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 Post subject: R2D2 from 2003
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 6:26 pm 
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See link... viewtopic.php?p=10507&highlight=r2d2#10507 from 2003. I'm not posting this in New Puzzles because it was posted before but the images have been lost since we switched from the Megasite many years ago.

Rox keeps nagging me :) to resend some pics so we can get a listing in the database.

As suggested, only around four of these exist. I only know of:

1) The one owned by me without official markings underneath
2) One with official markings (no owner when I saw it)
3) One shown in the last post in the topic above (http://www.prevalence.com/cgi-bin/view. ... =30&size=m), photo taken at the Rubik's Championships, in official packaging (super rare). Sandy, do you own this? This could be the same one from 2) placed in packaging.
4) One without colouring. An off white-prototype cast plastic. No paint, just raw urethane (no owner when I saw it)

In this post, it is hinted that Ton D. owns one. Ton, can you confirm?

Anyway, this post really to get some images back in there for the database guys to clean up. High-res version available if required.


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 Post subject: Re: R2D2 from 2003
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 7:40 pm 
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That's interesting, Wayne, but shouldn't this be posted in the Puzzle Collecting forum?

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 Post subject: Re: R2D2 from 2003
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Thank you Wayne! Now to get that picture cleaned up.

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 Post subject: Re: R2D2 from 2003
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ihatefrauwahlgren wrote:
That's interesting, Wayne, but shouldn't this be posted in the Puzzle Collecting forum?

-Grant


Actually, yes. Thanks. Moving now.

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 Post subject: Re: R2D2 from 2003
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Oh, wow. I am drooling over that one, Wayne. Super-cool.


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 Post subject: Re: R2D2 from 2003
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katsmom wrote:
Thank you Wayne! Now to get that picture cleaned up.


Dear god I hope you have the R2D2 also in a blister pack also as a picture. Why were there only 4 made? How did these people get them?

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 Post subject: Re: R2D2 from 2003
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Darren Grewe wrote:
I hope you have the R2D2 also in a blister pack also as a picture. Why were there only 4 made? How did these people get them?


Unfortunately, no blister pack. I wish I did. I think the packet is more rare than the puzzle itself.

I was given it as a gift from Seventowns all those years ago. There were probably only four in existence because they were nothing but prototypes, painted as a concept models for mass production, and each was very slightly different. I have no idea how the others made it to other people.

I guess things like the Homer and Bart heads got the green light but this one didn't. And this was at a time when the new movies were coming out, but probably was seen as limited selling potential. I'm only speculating though.

I would imagine their value would be somewhat significant. I certainly view it as one of the jewels in my collection. That and my pink Rubik's Shells prototype.

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 Post subject: Re: R2D2 from 2003
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That and my pink Rubik's Shells prototype.



And just when I thought you were done taking pictures! Get your camera back out! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: R2D2 from 2003
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Ah nuts...

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 Post subject: Re: R2D2 from 2003
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Hello Wayne,

Congratulations on this beautiful puzzle.
You referred to TonD, being Ton Dennenbroek.

Ton had a sample for loan from Seven Towns and showed it at the DCD in 2003 (see picture below).
He mentioned to me that he had to return the sample.

Later on I asked Seven Towns (Dave Hedley Jones) whether there were more samples.
He mentioned to me that there was only one packaged one in existence.
He also mentioned that it was just a prototype and that “George Lucas (Star Wars) wanted too much money for the use of R2D2 so it was never produced”.

So, it is definitely very, very rare.

Geert


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Ah Geert, thank you for closure on the story. So that's why it never went into production.

So Sandy's picture was the one Ton borrowed, so neither of them own one. So I wonder what became of them? That leaves me with the only one, and the others have vanished?

What a curious twist then regarding the Kelloggs StarWars puzzle heads that were released around the same time. Although poor in quality, weren't they produced in China and supported by Seven Towns? I do wonder what the arrangement was.

This is great info to go into the database. I'll put the entry in pending photos.

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Sorry for the off-topicness, but is that a fully cubic 7x7x7 in that picture? :shock:

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Fractangle wrote:
Sorry for the off-topicness, but is that a fully cubic 7x7x7 in that picture? :shock:

Just a model, I believe.

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 Post subject: Re: R2D2 from 2003
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Danny Devitt wrote:
Fractangle wrote:
Sorry for the off-topicness, but is that a fully cubic 7x7x7 in that picture? :shock:

Just a model, I believe.


It's an extended 3x3 cube: http://www.speedcubing.com/ton/7x7x7.htm

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 Post subject: Re: R2D2 from 2003
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Geert wrote:
Hello Wayne,

Congratulations on this beautiful puzzle.
You referred to TonD, being Ton Dennenbroek.

Ton had a sample for loan from Seven Towns and showed it at the DCD in 2003 (see picture below).
He mentioned to me that he had to return the sample.

Later on I asked Seven Towns (Dave Hedley Jones) whether there were more samples.
He mentioned to me that there was only one packaged one in existence.
He also mentioned that it was just a prototype and that “George Lucas (Star Wars) wanted too much money for the use of R2D2 so it was never produced”.

So, it is definitely very, very rare.

Geert


This post needs to be put into the description part when the puzzle is put into the database.

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 Post subject: Re: R2D2 from 2003
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Up until this very moment, there hasn't really been a puzzle that I've lusted after.

I have a gigantic collection of R2-D2s and this would be an amazing addition. I guess for now I'll just have to settle for a picture. Great puzzle. Trade for my future first-born child?

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 Post subject: Re: R2D2 from 2003
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Projekt wrote:
Trade for my future first-born child?


That is very tempting.... however that means getting up in the night again, lots of nappies... uhh no I think I'll stick with the puzzle :)

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