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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:02 pm 
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Two days ago I recieved a USA Masterball. I'm not entirely sure if this is considered a "rare" puzzle though.
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By the way, I'm interested in knowing what exactly makes a puzzle "rare." Is it the amount produced? The size of the market? The popularity? The actual monetary value, or something else? I really need to know.

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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Today I picked up these two beauties from the post office:
Thank you Chino


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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Today I received a package. To make people (mostly Tony and Gus :lol: ) happy here a picture of the package.
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Then inside of it, another box :D :

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Inside the smaller box is the puzzle that you can consider rare :oops:,
Iaroslavski, I think your's got swtich at birth or something :roll: :
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But i don't know if the cat should be consider rare, or even a puzzle :lol: .
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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Got 3 puzzles today, bought them for less than 20€ :D
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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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It took about 5 months, but I finally got my Hexaminx from Traiphum.

This definitely made my day.


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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:28 am 
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Hi,

I'd like to show Hepta Family of my puzzles: Heptagon and Vladimir's Cheese by Oskar.

Number seven is not used so widely in puzzle world as 3, 4, 5, 6 or 8.
Hepta makes puzzles very unique from inner implementation and solving
point of view. Do you know other hepta puzzles?

See my video Hepta Family.

Enjoy!
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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Inside this box...
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...is a Hungarian Supernova!!!
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I'm very exited about this puzzle! I think I am now going to enjoy solving Megaminx more!

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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Is it an original, or one from the recent production run?


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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Jared wrote:
Is it an original, or one from the recent production run?

Do you mean the Chinaminx? If so it's definitely an original (it had lots of dust in it and has the original color scheme).

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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Most probably he meant the reproduction that was made a few years ago from the original molds. But judging by the stickers this one is from the original run.

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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Aleksey wrote:
Most probably he meant the reproduction that was made a few years ago from the original molds. But judging by the stickers this one is from the original run.


Yes, this. I own one of the newer ones.


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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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I received a curvy copter skewb!

unstickered and next to a ZhanChi

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Stickered! It was tough.

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Something cool I did

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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Some time ago (here) I mentioned that my Elemental series of puzzles was influenced by the Uriblock. As such I have wanted one in my collection for, well, years.

The Uriblock is one of a few two axis sliding block puzzles that contain no gaps. The Zauberkreuz, Rubik's XV, Tsukuda's Square and Mixbox are some others, and desired in my collection for the same reason.

I was lucky to find that Zzupler not only had some of what I was looking for but, better than that, had interest in trade. A surprise pair of Elementals should get to him soon in exchange for his help filling this gap in my collection:
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He even threw in a bonus Combinescion!
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Thanks Zzupler!

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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Lovely "surprise" in the post for me today! As Dave said I had requested that the puzzle design was to remain a surprise - and what a nice surprise! - as I was already familiar with the quality of his work through my custom Neon.
Apologies for the poor pictures, photography is not one of my strengths but even if it were pictures really do not do justice to the beauty of these puzzles.
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The level of detail he squeezes into each puzzle is amazing.They come beautifully packaged with even the stickers designed in the shape and matching colour of the puzzle. The design is see-through (so you can see the smaller symbol from the back too which gives a really nice effect) but unfortunately I could not capture this with pictures.
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Thanks for trading with me Dave! If you don't have one of these puzzles in your collection you really are missing out!


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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Zzupler wrote:
If you don't have one of these puzzles in your collection you really are missing out!
After reading this I had to take a look into my own online collection and found that I hadn't entered my three elementals up to that point.
Thank you Zzupler.
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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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After some cleaning this is what I came up with.

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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Zzupler wrote:
The design is see-through (so you can see the smaller symbol from the back too which gives a really nice effect) but unfortunately I could not capture this with pictures.
Here are a few pictures that demonstrate the transparent nature of these Elementals. I had been looking for a way to use some hatch marked mirror acrylic I had, but also wanted a pair of puzzles that would be different but have a common theme. Different fluorescent colors worked well:
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Here is a flickr set that has larger pictures.

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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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My first ever shapeways puzzle! Bought off of Eric Vergo; it had arrived scrambled so I disassembled and reassembled in the solved state :lol: 8-)
Thanks Eric!
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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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I'm not sure, if Shapeways puzzles are so rare nowadays :wink:

Here are some pictures of another Eric Vergo puzzle, I assembled and stickered yesterday:

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I got the stickers from Olivér and got the template from Eric. Olivér used the 12 standard colours and I my usual dodecahedron colour scheme:

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Here it is with little brother (Micro Master Pentultimate from Gregoire):

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And here the whole little family:

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Some more relatives:

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I have experienced again, that I must have been extremely lucky with Tom's Multidodecahedron.
The Pillowed Master Pentultimate from Eric needed a lot of breaking in and still the Multi-D turns better without any lubrication (my only Shapeways puzzle that got never lubricated. :wink: )
I'm going to lubricate the Master P. and I'm sure it will turn very good afterwards, too.

Edit: My Pentultimates complained. They wanted to be on a family photo as well. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Ah yes! I finally have an Olidjus. :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Ah yes! I finally have an Olidjus. :-)


Pretty rare puzzle!


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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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What a nice day it was to receive these beautiful puzzles?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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A small collection of old puzzles arrived today.


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My very first custom puzzle just arrived today :)

Tony's Siamese 4x4 :D

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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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I am hoping mine will arrive today.. *eyes postal service*

If not.. Tuesday :)


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Not sure if this fits here but enjoy!

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Look what the wind blew in!

Thanks to my seller, I have finally put together a collection of every golden item Uwe has produced.

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Today I recieved two orb-it puzzles!!! One silver and one gold!


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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
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Had a much awaited package arrive. The two jade puzzles I purchased from a seller who wanted to rid himself of them. Now I have two sets! The hexaminx is from Traiphum. I must say, Traiphum has an amazing talent because this puzzle is perfect in every way. Awesome skills Traiphum.

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I've wanted these puzzles for so many years. My wait is finally over.

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Had this one of a kind puzzle arrive today! Truncated golden cube.

Thanks Tony!

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A few days ago I got two puzzles from my German puzzle friends Andreas Nortmann and Clauswe:

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The Pentagonal Trapezohedron Skewb (an extended Ultimate Skewb actually) looks like an ancient weapon, a hand axe found by an archaeologist. :wink: ('Oh,' he said, 'I didn't know that they were into Twisty Puzzles in the Stone Age, already.')

The 4x4x4 extensions for the 4x4x4 Dodecahedron were 3D printed by Claus and glued onto an ordinary 4x4x4 using super gel by myself. It is quite heavy and looks really precious. May be used as a weapon, too :lol:

I'm looking forward to meet the builders somewhen in a not too far future.

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Just arrived from Singapore:
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I don't check eBay very often (almost never) but happened to stumble upon this auction just one hour before it was done. I got it for a great price for Anthony's work!

As you know (see here) I love hand built work from the best builders and so this happily goes on my shelf of "Handwork from the UK" next to my Greenhills Dodecahedron and my treasured Mr. Fisher's work.

It's beautiful Anthony, and I'm glad it found its way to me. The seller reads our forum but is not a member. Perhaps he will join us one day!

Dave :)

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I've been after a Roundy for a little while now with not much luck, so it was great when a fellow forum member put one up for sale! :D

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I'm borrowing the sale photos since I haven't had a chance to take one of my own yet.

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Another one from Tony!

Thanks!

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One of these puzzles arrived yesterday, so I took a picture with other rare puzzles that arrived recently.

Skarabajo.


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Today I recieved this puzzle! I got it very cheap on ebay ( 8 dollars) but its not mint condition, and looks very old, i know that its a 10 billion barrel, but it don't have the Nintendo brand... It's a KO?


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Ironically I had one too, but with no Nintendo logo. I assume it is a KO, but it was an older KO from what i was told. (a friend gave it to me for my birthday, and they said they thought it would be better if I had it, but their info about it was quite off)

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My first non mass produced puzzle:
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Traiphums 5x5x5 cuboid.
Very interesting parity cases.

Thanks Frank.


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Andrea wrote:
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Traiphums 5x5x5 cuboid.
Very interesting parity cases.

Thanks Frank.
Wow! Congratulations to this first!

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Here's the new additions to my collection over the last few weeks:
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Kevin, do you have some more pictures of the puzzles under Chino's twisty (botton left)? It is looking like an orb mod.


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clauswe wrote:
Kevin, do you have some more pictures of the puzzles under Chino's twisty (botton left)? It is looking like an orb mod.


Yeah I was wondering the same thing.

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I second Claus and Darrens question.

It is already in the museum:
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pkey=3210
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Hi Claus, Darren and Andreas

I'm afraid I can't really add anything about the history/origin of this puzzle as I don't know anything! If it is an old puzzle I must say the materials remain in excellent condition - if you told me it was recently produced I would believe it as there are no signs of age or wear.
It doesn't twist like the Orb puzzle though more like the Leesho / Space Massager described in the museum entry just with three rows over the top.
I have only ever seen one other for sale here described as an "Ultra Rare Rubiks Babilon Variation" and the members post about it here
There are 60 marbles in the central column, 30 red and 30 green divided into 12 columns of 5.
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The puzzle measures approx 11cm / 4.25 inches in length and 5.5 - 6 cm / 2.25 inches across.
The measurement around the central portion is approx 19cm / 7.5 inches.
The weight is approx 200g
I don't know if any of this is helping so i'm going to stop now!

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Zzupler wrote:
I don't know if any of this is helping so i'm going to stop now!
It helped me a lot!
I am going to update the description.


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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:59 pm 
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Still can't quite believe I actually own one of these :D


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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:20 pm 
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Zzupler wrote:
Still can't quite believe I actually own one of these :D

Couldn't find an "envy" smile.

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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:28 am 
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Zzupler wrote:
Still can't quite believe I actually own one of these :D
Am I the only one who doesn't know why I should envy you? Dave told me that it is rare, but it is so rare that I do not know it. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Packages Just Arrived with Rare Puzzles
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:19 am 
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Konrad wrote:
Am I the only one who doesn't know why I should envy you? Dave told me that it is rare, but it is so rare that I do not know it. :wink:

I never said you should envy me, just that I couldn't believe I owned one - it has been on my list of "wanted puzzles" for a long time but very rarely becomes available anywhere and I didn't think I would get a chance to own one.
It's called a Nintendo Crossover - there is info in the museum (under a "moving - tiles" browse) and also Geert made a great post about it here


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