The perfect marriage of fun and retro, the Lego Polaroid OneStep SX-70 Camera is here to blast away those January blues.
That’s an important point, too. This isn’t out for Christmas, so don’t panic thinking you’ve missed the perfect gift off your list for Santa. Lego has kept a few things back for when we really need cheering up – when the decorations go down and the long, winter evenings need filling.
And what could be better this sitting down and recreating the world’s first instant SLR camera out of small bricks? Yes, a camera from 1972 getting the Lego treatment and with the kind of detail that Lego does so well these days.
Such detail as well. It does everything except take original photos. However, Lego does have a little treat in store for you on that front, which I’ll come to in a moment.
Part of the Lego Ideas range, this has the look of the original 1972 model, right down to the colour spectrum on the front. And all the dials and controls, too. In fact, there’s even a viewfinder.
So, working through this, you get a turning exposure compensation dial, a button on the front, and some Lego-illustrated photos. Press the button after loading a photo, and the image pops out just like you have taken an instant snap. Except that it’s fully formed. But you get the idea.
There are three illustrated photos in total, all of which sit in a rather lovely Polaroid Time-Zero Land Film pack. As I said, the kind of detail Lego does so well with these sets. To emphasise that point, one of the photos is of Polaroid inventor Edwin H. Land.
The ‘buildable’ Polaroid camera model comes in 516 pieces and is, as you might have guessed, an age 18 and above Lego set. It looks great, but I suspect it isn’t easy to put together, especially for small kids. However, I wonder if any small kids would want this. It’s all about adult nostalgia.
The finished model is 9cm x 9cm x 15cm, which is best seen on one of the images showing it on a shelf. Small, but certainly eye-catching.
Want one? You can pre-order now ahead of the shipping date of 1st January 2024. It costs £69.99.