The Orb

Look, nothing will ever take the place of the Rubik’s Cube. But just because the Cube was pretty much the Best. Thing. Ever. doesn’t mean we can’t have other toys, right?

And with all the success that Mr. Rubik enjoyed in the early 80s, it only follows that other, similar puzzles would soon flood the market, too.

We’ve already given due recognition to Rubik’s Snake, Pyraminx, and a few others… but we have given no love to the bastard, silver-colored stepchild that has probably been forgotten by more people than ever played it.

Behold, The Orb.

Four rows of plastic beads (20 each of red and green, 8 each of orange and blue), sliding channels, a rotatable orb… what’s not to love?

And while 74 octillion (27 zeros) possible configurations may sound, um… daunting, we found that the ol’ Orb was actually inifinitely easier to solve than that pesky 3x3x3 cube.

As with everything else puzzle-related during the early 80s, the Orb met its demise rather quickly as our little-kid attention spans followed computers wherever they would lead us.

“Who needs a silly little analog puzzle when you can get lost in the digital world, baby!”

Um… we do?

We ♥ the Orb.

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~ by weheart80s on November 15, 2011.

One Response to “The Orb”

  1. My parents gave me one of these as a Christmas gift in 1982, the year it was released. I still have it. It’s sitting within arm’s reach of me as I’m typing this message. I still love this toy. It’s in nearly mint condition, and I’ve played with it more times that I can possibly count. =)

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