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 Post subject: Comprehensive list of "Rubik's" products?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:27 am 
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I've tried the search, but being as this is a twisty forum, any search terms I attempted to use gave me thousands of results.

So I ask:

Does a comprehensive list of all "Rubik's" branded puzzles exist someplace?

By this I mean a list of puzzles like the Rubik's Cube (obviously), Rubik's Twist, Rubik's Magic, Rubik's Rings, etc., etc., etc.

Also, Rubik's Cubes were first produced by Ideal Toys, yes? Today (at least according to amazon) they are carried by Winning Moves as well as Hasbro. I've heard of Seven Towns Rubik's cubes as well--Is there a list of manufacturers that have produced Rubik's Cubes also? Perhaps some history of the progression? (Wikipedia doesn't give me much beyond Ideal Toys.) What companies produce the other "Rubik's brand" puzzles?




So I've done some quick research, and this is pretty much all I can find:

By 1983, cubes had ceased production. Few people had an interest in the toy and almost every home had one (mostly in bits). The Ideal Toy company was bought by CBS who then sold the Rubik's cube rights to Seven Towns.
Source: http://www.eightyeightynine.com/games/rubiks-cube.html

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Around 1983, the frenzied popularity of the cube began to wane and sales slowed drastically. It remained in small scale production until Seven Towns took over the marketing, and licensed the Rubik Cube to the Oddzon Company for the United States market in 1995.
Source: http://www.madehow.com/Volume-7/Rubik-s-Cube.html

(After further research, it seems that Oddzon is a division of Hasbro Toys... but that's about all I can find.)

Does anybody know any more?

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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive list of "Rubik's" products?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:16 pm 
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I was too curious to wait so I set out to create my own list. If anyone knows something I missed please feel free to add it!

Rubik’s Cube by Hasbro (Clam shell packaging)
Rubik’s Cube by Winning Moves (Hex packaging)
Rubik’s 25th Anniversary Cube by Winning Moves
Rubik’s Wooden 30th Anniversary Cube by Winning Moves
Rubik’s 4x4 by Winning Moves (Hex packaging)
Rubik’s Revenge 4x4 by Hasbro (It seems Hasbro calls it the Revenge, while Winning Moves refers to it only as a 4x4; In clam shell packaging)
Rubik’s Professor by Winning Moves
Rubik’s Jr. Cube by Winning Moves
Rubik’s Magic by Hasbro
Rubik’s 360 by Hasbro
Rubik’s Key Ring by Winning Moves
Rubik’s Revolution by Techno Source
Rubik’s Revolution Micro Keychain by Techno Source
Rubik’s Touch Cube by Techno Source
Rubik’s Twist by Winning Moves
Rubik’s Brain Racker by Winning Moves
Rubik's Mirror Blocks by MegaHouse
Rubik’s UFO by Winning Moves
Rubik's Eclipse by Oddzon
Rubik’s SuDoku by Seven Towns
Rubik’s Triamid by Matchbox
Rubik’s Tac Toe by Winning Moves
Rubik’s Clock by Matchbox
Rubik’s Tangle by Matchbox (for the 25 piece cardboard ones from the 90's) Oddzon (for the plastic 9 tile one)
Rubik’s Maze by Matchbox
Rubik’s Fifteen by Matchbox
Rubik’s Dice by Matchbox
Rubik’s Bricks (Rubik’s Soma Cube) by Oddzon
Rubik’s Rabbits by Matchbox

I have separated these to be posted as games rather than twisty puzzles. (Adjustments will be made after more research.)

Rubik's Card Game by Ideal Toys and Winning Moves
Rubik's Infinity by Oddzon?
Rubik's Checkers Challenge by Winning Moves
Rubik's Magic Strategy Game by Matchbox
Rubik's Race by Ideal Toys (Now known as Frame It by Hilco)
Rubik's Line Up by Ideal Toys


Rubik’s Rings by ????????
Rubik’s Illusion by ??????
Rubik’s Shells by ??????
Rubik’s Tangram by ??????
Rubik’ s Cheese (Sajt?) by ??????
Rubik’s Royal Brainteaser by ??????
Rubik’s ZigZaw by ??????
Rubik's World by ?????


I intentionally left out themed Rubik’s cubes and sticker variations such as the Rubik’s Transformers Allspark cube, Rubik’s Icon, Rubik’s Ice Cube, etc.

I also did not include books.

As I have time I will add the manufacturers/producers for the one's marked with ??????'s. I will also try to group this list in some meaningful way, such as by date of production or alphabetically. I haven't thought of it yet.



[Edits: I will be updating this list as people shoot me ideas, suggestions, and info on these or more puzzles. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far, and thank you for those who will contribute in the future.]

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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive list of "Rubik's" products?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:24 pm 
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I have Magic Cubes by Politechnika, Rubik's Cubes by Politoys, ITC, Rubik's Studio, Idéal Loisirs, Tsukuda, Mako, Arxon, Parker, ....
Are these to be taken into account?

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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive list of "Rubik's" products?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 4:27 pm 
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Also, the Revolution came out in keychain format as well.

Also, our good friend Mirror Blocks seems absent from the above list.


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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive list of "Rubik's" products?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:30 pm 
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Georges, I'm interested in anything that carries the Rubik's name/brand. Basically anything that wouldn't be considered a clone.




Mirror Blocks and Keychain Revolution added, thanks Swami.

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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive list of "Rubik's" products?
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as far as I know, the UFO is made by winning moves because mine came in a hex packaging

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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive list of "Rubik's" products?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:56 pm 
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PaulWozniak wrote:
Rubik’s SuDoku by 7 towns
Rubik’s Triamid by Matchbox
Rubik’s Tac Toe by Winning Moves
Rubik’s Clock by Matchbox
Rubik’s Rings by ????????
Rubik’s Tangle by Matchbox (for the 25 piece cardboard ones from the 90's) Oddzon (for the plastic 9 tile one)
Rubik’s Maze by Matchbox
Rubik’s Fifteen by Matchbox
Rubik’s Illusion by ??????
Rubik’s Shells by ??????
Rubik’s Dice by Matchbox
Rubik’s Tangram by ??????
Rubik’s Bricks (Rubik’s Soma Cube) by Oddzon
Rubik’ s Cheese (Sajt?) by ??????
Rubik’s Rabbits by Matchbox
Rubik’s Royal Brainteaser by ??????
Rubik’s ZigZaw by ??????
Rubik's World by ?????

[Edits: I will be updating this list as people shoot me ideas, suggestions, and info on these or more puzzles. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far, and thank you for those who will contribute in the future.]


Some of these I have, but they are boxed up. Was the Sajt an "official Rubik's product"? I've never found proof of that.

Rubik's Eclipse Oddzon
Rubik's card gameRubik's.com

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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive list of "Rubik's" products?
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katsmom wrote:
Was the Sajt an "official Rubik's product"? I've never found proof of that.


Looking at the pictures below, I tend to answer 'yes' to your question,
Konsumex being the assignee and the sticker showing "Rubik Sajt".

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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive list of "Rubik's" products?
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That will teach me. I can't remember looking for a patent. I always wondered if the Rubik name was just used to sell more. My thoughts were along the lines of when these came out it was when everyone was jumping on the band wagon-why not one more to make some money. To be honest, this is one that I have never investigated much. :oops: thanks Georges!

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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive list of "Rubik's" products?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:25 am 
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Thank you Georges and Roxanne! Somehow I knew you two would have information to contribute :lol:

Georges, do the Politechnika, Politoys, ITC, Idéal Loisirs, Tsukuda, etc. cubes carry the Rubik's logo? If so, would you care to share some background information on them? i.e. Where/when were they in production and perhaps why the companies/manufacturers switched over the years?

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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive list of "Rubik's" products?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:53 am 
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Here are most of my official Rubik's cubes.
Clicking on the pictures gives rarely/sometimes/often more information, like this example:

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Mondadori 1982 World Championship Montecarlo

Cube with Cubo Magico on white centre, in PB labelled - Offerta Mondiale "Montecarlo 82" Cubo Magico Originale Mondadori, with 1980 insert plus inserted entry form for a world championship in Montecarlo in 1982.
CUBO MAGICO Italian versions distributed by Mondadori Giochi.


This is a nice example showing an official cube without Rubik's on the logo.
The same goes for early production runs of ITC, Politoys, ... where the white center didn't have a logo at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Comprehensive list of "Rubik's" products?
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I'll give you a bit of Trivia. The ITC from HK were produced by one of my favorite puzzle manufacturers :wink:

He stopped making them when 7 towns took over.

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