Earlier today I posted a few new puzzles. After lunch I went out to pick up my other set of The Fisher's golden cubes set (yes, I now have two-but the bug needed one too) While I was in the shop, I noticed a few things on the shelves that I hadn't seen before. Alexander's Stars being remade. The quality is worse than the original. I didn't buy it, but will say they are available for you if you care to search the normal puzzle selling venue....buyer beware, they are rubbish.
I don't have a triple rubik's fused cube so when I saw one on the shelf all wrapped up, I grabbed it. I hear you all shouting fool. You are right. It's pretty loose, and not good quality at all. Another one for the bug. The stickers that are not coming loose (and most of them are, are pet)
I also picked up this:
I was told it is a limited run of 200. Tiles on the tips and labels on the faces. It's a normal tetraminx otherwise. Hollowed out cubies (are they cubies?) with ball berrings. If you can find one, I'd say purchase it.
And it is out:
I've been told these are the one's that will be available soon on an online shop we all know and love. The sticker's will be different, or they may have tiles. What is the difference? The turnability of the cube. The white ones are stiffer. Mechanism wise, I was told they are exactly the same. Here's why...they are made in the same factory. I would expect to see these showing up in the near future for probably less than I paid for this one, which was around 1/2 of the cost of the original in the pretty packaging, but still more than you can buy the here: http://www.taobao.com
(a Mainland auction site) has many of them up already. I only mention this because I am sure the sellers there are not
giving a percentage out in royalties, and I'm pretty sure that within a week or two they will be turning up on ebay without that royalty being sent back to the producer.
Does this purchase make me imoral? Make your own decisions based on what you will do once you see them available to you from a trusted source.
A bit of searching and a few phone calls later, I also found out the WB heads coming out of this region have been made in the same place they were originally made. Does that mean they are fakes? or copies? or duplicates? This I really don't know the answer for. What is the quality like? I've been told it is the same as the difference in the void cubes. Maybe jesseking can enlighten us.
As an after thought, to all you great builders out there, I haven't seen any of your puzzles in this shop. I know this is cryptic, but the builders know who they are.