By the time we all got to dinner there were only 5 left. I saw two that looked "normal" the rest were variations on the planet theme the duo have been producing. After foolishly posting on TP that these had the normal 6-armed core, I was told else wise. So I took mine apart during the video I did and yep, I was wrong. It is only a 5-armed core. I am pretty certain these are not the final color of this puzzle. See, when they make samples, the molds are placed in the machine and whatever plastic is there already is what is used. Da Yan and i had an interesting conversation about colored plastic puzzles vs. Solid colored puzzles. This is a DejaVu thing for me now. Now I know I have written this else where but I will repeat myself. For the "crazy/planet" puzzles, some of the pieces a just too small to sticker. Remember, the stickers all go on by hand. So it saves a lot of money and manpower to do the multi colored plastic.
As always happens at these things, one topic blends into another and we were next talking about how to sell the puzzles. It seems that the planets-all 8 of them in what? a dozen different versions now? Don't sell as well as they would like them to. When asked why I don't have all vsions of the Bermuda cubes for example, I just said it is pointless for me now. I collect. Not solve. Too much money for just the same old shape, different solution. (see, I DO have some willpower and say NO on rare occasions) I suggested a kit that can make all the versions at 3-4 times the price of an individual cube. The company makes a bit if money, the customer/puzzler is pleased because they have variety at a slightly lower cost...to me, everyone wins. We'll see. If it happens, remember-my idea! :-)
(And no, I don't know the big man in the foreground-he wasn't with us. Just some random person who ruined my photo.)