Even the cheapest, slowest modern game console is capable of pushing high-definition 3D graphics that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago. But if you’re old enough to remember when video game graphics were a series of colorful, abstract blobs, Lego has something for you.
A new 2,532-piece set recreates the 1980-era, four-switch version of the venerable Atari Video Computer System (VCS), later known as the Atari 2600. The kit includes a moving joystick, three game cartridges that can be inserted into the system or into an ’80s gray storage rack, and other nostalgic touches—even the wooden ones on the front of the console. The grain texture has been lovingly recreated with Lego bricks.
The Lego Atari 2600 launches on August 1 for $239.99.
The Atari 2600 set is the follow-up to the 2,646-piece Nintendo Entertainment System from a few years back. But where that console included a replica TV set with 2D presentation super mario bros For who can really scroll, the Atari 2600 kit includes an ’80s living room set that pops out from the console and miniature scenes that depict centipedes from the game centipedeAsteroids from the game asteroidsand the thrill of the game adventure,
The Lego Atari 2600 is the latest in a long line of sets aimed at formerly Lego-loving kids. Other nostalgia-running kits with thousands of pieces include a replica of the NES, which is a re-creation of super mario 64 In miniature, a lovingly designed typewriter with working keys, and a Lego Optimus Prime that can actually turn into a Lego truck.
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