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 Post subject: 2006 Rubik's 3x3x3
PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 12:15 pm 
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I saw one yesterday at Walmart. The logo is just like the 25th anniv. logo with the year info removed. I didn't buy one but I'd bet they're the new molded arches. These cubes turn noticeably smoother than the 25th arched cubes(I got one in a 25th anniv. package recently is how I know).

OK go get one now that you know what to look for!

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 Post subject: Re: 2006 Rubik's 3x3x3
PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 12:43 pm 
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skeneegee wrote:
I saw one yesterday at Walmart. The logo is just like the 25th anniv. logo with the year info removed.


Is it the white or silver version?

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I saw them as white again, Chris.


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 Post subject: Re: 2006 Rubik's 3x3x3
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skeneegee wrote:
These cubes turn noticeably smoother than [...]


How many did you try?


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 Post subject: Re: 2006 Rubik's 3x3x3
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skeneegee wrote:
I got one in a 25th anniv. package recently is how I know).

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 Post subject: Re: 2006 Rubik's 3x3x3
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StefanPochmann wrote:
skeneegee wrote:
These cubes turn noticeably smoother than [...]


How many did you try?



Well I bought 12 new 3x3x3's from Tyson at the latest Pasadena tournament. They were in the fancy 25th package with white stickers. Anyway I took one out out the package and couldn't believe how smooth it was. I popped it and saw the new arch inside. I assumed all the cubes I bought from Tyson were that way and invited to sell one to a cubing friend of mine but when we opened it it was the regular arched kind (you could tell without popping it to check but we did anyway).

Out of the 12 cubes I bought, 4 had the new arches. some were tighter or looser but they were all smooth.

After I found out about this, I happened to be cubing with Lars Petrus and told him about it. He had a pretty new cube and I popped to check it and it was the new arches too. He didn't like it much because that particular cube was too loose.


so the short answer is 5 I guess. :wink:

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R.E.T. wrote:
skeneegee, can you post a picture of these new arched centers? I've never heard of it, and I would like to see it.


Here's a closeup of the new center from three angles:

http://tinyurl.com/dqcgk

You can see the arch best in the left photo. The difference is that they are all one smooth molded piece now. Before it was like the arches were grafted on to a flat center, and there was usually a noticable ridge (therefore not as smooth turning).

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Hi Chris,

pelley wrote:

Here's a closeup of the new center from three angles:

http://tinyurl.com/dqcgk

You can see the arch best in the left photo. The difference is that they are all one smooth molded piece now. Before it was like the arches were grafted on to a flat center, and there was usually a noticable ridge (therefore not as smooth turning).

Chris


I prefer the old arches because the outside corners of those arches are beveled, which makes for fewer lock-ups. You can always smooth that ridge with sand paper.

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R.E.T. wrote:
I was curious if the new arched center can be purchased without buying the whole cube. Does anyone know if anyone sells these?


They're available as part of the new DIY kits. But I recommend getting the whole thing, because they improved the corners and edges too.

I checked out one of the new Hasbro cubes at Wal-Mart. They are marked M1005B and turn incredibly smooth out of the package. I also like the logo (incorporating the classic logo type). If the stickers were vinyl (or lexan) it would be a perfect product.

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pelley wrote:
I checked out one of the new Hasbro cubes at Wal-Mart. They are [...]


Inconsistent! :D


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StefanPochmann wrote:
pelley wrote:
I checked out one of the new Hasbro cubes at Wal-Mart. They are [...]


Inconsistent! :D


Darn, you got me again! What I meant was that the one I checked out was consistent with what Mike found, so I was drawing a general conclusion from that :)

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Like thise comment is probably worthless in this conversation but can someone tell why there is more friction in the cube with that old ridge? Those ridges are all there, because the plastic grafted on to the center is shifted to the inside everywhere. Means is even a bit less friction cause it doesn't tuch the cubie. Maybe I don't get it but maybe I am just too dumb.

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Leander wrote:
can someone tell why there is more friction in the cube with that old ridge?


All I know is that many people (including myself) complained about the horrible inconsistency with the old cubes. The new ones are a big improvement. Sure you can sand the ridges on the old ones, but it won't be as smooth as manufactured plastic parts.

Here's a photo of the new packaging, highlighting the new logo:


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R.E.T. wrote:
I went to Walmart and found the new cubes, it was C1105B, it had the new centers and turned really smooth.


C1105B? Not M1105B? I've never seen a cube that didn't start with M as the code. Interesting...

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