The second brass puzzle I bought from the great craftsman Rocky Chiaro was his IPP competition entry 2005 called GYRO BRAIN (GIRO BRAIN). This mechanical puzzle was produced as a substitute for a small plastic Rubik’s Cube which can be found in one of Berrocal’s puzzle sculptures named “HOPLITA”. Obviously the cube did not really match the overall valuable puzzle sculpture and GYRO BRAIN was born. Though it is REALLY an investment to buy this heavy weighted piece of art. Good news is that it is still available on Rocky’s homepage.

The puzzle itself is actually more a reassembly puzzle because the disassembly is a piece of cake. Me thinking that it will not be a big task to put it back together I scrambled the pieces after taking it apart and let it lie on the table for 3 days. When I came back to it I was astonished that I could not bring it back to the initial state quickly although we are basically talking about 8 pieces (in total 14 but the 6 “screw pieces” are no task) to be assembled correctly. I found myself a few times having two (obviously) perfectly matching halves (4 pieces each in my hand) just to find out that it does not work. I got really some fun and thinking for my money and after 1,5 hours it was re-built. Whilst GYRO BRAIN is not an overly difficult puzzle my rating would be a 6 out of 10.

GYRO BRAIN is nothing for people who have to exactly plan their puzzle budget because with USD 300.- it is really something for the collector. Though, it is a real beauty when it arrives in the polished state and with this non-expected weight to it. If you should have some spare money to spend or would like to acquire something special for your collection you should throw an eye on it!