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 Post subject: Mindstrat Puzzles at the 2011 Hong Kong Toy Fair (again!)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:29 am 
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Been SUPER busy the past days for many reasons (including ahem... personal ones LOL)

Anyway, we will be again at the Hong Kong Toy Fair, and the details of our booth are:

Nr. CH M12 (Level 1, Hall 1E South, in the Multiple Toys Products/General Merchandise Product Zone).

V-Cubes will have a strong presence, not only in NEW items, but also in representatives.
I am sure it will be a very interesting year again!

Many Greetings from classy Singapore!

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 Post subject: Re: Mindstrat Puzzles at the 2011 Hong Kong Toy Fair (again!
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The toy fair starts and my exam starts. *sigh*
I think I won't have chance going there these coming five years :(

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Finalizing some places, dates, and times. There will be some sort of a puzzle meet up here in HK while the good Dr. is in town....sadly he's too busy with that "personal stuff" :roll: to come online and chat. :lol: :lol: I'll post all information when he finally answers me.....

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What seems to have been escaped scrutiny is that v-cubes will have a strong presence in new items. I know the essence of kastellorizo's communication was towards representatives, but - in as much as I'd like to meet them, shake their hand and pick their brains - I can't buy and play with them. So 'hip hip hip hurray' for new products.


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 Post subject: Re: Mindstrat Puzzles at the 2011 Hong Kong Toy Fair (again!
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May I know when'll this toy fair be held? Wanna see if I can be at Hong Kong or not.


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otischeng wrote:
May I know when'll this toy fair be held? Wanna see if I can be at Hong Kong or not.


at 10-13 of this month.

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Thanks for reply. Well I won't be at hong Kong until the end of January......So I just have to miss it...... :(


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otischeng wrote:
Thanks for reply. Well I won't be at hong Kong until the end of January......So I just have to miss it...... :(


On the good side, you will get to the new year parties =)

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The actual good side is that DLitwin will go to Beijing at that time. Which means may be I'll have a chance to meet him.


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The actual good side is that DLitwin will go to Beijing at that time. Which means may be I'll have a chance to meet him.
I'll try to bring something nice but I doubt I can compete with the Hong Kong Toy Fair!

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As I remember you said b4, you'll leave Beijing at 15th? So if you want to join the fair, you'll have to leave Beijing earlier.


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Dave, you are better than the toy fair any day! :D

OK, any one in HK on Tuesday the 11th of January we will have a simple gathering of puzzle people and a nice toy or two.
8 pm
Pizza Hut
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2) Be prepared to twist a few you may have never seen before;
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4) Be ready to have fun! Rox and Dr. Panda together are quite the interesting combination :lol: :lol: ;
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6) Be ready to pay for your own pizza :lol:

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With Dr Panda^^ see that, though I can't back to HK until late January.


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Sounds like a party! Anyone want to pitch in for my plane ticket to Hong kong? :lol:

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I just saw this little message somewhere. There may be other "noted figures" at our little gathering. Should be BIG fun!

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katsmom wrote:
Dave, you are better than the toy fair any day! :D

OK, any one in HK on Tuesday the 11th of January we will have a simple gathering of puzzle people and a nice toy or two.
8 pm
Pizza Hut
Shop B01, B1/F, Pioneer Centre, 750 Nathan Road, Prince Edward


Rules are as follows:
1) Bring a puzzle to play with;
2) Be prepared to twist a few you may have never seen before;
3) You will be photographed and shown in a blog, or post, or some such;
4) Be ready to have fun! Rox and Dr. Panda together are quite the interesting combination :lol: :lol: ;
5) Be ready for a few surprises!;
6) Be ready to pay for your own pizza :lol:



Thank you Rox! You are a sweetie! See you soon!!!

*prepares and packs puzzle arsenal*

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Have been working hard and playing hard. This year I'm afraid I have only been able to sound a few hours thus far at the fair. Work must cone first.
The guys have a nice corner booth in the foyer right next to Jeruel! Great news for me. I can pick up the last of the crystal puzzles later on.
I've been told all is good and see many looking at their products.
Konstantinos is off doing the KO killing thing. I do hope he has more luck this year than we did last.
Enough of my babble if this works, photos will be loaded. I'm on my phone and can't work this out.

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I'm too dumb to work this out. There are photos on Facebook. If someone could help me and post the links I would appreciate it.

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Who is that guy? I never have seen this face before. ;-)


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Hendrik Haak wrote:
Who is that guy? I never have seen this face before. ;-)


He was just a tourist passing by our booth. Cool mini beard though.

:lol:


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That face isn't the only thing that is different about our good Dr. But I'll let him do the telling :lol: :lol:

Yesterday I went to the fair around 2. Met with Uwe and Mark and a few other old friends. Walked around a tiny bit, but really didn't see anything. That is for today. I can't say much about what is happening over there right now, but hopefully will have something fair-ish to report later in the week. I'm hoping our Dr. will report when he returns down south...

The highlight of the day was the puzzle meetup last night. I don't know how many people showed up. Maybe 20 or so? Panda brought Toys, Rox brought toys, the boys brought toys. Let's say there were lots of toys and leave it at that.

We ate, we played, Panda and Konstantinos signed a few cubes. The others there tried to get Konstantinos to tell what was coming next, and in what order and how soon. He stayed mum! :lol: :lol: But as usual, yours truly and a few others at the table were able to get a bit of a whispering.

Even Matt and the bug came. Bug loves one of Pandas 'new' puzzles and wanted to steal it. :lol:

There was a reporter there doing an interview, and Jay from American classic toys was with us as well. He has over 14,000 molds :shock: of all those old toys I grew up with! I loved listening to his stories. Aj came over from China.

At the end of the evening, a few gifts were passed out. Aj gave a handmade puzzle to both Konstantios and Panda, as did Michael. That sweet young man gave Rox a clip Megaminx and Michael went home to investigate my Fisher's Pucks (It's a good thing I trust him! That's one precious toy he took away :lol: )

It's now 11 am and I really need to head out. It's going to be another enjoyable day at the fair and a very lovely evening is planned.

I've put a few photos of highlights from the puzzle meet up on facebook again, and if Sharon would help me once more, I would greatly appreciate it. (thank you for the help on the last batch!)

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WOW~I see Smaz & Calvin^^The signed cube would be difficult to solve then, while having pieces direction problem^^

Well I won't scramble if I got a signed one^^


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Please, PLEASE tell me the 2x2 doesn't use a clicking mech.

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Last day. It has been fun as always. The time is too short.
Last night we did dinner in an amazing spot. The top of Princes building has a great place with an open balcony. We took in the light show. A must for all tourists here. Dinner was good and when done we headed out to LAN Kwai Fung fir a few drinks.
That silly Dr. Buggered off early so Konstantinis and I enjoyed the evening alone.
The man got hungry around 4 am so I took him to a place for food on a stick. We decided to walk back to the hotel. Konstantinos took a rather funny video of me giving a cabbie heck in Cantonese. I look forward to seeing that one. The guy almost ran me over!
Photos are now being loaded. I will post a better reportafrer all calms down.

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No the 2x2x2 doesn't click. :lol: I've just been given what for. I've been playing with these for 4 days and didn't know the answer.
Sharon, help again if you will. I won't be going home until late again.

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I got a 9 am wake up call from Uwe today, passed out again for an hour and a half and now can't sleep anymore. I may as well attempt to remember what transpired this week. Although I'm not sure if my brain is fully functional yet, I will try. :lol:

The Boys got in on Sunday while I was working, and upon completion of the day, I ran to their hotel. I waited in the lobby for them to come down, and after a half an hour the Dr. called to find out why I wasn't there :shock: As it turns out, there are two branches of the hotel in Kowloon and they were at the other one. If I didn't adore that good Dr. I would have shot him. Instead, I hopped a cab and headed over to meet them.

When I arrived, the Dr. got his big hug as did Siva. I even gave one to his friend. Well, we had already waited long enough, so what is 5 more minutes. A bit longer and Konstantinos came down. This was cute. A handshake was given as we were introduced, and I just couldn't stand that. More Hugs it was. :lol: They were hungry, I was starving, we headed out for some food. Panda's friend wanted Chinese, and as funny as this may sound, I had to call around to get a good Chinese restaurant. (I don't eat Chinese if I don't have to so asking me for a place is pointless) Back in a cab and over across the harbour we went. We did Chinese, had a bit of wine, a lot of nice conversation and went home to get ready for a week of work :? . Oh, did I mention I spent the entire dinner trying to break the new v-cubes? :lol:

Monday I headed over after work~around 4 pm or so...I was just finishing some marking when I got this call begging for a certain brand of KO cubes. Apparently while I was at work two Greek bulls went rampaging down the aisles of the Toy Fair looking for copies. Now If you haven't met these two, you probably can't picture it, but I was in stitches :lol: I did what I do best and called over to a guy I know to get those copies. As usual, I was greeted with "I'm not sure....." But Rox works miracles when she wants to.... :lol:

I headed over to the fair, was given the booth number that was too insulting to let pass and tried to finagle them out of a cube. I was told they didn't bring enough samples to sell me one, so I placed an order to get one on the last day of the fair. To get that, I had to place a fake call to the good Dr (which he had difficulty following at first) I did a quick run over to Lucky Dog Creations only to find out that Mr. Tangle wasn't in that day. :( Up to the 5th floor to wander around a while and then back to the booth. The day was too short for me (2 1/2 hours max) so I didn't see much at all.

Well, since I didn't manage to snag the cube at the fair, we went over to visit that guy I know and pick up those KO's that were needed. Since the shop I was heading out to was close to the HKTGF, we took the tram over there. A bit of old transport for Pandas friend, and a beautiful way to see that section of HK at night. Dinner at the outback and after far too much wine for this little girl we said our goodbyes and headed home.

Tuesday morning I was back at work but only lasted for an hour of my class. Back over to the fair for more fun and games. Again, no Mr. Tangle, but I did meet up with Uwe and Mark Setteducati for a late lunch (3 pm) Mark has designed this really cool jigsaw puzzle that I'm going to purchase this week. (I know-jigsaw???-but it really is great. You take your photo, send in the link, and it sends you a 'map' of the pieces to use to design your photo. 200 identical pieces with slightly different coloration to it) I think he told me it will be distributed by Milton Bradly or Hasbro this coming year. It's already out in Japan though. Before heading out to eat, Mark and Uwe stopped by the Mindstrat booth and Panda demonstrated the All for one puzzle.
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Now I want to interrupt here and give a bit of background. I've 'known' Konstantinos for about 3 or 4 years via email and have never met him. I've known Uwe for way too long to remember and adore him. There is no need to discuss my admiration and the trust I have in Uwe. I listen to what he tells me because I've learned over the years he is seldom wrong. Apparently there was some bad blood between Verdes innovations and Meffert's puzzles (I'm sure we've all read those posts) He warned me the previous week to 'be careful because young Verdes is a bit of a hothead'. This put a smidgen of fear in me and I was honestly and understandably afraid of meeting Konstantinos. Almost as much as I was excited to meet him! :lol: Well, after getting a bit tipsy with him two nights in a row, I figured anyone who would drink and smoke with me couldn't be all that bad. Add to that the wink he has with that twinkle in his eye and I was hopelessly lost in friendship. (I listen to others, but make my own judgments) I knew Uwe was coming to the booth so I warned Konstantinos-nay begged him-to behave himself. He did great! The two talked and shook hands. Uwe spoke a bit, and I was afraid it what was said would be taken badly but that 'young Verdes hothead' controlled himself. Mind it may have had something to do with my claws digging into his back, but I'm not sure :lol:
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As we left each other, Uwe reminded me to be careful and have a fun evening. (very sweetly, I was also reminded I had his number if I had problems getting home! :lol: Have I ever mentioned how much I love that old fellow?) Tuesday night was our puzzle meet up, and it was great fun. Matt and the bug came along. The guys were interviewed during dinner, and there were quite a few puzzlers from HK there as well. I brought some puzzles, Panda brought some puzzles, the kids from HK brought some puzzles. It was a puzzling evening. :lol: I can't remember all what was on the table, but there was a bit of cash value to it all.
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Jay Horowitz from American Toys Company joined us and we got to hear stories of all his purchases and a bit about what is coming in the future....
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And bless Matt, he enjoyed the evening as much as I did. He was caught in the above photo Playing with a toy! something I can almost never get him to do. Panda has the magic in him! :lol:

We were going to go out for a drink with Smaz and AJ, but it started to rain while we were waiting for AJ to check into his hotel so we jumped a cab and went back to their hotel for dessert and a night cap. Got home late as usual, drunk as usual, and exhausted as usual.

Wednesday I managed to get over to the fair around 12 (I had to sleep off the night before) and Panda and I went on a toy hunt and rushed over to meet Mr. Tangle.
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Konstantinos and I did a walk about to see if there were anymore KO v-cubes out. I knew where one was so I took him up, and when he explained himself, the guy just took it off display. So much for the hothead I was hoping to see!

That evening we went to Sevva for dinner and to watch the light show. Hong Kong is a beautiful city at night, and it's even more beautiful when you're with good friends.
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After dinner it was up to Lan Kwai Fung for yet another drink and more chatting. Panda, Siva, and Panda's friend decided they had had enough, but the night was still young so Konstantinos and I stayed behind to talk a bit more. This was a night of adventure....food on a stick, fruit markets, crazy taxi drivers, and Rox being a harpie in Cantonese! The rest is not a story for the telling. :lol: :lol: (get your minds out of the gutter!) It was just funnier drunk than it is three days later and sober.

We woke up at around 12 on Thursday and headed back to the fair. Shopping day! I went down and got those cubes from that booth, but the jerk wouldn't sell me the box :roll: I must say, this year was a disappointment for me. I didn't see anything new, and really didn't leave with many toys. I was told people are becoming more wary of KO's so most business was happening at the main offices.
I met Hanover (the um...inventor of the platypus-a story I will never tell) and got a bit more 'puzzle currency' I did get an interesting puzzle. Da Seng. It's just another 3x3x3, but the difference in this one is that the holes on the pieces are all on the outside edges. All the bits are capped outside. I'd heard of this but never saw one so I was glad to get it. The only problem I can see is if you set it down too hard, the pieces fall out. I have to hunt for two lost bits today. Miss N. dropped it and around 20 of them popped. I snagged the rest of the Crystal puzzles and even managed a prototype Saturn from them. Sweet men they are as well.

We closed the booth at 5:30 and Konstantinos and I headed over to the attorneys. WOW!!! what a business lesson that was for me. Enough said. Dinner was in a traditional Chinese Tea house. 1930's if I remember right. Back to his hotel to pack, and it was a sad evening for me to see him jump in that cab. Hothead indeed! :lol: I'll miss the lad.

Friday morning Siva left early so I said my goodbyes to him the night before. I went in to work, taught a class and then met Dr. Panda and his friend at the Art museum. We enjoyed an exhibit or two then headed over to the Tangle gallery. Via star ferry. Not being a boat person, I didn't take many photos of this bit of the weekend.
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Panda got a bit tangled up
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And he just wasn't strong enough to pick up the rock :lol:

That evening saw us at Ambrosia in TST. A beautiful view it has. We went to dinner with Jay Nuts from new Zealand (I wrote of him 3 years ago) and had a great dinner. When finished we headed back to HK Island and took the escalator system to the top of Mid-Levels then walked back down to Soho. Panda and his friend headed back to the hotel and I played hostess to Jay. (There seems to be a recurring theme going on here doesn't there? Panda and his friend going back to the hotel, Rox staying out and getting plastered :lol: :lol: )

Saturday we went to Windows of the world in Shenzhen. Dung Mun was first as I wanted to show them a 'typical shopping district' but before we did that, Rox had a mission. I had to stop by a little shop and purchase a few KO's with boxes and receipts. As usual, It worked! :lol: :lol: Photos were taken, receipts were given....BUSTED!

After Dung Mun we jumped a cab and headed to the other side of Shenzhen. What a ride that was! Harpie came out of me again as I shouted for him to slow down and stop driving like a jerk! In and out of traffic with out even looking in his mirrors. We wanted Splendid China, but got Windows instead. Oh well, that is an adventure in itself. This is a miniature world tour. we saw St. Marks square next to the Taj Mahal, Next to the Sydney opera house, next to dutch windmills, all with the Eiffel tower rising majestically in the back ground :lol: :lol:
Panda kept saying how wonderful the work was and yet how disgusting it was because of the lack of thought in the layout. Having seen it before, I attempted to take photos of the absurdity of the place. :lol: I don't think I did it justice.
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A height perspective shot that I just couldn't resist!

As usual, all photos are on facebook.
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This years fair was more one of meeting up with old friends than it was puzzle hunting. As usual, I'm glad to see it end, and at the same time sad. I look forward to the next one.....


And I do believe Tony that I have now used up more than my quota of smilies! :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Mindstrat Puzzles at the 2011 Hong Kong Toy Fair (again!
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:26 am 
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Back in KangarooLand now, and getting organised for the future.

I just wanted to say many thank you to the people who came to the
puzzle meeting, it was a pleasure to see you all!

The Toy Fair seemed to be very good for us this time. Things are still not
up to the speed I personally wanted, but they surely move faster than before.

We were very sad to leave to the Toy Fair, and just like any person involved
in this industry (and who respect their inner-child), we played a bit of... hiding(!)
while we were packing up.

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As a last thing to say for this topic, we hope that in the future things
will become much better for the original products, to ensure development,
research, quality and creativity are always supported. We really should be
focusing in puzzles than chasing (CIA style) with Konstantinos the KO
companies from the very first day. Hong Kong city is surely trying to do its part:

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