LEGO Unveils IDEAS Typewriter With Moving Keys

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Another big announcement from LEGO today with Steve Guinness’ winning LEGO ideas set. It’s been over 2 years in the making but the set will finally be in stores from July 16th. You can see from the side-by-side below that LEGO made numerous changes from the original, including giving it the sand-green color instead of gray, and improving the keytop design.

The set retains the original moving keys and introduces a number of other realistic touches. Read the full release below.

Obviously designed to be a display piece, 21327 will look great on a desk, sideboard or in a display cabinet. Priced from $199 USD, it’s also tagged as 18+ for it’s non-playable design. VIP members can pick one up starting next week, June 16th with the set becoming available on July 1 for the general public.


Billund, June 9th, 2021: The LEGO Group has revealed the new LEGO® Ideas Typewriter set which is set to delight the most seasoned wordsmiths and fans of all things vintage. Designed by LEGO fan, Steve Guinness from Chester, UK, as part of the LEGO® Ideas platform, the LEGO Ideas Typewriter is based on a contemporary typewriter model of a bygone era, including the one used by the LEGO Group founder Ole Kirk Christiansen.

Intricately designed to mirror the function and tactility of a classic typewriter, the LEGO Ideas Typewriter features a center typebar that rises each time a letter key is pressed, linked to the carriage which moves across as you type, as well as a platen roller that real paper can be fed into.

In a fitting nod to the lost art of letter writing, the premium quality LEGO Typewriter set also comes with a letter written and signed by Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, chairman of the LEGO Group and a fourth-generation member of the family which still privately owns the business to this day.

The original concept for the typewriter came through LEGO fan Steve Guinness’ submission to the LEGO Ideas platform, a LEGO initiative that takes new ideas that have been imagined and voted for by fans and turns them into reality.  Discussing his idea, Steve said: “I wanted to create something totally different from anything that LEGO has ever done before and showcase that you really can make anything out of LEGO. I bought a vintage typewriter for my research and then played around with bricks and the mechanism until I was happy with the design. I hope it will bring nostalgia to adult fans like me, and wonder and curiosity to younger fans who might not have ever seen a real typewriter!”

While the concept of the typewriter dates back to the early 18th Century, Steve’s design, and the LEGO design team’s development of it, captures the styling cues of the modern 20th century typewriters, which still have a cult following today.

Federico Begher, VP of Global Marketing at the LEGO Group commented: “It’s not hard to see why the vintage typewriter has such enduring appeal, and Steve’s incredible replica is a thoroughly worthy LEGO Ideas success story.

“For many, the escape from the connected world to the simplicity of the typewriter is a similar experience to the mindful process of building with LEGO bricks. Here, we have a LEGO set that combines these two worlds seamlessly and like its real-life counterparts, is something LEGO fans will be proud to display in their homes.”

The LEGO Typewriter is available to buy from 16th June 2021 via LEGO VIP early access and will be on sale on from 1st July.

Further product details

Further product info: LEGO® TYPEWRITER 21327

  • Age – 18+
  • Model measures: Height: 12cm, Width: 27 cm, Length: 26 cm
  • 2079 pieces
  • Based on an original LEGO Ideas design by Steve Guinness, which achieved over 10,000 votes of support via the LEGO Ideas platform
  • Features include a center typebar that rises each time a letter key is pressed, linked to the carriage which moves across as you type, as well as a platen roller that real paper can be fed into.
  • Every set comes with a signed letter from Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, chairman of the LEGO Group, translated into 43 different languages
  • Price: $199.99/€199.99

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