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 Post subject: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:32 pm 
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Hey guys! Paycheck just came in, which means another portion of my money has been set aside to buy some puzzles, but my question is, which ones should I get?

The puzzles I already have:

Rubiks 3x3, 4x4, 5x5
V-cube 6x6
Domino cube (x2)
Square-1 (x2)
Alexander's Star
Rubiks clock
Rubiks 360 Megaminx
Gigaminx Pyraminx
Mefferts Morphegg (white and royal)
Golden cube (silver plated)
Golden egg (gold plated
Fisher Cube
Rubiks Magic (8-panel)
Rubiks Master Magic (12-panel)
Mirror Blocks
Missing Link


The puzzles I am considering purchasing:
Helicopter Cube
Master Pyramorphinx
Crazy 3x3 (I'd combine 2+ to make a normal circle cube)
Crazy 4x4 I and/or II
Fully Functional 3x3x4
Trajber's Octahedron
Pyraminx Crystal
Six Color Dino Cube (Where can I buy one???)
Super Square-1
Flowerminx
Skewb (original skewb?)


Out of those puzzles I'm considering, which ones would you recommend I buy, if you had to choose three, based on your personal experiences or those of others? Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:36 pm 
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In my opinion, I would get the Crazy 4x4x4 II. I don't have it, but it looks fun. Secondly, I'd probably have a Crazy 3x3x3 Plus, as that would be a genuine challenge. Thirdly I'd get a 3x3x4. I love mine, and it's quite interesting. Very fast, very good design. You should also get a 3x3x3 Rhombic Dodecahedron or Skewb Rhombic Dodecahedron, and maybe the QJ Trajber's Octahedron, Greenhill Octahedron, and Dodecahedron. Maybe even a 2 Layered Super Square-1.

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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:40 pm 
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I recommend the Helicopter Cube due to epicness, and Crazy 4x4 II (or the Dino Cube if you can afford it, they are only available through private sale or auction), and the 3x3x4 FF in that order. The Helicopter cube is amazing, the crazy 4x4 II is a great challenge, and the 3x3x4 FF has a neat parity and is a good way to get used to that type of cuboid

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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:43 pm 
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2 3x3x4s. With a spare cube, you can have a 3x3x4 and a non cubic 3x3x5. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:46 pm 
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I'd choose the Helicopter Cube and Pyraminx Crystal out of that list. Helicopter cube sold out fast at Mefferts, and the Pyraminx Crystal is in limited quantities for the second run.


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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
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I second DaveO's choices. If I had to pick one, though, it would be the Helicopter Cube. It's a unique puzzle.

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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:56 pm 
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I would go for the Pyraminx Crystal. It is probably my favorite puzzle to solve.


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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:13 pm 
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Your list is kind of bland without any puzzles from shapeways. You could look at my shop, tomz's, oscars and others for ideas. :D

I know it is out of place, but "happy birthday to me"!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:29 pm 
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drew11 wrote:
Your list is kind of bland without any puzzles from shapeways. You could look at my shop, tomz's, oscars and others for ideas. :D

I know it is out of place, but "happy birthday to me"!!!

Nice way to advertise, I'll do the same. You should buy a puzzle from me off shapeways. Btw I don't actually have a shop yet.

Happy Birthday! :D
I can go even smaller!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:51 pm 
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PuzzleMaster6262 wrote:
drew11 wrote:
Your list is kind of bland without any puzzles from shapeways. You could look at my shop, tomz's, oscars and others for ideas. :D

I know it is out of place, but "happy birthday to me"!!!

Nice way to advertise, I'll do the same. You should buy a puzzle from me off shapeways. Btw I don't actually have a shop yet.

Happy Birthday! :D
I can go even smaller!!!


I really wasen't trying to advertize. I was only saying that there are a lot of great puzzles on shapeways and that he should look.

Thank you :D
I can go small too :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:33 am 
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I would recommend the Helicopter Cube and the Crazy 4x4 I and/or II.

The helicopter cube is cool because it's so different from a lot of other cubes. I was somewhat disappointed at how simple it is, but it's still a fun puzzle.

The Crazy 4x4 may be my favorite puzzle because you get to solve a 2x2x2, 3x3x3 (reduce from the 4), and 4x4x4 all in one puzzle. And you never have that stupid edge flip case you normally have on large cubes.

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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:48 am 
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So the Helicopter Cube and the Crazy 4x4 I and II seem to be the favorites? What about the Curvy Copter, I checked out those Shapeways pages (amazing puzzles! Not so amazing prices... ), how is that compared to the normal Helicopter Cube?

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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:38 am 
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You should consider getting a Meffert's Gear Cube as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:10 am 
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A Skewb is a necessary part of any collection. :)

I'd also suggest a Face-Turning Octahedron and 4x4 Trajber's. They're not easy puzzles but they're not tremendously difficult either.

Dino Cubes aren't widely available so I'd recommend a Rainbow Cube instead - it's a similar solve, and if you're really desperate you can turn it into a homemade Dino with a little plastic sheeting.

One last thing - you should definitely get some Okamoto puzzles! The Void and Tower cubes, especially. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:30 am 
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cjgerik wrote:
So the Helicopter Cube and the Crazy 4x4 I and II seem to be the favorites? What about the Curvy Copter, I checked out those Shapeways pages (amazing puzzles! Not so amazing prices... ), how is that compared to the normal Helicopter Cube?
The Curvy Copter is pretty similar to the Helicopter Cube. The difference is, that the middles of the edges are exposed, while they are not visible on the Helicopter. The Curvy Copter is one of my favorite puzzles. It had been compared with a Tiffany lamp and I like it very much from an aesthetic point of view (I'm still waiting for my Helicopter Cubes from the Twistystore)
As you have said, it is a bit expensive.
If you have to decide between the Crazy 4x4x4 Type I and II, go for the II. It's much more of a challenge.
If you like challenges, the Crazy 3x3x3 Plus is one (I've solved the Mercury and Neptune so far. The normal circle cube is a piece of cake.)

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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
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GuiltyBystander wrote:
The Crazy 4x4 may be my favorite puzzle because you get to solve a 2x2x2, 3x3x3 (reduce from the 4), and 4x4x4 all in one puzzle. And you never have that stupid edge flip case you normally have on large cubes.

I allways get parity on my crazy 4x4x4 :(
Also I agree that you should get some form of a helicopter cube.

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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
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cjgerik wrote:
The puzzles I am considering purchasing:

Helicopter Cube - Order one of these now! I have no idea how many or left but have a feeling that once they sell out they will be very hard to find.

Master Pyramorphinx - It is a 3x3x3 shape mod where some of the corners don't need orienting but the centers do. If you can solve a super 3x3x3 then you can solve this so I would pass on it for now.

Crazy 3x3 (I'd combine 2+ to make a normal circle cube) - Don't bother combining 2 of them into a normal circle cube, it just becomes a super 3x3x3 and is not very challenging. I do recommend getting the entire collection of 8 Crazy 3x3x3 Plus cubes though as they are all very challenging.

Crazy 4x4 I and/or II - As others have stated the Crazy 4x4x4 II is more challenging but I find them both to be fun to solve.

Fully Functional 3x3x4 - Everyone should have a cuboid or two in their collection and this is one of the better ones.

Trajber's Octahedron - This solves just like a 3x3x3 where you don't have to orient any corners but you do have to orient the centers. I would pass on it for now.

Pyraminx Crystal - Get one now before it is too late (again). Once they sell out (again) they will be hard to find.

Six Color Dino Cube (Where can I buy one???) - You'll have to pay big money from a collector to get one or build one yourself using a Rainbow Cube.

Super Square-1 - These are fun but cheap and easy to come by. I would get the puzzles that will be in short supply soon first.

Flowerminx - It is essentially a corners only Megaminx so I would put it towards the bottom, if you get one be prepared to order stickers from Cubesmith as the ones it comes with don't fit quite right.

Skewb (original skewb?) - Every collection needs a Skewb! Be sure to get one with the original textured florescent stickers.


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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
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Volitar Prime wrote:
cjgerik wrote:
The puzzles I am considering purchasing:

Six Color Dino Cube (Where can I buy one???) - You'll have to pay big money from a collector to get one or build one yourself using a Rainbow Cube.

Get a mini from Garret! His are amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
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PuzzleMaster6262 wrote:
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I allways get parity on my crazy 4x4x4 :(
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Probably you are talking about swapping two pairs of edges? (I believe this is not called parity, exactly.)I'm using a nice sequence from Michael Gottlieb for solving a 4x4x4 Supercube. The real challenge to me are the little pieces inside the circle of the type II.

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WitEden have buy 100 PCS Helicopter Cube from jason,They will arrive on this week!!

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 Post subject: Re: Which of these puzzles should I purchase?
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PuzzleMaster6262 wrote:
I allways get parity on my crazy 4x4x4 :(

I'm talking about the parity where one edge is flipped. Not when two edges are switched.

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