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 Post subject: Where to get "magic cubes"
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:54 pm 
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this may seem like a dumb question, but i've been looking for cheap chinese 3x3x3's commonly called "magic cubes" that usually have really cool colors and wierd color schemes and come in different kinds of plastics would anyone know where to get them?


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 Post subject: Re: Where to get "magic cubes"
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:56 pm 
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I've occasionally found them at a dollar store near me, but not frequently.

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 Post subject: Re: Where to get "magic cubes"
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:11 pm 
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If theres a Gepettos near you they sell a bunch

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 Post subject: Re: Where to get "magic cubes"
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:17 pm 
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These are called magic cubes, not sure if they are what you want. Or for that matter, if they are chinese.

http://www.puzl.co.uk/3x3x3-white-magic-cube-p-237.html

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 Post subject: Re: Where to get "magic cubes"
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:12 pm 
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he means cubes like this one:

They usually cost about a dollar, but I've never seen them constantly in stock anywhere.

They don't have screws/springs, either. The center pieces just push onto the core.

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 Post subject: Re: Where to get "magic cubes"
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:27 pm 
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Hope you're not planning to buy them to make custom puzzles. You'll be really disappointed. They're cheaply made, and if you pull one apart, chances are you'll pop the center cubie and break the core. They're really poorly made. I have a bunch of them I got at Michael's Craft store for like $2 each.


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 Post subject: Re: Where to get "magic cubes"
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:30 pm 
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Another place that sells them in America at least is cracker barrel restaurants. but as Flambore said, they really are very poor quality and honestly not even worth 2$ in my opinion.


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 Post subject: Re: Where to get "magic cubes"
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:43 pm 
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I got them at K.B. toys (I think they closed down everywhere though.)

However, they're terrible. Not good if your trying to make a mod from them. I got one when I was still a beginner at cubing, thought they were green DIY's (I was still a newbie!) so I got one. Cost like 2 or 3 dollars, and extremely stiff. Cutting corners = impossible (If lubed and broken in, it turns very fast, can cut corners slightly, but if cut too much, center falls out and DOOM.).
Mine is slightly shaved down with a dremel because I was trying to make a 3x3x3 sphere but quit after 5 minutes of shaving :lol: .

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 Post subject: Re: Where to get "magic cubes"
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:28 pm 
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no I wasn't planning on making custom puzzles :) that would be, dumb. to say the least. but thanks for all the replies. I'll check the places you mentioned if possible. but does anyone know any internet sources? FYI, I'm not planning speedcubing or modding, but they look really cool and I love the vibrant colors :D perfect for getting friends interested :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Where to get "magic cubes"
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:43 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Where to get "magic cubes"
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:07 pm 
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ENCuber wrote:
no I wasn't planning on making custom puzzles :) that would be, dumb. to say the least. but thanks for all the replies. I'll check the places you mentioned if possible. but does anyone know any internet sources? FYI, I'm not planning speedcubing or modding, but they look really cool and I love the vibrant colors :D perfect for getting friends interested :wink:


Don't really know where else to get them except Ebay.
My friends got interested in it too. :D
Then they dropped it, a center cracked, the whole cube exploded, and they got even MORE amused... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Where to get "magic cubes"
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:20 pm 
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i got mine at kb toys to for like 50 cents each. and i think i paid to much


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 Post subject: Re: Where to get "magic cubes"
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:50 pm 
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If you're willing to spend a little bit more money, you can usually find cubes of different colors at the cubeforyou.com website.

I purchased several a couple of years ago to combine colors to make flag color patterns, spending about 6 or 7 dollars per cube (plus shipping). Quality of the cubes varied a little depending on the color (some of the blue cubes had a plastic that looked more fragile than the others). In my opinion they're good enough for display purposes, or to get people interested in cubing. None of my cubes has broken or anything like that.

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