The Atari brand just celebrated its 50th anniversary, and its current owner, Atari Interactive, is commemorating the milestone with a Lego kit for its most popular machine. The Atari 2600 set will be available for $240/€240 on August 1.
In 1977, the Atari 2600 was introduced as the Atari Video Computer System (the name was changed in 1982). The Lego set is based on a 1980 version with four switches. There are 2,532 pieces in the set. It contains a joystick that, according to Lego, feels identical to the original.
Atari 2600 Lego Set
The set will be published as part of the LEGO Icons Lineup and will have an 18+ age rating, as opposed to the usual 3+ classification. The fact that the set is not suitable for children’s play comes as no surprise to us, as it is intended for exhibition purposes only. And let’s face it, no child would want an Atari 2600 LEGO set. The market demography consists of those who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s. Expect consumers in their 20s and 30s who enjoy retro consoles to purchase this LEGO set.
A Perfect Gift For Your Kids
According to Lego designer Chris McVeigh in a news release, the Atari 2600 was one of the most memorable gifts I received as a child. It has been a fantastic adventure to bring together two icons, Atari and Lego, in this incredible set. We believe that the creation of this old console will transport you back to a time when a few pixels represented a world of adventure. “
But that’s not all; the set also contains some quite intriguing items. Reportedly, the LEGO Atari 2600 comes with three cartridges containing the iconic games Asteroids, Adventure, and Centipede. But how can video games be played on plastic components? Well, they have been transformed into 8-by-8 vignettes that correspond to the themes of the individual games.
To make things far more fascinating, owners of the Atari LEGO set will be able to dismantle the upper housing to reveal an intriguing scenario within the system.
Inside the console is a scene of a normal 1980s household, complete with a Minifigure sitting on the floor and playing with an Atari Joystick. On a TV tube, the Minifigure will play Asteroids. The LEGO set contains a second miniature Atari. In order to add variety to the scene, several posters will be hung on the neighboring walls. In addition, the Atari 2600 LEGO kit includes a miniature ghetto blaster, an old-fashioned telephone, and a small white cat for added flair.