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Kubik Rubika I
Above:With original package
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A 3x3x3 from the former Soviet Union. Made in 1983.

  • Inventor: Ern? Rubik
  • Mechanism: 3x3x3
  • Patents: Unknown
  • Producer: USSR
  • Year: 1983
  • Original Price: $6.67 USD
  • Current Price: No Data

This puzzle is named ?????? ???????, transliterated Kubik Rubika which means Rubik's Cube.
Another mass produced 3x3x3. So far so unspectacular. Special about this one is that it was produced in the former Soviet Union in more than twenty different production plants.

The original price is based on the official exchange rate (0.6 roubles per dollar) although in socialist time this was completely theoretical. The price (in roubles) is printed on the package. The price varied a bit between the different factories.

The long text (images 4-5) on the package translates to:
"This toy develops logical thinking and spacial imagination. There could be 6 different colours on each side of the cube in different variations. The aim of the game is to put one side OR all sides at the same time in order. This toy is for children of age from 7 to 16 years old. Produced with license from Konsumeks-Polytoys, Hungary."

There were several different production plants in the soviet union which produced this 3x3x3.
They differ from each other by a logo printed or imprinted on one face of the cube and by the packaging.
Images 7-8 also demonstrate that cubes were produced both with black and white bodies and with a variety of different sticker colours.

All package have sides like shown in image 6, which translates to:
Ministry of local industries of Russian Federation.
Irkutsk' experienced factory of toy productions.
Town Irkutsk.
Price: 4 roubles.
Then just serial numbers or something.

This cube was produced in many different factories scattered around the soviet union. Please refer to the image captions to see the automatic translations of the production plants.
This entry is about all packages which show prices of 4 roubles.
The variants were so numerous that a second entry in the museum had to be created for the remaining packages. It contains the packages with 4.5 roubles.



Thank you to the following people for their assistance in helping collect the information on this page: Andreas Nortmann.


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