Mystic Totem by Matt Galla (rare hand made SLS puzzle similar to Rubik's Cube 3x3x3 and Pyraminx)

Mystic Totem by Matt Galla (rare hand made SLS puzzle similar to Rubik's Cube 3x3x3 and Pyraminx)


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I present Matt Galla puzzle - Mystic Totem
with the permission of Matt Galla from his drawings I made the Mystic Totem. this is a very interesting and rare puzzle.
if your collection does not have this - it's a great chance to get a wonderful puzzle !!!

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I am proud to present my newest puzzle, the Mystic Totem! The Mystic Totem is the fourth puzzle in the Mystic Series, a puzzle series that is entirely focused on the geometry of the Hexagonal Bipyramid. Each Mystic Puzzle introduces at least one piecetype that the previous puzzle did not have. The Mystic Totem implements the first 7 piecetypes (excluding the core).
The Mystic Totem is a jumbling puzzle. It has 8 faces and 8 different colors. There are 97 pieces in the Mystic Totem, including the core. By shape, there are 8 different pieces, though by mathematical properties there are 9 types of pieces - the distinction being that half of the triangle pieces on the surface of the puzzle are in different topological locations than the other half, despite all 24 triangle pieces being identical in shape.
A rare but not unheard of occurrence in the Twisty Puzzle world has happened once again with the Mystic Totem. The same puzzle has been independently invented at nearly the same time by two different designers. The Mystic Totem is the exact same shape and has the same grip geometry with the same cut depth as Dave Pitcher's Hexcopter 12D, which he has just presented in a separate thread. We did not collaborate at all in the designing of this puzzle - Dave came up with the idea for the Hexcopter 12D by playing with the cuts on the design for his Hexcopter 12, and I designed the Mystic Totem while trying to find a clean-looking shape that included exactly the first 7 piecetypes of the Hexagonal Bipyramid geometry (excluding the core). It is actually quite remarkable that we followed two different design strategies to create nearly identical puzzles at nearly identical times.
I say the puzzles are nearly identical, because there is a difference in the two designs. The Mystic Totem has been unbandaged in one piecetype (patterned to 12 actual cuts internally) while the Hexcopter 12D is the pure geometry. This means the Hexcopter 12D has only 85 pieces, while the Mystic Totem has 97. To make an analogy, the Mystic Totem is to the Hexcopter 12D as the Unbandaged Helicopter Cube is to the Helicopter Cube. The puzzles look the same from the outside, but there are extra stored cuts internally on the Mystic Totem that come into play after the puzzle has been scrambled a bit. The video demonstrates the extent and use of the unbandaging. I believe these stored cuts come into play quite regularly so I expect that the Mystic Totem can jumble quite a bit deeper than the Hexcopter 12D.
Each of the 12 grips can reach 5 different jumbling stops, including the position they start in. As shown in my Jumbling Geometries Catalog, these stops are approximately at 104.5°, 151.0°, 209.0°, and 255.5°, in addition to the natural stop at 0°. These angles can be expressed precisely as ±acos(-1/4) and ±acos(-7/8). This puzzle implements the first 3 layers of jumbling.
The Mystic Totem is a very difficult puzzle and the similarity in surface pieces (note the obtuse triangle stickers have an angle exactly double that of the equilateral triangles, so they constantly locally replace pairs of triangles!) results in some pretty severe disorientation during scrambling and solving. After just a few moves, it is impossible to tell the orientation of the core without testing moves, and even then it can be very difficult to identify where a grip is and where it is not. Add to all of this the jumbling nature and the fact that despite my unbandaging, there are still a few situations in which a move is blocked only by internal pieces, and you have one devilish jumbling puzzle.

puzzle on the photo and video-presentation may differ slightly from this puzzle
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I can make and send you this puzzle after your order and payment within 30-60 days (term depends on the supplier of 3D printing).
Delivery to any country in the world with tracking number. Available Combined shipping - you can order several puzzles to get a small discount or Free Shipping.

You need to understand: this puzzle is hand-made.
The plastic is printed on 3D-Printer from SLS-nylon, completely polished and painted. Stickers are made of Oracal film.
This puzzle is different from the products in mass production from the store.
You can also play with it many times, but you must remember that this is a fragile product.
You get a fully assembled puzzle - this is an excellent specimen for the collection!

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