Grownups have a new kit to build – a mechanical typewriter that came from Lego Ideas.
The design is based on a typewriter used by Lego’s founder, Ole Kirk Kristiansen. Along with an instruction booklet the kit comes with a letter signed by Thomas Kirk Kristiansen who is the fourth generation of the owner family and current Deputy Chairman – the letter comes in 43 languages and is scaled to thread into the typewriter once built.
Along with a bunch of custom bricks that form the body and keys, the keyboard uses technic levers and gears for movement. The kit has some great details like a fabric ribbon, vintage keys, and a call back to Steve Guinness (the Lego Ideas designer behind the initial kit). It looks like a fun and challenging build for experienced folks that results in a great display piece.
Lego Ideas Typewriter – $199.99
- 2,079 pieces
- 4.5 in. (11 cm) high, 10.5 in. (27 cm) wide and 10.5 in. (26 cm) deep
- Features a center typebar that rises each time a letter key is pressed, linked to a carriage that moves across as you type, plus a platen roller that you can feed real paper into.