The First Box sequential discovery puzzle

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AUD $374.55USD $

The puzzle is to remove the gold anodised metal rod inside. Made in Wil’s signature blue anodised aluminium this puzzle takes the Lotus to a whole new level.

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This is the updated metal version of the first puzzle box Wil designed back in 1984. But in reality, this is a sequential discovery puzzle not a puzzle box as most understand a puzzle box to be.

The puzzle is to make the sad face that looks out through the hole in the bottom of the First Box into a happy smiley face. 

To do this you do not need any tapping, no magnets and no external tools. Everything you need to solve the puzzle can be found inside the puzzle itself. The puzzle is made more difficult because you cannot see anything inside the box as you’re solving it.

When you start the puzzle you can see into the hole in the bottom of the box that the gold anodised metal rod has a sad face on the end. You’ll have done the puzzle when you’ve removed the rod and put it back so that you can look into the bottom of the box and see a smiley face on the rod.

An elegant solution. This means that no element of luck is necessary to solve the puzzle. It can be solved at will with distinct and definite moves.

Size: 70mm x 70mm x 70mm  

The puzzle is very solidly made from anodised blue aluminium and has Wil’s signature engraved on the side of the box.  Please understand that there is no packaging with this puzzle except bubble wrap. Will does not include a card or solution or box; just the puzzle box itself.

Wil is a true puzzle solver and has the philosophical view that puzzles should not come with solution sheets. So, if you purchase one of these puzzles there will be no solution supplied.

Here’s a picture of Wil’s first copy of his first re-released First Box with a copy of his original First Box puzzle from back in 1984. 

Wil Strijbos original first box
Wil Strijbos original first box

Additional information

Weight 0.8 kg
Dimensions 9 × 7 × 7 cm


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  1. Drago


    Besides the cost the puzzle feels heavy in your hands.
    Took me about 30 minutes to solve.
    The only negative I have is that the peg that holds the top nut is a bit too short other that that marvelous puzzle

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  2. Arthax


    I really enjoy this puzzle. I wouldn’t say it’s a lvl 9 puzzle, took me around 30-35 min. to solve.
    Quality’s there no doubt. With this you purchase a very beautiful long lasting piece of puzzle.
    The down side is the price which I think’s a bit expensive for the difficulty behind the item. Other then that, you will have to think out of the box…boudum tishhhh!!!

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  3. Peter


    As per typical with Wil’s puzzles, these are expertly machined, tactile, and interesting. Somewhere along the puzzle you gain access to a tool which is super cool, and more puzzles should have these. I always have a hard time rating price, because I know it takes money to machine things at this level. Same with rating value, because I feel that relates strongly to price. I will say that it’s not as tough as I thought it would be, and personally I was expecting a lot more of a… progressive steps in solving. So for me personally I am not sure if I would buy it again for that reason. It felt like it was over too fast for the expense. Still though, it looks good on the shelf, so if you’re a collector, you’re not wasting your time with this piece. However, if you have your heart set on a Strijbos puzzle that’s maybe a bit more bang for your buck, go with the wanderer.

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  4. Michael Texler

    Looks and feels great, another nice non-violent journey, clever...

    Michael Texler (verified owner)

    Another classic Wil Strijbos puzzle.

    Looks great, feels great, is fun to solve.

    It might not be Wil’s most difficult puzzle (it is always easy to say that once you have solved it!), but it rounds out any Strijbos collection nicely.

    As seen in the product description, everything you need to solve puzzle is there.

    The only force required is gravity. No magnetism, no electrostatic, or centrifugal force is required.
    The only radiation required is x-ray vision!

    The mechanism is not complicated; it is obscured, and this is part of the fun.

    The axial rotation of the Smiley/frowny face is immaterial to the solution.

    My only quibble is that Wil is in love with the anodised colour blue. I reckon that fire engine red, traffic light green, Lenten purple or cadmium yellow would look epic!

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