Just a couple of years after the Nintendo NES LEGO console comes a LEGO Atari 2600 made from plastic bricks.
Set for release LEGO’s 90th year and intended to celebrate Atari’s 50th year, the adult-targeted kit also features several cartridges that can be converted into retro gaming themed vignettes.
Sporting the wood-style finish of the original console, the LEGO Atari 2600 (kit # 10306)will set you back £209. But for that price you get 2532 bricks, movable switches, a brick-built joystick that feels like the original, and three cartridges, recalling Centipede, Asteroids, and Adventure.
These cartridges sport original artwork, deliving a nostalgia overload. And as if that wasn’t enough, each one can has an accompanying vignette based on the corresponding game. The kit even has a cartridge holder!
One other thing: the LEGO Atari 2600 console top slides back to reveal a pleasing scene of a kid playing on an Atari 2600 in the 1970s.
If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering if you should part with the cash. After all, you could buy an Evercade EXP and a few carts with that £209. On the other hand, you could put it towards half an Atari VCS…
But then again, neither of those platforms can give you an authentic Atari 2600 experience. This LEGO build won’t give you the games, but it will give you the looks, the feeling, and the homage. And it’s only a matter of time before someone squeezes a Raspberry Pi Zero inside a LEGO Atari 2600 and turns it into a playable console…
Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine and MakeUseOf.com.