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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:00 pm 
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I was just browsing at cube4you.com and I happened to fing a 'new megaminx' for $5.00! :o Is this price reliable or will it all jump out at me when I look at my subtotal?? :?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:10 pm 
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Well, yes there will be a shipping fee. If thats what you are asking.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:06 pm 
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I'm really kinda asking if the megaminx at cube4you.com is REALLY 5 dollars...


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PKRTCN wrote:
I'm really kinda asking if the megaminx at cube4you.com is REALLY 5 dollars...

It is. But the Chinese reproduction is of far lower quality than the original puzzles, and currently no one sells the originals comercially. When you find them on ebay, expect $75 or greater.


The first Megaminx style puzzle to hit the market was the Hungarian SuperNova, and is of very good quality. This is the same size as the later released Tomy Megaminx and Meffert's Megaminx, but the cuts are deeper so the edge pieces meet in a point (the Chinese version has these same cuts): http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pid=651

The Tomy Megaminx http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pid=649 and Meffert's Megaminx http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pid=654 seem identical, but Aleh (who built the Brilic) based his on a Meffert's core and says they are different internally. I only have a Tomy, so I can't say what these differences are. The other difference is cosmetic, the Meffert's (12 color) is tiled, not stickered.

The Chinese reproduction has had two versions. I think the older is still sold for about $1 cheaper, but I hear the newer is quite a bit better. I only have the second but I believe both are the same size, which is larger than the other puzzles (about 70mm face to face instead of 65mm). They have pips on their corner inside faces and dimples on their edge inside faces so their movment clicks into place for alignment. If you search you'll find that some find their movement much better if you file these down.
They have tiles instead of stickers, and their quality is not great. Watch out for sharp edges on the pieces, and for the puzzle popping pieces.

Any Megaminx will probably need some amount of work to be really great to play with, but the originals still seem the best. I find my $5 Chinese version to be OK and a good deal for the money, and I hear they can be made much better. But I prefer my Tomy or Supernova.

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Thanks a ton for the info. But, being in a desperate financial state, I cant really go for the good quality stuff :( . And having a new rubik 4x4 that has a superglued middle peice doesn't help. drop 5 dollars for a replacement kit or 20 dollars for a new cube, quite a bunch for an attempt to make an octogonal prisim 3x3, plus 13 dollars for a crappy megaminx that I've been wanting to get since I heard of it 2 years ago. I'm pretty much stuck in a hole.

Theres not really much a 13 year old can do for work around where I live anyways...

Thanks a lot
PKRTCN


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Cubesmith for parts. :P

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 6:01 am 
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PKRTCN wrote:
Theres not really much a 13 year old can do for work around where I live anyways...

Ask people if you can mow their lawn/wash their car for a few dollars, it may not be much but it will soon add up.

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