There is much more to the story than you may think, and I also had a tiny mini part. LOL
I was extremely fortunate that Alex showed to me his prototype at the 2009 Nuremberg
Toy Fair (it originally was completely gray colored, and it used kite-like lines!) and asked
me for my opinion. Before he used a different theme and I suggested he made it more
colorful, and then he transformed his "PuzzleBall" (as he liked to call it) into something different.
I was thrilled to see it mass produced! He thanked me, even though I did not really do anything.
But it just tells you how nice guy he is!
Since then, we share more ideas, and he has some other nice puzzles waiting to come out too!