Although it didn’t quite achieve the huge popularity (and success) in Europe that the system enjoyed in North America, it’s hard to deny that the Atari 2600 represents one of the the most iconic ever created. – The fact that it came out in the late 70s and was still in use throughout the 90s is a clear indicator of how big this system is!
As it approaches its 50th anniversary in August, then, we can almost certainly expect to see more than a few events and promotions held to celebrate this iconic, and very firmly middle-aged console now. – And following a report via Eurogamer, inside sources claim that one of these aspects will come from Lego.
Yes, Lego is preparing the launch of an Atari 2600 kit where you will literally get a ready-to-use masonry console!
Lego will release the Atari 2600 kit
As of this writing, there’s been no official announcement from Lego about it or, indeed, any kind of leaked images of the kit. – Reliable sources apparently close to the brick laying giant have however confirmed that a licensing deal has been confirmed and as such a Lego Atari 2600 kit will be released around August/September this year.
Now, admittedly, that in itself might sound a bit crazy. Remember, though, that this isn’t the first time Lego has created a kit to celebrate an iconic console. In 2020, Lego released a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) kit. A console that, rather ironically, is the one that supplanted and ultimately led to the demise of the Atari 2600.
Unlike this one, however, the Atari 2600 kit should offer a full-fledged 1:1 replica. No, you won’t be able to play games on it, but with that iconic design and woodwork, I dare say more than a few people are going to have fun putting this one together, and more proudly displaying it on their master builder shelf!
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