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 Post subject: Questions about the cube history?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:39 am 
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I have tried to find facts about the history of Rubik's cube. Maybe someone here could help me.
I'm curious about what happens before Ideal Toys, like when exactly did politechnika change the name (I've find different information about that) and when did Pentangle get involved?
Did they use politechnika boxes even after they change the name?
When did they stop use politoys boxes?
How many painted cubes were made?
And about the first politechnika cubes. At the first run 5000 cubes where made. They made a second batch 1977 (11000 cubes I think). Did they use the same molds for this run or did they made new molds? And have the first molds been used even after these first cubes?
I have also tried to find pictures of Erno Rubik's first prototype from 1974 but I couldn't find many pictures of it. Does this still exist?
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 Post subject: Re: Questions about the cube history?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:42 pm 
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andand wrote:
I have also tried to find pictures of Erno Rubik's first prototype from 1974 but I couldn't find many pictures of it.
I've looked for pictures of it before. The only picture I could find is here. If you are aware of any others please share.
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Does this still exist?
I would imagine that Ernő Rubik still owns it but I honestly have no idea. If he doesn't I would hope that its in a museum somewhere. I imagine the Smithsonian would be happy to give it a home.

Sorry I can't help with any of the rest,
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 Post subject: Re: Questions about the cube history?
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wwwmwww wrote:
If you are aware of any others please share.

There's a few more if you search for "rubiks cube prototype" at google, but I think it's strange that it isn't more. That's why I fears that it doesn't exist anymore, but I hope I'm wrong.

Some more question. Here's two different leaflets. Is there any more variant and why haven't they changed politechnika to politoys?
The cube to the right has a color scheme where yellow is adjacent to white. That's not the standard scheme at hungarian cubes. Could that one be one of these cubes that politoys purchased from the east in 1981?


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 Post subject: Re: Questions about the cube history?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:23 am 
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Have a look at the thread I created in August 2009 about the subject: Rubik's Cube History

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 Post subject: Re: Questions about the cube history?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:12 pm 
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andand wrote:
The cube to the right has a color scheme where yellow is adjacent to white. That's not the standard scheme at hungarian cubes.
That was the standard scheme when Ideal released the Rubik's Cube in the US. I still have not adapted to the uncouth white-opposite-yellow arrangement. :)

MTA in fact, I'm pretty sure the one on the right is in fact an Ideal Rubik's Cube. It has the right logo on the white center.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions about the cube history?
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Georges wrote:
Have a look at the thread I created in August 2009 about the subject: Rubik's Cube History

Yes, I have read that thread. It's really interestin reading. But I find it strange that it never mention Pentangle.

Another thing. Is it possible to date the different Politoys boxes?


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 Post subject: Re: Questions about the cube history?
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I think I have one of the politechnika cubes. But I think it might be the second run of them. can someone confirm it for me? Mystery 3x3 Oh BTW my 3x3 has a transparent green core.

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 Post subject: Re: Questions about the cube history?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:56 pm 
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See post 1977 cubes...
http://twistypuzzles.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=15620

Post from Georges Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:15 am

I know Georges replied but this specific post on the 1977 cubes thread I found very useful.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions about the cube history?
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andand wrote:
I have also tried to find pictures of Erno Rubik's first prototype from 1974 but I couldn't find many pictures of it. Does this still exist?

For 3 years I have worked for Rubik Studio.
At that time, once I had the chance to hold and twist the 3x3x3 prototype cube. Unfortunately I was not allowed to take any pictures from it.
So to answer you, Yes it still exists!
To be honest, it is not playable. very loose, and easy to POP.

And just to make it clear, this was the first prototype cube, and not the 3x3x3:
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of course it is just 4 cubes connected with rubber bands, and it had no inner structure.

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Did they use the same molds for this run or did they made new molds? And have the first molds been used even after these first cubes?

I’m pretty sure, they re-used the first mold, but probably after some time it was renewed.
At the early 80’s it was not easy to make new molds, so they used used every single mold they had.

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