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 Post subject: Barrel question and domino
PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:23 pm 
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First- is this an original Rubik's Barrel?







Also, I recently purchased the 'damaged Domino' off of Georges Helm's shop, cleaned it up and fixed it.
It works pretty well now, but was horrible to clean. Fixing it was easy, it just needed some glue, but it looked like it had been lubed 20 years ago and hadn't bee touched since. The inside was covered in sticky brown goo, and when I took off the center cap, the piece was filled with it. It smelled really bad!

Here it is!






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 Post subject: Re: Barrel question and domino
PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:01 pm 
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I researched the barrel for my exhibition and that little thing I've been writing. As far as I can tell, Rubik's (i.e Ideal Toys) never made the barrel. If I'm wrong, someone please correct me.

Nice job on the domino. I have disassembled all of mine, soaked them in a very mild detergent overnight and then took after them with a toothbrush and my fingernail files. That really helps to get the gunk out. (works for the smell to-but then you might not like the smell of soap either)

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 Post subject: Re: Barrel question and domino
PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:52 pm 
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To my knowledge the only barrel, with the official Rubk's Logo on the white center was produced by the Spanish MAKO firm under ITC license.

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Nice to hear that you succeeded in repairing the domino!

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 Post subject: Re: Barrel question and domino
PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:56 pm 
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Thanks Georges. That fills in a gap for me.

One of these days I'm going to send you an email to pick your brains-or should I say to make you look at all your packaging for me :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Barrel question and domino
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katsmom wrote:
One of these days I'm going to send you an email to pick your brains-or should I say to make you look at all your packaging for me :lol:


Hint, hint, hint: you could use the reply function in your email program ....

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 Post subject: Re: Barrel question and domino
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:08 am 
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Georges wrote:
Nice to hear that you succeeded in repairing the domino!


It was no problem! Just took a few hours of TLC, and a few hours in a bucket of hot water and dishsoap.
Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Barrel question and domino
PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:00 am 
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I have that same model Octagon barrel. I'm not sure of the company that produced it, but I'm pretty sure it's from the 80's.

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