Tiny Rubik’s Cube goes on sale in Japan for anniversary

TOKYO (AP) — A tiny but playable Rubik’s Cube, so little it fits on your fingertip, has gone on sale in Japan for JPY198,000, or about USD1,900, for delivery starting in December.

Billed as a “super-small” Rubik’s Cube, it was created to mark the 40th anniversary of when the original 3-D puzzle went on sale in Japan.

The cube measures just 9.9 millimetres by 9.9 millimetres, and weighs two grammes.

It’s made of “ultra-precision metal”, and comes with a box for its display, according to MegaHouse Corp, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based toymaker Bandai Co. Orders began since Wednesday, only by credit card. Rubik’s Cube was invented by Hungarian architecture professor Erno Rubik in the 1970s. A United States (US) company turned it into a hit product in the 1980s.

More than 100 million Rubik’s Cubes were sold worldwide in the first two years. It was an instant hit in Japan, where more than four million were sold in the first eight months after it went on sale in July 1980.

The new tiny cube was shown this week at an exhibit in Tokyo organised by the Hungarian Embassy, which also includes an artwork made with Rubik’s Cubes. The exhibit runs through November 9.

The Hungarian Ambassador to Japan Norbert Palanovics said he has made a point to tell anyone who will listen about the Rubik’s Cube because it embodies the small, simple but smart qualities of his country that he is so proud of.

“The Rubik’s Cube is part of our everyday life, here in Japan, too, and it inspires everyone,” he said.

The world’s smallest Rubik’s Cube is shown in Tokyo to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the six-sided puzzle in Japan. PHOTO: AP