Cast Ring II
Object: Disassemble and Reassemble the Puzzle
Difficulty: Level 9 - Gruelling
Types: Hanayama Metal Puzzles, Jose Grant
Dimensions: 1 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in x 5/8 in / 4.4 cm x 3.9 cm x 1.5 cm
Packaging: Cardboard and Plastic Box
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This is the second of the 'ring' puzzles. The five separate rings can be taken apart and put back together. This version has been changed a bit from the original and is made by Connecticut's Jose Grant. This puzzle has five rings, like the Olympic rings that stand the test of time. That is the basic concept behind this puzzle. This type of ring puzzle goes back at least as far as the 15th century, and is now remade with modern technology. Give it a go.
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On Tuesday July 24th Glynn Edward Breuer wrote,
Just for fun, I was wondering if Hanayama ever purposely made different puzzles fit or interact with one another. I own Cast Ring (the chrome and gold big one) and found that Cast Ring II will fit within Cast Ring when both are assembled. Don't know if that was intented, but it works, and makes storage easier. Hmmmm, what about other Hanayama puzzles? I'll have to pull out my display box and see.
On Friday February 24th puldis wrote,
1) took 5 minutes tops, very easy, misrepresented
2) no solid solved state, feel flimsy
3) not that aesthetic solved
It's the worst of the 20 Hanayamas I own and the only one I'm not going to keep. Please don't let yourself be disappointed, stay away.
On Wednesday October 6th Andreea wrote,
Not one of the best. It's very easy to make. I solved it in 15 minutes. The original Ring was better.
On Sunday February 21st puzzler wrote,
Not hard at all. Very disapointing. It requires no thinking; just dexterity, But you don't need extra hands.This was the easiest Hanayama I've ever done. Not recommeded.
On Monday November 30th Z wrote,
Okay, this is the single worst puzzle Hanayama can possibly manufacture.
The name itself prompts the solver to think of Cast Ring, so let's do that.
First, it says "Cast Ring II". Usually putting a "II" after a successful thing indicates an improvement, or at least some similarity. In this case, Ring 2 is easier and lower quality than Ring.
As stated before me, it really falls apart. No, really. I have to use wires to hold it together even while storing it. And assembling is truly a task requiring little else than dexterity (and a few extra hands).
The ring itself is much smaller than the original Ring, and though it has one more rings, the two outer rings are simply hanging from the inner ones making it practically a 3-ring puzzle, and the middle ring is perfectly straight, without any twists or bends apart of the oversized logo on top.
Do not get me wrong, it's not _that_ bad.
It can still be fun to play with, just do not expect the amount of brain work usually required for a 5-star Hanayama.
But everything considered, I do not recommend it.
On Friday December 26th Marilyn wrote,
As other reviewers noted, a dexterity puzzle. It was good, but I wouldn't rate it a 9 in difficulty, more like a 6-7.
On Saturday December 20th Paul wrote,
This is a terribly miss leading puzzle, as the box leads you to believe that it SHOULD STAY TOGETHER. I also found it unbelievably easy, not a 5 star puzzle in my opinion.
On Friday November 7th Jaxon wrote,
Warning! This puzzle FALLS APART when you open the box. The puzzle is NOT to take it apart!!!! It REALLY DOES DO THAT on its OWN! Instead, you have to figure out how to put it back together. And it WANTS to keep falling apart. This is more of a "dexterity" puzzle than a mind puzzle. You have to hold the thing together while piecing it back together.
On Friday October 24th Pentti wrote,
Not so hard that I thought.
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