Showing posts with label Slide. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Slide. Show all posts

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Virus 1

Like Spiderman, Virus is a sliding tile puzzle.  This one has fared better over the years though than Spidey did. Virus was made in 1999 by Arleco Toys and Games c.c. and is just an all around better puzzle. There is a greater challenge, and more ways for those legs to get twisted and turned around.  
The material on this one is a bit better as well.  It is still made of rubber, but this one hasn't dried out and lost its elasticity so it's still playable.  A real bonus!  This puzzle is a 15 piece slide tile puzzle with a double puzzle.  First, you need to untwist the virus's legs, then you need to get the spiderweb below aligned. Not quite as easy as it sounds.  I solved this one when it first came into the house 12 years or so ago and hadn't looked at it since.  I fiddled a bit so I could write this blog.  I'm not so sure I would encourage people to go hunt one down if they don't have one, but if you come across a virus it's a good nostalgic type puzzle.
I haven't seen one of these for sale in any shop or on eBay in quite some time.  When they first sold, Hendrik had them available at his shop. They are no longer there, but you might be able to send him an email if you are really interested.
Tomorrow, I go back to some IPP puzzles.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Spiderman twisted puzzle

Today's puzzle is all about twisting and sliding.  This puzzle was first made in 1997 by Dov Nesis and laer copyrighted by Marvel comics in 2002.  This one was released along with the movie of the same name.
 It's a great idea but rather poorly executed.  Spidey is hooked to his web and the object is to tangle it all up by sliding the tiles around and then of course to untangle him.  I got this puzzle back in 2002 and as you can see by the photos it hasn't fared well.  The rubber that his web is made of is nothing more than substandard.  If I remember right, he didn't last a year before the web started to deteriorate.  Within a couple more years he lost 3 of the 4 connections and when I pulled him out of the box to get puzzles for the exhibition I saw that he's beyond repair.  The rubber is of a type that it has all but dried out over the years.  It is now almost brittle.  It's a shame this happened because it is a great little puzzle and a fantastic idea.  It would be nice to see a company make another along these lines with better material.

If anyone has one of these that has survived the past 10 years in better shape, I'd love to see photos of it.  I don't think I have any of this one prior to its decline.

Monday, January 2, 2012

On the Ninth day of Christmas

My true love gave to me
Nine Tiles Sliding 

Eight Twisted Tangles
Seven wooden puzzles 

Six Stars-a-shining
Five Puzzle Rings
Four Revo Mazes
Three Diamond Puzzles
Two Crystal Dolphins
And a Santa on a tree. 

The slide tiles on this tree are all keychains.  On here you can see a lovely set of five puzzles from Hong Kong Disneyland that were all purchased for me by my bug with her own money. (can you say proud mama?)  These include Mickey, Donald, Minnie, Pooh, and Stitch.  The small greenish Donald Duck is from Tokyo Disneyland while the greenish Mickey Mouse is from  Euro Disney.

The puzzle at the base of the tree was purchased with a large lot of puzzles from our favorite auction site, and depicts L'il Abner.  It was made by picto puzzles and is highly distorted and warped. The puzzle was completely unsolvable when I received it.

The last puzzle was a giveaway from Japan.  It is one of a set of 5 different puzzle types given out by Suntory on their product Dakara.  This is essentially a sports drink, or a vitamin water (you choose)  Good for hangovers and sold on occasion at both Sogo and City Super.

Ok, so you think it odd that I give links to a department store and a supermarket that the majority of readers will never go to right?  Well there is a reason for my madness!  These two places also sell puzzles!  Not just the kind that are attached to bottled drinks either.  They sell puzzles that real people solve.  Puzzlers and non-puzzlers alike.  The majority of my foxmind puzzles came from Sogo, while many of the Hanayama Disney Crystal puzzles came from City Super's log-on.  You just never know where a puzzle will show up.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

HO HO HO! 'Tis the season....

Well yesterday was a bust. Eierlikoer and Jagermeister at Schnurrbart and I am done for. But hey it's Christmas time and you know what that means?

Presents! Lots and lots of Presents! And darned it all if they aren't all in Florida right now. Seriously. All those puzzles I ordered are waiting very nicely to be sent out in the new year. What a bust. Which brings me to Bits and Pieces. Right now I am so mad at them I could spit! I placed an order in early October with my correct address on it and what did they do? Send it to the wrong address. So now what? Well, they resent it and left off 4 puzzles that I really wanted with a 'sorry for the inconvenience caused' line of rubbish! Now I'm stuck with a $40+ surplus in their shop. So that means I must go buy something to use up that money. Problem is, the last batch that I got from them, just before this disastrous order-was terrible. Really poor quality stuff. Broken puzzles, misaligned puzzles, just plain cheap puzzles. Oh well, live and learn.

So what is on for today? Hmmm. How about an Oskar?

This one is pretty cool. I picked it up from him at IPP30. And did you check out that nifty signature of his. I think it was pretty lazy of him to leave off the "O" though.

For me it is fantastic. It has two of my favorite puzzles combined in one. Slide and Rubik's type. So the object of this puzzle is pretty self explanatory. Muck it up, and solve it. But the mucking is the fun part. It can be simply messed up like a 2x2x2, or it can have those bits slid around which adds to the difficulty.

This one was sent off to some far away country to a puzzle manufacturer not near me, and sadly turned down. But the good news is-the gear cubes were picked up! So if you want one of these lovely toys, you'll need to go over to Oskar's shapeways shop and pick one up.

As for me? I'm off for one of those office Christmas lunches....See you when I come up for Orange Juice and aspirin in about a week. :-)