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 Post subject: Hanayama in stores?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:28 pm 
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Where in heavens name are they? I think I have stopped st every Borders and Barnes and Nobles in Indiana and Illinois and I simply can't find them. Any ideas guys? I still have 4 hours on I-74.

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 Post subject: Re: Hanayamain stores?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:34 pm 
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Where in heavens name are they? I think I have stopped st every Borders and Barnes and Nobles in Indiana and Illinois and I simply can't find them. Any ideas guys? I still have 4 hours on I-74.


Rox, try Toys 'R Us (that's where I found them in... Japan!) or other popular toys stores.

Wish you a good trip back!

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I found a lot of them at Games People Play (It's a puzzle lover's PARADISE!!!!!!!).

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 Post subject: Re: Hanayama in stores?
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Since that is 1/2 way across the country from where I'm at it does me no good. Two more nook stores and still no luck. But...toys r us did have the rubiks slide!

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Isn't games people play in mt. clemens michigan? I didnt know that was a puzzle shop...i live ten min from there!!! If this is the store your talking about.

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 Post subject: Re: Hanayama in stores?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 3:56 pm 
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katsmom wrote:
Since that is 1/2 way across the country from where I'm at it does me no good. Two more nook stores and still no luck. But...toys r us did have the rubiks slide!


It is for me too. I live in Farmington, NM (for now), and the Games People Play I'm talking about is in Orem, UT.

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 Post subject: Re: Hanayamain stores?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:44 pm 
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kastellorizo wrote:
Rox, try Toys 'R Us (that's where I found them in... Japan!) or other popular toys stores.

Not likely in USA. Hanayama is still too eclectic for mainstream toy stores.

Barnes & Noble has been stocking Hanayama puzzles for a long time, but lately I've noticed they're getting displaced by a cheap imitation from Canada that's sloppily constructed and carelessly packaged. The Hanayama puzzle is correctly assembled with the C hooked through the eye of the A, while the Noodle Your IQ puzzle just has the C hooked carelessly between the letters A and B.
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I once found Hanayama puzzles in the Men's furnishings department (ie: razors, combs, underpants) at Macy's, but I think that was a mistake because they cleared them out at half-price a month later! )I bought sixteen.)

(Please, don't anyone scream "knockoff." Although Noodle Your IQ is clearly imitating Hanayama, these particular puzzles are public-domain. They've got as much right to them as Hanayama does.)


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It's Your Move has some. I don't know if you can find their stores outside of Colorado though.

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Discovery Bay puzzles are all public domain. I picked up about six of them. Simple puzzles, new size, cool balls on the end. I guess I'm just going to have to go beg on Granville road when I return home. All in all it's been a good puzzle trip though. I can't complain too much. And I did get a really cool pair of Dr. Seuss converse's! :) now of you can tell me where to get a pair of those rubik's cube ones I'd be really happy! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Hanayama in stores?
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katsmom wrote:
now of you can tell me where to get a pair of those rubik's cube ones I'd be really happy! :lol:

I'm still looking for rubik's shoes I like. I think I'm going to break down and buy a pair of white shoes and mask/airbrush them myself.

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 Post subject: Re: Hanayamain stores?
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VeryWetPaint wrote:
(Please, don't anyone scream "knockoff." Although Noodle Your IQ is clearly imitating Hanayama, these particular puzzles are public-domain. They've got as much right to them as Hanayama does.)


Correct. And there are more which are public domain, including the excellent Enigma Puzzle.
(I can post more info for the rest if requested).

What I find very interesting, is the difference of levels for the same puzzle assigned by different companies.

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 Post subject: Re: Hanayamain stores?
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kastellorizo wrote:
Correct. And there are more which are public domain, including the excellent Enigma Puzzle.
(I can post more info for the rest if requested).


Update:

Based on Rox's comments I went back to Barnes & Noble today to see if they still carry Hanayama. Most of their puzzles have been cleared out! There were two Hanayama puzzles and one Noodle Your IQ. I think their Circle puzzle is a relatively recent puzzle, not an old public-domain puzzle.
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I bought both puzzles. Hanayama's workmanship was good as usual, but the Noodle Your IQ Circle puzzle is so badly finished that it can't even be assembled due to sprue marks.

Notice, Hanayama has a New Distributor for USA, the Bepuzzled brand at AreYouGame.com.


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 Post subject: Re: Hanayamain stores?
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VeryWetPaint wrote:
I think their Circle puzzle is a relatively recent puzzle, not an old public-domain puzzle.


Yes, Cast Disk is relatively recent (2000?) and it is based on Oskar's idea.


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