Giant Pyramid puzzle—dismantled

See disassembled view below

The Giant pyramid was invented by Len Gordon and produced in 1972 by Gordon Bros. as part of a trilogy in injection-molded polystyrene in various colors on black plastic bases. When his bases ran out, we made our own (shown) and used only the beautiful crystal pieces. The Giant was the most difficult of the three styles. It was recommended for determined teens to adults. It sold for a mere $8 in 1986 and for $29 thirty years later.

The nine pieces of this monster (see below) fit just one way to make the order-5 tetrahedron of 35 balls on its base. Solving it has been known to take anywhere from an hour to a year, or more. The solution was not included but was available by request.

The Giant Pyramid went out of print and out of existence in 2017. It will continue as a legend of the ball-pyramid genre.

The legend lives...
In 2018, a puzzle lover with warm memories of the Giant Pyramid found us as his last resort, hoping to acquire a copy to replace his long-lost treasure. We had none left, no sets, no parts, nada. His disappointment even through the phone line was palpable. The answer: custom-build him one in wood, like the Surprising and the Kolossal pyramids our master craftsman, Dick Jones, occasionally makes with wood balls. The deluxe Giant turned out a thing of beauty, larger than the original, and made one puzzle collector very happy.

1986 Historical Notes         Pyramids farewell

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