Way back in 2003 I was searching the toy shops in Hong Kong and came across this bag of seven 2x2x2 puzzles. They were the Gundam Rubik's Cube series made by palbox. I took a photo, sent an email to a friend and asked what he thought about them. The price was rather steep at the time. HK$100 each. I guess that comes out to around US$90. His reply was if I didn't want them to buy them for him and he'd double the price I paid. Well, this sent off alarm bells as it were and I purchased the set. The seller said they were so cheap because Zaku was missing. Well, for the past 18 years I have been hunting for that Zaku. This past month a fellow twisty puzzler gave me a heads up and said it would go too high for his wallet. I lucked out and no one bid against me and Zaku has finally come to join his fellow robots. I won't say how much it cost, but given what I paid for the first 7, overall, it was not too expensive. One less hunt for me.
Next week we will have more painters in the house, but that is it for a few weeks while we wait for a white epoxy base to be put into the garage floor. Our winning competition design will be placed over the top of this. We really want these to pop out at you when looked at. It seems that the recent weather has caused havoc with all shipping. We are a victim of this as well. Our general contractors are filling in jobs when they get the supplies they need so we have been put to the back burner. This is fine with us, we are helping a friend by giving him the work, and it gives us a break from the museum. I'm actually looking forward to this downtime when I can just move back home and enjoy Puzzle Palace.