No, really: “Following relatively hot on the heels of 2020’s Lego NES, the Danish building block company has collaborated with another gaming titan for a similarly nostalgic console build just in time for its 50th anniversary. The Atari 2600 will soon be available in Lego form for anyone willing to shell out $239.99 and build it from its 2,532 pieces. The console and its buildable accessories will be available exclusively on the Lego store on August 1. However, there will be no pre-orders.”
Unfortunately, you can’t actually play Atari games on it, which I personally find exceptionally disappointing. I mean, it’s 2022. These games are available online. How hard would have been to add a chip and USB port?
Well, if you’re going to do a STAR WARS-themed Halloween show, then give it to the LEGO folks. Straight up. I mean, there’s no chance in Hell they’ll ever do straight-up horror in the Star Wars universe, and I kind of don’t want them to anyway. That means that ‘comic spooky’ is your only viable action plan, and at least this shop knows how to do that sort of thing. I figure my kids are going to watch LEGO STAR WARS TERRIFYING TALES pretty avidly, or at least the younger one will. It may not suck.
Excuse me: they’re “teaming up.” …It’s funny. I love LEGO, and have a mildly positive reaction to IKEA; but LEGKEA fills me with an oddly specific dread. Perhaps it’s because I’m trying to imagine how painful an LEGKEA mutant brick would be to step upon. Perhaps it’s because I’m terrified that the trend will now be for modular furniture (which is going to be less sexy than it sounds). And perhaps it’s a premonition from my future self, warning me to stop the unholy convergence before it’s too late.
So my wife and I are watching this, and we get to the point where they’re pulling out the nuclear control rods on the pile. I turn to my wife (the engineer) and I go, “They were all kinds of mad back then, huh?” She said not a word as she nodded enthusiastically.
But ‘Chicago Pile-1: A Brick History’ is nonetheless rather well done. And informative! Good for kids and people who need a primer/refresher.
This is why I won’t have the LEGO Star Wars Super Star Destroyer* in my house. I damn well wouldn’t throw it into a wall at over sixty miles an hour, either. These fellows are utterly mad. Entertainingly mad — I don’t have to be the one to clean it up, after all — but still mad.
*You can’t afford it, but click through anyway. Have you done your Christmas Amazon shopping yet? :ting:
Basically, a person named ‘Ymarilego’ came up with the idea of doing fantasy RPG LEGO sets (‘Quest Builder’) and submitted the idea to LEGO. They have a crowdsourcing system in place to review this stuff; 10K people said that they loved the idea (I’d buy it*), so LEGO will be reviewing it to maybe make it (no guarantees, but it looks like it’d make money). So now Ymarilego has come up with a bunch of other Quest Builder locations and terrains. Check ’em out, and vote if you like the idea. I have.