Details are leaking on a special LEGO set of the Atari 2600 console that will be released later this year to celebrate Atari’s 50th anniversary.
During the last years, Lego explored video game-related sets in exciting new ways. LEGO’s partnership with Nintendo, which led to a fun and interactive NES console Super Mario Bros. sets, was particularly exciting, but new sonic the hedgehog and Forbidden Horizon West sets show LEGO’s willingness to experiment. So it’s perhaps no surprise that a new set has been leaked that will celebrate Atari’s 50th anniversary. The set is from the classic Atari 2600 console.
The leak comes from German Lego website Promobricks.de which explains that LEGO is working on a unique playable model set of the Atari 2600, originally known as the Atari VCS. The set is tentatively slated for an August 2022 release and will tentatively retail for $199.99 – an estimate from Promobricks.de. LEGO fans hoping to follow the set’s announcement and release can do so with the Atari 2600 10306 set number or the set’s full name, which is the Atari 50th Anniversary Game Console.
In addition to the Atari 2600 console itself, there will also be a CX40 controller to assemble, of course. The Atari 2600 console featured a unique joystick style with a joystick in its center and a single orange button. It’s possible that this controller also has a mechanical element connecting it to the console due to its “playable” nature.
As for what “playable” means, LEGO fans might remember the Nintendo Entertainment System’s LEGO set which includes a LEGO TV and a “game” to play on it. The Atari 2600 set will not include a television, according to the leak. However, it will include a hinge element which, when opened, reveals a scene from the game. Trap. Trap hero Harry will swing over a pit full of crocodiles, according to the description. An electronic component that allows real Atari games to be played would be very exciting, but is beyond the scope of a $200 LEGO set.
In total, the set combines elements from the LEGO set from the NES console as well as the Super Mario 64 question mark block with its secret Trap game world inside. LEGO does its best to deliver rich and detailed play experiences in these sets, and it looks like the Atari 2600 set will be no different.
Although the tentative release window for the Atari 2600 set is August later this year, it will be limited to official LEGO sources to begin with. Promobricks.de says the set may not be openly available until early 2023. As Lego fans know, patience is important when trying to score those rare sets.
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