The original concept for 21327 Typewriter came from talented LEGO fan Steven Guinness and since then LEGO Group designers have worked their magic in bringing his design to fruition. All of them worked hard to keep the brick-built version as close to the real one as possible.
Of course, it doesn’t actually type, although you can display it as if it does with the typed note from fourth-gen LEGO Group founding family member, Thomas Kirk Kristiansen.
LEGO Technic pieces are used to make up the intricate inner workings of 21327 Ideas Typewriter. Moving gears and cogs inside the typewriter make it tactile, just like the real thing, so you can channel your inner Hemingway.
The design also features a central typebar that rises each time a letter key is pressed, as if about to ink a new character onto the plated page in front of you. The build also includes a carriage, or the roller part of a typewriter where the paper sits, which actually moves across as you type, as well as a platen roller that real paper can be fed into.
Red and black strips even mimic ribbon and ribbon spools running across the paper. For a proper typewriter, this would be how the ink is stamped onto the paper. Here, they’re strictly aesthetic, highlighting the dedication to detail from all parties. Ultimately, the only thing missing from this set is the liquid ink cartridges.
LEGO Ideas 21327 Typewriter is retailing for $199.99 / €199.99 / AUD $329.99 / CAD $269.99 and will be on sale in official LEGO stores and online from June 16 for VIP members and available more widely from July 1.