original package
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A 3x3x3 from the former Soviet Union. Made in 1983.

  • Inventor: Erno Rubik
  • Mechanism: 3x3x3
  • Patents: Unknown
  • Producer: USSR
  • Year: 1983
  • Original Price: $2.40 USD
  • Current Price: No Data

Another mass produced 3x3x3. So far so unspectacular. Special about this one is that it was produced in the former Soviet Union in at several different production plants.

The "Original price" is based on the official exchange rate (0.6 rubels per dollar) although in socialist time this was completely theoretical.
The price varied a bit between the different factories.

The long text (images #4 and #5) on the package translates to:
"This toy develops logical thinking and spacial imagination. There could be 6 different colours on each side of the cube in different variations. The aim of the game is to put one side OR all sides at the same time in order. This toy is for children of age from 7 to 16 years old. Produced with license from Konsumeks-Polytoys, Hungary."

There were several different production plants in the soviet union which produced this 3x3x3.
They differ from each other by a logo printed or imprinted on one face of the cube and by the packaging.

All package have sides like shown in image #6, which translates to:
Ministry of local industries of Russian Federation.
Irkutsk' experienced factory of toy productions.
Town Irkutsk.
Price: 4 rubles.
Then just serial numbers or something.

The other known packaging are shown here too.
Please refer to the image captions to see the automatic translations of the production plants.
Without image is
VEM PLANT (COMPUTING ELECTRONIC MACHINES) - Penza

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