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Pillow Cube (aka Cushion, UFO) III
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This version has "Allco Würfelpyramide" or "Million Space Shuttle" written on one of its two white center stickers.

  • Inventor: Unknown
  • Mechanism: 3x3x3
  • Patents: Unknown
  • Producer: Unknown
  • Year: 1981
  • Original Price: $0.00 USD
  • Current Price: No Data

Another version of the mass produced pillow Cube.
The german word "Würfel" means "dice" or "cube" and was in the 80's used to identify Rubik's cubes with the name "Zauberwürfel" (Magic Cube).

In relation to puzzles the company Allco is only mentioned in David Singmaster's "BIBLIOGRAPHY ON RUBIKS CUBE AND RELATED PUZZLES".
It is registered as a company active in "Geduldspiel in Würfelform" ("Patient game (puzzle) in dice/cube shape") located in Aschaffenburg (Germany), with a date 1981.

Compared with the "Million Space Shuttle" both puzzles not only have the exact same size, but also apply identical stickers.
On June 2nd, 1981, Crown Rax industrial Co Ltd offered the ACER Space Shuttle (57 mm) for $1.10/piece with a minimum ordering quantity of 5,000.
Crown Rax International was at that time the leading manufacturer of toys in Taiwan.
The offer came in response to an inquiry of David Singmaster from April 15th, 1981.

This puzzle is part of the series "Octgonal Edges". All modifications of this series are made by truncating an 3x3x3 on its edges. These truncations are symmetric as in the mass produced octagon from which the series takes its name.
The technical signature (Octagonal Edges A528A00145294) indicates where to cut the original cube.
Without the keyword "Extended" it is a variant made only by truncating the original cube. With the word "Extended" some sides left over from the original receive additional extensions to "delete" some of these remaining faces.
The extended version is Greenhills Octahedron.

The "Million Space Shuttle" was first mentioned in David Singmasters Cubic Circular Issue 1 from Autum 1981.

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Contributors

Thank you to the following people for their assistance in helping collect the information on this page: Andreas Nortmann, HusoTaso.

Collections

This puzzle can be found in collections of these members:

TylerMcDaniels: Tyler's Collection
kastellorizo: My Collection


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