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Recapture the fun of the 1980s game crash with Lego’s $240 Atari 2600 replica

Enlarge / Lego’s Atari 2600 set. (credit: The Lego Group)

Even the cheapest, slowest modern game consoles are capable of pushing high-definition 3D graphics that would have been unthinkable a few decades ago. But if you’re old enough to remember when video game graphics were just a series of colorful, abstract blobs, Lego has something for you.

A new 2,532-piece set re-creates the 1980-era, four-switch version of the venerable Atari Video Computer System (VCS), later known as the Atari 2600. The kit includes a moving joystick, three game cartridges that can be inserted into the system or into an ’80s-brown storage rack, and other nostalgic touches—even the chintzy wood-grain texture on the front of the console has been lovingly re-created with Lego bricks.

The Lego Atari 2600 launches for $239.99 on August 1.

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