The Commodore 64 is a venerable piece of computing history with many recreations and tributes to it being made over the years, but this full size LEGO version may be our favourite yet.
Created by Christian Simpson, who is the man behind the channel Perifractic’s Retro Recipes, this build is billed as a “working” version of the device, but that’s only true as far as the moving keys and small power light are concerned.
While we’re sure someone will transplant an actual Commodore 64 PCB into it, or the smaller C64 Mini (something Simpson actually did) this stands as a very imposing desk toy as is.
This first video about the project focuses on all the design work that went into it using Stud.io, a piece of fan-made software for creating digital versions of anything LEGO that you can think of.
While the video is long at 21 minutes, it is worth your time if you’re at all interested in these kinds of projects, but we’ll sum it up after the embed.
This brick version of the computer estimated to be 2 191 pieces weighing in at 82 ounces, or just over two kilograms.
Aside from an accurate exterior, it’s hiding a faithful representation of the motherboard, a working power indicator light with a switch, and a full set of keys that can be depressed and spring back, just as you’d expect.
The price for these pieces is difficult to pinpoint because the secondhand market Bricklink is being used to source them, but the final price given in the video is $170 (~R2 485) which, while expensive, is less that you’d usually pay for this many pieces in a new set.
Now for the part where you can make your own. A second video on the subject will be released soon that will contain a parts list and instructions, which is everything you need to replicate the work here except for the important task of sourcing the pieces.
Alternatively, and this is the part we’re really excited about, this project has been submitted to LEGO Ideas.
The proviso here is that the project needs ten thousand votes from the community before LEGO will even look into it.
As it was just launched this project only has a few hundred supporters. We’re not too worried, however, as we expect this to take off soon and it has more than a year to get more voters, and even more time when it crosses certain milestones in terms of supporters.
Make sure to leave your name if this is something you want.
Alternate colour variants for it can be seen in the tweet below:
The full-size working #LEGO #Commodore64 is now live at @LEGOIdeas. If you vote for the #BrixtyFour they might make it an official set!
Video: https://t.co/WFFyE0QZzZ pic.twitter.com/1zSHW8yJww
— Christian Simpson aka Perifractic (@chrisimpsonline) October 22, 2018