LEGO launches the Atari 2600 video game console, honoring 1980s nostalgia

The Atari 2600 is back – as a LEGO set.

LEGO announced last week that it will release a recreation of the popular video game console on August 1 for $239.99.

The LEGO Atari 2600 set is based on the four-switch revision of the Atari 2600, released in 1980, three years after the original console was released in 1977, according to a LEGO press release.

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Customers who buy the new LEGO set will be able to build their own Atari 2600 game console with features like a controller with a joystick that’s supposed to look like the original, according to the release.

LEGO is releasing a new set, based on the Atari 2600 video game console released in 1980. (LEGO/Fox News)

New Lego Atari 2600 set

The new LEGO set will cost $239.99 and will be available on the LEGO website. (LEGO/Fox News)

Once built, the LEGO Atari 2600 opens in the front to show a pop-up scene of a 1980s playroom, according to the release.

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The set also includes brick versions of three iconic video game cartridges: Asteroids, Adventure and Centipede, according to the release.

Lego Atari 2600 Games

The set also comes with three iconic video game cartridges: Asteriods, Adventure, and Centipede. (LEGO/Fox News)

Lego Atari 2600 Centipede Set

Each cartridge can be stored in a case or built into mini versions of each game, according to the LEGO press release. (LEGO/Fox News)

The set includes 2,532 pieces and is recommended for ages 18 or older. When built, the LEGO Atari 2600 measures over 3” high, 13” wide and 8.5” deep, according to the product description.

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LEGO is releasing the new set in honor of Atari’s 50th anniversary, according to the release.

The LEGO Atari 2600 was designed by lifelong Atari fan Chris McVeigh, according to the release.

Lego Atari 2600 pop-up set

The LEGO Atari 2600 even opens up the front to reveal a scene inspired by a 1980s video arcade. (LEGO/Fox News)

“The Atari 2600 was one of the most memorable gifts I received as a child,” McVeigh said in a statement. “I remember spending hours and hours in front of the TV, absolutely amazed that I could play arcade games at home.”

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“That’s why it’s been an amazing experience to bring two icons, Atari and LEGO, together in this awesome set,” McVeigh added. “We hope building this classic console takes you back to those golden days when a handful of pixels meant a world of adventure.”

The LEGO Atari 2600 will be released on August 1 and will be available for purchase on the LEGO website.

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