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 Post subject: They changed the Rubik's 3x3x3 again.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:06 pm 
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A month ago I purchased 3 of the Rubik’s “blister pack” Milton Bradley / Hasbro 3x3x3s and was impressed with how well they moved. The last 3x3x3 Rubik branded cube I purchased was back in the 90s and is rather stiff. Well, the 3 I bought last month were the last that they had at the time, and now they have restocked. I purchased one last night and even though it was in the same type of package, the cube is very different. For starters, it is really stiff, feels a lot like my 90s cube. I noticed that the centers are noticeably sunken in which not only looks odd, but it feels bad too. I popped it apart, which wasn’t easy, and noticed that the plastic was much more rigid then what was used with the 3 cubes I bought last month. Another difference I noticed is that the 3 I bought last month all had a circular date stamp on an inside surface on one of the corners, this new cube didn’t have that and instead had a plain number stamp. Even the stickers have a different feel to them, the edges seem to be sharper, easier to catch your finger on as you slide over them. I’m going to attempt to pop off the center caps with the hope of loosening the screws, if it even has them. If I can’t, this cube is going into the trash.

I know that they have new versions of the 2x2x2 (the “ice cube”) as well as the 4x4x4 and 5x5x5 just now also hitting the market. I hope that they are better then this. But in the case of the Rubik’s 2x2x2, they can’t do anything but improve on it, I guess.


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I've also noticed that the cubes used in the team logo ones (Redsox, yankees, giants, and so on) turn remarkably well for being just out of the box.

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I noticed taht too... luckily I bought my speedcube liek 4 1/2 months ago b4 they started sucking again, and it works nicely... it has the circular date like you were talking about too, and the new cube I bought is different...

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i've recently been getting alot of my friends from school into cubing, and all of the cubes they have gotten seem alot worse than the ones that i got a while ago (shortest time ago was in august...)

i wonder why rubik's is making their cubes suck? i guess they are making them for cheaper, but keeping the price the same. what a rip off, i guess the only thing close to good from them is the snake, or the DIYs...

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:49 pm 
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Speedy McFastfast wrote:
i wonder why rubik's is making their cubes suck? i guess they are making them for cheaper, but keeping the price the same. what a rip off, i guess the only thing close to good from them is the snake, or the DIYs...

[EDIT: I originally wrote "rubik's", but I meant rubiks.com. Sorry for any confusion]

I bought a DIY from rubiks.com hoping to have a decent cube for the Caltech Winter open. $19.98 later (shipping is a pain) I wound up with a cube that *always* pops open, and caps that won't stay shut (yes, I tried the paper trick).
I stripped the screw head trying to tighten it enough to keep it from popping, and haven't glued the caps because I want access to the screws if I need to tighten them. As it is, it sits on the shelf in a broken state.

On the up side, the $15 Rubik's 3x3x3 I bought at the Caltech Open moves great.

Dave


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get a DIY from the user "Rubik" on this site, I have two and my brother as one, they're really nice.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:50 pm 
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When i said rubik's, i was referring to any cubes bought from rubiks.com, or the rubik's brand cubes from places like wal-mart. they are all the same brand, right?

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Well today I found a store near me that still had the older version so I bought 4 of them and returned the bad one I bought the other day :D


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lol, that had to be awkward going to give a cube back.

"So what is wrong with the cube? Seems ok to me..."

"I can't solve it fast enough."

*their jaw drops as you walk away*




almost as awkward as the time i asked if i could test out the Pittsburg Steelers cube in the store to see if it would even turn (i'm not a football fan, i just wanted a cube that i would have to orient centers with). the girl behind the register looked at me like i was crazy...

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