World’s smallest Rubik’s Cube goes on sale, with a puzzling price tag
Tokyo — A Japanese company has created what it’s billing as the world’s smallest working Rubik’s Cube. Measuring a mere 0.39 inches and weighing less than a tenth of an ounce, the “ultra-precision” aluminum toy, which comes with its own pedestal, is tiny enough to fit on a penny or a postage stamp.
“We sought to create an exact tiny reproduction of a Rubik’s Cube,” said Kensuke Tsuchiya, a University of Tokyo expert on “micro manufacturing” who appears in a promo video for the tiny cube. “Making something that was impossible until now… was fun and exciting.”
Japanese toymaker MegaHouse began taking orders last week for the product, which is going for a bit more than its larger predecessor. The mini cubes are priced at about $1,900.
The Japanese were early and enthusiastic Rubik’s Cubers. Since the original six-sided cubes debuted here in 1980, over 14 million have been sold — 4 million within the first eight months alone.
Local reports say MegaHouse anticipates 500 orders for the doll-sized cubes by Christmas.
While the Lilliputian toy was issued to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube in Japan, its launch during the pandemic has also proven timely. With residents spending more time at home, the company reports sales of all Rubik’s Cubes up 50% over the same period last year, boosted by online tutorials that demystify the twists and turns.
MegaHouse, a subsidiary of toymaker Bandai Namco Holdings, developed the tiny new version of the puzzle with Iriso Seimitsu, a metal processing company based outside Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture.
Rubik’s Cubes were originally made from wood and colored