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(Pocket-lint) - The rumoured Lego Atari 2600 / VCS set has been confirmed. It comes with three buildable cartridges and is based on the classic four switch console revised for a 1980 release.

Originally leaked in April, the Lego Atari set will release on 1 August 2022 and feature a small vignette that reveals when you slide out the top of the built console. This contains a minifigure of a kid playing Asteroids on a CRT TV.


You also get a version of the iconic joystick to build.

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Lego has revealed that as well as the console and controller, the set will come with three cartridges from Atari's classic game line-up too - Centipede, Asteroids and Adventure. They can be rebuilt into small vignettes to match the game type.

For example, Centipede will be able to turn into an insect with mushrooms, to represent the classic arcade conversion.

"The Atari 2600 was one of the most memorable gifts I got as a kid. I recall spending hours and hours in front of the TV. This is why it has been such an incredible experience to bring two icons together, Atari and Lego, in this awesome set," said lead designer, Chris McVeigh.

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There are 2,532 bricks in the set, and it will be priced at £209.99 in the UK, €239.99 in Central Europe, and $239.99 in the States.

The Atari 2600, or VCS (Video Computer System) as it was otherwise known, was originally released in 1977 and effectively kickstarted the console gaming market as we know it today. Atari itself celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, hence this tie-in with Lego.

Writing by Rik Henderson.