LEGO® Atari 2600 (10306) Revealed

After the success of the Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) released in 2020, the LEGO® Group just announced their follow up retro console set. The LEGO® Atari 2600 hits store shelves on August 1, 2022. The original gaming system debuted in September 1977, retailing for around $200 USD. Interestingly, you will pay more this model than the original system… Of course, that statement does not account for inflation. According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, Atari 2600 cost around $890 USD at launch once adjusted for the times.

LEGO® Atari 2600 Specifics:

  • NAME: Atari Video Computer System
  • SET #: 10306
  • THEME: Icons
  • COST: $299.99 CAD ($239.99 USD)
  • BRICK COUNT: 2532
  • MINIFIGURES: None
  • RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2022
  • COST/BRICK: $0.118 ($0.09 USD)
LEGO Atari 2600
LEGO® Atari Video Computer System. ©2022 The LEGO® Group

The official press release reveals the following information:

The iconic Atari VCS/2600 was an instant hit when introduced in 1977 and the new LEGO set is based on the four-switch revision which debuted in 1980. The release of the new LEGO set also comes in celebration of Atari’s 50th anniversary.

From the unboxing experience through to adding the final brick, building this intricate set is an evocative journey within itself. Activate challenge mode as you build your own console in brick form and take a nostalgic journey uncovering features such as the controller with a joystick that moves to feel just like the original. Brick builders and gamers alike will enjoy sliding open the front and unveiling a pop-up scene from an 80’s gaming room, reviving memories of hours spent trying to get a new high score.

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.

LEGO Atari 2600 game cartridges turned into mini game scenes.
Mini versions of games built from LEGO® game cartridges. ©2022 The LEGO® Group.

The Atari 2600 was a little before my time. I did not start gaming until around 1990. However, I have no doubt video game enthusiasts and history buffs will enjoy this set. The Atari 2600 remains an icon of home entertainment. What do you think of the LEGO® Atari 2600 Video Computer System? Let us know in the comments below or reach out on social media.

Until next time,

-Tom

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