Puzzle, Pocket Rubik's Cube

This puzzle is a version of a Rubik’s Cube with each face showing a 2 X 2 square instead of the usual 3 X 3 square. There are only about 3.5 million possible arrangements of the eight little cubes that comprise this puzzle as compared with the more than 43 quintillion (43 followed by 18 zeros) possible arrangements of the small cubes making up the traditional Rubik’s Cube.
This puzzle was made in Taiwan and distributed by the Ideal Toy Corporation. It is among Rubik’s Cube related items from the Cube Museum, which operated in Grand Junction, Colorado, from 1988 to 1991. For more information about the Rubik’s Cube and other twisting puzzles that use the same or similar mechanisms see 1987.0805.01.
RubikZone [Number of Combinations] website.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 4 cm x 4 cm x 4 cm; 1 9/16 in x 1 9/16 in x 1 9/16 in
place made
Chung-hua Min-kuo: T'ai-wan
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Mathematical Recreations
Science & Mathematics
Twisting Puzzles
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Twisting Puzzles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Cecil Smith
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