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Word up: the 2079-piece Lego Typewriter immortalises a vintage word-smasher in plastic bricks

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Fancy yourself as the next Hunter S. Thompson, yet wedded to tapping out missives on your phone using your thumbs? Lego has the answer, in the shape of a gorgeous vintage typewriter you build from 2079 plastic pieces and that performs much like the real thing – but doesn’t create actual letters. Lego Typewriter (£199.99, available 1 July) does come with a letter, though, from Lego chairperson Thomas Kirk Kristiansen. It – or any other sheet of paper – can be fed into the platen roller and you can hammer away at the keys, gleefully watching as the carriage realistically moves across and the typebar rises each time a key is pressed. It’s safe to say this display piece is unlike any other Lego kit, its real-world object ambitions perhaps matched only by 2020’s Grand Piano. Surely it can’t be beyond suitably smart folks to hack this kit and make it work for real, too? Becasue we really fancy writing next month’s Stuff on one.

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I’m a regular contributor to Stuff magazine and Stuff.tv, covering apps, games, Apple kit, Android, Lego, retro gaming and other interesting oddities. I also pen opinion pieces when the editor lets me, getting all serious about accessibility and predicting when sentient AI smart cookware will take over the world, in a terrifying mix of Bake Off and Terminator.

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Mobile apps and games, Macs, iOS and tvOS devices, Android, retro games, crowdfunding, design, how to fight off an enraged smart saucepan with a massive stick.

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