Holiday Gift Guide ~ Recent Toys ~ Brainteasers make great holiday stocking stuffers! {Review}

Thank you Recent Toys for providing me with a Gear Cube and Brainstring ‘R’, free of charge, for review. These are my own honest opinions.


I love brainteasers, and always have. So when I came across Recent Toys, I was like a kid in a candy store! They have so many awesome brainteaser toys to choose from, and I was so excited when they sent me two of them for review!

The Brainstring ‘R’ is my favorite that they sent. It is a ball with 4 different colored strings inside. You twist the ball to get the strings all in a knot, and then try to untie the knot by twisting the ball in all different directions until it is undone.


The ball has clear windows in between colored panels so you can see what you are doing. The strings are attached to the colored panels. This brainteaser is not overly difficult, but it does take quite a bit of time to undo the knot. It takes me about 30-40 minutes to undo the knot most times.

I really like the Brainstring ‘R’ because it does not seem as “impossible” as some other brainteasers. I can always solve it, but it keeps my mind busy trying to figure out which way to turn it, making it an enjoyable pastime. Over Thanksgiving several of my family members tried it out as well, and we all had a lot of fun with it!


They also sent me the Gear Cube brainteaser. This is similar to another cube brainteaser, but has more pieces that turn and change colors. I have not been able to solve this one yet, but I pick it up here and there and work on it. It can be rather frustrating, but is still fun to play with! When you turn it, the side and middle columns turn at the same time, but the gears on the edges twist and turn making it more difficult to match up the colors.


I have managed to get two sides all one color, while the other 4 sides are all mixed up. Or I will get all one color around the edges of each side, but the middle square is a different color. Davey played with it and did surprisingly well just turning it at random, but could not solve it either. We will keep trying though!

Recent Toys has so many fun brainteasers that would make great holiday stocking stuffers for older kids or teens!

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I'm a SAHM to my son, Davey who is starting Kindergarten in the fall. I am a writer, blogger, and brand ambassador. I have been blogging since the days of LiveJournal in the late 90s, and started Ahh~Mazing Reviews in January 2010. My favorite products to review are technology and electronics, items for the home, and toys for my son. You can contact me at You can also check out my fitness blog, Plexus Slim and Fitness With Lisa K.


  1. says

    Oh my…these things drive me crazy and I could do it forever trying to get it right….haha, guess that’s the fun of it. Kids could stay busy for hours

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