LEGO to release Atari 2600 console-inspired set, includes movable joystick and removable cartridges
The LEGO set will feature a total of 2532 pieces.
In celebration of Atari’s 50th anniversary, LEGO has unveiled a new Atari 2600 building set which pays homage to the famous video game console.
LEGO announced details of the new set on Tuesday (Jul 19), stating that the main console will be based on the 1980 four-switch revision of the Atari 2600.
Details such as the faux wood panelling and the metal switches will be faithfully recreated as part of the set.
It will also come with a movable joystick and a switch to “toggle” between colour and black-and-white television.
The top panel of the LEGO Atari 2600 can slide open to reveal a diorama of an 80’s gaming room. This includes a minifigure playing video games in a room furnished with a boombox, a VHS cassette and retro posters.
The set will also feature three video game cartridges of iconic Atari games — Asteroids, Adventure and Centipede — in a brick format.
These cartridges can be slotted into the console for added realism. When not “in use”, they can also be stored in a buildable game holder or constructed into mini versions of the game.
According to LEGO, a total of 2532 pieces will be featured in the entire set.
Chris McVeigh who designed the set recalled how Atari 2600 was “one of the most memorable gifts” he received as a kid, sharing how he was awestruck that he could play arcade games in his own home.
“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,” Chris added.
The LEGO Atari 2600 will retail for US$239.99 (S$334) and can be purchased at LEGO stores and on its website from Aug 1 onwards.