Do you love the new LEGO Ideas typewriter but you don’t want to break the bank? I know how you feel. And it looks like Vant . does too, since they have built a pint-sized version of the new sand-green typewriter with an amazing amount of detail in a very small package (paper letter not included). While I love the carriage return and the curved front, my favorite detail is the ink ribbon made from lever handles.
You can see even more details from the top, like the paper guide connected with droid arms that can lift up just like the real thing. And don’t miss the letter keys made from a pair of claw elements and an unusual Bionicle part.
There’s just something extra classy about an old manual typewriter. Maybe it’s the retro styling, or the mechanical aspects, or maybe it’s just pure nostalgia. Whatever the case, the latest LEGO Ideas set (#35 in the series) offers fans a way to add a swanky 1:1 replica to their collection. The 2079 piece 21327 Typewriter will be available June 16th for VIP members, with general availability starting July 1st from the LEGO Shop Online for US $199.99 | CAN $269.99 | UK £179.99. But can a LEGO version be as cool as an actual vintage collectible? And what if you don’t care about typewriters at all? Is there anything here to tempt you? Well, don’t write it off just yet. Come along as we take a close look at this upcoming set!
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LEGO Ideas 21327 Typewriter, the newest Ideas set revealed, was designed by Wes Talbott and James May. They both wanted the Typewriter to have as much functionality as possible, and say it was a challenge to create a working model where Technic and System bricks work well together.
LEGO Ideas 21327 Typewriter gives the crowdsourcing theme a new taste of nostalgia. With over 2,000 pieces, the set is a life-size replica of a 20th-century portable typewriter with moving keys. The original Ideas project was designed by Steve Guinness, who wanted to create something that hasn’t been done before. The typewriter has a working mechanism in which the keys can be pressed, making the center typebar rise and the carriage move. Real paper can be fed into the platen roller as an authentic user experience. The 2,079-piece set will be available to buy for LEGO VIP members from June 16 and worldwide from July 1, priced at US $199.99 | CAN $269.99 | UK £179.99.
LEGO Ideas has never been so popular with so many projects in the pipeline. With a total of 8 projects in various stages of being developed or being prepped for final launch dates, it’s almost hard to keep track and remember them all. We list the projects here as a refresher of what’s to come to be a reality and an official LEGO set.
LEGO Ideas has revealed that three fan-submitted projects will become official sets including a mechanical typewriter and two sets based on TV and film properties Seinfeld and Home Alone. The three projects were chosen from a selection of 12 submissions to the LEGO Ideas platform between September 2019 and January 2020 which achieved 10,000 supporters. Notable brands not chosen as future LEGO sets include Zelda, Futurama and Ratatouille.
Building replicas of real-world objects is a common theme with LEGO creators, and while they span the range of size, from larger than life to microscale, creating 1:1 scale models like this Underwood typewriter by Jonas Kramm is a true art form. This model of the classic typewriter fits a standard 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. There is so much attention to detail in this model, but I especially love the two gold tiles used as the attachment point for the typewriter’s case. If I close my eyes, I can almost hear the clickety-click-clack of the keys.
A while ago we featured an excellent set of instructions for a tiny typewriter. While that was amazing build in its own right, this build by Steve Guinness is quite impressive! The details such as the ribbon spool, the carriage return lever, the type bar and colour somehow remind me of an old school Remington Junior styled from the 1930s. I did spot something unusual though, the space bar seems to be missing!
It was love at first type when I looked at this. Niklas Rosén built a nostalgic machine that’s almost extinct now with the advent of the new era of computers. You now get to build this right at home because it is just the type of build where you probably could find the parts for if you search hard enough in your stash of parts. And to make it fun, don’t stereotype the choice of colours to just black or red. Be adventurous and perhaps you’d want to make some modifications to your own prototype!
Here’s another old-fashioned writing instrument to follow up my last one.
The building team calling themselves BricksBen (Benjamin Cheh & Jeffrey Kong have built an adorable little typewriter, not just with a great retro look but full of novel parts uses and solid building techniques.
To achieve the even slope of the keys within the case, Benjamin and Jeffrey used headlight bricks:
And since this isn’t something inspired by a movie or video game, I’m happy to suggest you head on over to LEGO CUUSOO and support this project. In the meantime, I may need to build one of these for myself…
I said in my most recent post about his mini Nord Lead synthesizer that it’s harder to make big things small than it is to make big or life-size versions of big things.
This is certainly true of their latest creation, which looks like a real-life typewriter until you realize it’s made from LEGO bricks, and then you realize it’s a teeny tiny LEGO typewriter (look at the studs) less than six inches across: