LEGO Retro Camera is a Fun and Affordable Toy for Photographers

LEGO Retro Camera is a Fun and Affordable Toy for Photographers

LEGO Retro Camera 3-in-1 Creator Set

LEGO has announced what could have been the perfect stocking-stuffer, a new Retro Camera Creator Set that will cost only $20. Unfortunately, it will arrive in stores just after Christmas.

The LEGO Retro Camera set allows builders to craft a 35mm film SLR camera, complete with a moving lens, film loading, and film-inspired strap.

LEGO Retro Camera 3-in-1 Creator Set

Spotted by Kosmo Foto, the set includes the necessary parts to build the camera, two film rolls, film canisters, a working film rewind handle, and a hot shoe.

LEGO Retro Camera 3-in-1 Creator Set

Alongside the 35mm camera build, which includes little LEGO film rolls that have transparencies of photos, like wildlife snaps of a giraffe and some butterflies, LEGO fans can also create a retro video camera with an opening flap or a retro TV with an antenna using the parts included in the 3-in-1 set.

LEGO Retro Camera 3-in-1 Creator Set

LEGO Retro Camera 3-in-1 Creator Set

LEGO Retro Camera 3-in-1 Creator Set

LEGO Retro Camera 3-in-1 Creator Set

The set is recommended for builders aged eight and up and includes 261 pieces. The LEGO Retro Camera will be available for $20 beginning January 1, 2024.

It has been a good year for the cohort of vintage image-making enthusiasts who also love LEGO. In early July, LEGO announced a Walt Disney Tribute Camera, a beautiful vintage cinema camera, as part of LEGO’s Disney Centennial celebration.

LEGO Retro Camera 3-in-1 Creator Set
Walt Disney Tribute Camera (LEGO set 43230)

In June, PetaPixel featured a LEGO Ideas project that pays tribute to Ansel Adams. The proposed LEGO set reached the necessary 10,000-supporter threshold to enter official review by LEGO, meaning that the set may one day become a reality.

Walt Disney Tribute Camera (LEGO set 43230)
LEGO Ideas set pay tribute to landscape photographer Ansel Adams

Walt Disney Tribute Camera (LEGO set 43230)

The impressive LEGO build includes an Ansel Adams-like figure on top of the famous photographer’s iconic station wagon, capturing a landscape scene with a large-format camera. Hopefully, for photography fans everywhere, LEGO will approve the set, and it will land on store shelves.

It would not be the first time a photo-related LEGO Ideas project became a reality. Minibrick Productions’ Polaroid Onestep SX-70 project was supported, reviewed, and eventually approved by LEGO.

Walt Disney Tribute Camera (LEGO set 43230)
The Polaroid OneStep SX-70 LEGO Ideas set was supported, reviewed, and approved. Rumors suggest it will finally be available in January 2024.

Per Bricks Up, the LEGO Ideas Polaroid Camera (#21345) is rumored to be released next month, joining the new LEGO Creator Retro Camera 3-in-1 set. It is expected to cost $80 and promises to be similar to the original design submission, albeit with about 20 fewer pieces. It should still include a functional film tray and, according to Bricks Up, may even feature some electronic components.


Image credits: LEGO

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