World's smallest Rubik's Cube unveiled in Japan at 40th anniv. event

Kyodo News

Posted at Sep 23 2020 02:57 PM

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TOKYO - The world's smallest Rubik's Cube was unveiled to the media on Wednesday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the six-sided puzzle in Japan.

The aluminum cube, weighing about 2 grams and measuring 9.9 millimeters on each side, was shown a day before an exhibition opens to mark the debut of the popular three-dimensional puzzle in the country in 1980.

The exhibition includes a mosaic artwork made up of 1,600 pieces of Rubik's Cube, portraying Hungarian sculptor and architect Erno Rubik, the puzzle's inventor.

The commemorative cube was developed by MegaHouse Corp., a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings Inc., and Iriso Seimitsu Co., a Japanese metal processing company based in Saitama Prefecture. It retails at 198,000 yen ($1,880) per cube.

"We would like to expand the possibilities for Rubik's Cube through pursuing new approaches and projects," MegaHouse President Hiroshi Sakakibara said.

The cube was first marketed in Japan in 1980, and in the first year alone 4 million were sold, according to MegaHouse.

The exhibition hosted by the Hungarian Embassy among others will open free of charge in Tokyo's Minato Ward through Nov. 9.

==Kyodo