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 Post subject: German Politoys Cubes
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:01 am 
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For katsmom it's measuring all the puzzles, for me it's getting as many different early cubes as possible.

For coming generations, here are two pictures of three different German Politoys cubes.
Politoys was the follow-up of Politechnika. After Politoys came Pentangle and ITC.

From left to right:
1. Top: Hungarian Magic Cube / bottom: Politoys logo + Magic Cube
2. Top: Zauber Würfel / bottom: Ernö Rubik's signature
3. Top: Rubik's Cube / bottom: Ernö Rubik's signature + Rubik's Cube
The text is the same on each of the three.

The name change reflects history. First known as Hungarian Magic Cube, only later the name of Rubik was 'marketed' with the cubes.

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I have put them in chronological order.

#1 is the oldest, has no logo on the white center and was sold in East Germany
#2 is the second oldest, has a logo on the white center and was sold in West Germany
#3 is one of the rare promotional cubes of 1980/1981

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 Post subject: Re: German Politoys Cubes
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:57 am 
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Thanks Georges, such historical posts are very useful and informative,
for the older to remember and for the younger to know.

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 Post subject: Re: German Politoys Cubes
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Haha, your collection is so unique. Your selection of what cubes you get and such is so intriguing. I love seeing what you have in an old box or something like that.

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 Post subject: Re: German Politoys Cubes
PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:45 am 
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LOL

Back in 1983 I got David Singmaster's list of cubes. After having recovered from the shock - seeing how many different cubes were on the list - I had another closer look at the list. One of the paragraphs that was most shocking at that time for me, was this one
MAGIC CUBE Early Hungarian production. Many examples in blue CB in Hungarian, German and English versions. Also new blue CB in Hungarian and English versions.
Later I came to know that 'old' meant Politechnika, and 'new' meant Politoys.
I had none of these. I realized that I had begun collecting several years to late. In 1985 when I visited David he gave me one of the Politechnika blue CB cubes as a gift (the one on the left below)

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In the meantime I became 'reconciled with the world', seeing that I had been able to add many cubes to my collection that can't be found in Singmaster's list.

As it is, today I can say, like David, that I have "many examples in blue CB".

And I am still looking for cubes of that time that I don't have. For several I know they exist, for others I'm sure they must exist.
Several of these cubes reveal their 'secret' only after they have been shipped to me, f.i. a Politechnika cube that looked like a 'normal' Hungarian edtion, but had in fact the text in Serbo-Croatian.

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 Post subject: Re: German Politoys Cubes
PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:53 pm 
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kastellorizo wrote:
Thanks Georges, such historical posts are very useful and informative,
for the older to remember and for the younger to know.

:)


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Indeed, thank you, Georges!


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