This retro LEGO radio is more modern than you think

This retro radio stands out for looking as authentic as possible, with “period” details like faux wood trim, a mint green faceplate, a tuner window and classic speaker slots!

Not so vintage

LEGO and retro enthusiasts will appreciate the included mechanical adjustment knob, handle and even extendable antenna. Despite its vintage appearance, this radio does not function as a true AM/FM receiver. It is, however, equipped with a special speaker that can play pre-recorded sounds, such as a fake sports broadcast, and interact with the tuning knob.

© LEGO
© LEGO

The left button turns the radio on or off, while the right one simulates changing stations with a red bar that moves along the frequencies. Although the radio doesn’t actually pick up AM/FM stations, the preloaded sounds help. Additionally, its retro aesthetic is enhanced by an extendable antenna, which can be stored in its own compartment on the back.

The LEGO radio also includes an unexpected feature: it can accommodate a smartphone to stream music or podcasts! By opening the compartment on the back of the device, users can place their phone inside and use the radio as a speaker. Not bad if you have a smartphone gathering dust in a drawer.

Radio Retro Lego 2
© LEGO

LEGO has very clearly identified a niche of crazy people passionate about retro briquette technology! This kit is also inspired by fan creations on the LEGO Ideas platform, such as that of Mehdi Rustamov, aka dimexart. Its own 1,130-piece vintage radio model shares a similar design with even a hatch to insert a smartphone and listen to music.

The official model, which has 906 pieces, will be available from June 4 at the price of €99.99.

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