Lego has announced an ideal way of celebrating Atari’s 50th anniversary.
Available later this year, Lego’s new Atari 2600 set is a “nostalgic recreation” of the four-switch revision of the classic console that originally debuted in 1980. The set comprises 2,532 pieces and measures over 3 inches high, 13 inches wide, and 8.5 inches deep when properly put together. It even includes a relatively faithful joystick that “moves and feels like the original.”
From the unboxing experience through to adding the final brick, building this intricate set is an evocative journey within itself. Activate challenge mode as you build your own console in brick form and take a nostalgic journey uncovering features such as the controller with a joystick that moves to feel just like the original. Brick builders and gamers alike will enjoy sliding open the front and unveiling a pop-up scene from an 80’s gaming room, reviving memories of hours spent trying to get a new high score.
Lego’s Atari 2600 set also includes three video game cartridges in the form of Asteroids, Adventure, and Centipede. 3D Vignettes can be built for each of these games, which feature classic art and can be stored in a 1980s-style cartridge holder.
“The Atari 2600 was one of the most memorable gifts I got as a kid,” said Chris McVeigh, designer and lifelong Atari fan. “I recall spending hours and hours in front of the TV, absolutely amazed that I could play arcade games in my own home.”
“There were so many legendary titles, too, including Asteroids, Adventure, and Centipede. This is why it has been such an incredible experience to bring two icons together, Atari and LEGO, in this awesome set. We hope that building this classic console takes you back to those halcyon days when a handful of pixels meant a world of adventure.”
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Lego’s Atari 2600 set will be available beginning on August 1, 2022, via Lego Stores and Lego.com at the recommended price of 239.99 EUR/USD.
Lego previously announced The Mighty Bowser, a new set based on Mario’s nemesis with interactive features that include the ability to launch a fireball. That set will be released on October 1, 2022, for 269.99 EUR/269.99 USD.