LEGO Ideas Typewriter Review (21327)
We were waiting for the release of LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327) but if you are a VIP member, you will be able to get your hands on it very soon. The set includes 2,079 pieces and will cost $ 199.99.
As with all LEGO Ideas sets, the front gives a little glimpse of the set, including a short clip on fan designer Steve Guinness. He also gives short quotes from LEGO designers James May, Wes Talbott and Martin Fink.
Set includes a letter booklet from LEGO President Thomas Kirk Kristiansen. There are letters in 43 different languages, so there is something for everyone. You can tear them out to put them on the typewriter after construction is complete.
There are three sections for each set of bags. 1-4 are for the front bezel and keyboard. 5-8 are for the rear frame and internal workings of the cart. Bags 9-11 are for platinum and ribbon reels.
Bag 1 are the parts used for the keyboard frame, most of them having Technic beams.
Bag 2 is for part of the frame for the keyboard. Here you use the arm constructions from bag 1 and tie them in the correct order. This is by far the most tedious part of the whole construction. If you got it wrong here after completing it, good luck finding the error.
Bag 3 is for the keyboard keys. LEGO was nice enough to have the letters printed on 2 × 2 tiles. There are also the shift and shift lock keys which are found on 4 × 4 tiles.
Bag 4 is for the rest of the typewriter front frame. There are pins on the sides that hold the backs of the keys to the frame and they work pretty well. On the front we have a sticker with the word “System” which is one of only two stickers in the set.
On what I think is the most interesting part of the typewriter, bag 5 begins the first part of the cart. At this point it doesn’t look very interesting, but it will fill up in the next few bags.
On bag 6 we have the central hitting bar mechanism which is largely finished. We also have the layout of the transport track area.
For bag 7 we have another interesting and complex mechanism for the cart. The gears work in conjunction with the Technic bars for the keys. So when you press a key, the gears rotate one step until they reach the far left. You can reset it by pushing the carriage all the way to the right to repeat the process. There are a few keys that don’t move the cart as they aren’t meant to include the gearshift lock and the gearshift keys.
One quality control issue I had with this bag was that I was missing a wheel and had a handlebar instead. Fortunately, this didn’t really affect the smoothness of the cart movement. In addition, the lower rear part of the frame tends to fall off very easily. Any strange movement and it will probably fall off.
Then, the majority of the parts of the bag 8 are intended for the top cover. Before that, there is a small section for the typing bar using a 1 × 2 round plate that mimics the sound of a real typewriter. In fact, it works well and it really looks like it.
Bag 9 is dedicated to the print bed. Not much going on here, but there are wheels at the bottom to allow the deck to roll smoothly. The back frame has a sticker that says “System in Play” and an Easter Egg by Steve Guinness from “NGUOYD” which is an acronym for “Never Give Up on Your Dreams”.
For bag 10 we have the rollers for the tray which uses rubber wheels with 4 × 4 round bricks. The sides of the turntable use metallic silver coins, which is a good thing for people looking for coins.
Finally, we have the rest of the typebar section, the ones that don’t work. They look pretty cool when it goes to the center. We also have the bar that holds the paper. At the very end we put the ribbon spools on the sides, the ribbon being a new piece of fabric specially made for this set.
Overall, the LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327) is a very detailed set that has just about all the characteristics of a real typewriter. I appreciate that the keys are printed tiles instead of stickers which makes this a higher quality product. As for the other stickers, you don’t really need to add them as they also look great without them. Plus, the sound it makes when you press a key is the exact sound of the real thing. The color scheme may be off-putting, but it looks like the old school one.
There were also some things that I didn’t like too much but they were very minor things. The first was the rear part of the frame which keeps falling off. Although it is secure in a few sections, it seems to come off easily when moved. Another downside is not really the whole thing but the quality assurance for it. I’m not sure how another piece that isn’t in the set replaced something that was meant to be. Luckily it didn’t affect much, but it was still worth noting.
The typewriter has been by far one of the most complex builds for a LEGO Ideas set for quite some time and if you like something challenging but have a great piece at the end of it, I recommend it. The set will be available from June 16 for VIPs and for the general public on July 1.
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