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Lego typewriter launched with moving keys and cart

Written by Lianne Kolirin, CNN

Once found in virtually every office around the world, the trusty typewriter is virtually extinct.
But now LEGO has stepped back in time, releasing a 2,079-piece model of the gadget – complete with movable keys and a cart.

The recently launched set, aimed at adult builders, was inspired by an idea from British LEGO fan Steve Guinness.

He submitted his concept to the LEGO Ideas platform, which takes new designs imagined by fans, puts them to a public vote and turns them into reality. Guinness’ winning concept, which garnered more than 10,000 votes, will also allow it to receive a share of the proceeds from sales.

Designed to reflect the function and style of a classic typewriter, the set includes a center strike bar that rises whenever a key is pressed. This is linked to the carriage, which moves as you type, and it also has a print roller that real paper can be fed into.

In a press release from LEGO, Guinness said, “I wanted to create something totally different from anything LEGO has ever done before and show that you can really do anything with LEGO.

“I bought a vintage typewriter for my research, then played with the bricks and the mechanism until I was happy with the design.

Alphabetic keys move like those on traditional machines and paper can be fed into a print roll. Credit: Rasmus Bluhme

“I hope this will bring nostalgia to adult fans like me, and wonder and curiosity to young fans who may never have seen a real typewriter!”

Federico Begher, vice president of global marketing for the LEGO Group, said in the statement: “For many, escaping from the connected world to typewriter simplicity is an experience similar to the conscious process of building with LEGO bricks. .

“Here we have a LEGO set that combines these two worlds seamlessly and like its real-life counterparts, this is something LEGO fans will be proud to display in their homes.”

The typewriter, which will retail for $ 199.99, goes on sale to members of the brand’s VIP site on June 16 and in general release starting in July.


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