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Portal 2 Cube Edition: Rubiks Cube fell apart

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Hey Guys,

So I had my wife mess up My P2 CE Rubiks cube so I would have something to do during loading screens, all was well after a few hours of Me twiddling the various rows back into their spots. I then popped the cube back up on the shelf and continued pumping portals all over the place, upon the next loading screen (puzzle 21 I think it was) all the trouble starts.

I started to notice the top row of cubes was very loose compared to how it was when I unwrapped it and after a few more turns of the middle row the top most row popped off the cube and landed on My desk in a random arrangement of horror.

From a bit of an inspection this cube seems to be badly assembled even rushed. I have not yet bothered to try and reassemble the cube due to deep disappointment and lack of cake.


















Please enjoy this unpublished shot of a still unfinished Nightshade.




Anybody else suffer this issue yet? Or am I the only one silly enough to play with the Cube?
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Nrfb!
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It's just a Rubik's cube with the Portal 2 logo on it. Did you think they were going to be quality, and does it really matter that much to you?
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Popping out pieces are okay, cubers do them all the time for modding.

Go to the row that's very loose, and look at the center piece from the side. There should be indents where you can use your nail to pop off. You should be able to take off the "cap" that is the center piece. If it's anything like normal cubes, you will find a screw under the cap, and just screw it in tighter. Tighter = harder to turn, looser = easier to turn, but may fall apart.
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It's just a Rubik's cube with the Portal 2 logo on it. Did you think they were going to be quality, and does it really matter that much to you?
It's just a branded cube this I know but I just figured being a Rubiks brand cube it would carry the same quality, I guess I was wrong.

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Popping out pieces are okay, cubers do them all the time for modding.

Go to the row that's very loose, and look at the center piece from the side. There should be indents where you can use your nail to pop off. You should be able to take off the "cap" that is the center piece. If it's anything like normal cubes, you will find a screw under the cap, and just screw it in tighter. Tighter = harder to turn, looser = easier to turn, but may fall apart.
The wife didn't think the pieces popping out was too much of a problem, I was worried about it happening everytime I want to fiddle with the damn thing. The top center cube seems to be spring loaded and won't pull off without using what seems like stupid amounts of force. Also there's no screw that I can on either side.
Edited by Flux - 4/29/11 at 11:01am
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Hmmm...really? You should be able to take of the center cap...every cube can. How does it turn like...does it feel like a normal rubik's cube or does it turn really bad? If it spins even okay, it should be possible to take off the cap and screw it tighter..if not, then it's probably just some crap fake cube.
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In your picture I can see that the cap can be popped off.. I think.
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Hmmm...really? You should be able to take of the center cap...every cube can. How does it turn like...does it feel like a normal rubik's cube or does it turn really bad? If it spins even okay, it should be possible to take off the cap and screw it tighter..if not, then it's probably just some crap fake cube.
My guessing is they are not genuine Rubiks brand cubes. There is no screw anywhere on the mechanism used to turn the rows, it's simply a crappy white plastic star like arrangement. I've managed to pull the center cap off and found it to have a long steel spring loaded pin set inside the cap, I have since managed to re-assemble the cube and it still feels like it's made of cheese.

I'll post the OP up on the steam forums and see where it goes, I'm guessing I'm not the only one who got a dodgy cube.
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Could you take a picture of what it looks like under the cap please?
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