Please note: Many of the pages pertaining to this maze are not yet finished. But what you see here should, hopefully, be at least reasonably viewable.
|One of the toys that I enjoyed back in my
childhood was a three-dimensional maze that its user manipulated in order to get a
marble through, from a starting hole on one side of this transparent cube to an exit
hole on the other. As I grew older, this puzzle, along with many of my other toys,
had somehow ceased to be among my possessions (perhaps given away or thrown out).
But my memories for this product lingered. Fortunately, Joanne Polonsky, wife of one of my cousins, somehow held on to such a maze beyond her childhood. From what I best recall, I was in my 20's when I took a good look at her preserved toy, still with its box included, and very likely took notes of the maze layout. But I later on lost or misplaced whatever notes I took.
Fast forward to my early 40's, a time at which the Internet was already a major part of our lives! Around the middle of 2002, I asked if Joanne still had this puzzle. Fortunately, she did. However, the box was missing. But that still did not discourage me from undertaking an Internet project that would "digitally" preserve this childhood memory.
I took layout notes. I composed graphic representations of them. I took digital pictures of the cube as well, using a scanner and a web cam. But I still could not recall the name of this product. Neither could Joanne, but she remembered the box's colors being red, white and blue. At least the Milton Bradley logo was embossed on this maze. So I sent a JPEG photo of the toy to Hasbro, Milton Bradley's owner, and inquired about this product's name. Kelly Landoch (likely in, or on behalf of, Hasbro's customer service) got back to me and supplied not only the name, but some additional details as well.
I already began posting web pages, even in their construction stages, on this toy, which was named "Try-it". At least one particular person, Kent Judkins, found my pages and sent me JPEG's of the maze's box (this person managed to obtain a Try-it maze on eBay).
And so I have acquired important materials along the way for this project, and my thanks go out to Joanne, Kelly and Kent for supplying them to me. As a result, I am happy to present this retro toy, in digitized form, to those of you out there in cyberspace. Enjoy!
Edge (outer) surface cells: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 08, 09, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 29, 32, 33, 36, 45, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 56, 57, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64
Middle (inner) surface cells: 06, 07, 10, 11, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 28, 30, 31, 34, 35, 37, 40, 41, 44, 46, 47, 54, 55, 58, 59
Inner core cells: 22, 23, 26, 27, 38, 39, 42, 43