The new LEGO Ideas 21327 Typewriter set may see adult builders everywhere scrambling to get their hands on the 2,079-piece model.
The life-size set, which features moving keys and carriage, was designed by a British man named Steve Guinness who submitted his vision to LEGO Ideas.
The platform allows fans to submit their dream design for a chance to make the idea a reality. The creation is voted on by the public and must receive at least 10,000 to make it to the next stage.
The design is then reviewed by experts who determine whether it will be approved for production. Guinness’ nostalgic design received over 10,000 votes, and he will get a share of the profits from sales.
“It’s not hard to see why the vintage typewriter has such enduring appeal, and Steve’s incredible replica is a thoroughly worthy LEGO Ideas success story,” Federico Begher, the vice president of global marketing at LEGO Group, said in a statement.
“For many, the escape from the connected world to the simplicity of the typewriter is a similar experience to the mindful process of building with LEGO bricks. Here, we have a LEGO set that combines these two worlds seamlessly, and like its real-life counterparts, is something LEGO fans will be proud to display in their homes.”
When Guinness submitted his idea to the Lego Ideas platform he was determined to showcase the versatility of the popular building blocks. “I wanted to create something totally different from anything that LEGO has ever done before and showcase that you really can make anything out of LEGO,” he said.
“I bought a vintage typewriter for my research and then played around with bricks and the mechanism until I was happy with the design. I hope it will bring nostalgia to adult fans like me, and wonder and curiosity to younger fans who might not have ever seen a real typewriter!”
The Lego Typewriter will be available to purchase for Lego VIP members on June 16 and will retail for $199.99. Non-members can purchase the item on July 1.