Hi X-Cube Backers,
Dane here, long time no see!
Can anyone help me with something? I recently developed an easy method of restoring the X-Cube shape, and I need some feedback.
I realized that my first tutorial video on restoring the X-Cube shape was... not great. So I created a new method and a new video, and I need to make sure this is effective and efficient before I put the final version on Youtube.
If you would like to learn how to solve the shape, have a look at the videos below (in order, sorry they aren't spliced together).
Thanks for your help,
PS: Where have I been the last year? Working on the X-Cube. More updates to follow.
The Kickstarter is officially 1 year out from full completion. 2014 had many successes and mistakes in store, so I wanted to give you some highlights.
But first, Tutorial Part 3 is here! I hope now you can solve the X-Cube. Let me know if you have questions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyOIizx9LfM
2014 in review
- New website: www.the-x-cube.com
- New CEO to help run the business! Neil Kane is an experienced businessman and entrepreneur who I met through my network of makers. He’s gotten the business on the right track, is getting the X-Cube picked up by new stores and sales reps across the country, and is teaching me the formal ropes of business. Things are on the up and up.
- I appeared on National TV for the first time ever. Reunited with my father, Steve Harvey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsuBtEnTA30
- The X-Cube is on Amazon.
- My Grandpa gave me a big loan so I could order more inventory and grow my business. He borrowed money from his parents to start a pharmacy back in the day, so he knows the struggle.
- We’re heading to the NY Toy Fair in February. I learned last year that this is the place to be if you’re in the toy industry. Buyers from around the world decide what they want to carry on shelves for next christmas. That’s right-- America is crazy and plans Christmas in February. I was just walking around the show with an X-Cube last time, but this time I’m exhibiting.
- We rolled out a new box graphic and improved the shrink wrap: http://i.imgur.com/e7dx8FL.jpg
- Broke the 10k units produced mark this year! Marbles loves the product. It’s selling great in stores. Had a lot of inventory come to my house so I made a Throne of Games:
- We did not exhibit at the NY Toy Fair in 2014. I learned about the fair too late, but at least I got to attend and get a feel for it. And the pizza in NY is pretty good.
- We were out of inventory when the Steve Harvey episode aired. In 2014 I struggled a lot to secure financing that would allow me to place orders.
- Had some quality control issues with the manufacturer. Packaging was sub-par on the second order, and they didn’t use the stickers I requested.
- The biggest blow: We were completely out of stock and missed sales for the entire Christmas season. We placed an order for 5000 units with our manufacturer back in September, hoping for arrival in mid November. But there was a 3 week delay in manufacturing. Then we were delayed in shipping by an entire 9 weeks because of a shipping slow-down on the west coast and getting stuck in customs. We finally got inventory on January 2nd. Yay.
I'll bet that everyone you showed the X-Cube to was like, "wow I can't even solve a regular Rubik's Cube."
Well now you can hand them the Boob Cube. Warning, most people cannot handle science of this magnitude. Oh they might like their odds at first... but only until they realize how mind-boobingly challenging this cube really is.
The Boob Cube is live at: http://bit.ly/BoobCubeKickstarter
P.S. I owe you all sincere thanks for making the X-Cube happen, and for following my story as I release new inventions. I get to do this for a living now, and it's ****ing awesome.