This LEGO Atari 2600 set is old-school cool, and marks the gaming company’s 50th anniversary
The LEGO Atari 2600 set has 2,532 pieces and includes three classic Atari games
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🆕 The new LEGO Atari 2600 set launches on August 1
💰 It costs $239.99 and includes 2,532 pieces
🕹️ The front panel mimics the console with functioning switches
🐛 You can build 3D vignettes of three classic Atari games
Update: The LEGO Atari 2600 is now on sale and there’s no telling if it’ll stay in stock beyond today.
LEGO is giving the iconic Atari 2600 a block-based makeover, just in time for the gaming company’s 50th anniversary.
The Atari 2600 is the second video game console to get a dedicated LEGO set, as the Danish company released a LEGO version of Nintendo’s classic NES console in 2020.
The LEGO Atari 2600 set launches on August 1 and consists of 2,532 pieces. The console comes with three Atari games – Asteroids, Adventure, and Centipede – which can be built into 3D dioramas. You also get a movable Atari controller, functional switches on the console’s front panel, and a game room diorama hidden inside the system.
The console is based on the four-switch revision of the Atari 2600, which launched in 1980. Here’s what LEGO designer and Atari enthusiast Chris McVeigh said about the set:
“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.”
🧱 So many LEGO sets, so little time
LEGO has made a flurry of big announcements recently. The company revealed a LEGO Bowser set on July 7 and a LEGO version of The Office, inspired by the hit mockumentary sitcom, on July 15.
LEGO has also announced that it’s bringing a 14-foot version of the King of Koopas to San Diego Comic-Con, which is made of 663,900 bricks. Oh, and it even roars.
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