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Background of the SuDoKu Cube

The SuDoKu Cube combines the intellectual intrigue exercise of Sudoku with the dexterity and skill of the Rubik's Cube. Available this fall at Back to Basics and FAO Schwartz, the SuDoKu Cube is manufactured by American Classic Toy (ACT), a company dedicated to applying new ideas to existing products and e-issuing classic American toys. ACT produces original and creative products from the original molds of to original specifications.
The Sudoku Cube was invented by Jay Horowitz, a man who has spent his career applying new ideas and products to existing Toy Industry tooling. He is also the president of American Plastic Equipment, Inc., the world's largest mold dealer that serves factories around the world. Jay is the Director of Ideal Classic toys.
While witnessing an avid Sudoku player during a flight, Jay was inspired with the idea of adapting the 2 dimensional paper puzzle on to a 3 dimensional Puzzle Cube. After much planning and help from a friend and professional toy buyer, Ken Moe, the SuDoKu Cube was created.
The Sudoku Cube is premised by two already extremely popular puzzles. The basic Sudoku game is a printed grid of 9 rows and 9 columns making 81 spaces, sub-divided into 9 regions of 9 spaces. Each line, both horizontally and vertically, as well as all the regions, must have one of each and only one of each number from 1 through 9. The opening puzzle has several spaces filled with number clues and the player must use logic to fill in the remaining spaces. Hence, Sudoku means "one of each, none repeated."
The concept of the Sudoku Cube is playing the 2 dimensional Sudoku on a 3 dimensional puzzle cube. To do so, 9 single digit numbers, one of each, must be in a line or on a surface. The line may be vertical or horizontal; not diagonal or sideways. To make a line of 9 digits on the SuDoKu Cube, 3 contiguous faces or 3 sides of the cube must be used. Therefore, the 3 numbers on 3 contiguous sides must form a line. The SuDoKu Cube can be played at any of 9 different levels (see chart).
Based on Sudoku and the puzzle Cube, two immensely popular games, the SuDoKu Cube is available online now for order and will be available this fall at Back to Basics, FAO Schwartz, and other fine retailers nationwide.

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Jay Horowitz
Inventor of the SuDoKu Cube

Jay Horowitz is the inventor of the SuDoKu Cube, which combines the tremendously popular puzzle game Sudoku with the dexterity and skill of the Puzzle Cube. Premised by combining two already established and popular puzzles, the concept of the SuDoKu Cube is playing the 2 dimensional Sudoku on a 3 dimensional puzzle cube. The SuDoKu Cube will be featured in Back to Basics and released in major stores, like FAO Schwartz this fall.
Jay is also the president of American Plastic Equipment, Inc., a company that has provided molds, technology, and machinery to toy factories around the world. American Plastic, the world's largest mold dealer also holds the molds and rights of many of the well-known toy companies of yesterday. Among other activities, it is actively developing its Collector Series to meet the demands of toy collectors and nostalgia enthusiasts and the Classic American Games.
In 1982, Jay purchased the assets of Marx Toys, and in 1988, he secured the Marx Intellectual Property Rights including the patents, trademarks, and copyrights from the Chemical Bank of New York. Before founding American Plastic in 1978, Jay established Juguetes Toyco in Colombia, South America. The company prospered, becoming the leading toy company by being the first in Colombia to make modern toys, apply bright colors, create attractive packaging, use marketing techniques, especially the employment of television advertising. The company's success was evident as branches in Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, and Chile. Jay also founded and was president of the Colombian Toy Manufacturer's Association.
In 1985, American Plastic Equipment, Inc. purchased the assets of Ideal Toy Corp. from CBS, Inc. in New York. This lead to re-establishing, in association with Poof-Slinky, the Ideal Classic line of products.
Today, the mission statement of American Classic Toy, Inc. is to re-issue classic American toys, made from the original molds, with the original Intellectual Property Rights to the original specifications. In the present case, we are applying the new concept of the 2 dimensional Sudoku puzzle to the 3 dimensional puzzle cube as the SuDoKu Cube .

Jay has two children, a doctor and a mathematician. Born and raised in New York City, he attended New York University, School of Commerce.


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