This excellent set was designed by LEGO fan Steve Guinness and submitted to the LEGO Ideas platform. Guinness said: “I wanted to make something completely different from anything LEGO has ever done before and show that you can really make anything from LEGO. I bought a vintage typewriter for my research and then played with bricks and the mechanism until I was satisfied. I hope it will bring nostalgia to mature fans like me, and wonder and curiosity to younger fans who may have never seen a real typewriter before!”
The Guinness typewriter is inspired by a modern typewriter model, one that was actually used by LEGO Group founder Ole Kirk Christiansen. And as a bonus, the set includes a letter written and signed by Thomas Kirk Christiansen, the fourth-generation member of the founding family and private owner of the company.
Of course, this model reflects certain functionality of real 20th century typewriters and that classic tactile experience they provide. The 2079-piece set has a central typing bar, which rises each time you press a letter key, which in turn connects to the carriage that moves horizontally as you type. There is even a platen roller that can feed real paper.
LEGO Group VP of Global Marketing Federico Begher stated: “It’s not hard to see why the vintage typewriter has such lasting appeal, and Steve’s incredible replica is an absolutely worthy LEGO Ideas success story. For many, the escape from the connected world to the simplicity of the typewriter is a similar experience to the conscious process of building with LEGO bricks. Here we have a LEGO set that seamlessly combines these two worlds and like its real-life counterparts, is something LEGO fans will be proud to display in their homes.”
The LEGO Typewriter will be available for purchase from June 16 through LEGO VIP Early Access and will be available to everyone from July 1. I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to buy this one.