Atari 2600 gets the brick treatment – LEGO, take my money   

 

The most iconic console of all time (ok, am not trying to start a fight) has been given the LEGO treatment. Atari first released the console in 1977, this recreation of the nostalgic 1980 four-switch version, like we care. From the controller with a joystick that moves to feel just like the original, this one is for brick and gamer fans, both will grin whilst sliding open the front to unveil a pop-up scene from an 80’s gaming room.

The set also includes three video game cartridges of iconic Atari games in brick format: Asteroids, Adventure and Centipede.  The cartridges can be stored in a case and built into mini versions of the games.  In addition, the console includes a switch to select whether you have a colour or black and white television.

When it came to choosing a LEGO Designer for the set, there was only one person for the job.  Lifelong Atari fan Chris McVeigh, who said about the design; “The Atari 2600 was one of the most memorable gifts I got as a kid. 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.”

£209.99 from LEGO.com on August 1st – 2,532 pieces

 

About Peter Jenkinson

Toyologist Pete Jenkinson regularly writes about toys in national newspapers like The Sun and The Mail. This super-dad has an unmatched passion and dedication for trying and testing the latest, coolest and most interesting offerings from the world of toys.

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