We knew we could make the LEGO Atari 2600 look the part, but we had to make it feel right too. That means that moving components had to be included – an important way of bringing the set to life.
Starting with the recoiling switches and mechanisms and building up to the cartridges, their shelving and the joystick itself, everything was carefully considered to give the best feel. It’s these little hand-held moments that spark the experience of play.
“The building experience alone is incredibly fun,” says Chris. “You may learn a few new building techniques or simply marvel at how certain design problems were solved. I’m hoping this gives newer customers an insight into the design of the era.”
And even if you were born too late to experience the original Atari 2600, Chris thinks you’ll still love discovering this set.
“There are so many interesting shapes. The console itself is such an enigma. It’s got this long, deep front, almost corrugated. It’s at an angle, which the designers felt was the most natural way to receive a game cartridge. It’s all these interesting design decisions that people are able to revisit and appreciate.”