$1,900 Rubik’s Cube that fits on a fingertip is now on sale in Japan, to commemorate 40 years of the iconic puzzle

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Sep 24, 2020 11:54 AM

In this photo provided by Maciej Komorowski of Hungary Embassy, the world's smallest Rubik's Cube is shown in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the six-sided puzzle in Japan. A tiny but playable Rubik’s Cube, so little it fits on your fingertip, has gone on sale in Japan for 198,000 yen, or about $1,900, for delivery starting in December.

In this photo provided by Maciej Komorowski of Hungary Embassy, the world’s smallest Rubik’s Cube is shown in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the six-sided puzzle in Japan. A tiny but playable Rubik’s Cube, so little it fits on your fingertip, has gone on sale in Japan for 198,000 yen, or about $1,900, for delivery starting in December. (Maciej Komorowski/AP)

A very tiny, very pricey — but very playable — Rubik’s Cube has gone on sale in Japan to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the iconic ’80s toy.

Billed as a “super-small” Rubik’s Cube, the tiny version of one of the world’s best-selling toys weighs less than a tenth of an ounce, measures 0.39 inches on each side, and can fit on the tip of a finger, according to The Associated Press.

The announcement was made Wednesday by the Japanese toymaker MegaHouse Corp.

The tiny toy comes with a steep price tag: 198,000 yen, or about $1,900. Online orders are already being accepted, and delivery should start in December, the Japan Times reported.

The tiny Rubik’s Cube is on display at a special exhibition at the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Tokyo, which includes an artwork made with Rubik’s Cubes. The exhibit runs through Nov. 9.

The massively successful colorful puzzle was invented in 1974 by Ernõ Rubik, a professor from Budapest, Hungary, who wanted to help his students understand three-dimensional problems.

After securing a distribution deal with the now-defunct American toy company Ideal Toys, the addictive six-sided toy hit store shelves across the world in 1980. By 1981 the Rubik’s Cube had become a worldwide phenomenon.

Norbert Palanovics, the Hungarian Ambassador to Japan, celebrates the beloved 3-D puzzle because it embodies the small, simple but smart qualities of Hungary.

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

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