A video posted to Twitter begins footage from 1982, showing a boy named Nick opening his Christmas presents. “I KNEW IT WAS ATARI! ATARRRI!” he exclaims. Lego then reveals that they have tracked down this Nick so that they can give him a gift today: #10306, Lego Atari 2600.
That’s a pretty generous gift, too, considering the set, due out this August, will cost $240. 2532 pieces, that’s almost ten cents per block. But, my God, it looks so damn beautiful.
If you’re not old enough to be nostalgic for the Atari 2600, then, first of all, I hate you. But also just know that this is how a generation first encountered video games in their homes. Your TV has become a slot machine! Real real magic.
The newly unveiled Lego version looks incredibly similar to the original, a creepy brown 1970s relic with faux wood panels and gorgeously dated colossal metal switches. It comes with the legendary one-button joystick and cartridges for Adventure, asteroidsas well as Centipede.
What’s more, these cartridges not only fit into the little brown shelf, but also into a slot in the top of the main machine. And they can be built into stands for small models with characters from games.
The top of the console also slides forward to reveal a small diorama of a 70s living room, a minifig playing Atari on her TV, and I want to hug it all.
The only downside would be Atari’s stinking zombie corpse I get something out of it, but damn it, am I really going to spend the price of a real working console on Lego? I am very worried.