Story and ordering page for: Surprising Pyramid


In 1986, when we first introduced the Kolossal Pyramid, the pieces were molded from polystyrene by its inventor, Len Gordon. Len remarked, off-hand, that four of the five-ball pieces, shaped like an italic U, could also form a smaller pyramid in two interesting ways. One of the two solutions had the pieces interlock.

At the time there were plenty of extra pieces, and so in 1987 we made up a number of "Surprising" pyramids as a friendly companion to our more difficult pyramid puzzles. When Len changed the mold and made those parts obsolete, the Surprising became extinct. The Kolossal survived a little longer in handcrafted wood.

About a year later, a museum in Brussels, Belgium, invited us to provide jumbo sets of some of our puzzles for a special exhibit, and we built a gigantic model of the Surprising Pyramid and four other puzzles to send abroad. From all accounts the museum visitors enjoyed them very much.

Having brought back the Kolossal for its 25th anniversary in a limited edition, we decided the Surprising deserved a come-back of its own for its 25th. The nice wood version pictured above, 4" tall, a decorative art piece in its own right, was made in a small quantity during 2012. You can still get a copy of it by special order. Please allow at least three weeks for us to make it for you. For ages 8 to adult,     $50

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1987 Historical Notes

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