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Puzzles by Maker > Mr Puzzle Limited Edition wooden puzzles > 20th Anniversary Limited Edition 2 Sets - SOLD OUT


le2013small.jpg20th Anniversary Limited Edition set.

In 1993 Brian made a series of three puzzles so he had something special to offer his customers at the upcoming Christmas Markets.  He made just 6 of each of those puzzles.  Way back then he wasn't even sure he could make a full time living selling puzzles so he didn't want to make too many. But since then his woodworking skills have improved considerably as have his puzzle design skills.  Since then he's made Limited Edition every year except 2011 and steadily increased the number of puzzles made.

This year he's presenting two puzzles not three, but making more of each puzzle. 

Six of One, Half a Dozen of Another - Limited Edition set of 45
A Junichi Yananose designed 12 piece unique solution level 13-1-4-1-1-2 interlocking burr
Released 4th January 2014. 12th January 2014 all puzzles have now been sold.  If you would like to be wait listed please email to mrpuzzle@mrpuzzle.com.au 

Katie Koala and her joey Verne - Limited Edition set of 65
Released 4th January 2014. 7th January 2014 all puzzles have now been sold.  If you would like to be wait listed please email to mrpuzzle@mrpuzzle.com.au
Many of these puzzles will not be completed until late 2014/early 2015 and circumstances can change in a year.  So if someone has been allocated a puzzle but decides by then they do not want to have their puzzle we will contact you then.
[update 27th February 2014] There are already 12 people on the wait list so it is a very slim chance only that 12 would pull out ahead of you and you would be able to order a Koala at this late stage.
A Brian Young designed progressive discovery puzzle.  It's really two puzzles because in the process of discovery you'll have to solve the puzzle of assembling Katie's baby joey Verne.

Other previous Aussie themed Limited Edition sequential discovery puzzles that Brian has designed have long since been sold out.  He started back in 2002 with Ned Kelly which sold in just a few days as did Whilemina the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat in 2008. The Opening Bat from 2010 was very well received by collectors and some blogs describe it as the best progressive move puzzle of it's type ever!  Brian's hoping that Katie Koala will knock the bat for a six (pun fully intended!).  Just google cricket if you don't get that one.

Note: To give you maximum chance to enjoy the puzzle to it's fullest no solution will be released until all puzzles are sold.  An instruction sheet will come with the puzzle and the solution booklet with page by page steps (similar to The Opening Bat) will be produced and emailed later.

more Limited Edition N E W S.  Based on our calculations of the work involved we have the best part of a year (yes a FULL YEAR!) of work to complete all 65 Katie Koala puzzles.  Take into account that we also have 45 Limited Edition burrs to do and  a number of other projects to complete this year it's likely that only about half the puzzles will be completed in 2014.

To this end we have already decided it will be impossible to do a Limited Edition series next year.
So, there's the news; hot of the press as they say!  Next Mr Puzzle Limited Edition due ........ ?




Six of One, Half a Dozen of Another burr Six of One, Half a Dozen of Another burr N/A





Six of One, Half a Dozen of Another
Don't judge this "book" by its cover!
Limited Edition set of 45 puzzles to be made.  Once sold they will never be made again.

Released 4th January 2014. 12th January 2014 all puzzles have now been sold.  If you would like to be wait listed please email to mrpuzzle@mrpuzzle.com.au

Delivery Brian and Junichi have allocated time to this puzzle in between finishing Koalas and expect to complete at least half of these puzzles before the end of first quarter 2014.    

Designed by Junichi Yananose for the IPP33 Puzzle Design Competition and made by Junichi and Brian @ Mr Puzzle.  The burr is a 12 piece unique solution level 13-1-4-1-1-2.  Junichi describes it as challenging but not too difficult; he considers it solvable without a computer.

Junichi took up the challenge that many designers may have already faced to make a puzzle where every "piece" of the burr is actually two pieces.  So what looks on the outside like a standard six piece burr is very much more complicated.  "Don't judge a book by its cover" really does apply here!
You will notice two magnets are used in the puzzle.  This is to enhance the feeling in your hands.  Theoretically they are not necessary for the puzzle to work.

The puzzle is made from Western Australian Jarrah and enhanced with the  routing on the ends of each piece you've come to know as the signature of Mr Puzzle.  Due to the complexity of the pieces we've strengthened many of them with 1/8 inch stainless steel pins.
The burr is made in a smaller format than the one submitted for the Design Competition entry.
Size:  90mm x 90mm x 90mm made from 30mm x 30mm stock

 
Katie Koala sequential discovery puzzle Katie Koala sequential discovery puzzle N/A





Katie Koala & her joey Verne
You're getting two tough Koala puzzles not just one!
Limited Edition set of 65 puzzles to be made.  Once sold they will never be made again.

Released 4th January 2014. 7th January 2014 all puzzles have now been sold.  If you would like to be wait listed please email to mrpuzzle@mrpuzzle.com.au
Many of these puzzles will not be completed until late 2014/early 2015 and circumstances can change in a year.  So if someone has been allocated a puzzle but decides by then they do not want to have their puzzle we will contact you then.

Delivery Brian always knew it was going to be a mammoth project but it’s only now that’s he’s about half way through that he realises just how long it’s going to take to finish this LE set.
The schedule has been revised and Brian now expects that in the first quarter of 2014 he will be able to complete about 12 puzzles.
He will then break to work on IPP exchange puzzles that he committed to last year.  After IPP he’ll resume completion of Koalas through 2014/2015.  Even at that point to finish the other 53 Koala’s he estimates there’s in excess of 7 months full time work for one person to finish them.
The puzzles have been allocated on a first come, first served basis.  We've had overwhelming interest in this puzzle and all of the initial batch of 12 have been allocated; in fact almost 2/3 of the puzzle have been allocated.  

There is much more going on inside this Koala’s head than a real Koala even after she’s been eating lots of gum leaves.  Not just a single puzzle. This is a collection of a number of puzzles, all complex in their own right.  The big puzzle for Brian was how to fit all the puzzling experiences into one Koala so that it didn't turn out the size of a small motor car?

The ultimate goal is to find the 20th Anniversary token.

Along the way you’ll have to find and assemble Katie Koala's joey named Verne; technically you’re getting two tough Koala puzzles not just one.  To find the joey you'll have to navigate literally a maze of locks that interact with each other.
The final door is actually held shut with 4 separate locks so there will be no fluke to open it.  Once you do open it you'll be rewarded not only with the token, but you'll also get to see a lot of the inner mechanisms that Brian has deliberately left exposed.  We would love to show you some of the brass work inside so you can understand where all the time’s been spent preparing this puzzle but that would give away waaaaaaay too many clues! so you’ll just have to wait until you discover it all for yourself.

In the past Brian has left ideas out of puzzles to keep the cost down.  This being his 20th Anniversary he wanted to go all out, and everything he planned just seemed to work well, so he kept going.....  It’s unlikely that he’ll ever make anything this elaborate again in a single puzzle. 

The complexity to solve is matched by the complexity to make.  There are 17 separate glued wooden pieces to create the head alone.  This does not include the large number of pieces of brass work contained within; there's many more of those.

Do you have the ‘koalafications’ to tackle this one?
The puzzle was designed by Brian Young.  Special thanks to Junichi and his wife Yukari for their fabulous collaboration on the design for the joey.

Woods used:  Koala - Papua New Guinean Teak (Vitex) with ear trim from Silver Ash and nose, hands & feet from Papua New Guinean Ebony.  Her joey is made from Sycamore wood.
The puzzle also includes lots of brass and magnets used to make many tools that you will discover as you progress.
Size:  Height 233mm  Width 150mm at the ears Depth 125mm

 

 


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