After a supposed leak and brief teaser on social media a couple of days ago, the LEGO Group and Bandai Namco have made it official. They teamed up to bring back the magic of the legendary PAC-MAN arcade game as it celebrates its 43rd anniversary. As part of its LEGO Icons theme, the new LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade (10323) set is a sure blast from the past.
The LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade Set Brings to Life Another Golden Era in Arcade Gaming
Initially introduced in Japan on May 22, 1980, PAC-MAN quickly became a cultural sensation. For more than four decades, it has captivated audiences around the globe through video games, TV shows, music, and more. Now, thanks to the creative collaboration between the LEGO Group and Bandai Namco, this 80s classic is making a remarkable comeback in the form of the 2,651-piece LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade. Here’s an interesting fact: during the development process, it was discovered that PAC-MAN’s iconic yellow color drew inspiration from the LEGO Group’s signature hue as we know it today.
Iconic Arcade Gameplay as Captured by the LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade Set
The brand-new LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade 10323 set faithfully recreates the arcade version of the yellow muncher. With this set, builders can create larger-than-life brick models of PAC-MAN, BLINKY, and CLYDE, complete with a rotating base for display. These colorful creations will bring back fun arcade memories whether you showcase them on top of the cabinet or separately.
Discover Hidden Surprises from the LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade
Once you complete the set, you’ll be amazed by its additional features and hidden surprises. You can light up the coin slot to add an authentic touch to your arcade experience. Aside from the aesthetics, a neat feature is hidden inside the LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade set. Inside the cabinet, you’ll find a small arcade vignette featuring a minifigure gamer engrossed in a game of PAC-MAN. The minifig’s ghost shirt print is unique to this set. It’s a playful nod to the gaming world and adds extra fun to the LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade set.
The Design Process Behind the LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade Set
LEGO Designer, Sven Franic, shares some fascinating insights into the meticulous process of creating the LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade set. He says, “Being a cultural icon for the past four decades, it was an absolute delight to see PAC-MAN come alive through LEGO. We are always looking for innovative ways to recreate classic gaming experiences. And our team of talented designers dedicated themselves to capturing the essence of the beloved PAC-MAN arcade machine. We paid attention to every detail, from PAC-MAN himself to the intricate maze-like environment. This results in a truly exceptional LEGO creation that captures the magic of the original game. We also added a playful twist and hidden surprises, just like in video games. We’re incredibly excited to share this amazing build with the world and can’t wait to see the joy it brings to fans of all ages.”
Availability and Pricing Details
If you’re a LEGO VIP member, you’ll have exclusive early access to purchase the LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade set starting from June 1, 2023. For everyone else, the set will be available from June 4, 2023, at a retail price of $269.99. Check out these official images below.
LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade (10323)
2,651 pieces | Includes 1 unique gamer minifigure | $269.99 | Coming Soon on June 4, 2023
Take a trip back to the 1980s with this LEGO® Icons PAC-MAN Arcade (10323) building set for adults. Enjoy a rewarding project recreating the iconic maze-chase cabinet arcade game, considered by many as the most influential video game of all time.
This LEGO replica is loaded with retro design details and fun features, including a 4-way joystick and an illuminating coin slot. Turn the handle to activate a mechanical maze that simulates the classic chase between your favorite characters or open the back panel to view the mechanical elements. There’s even a 1980s arcade scene to build, complete with a gaming minifigure and a display case with rotatable PAC-MAN, BLINKY, and CLYDE figures.
A ‘players only’ zone
Spend quality time with a premium LEGO building set for adults. This collectible LEGO PAC-MAN model delivers an immersive build experience and makes a top gift idea for fans of retro video games.
- Build a 1980s cabinet arcade game – Recreate the iconic 1980s maze-chase video game in LEGO® bricks with this LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade (10323) building set
- What’s in the box? – Includes all you need to build the PAC-MAN Arcade cabinet and a display case with rotatable PAC-MAN, BLINKY, and CLYDE figures, plus a 1980s arcade scene with a gaming minifigure
- Packed with retro features – The cabinet has a 4-way joystick, illuminating coin slot, adjustable game score display, and a mechanical maze that simulates the classic chase between the game characters
- A nostalgic gift idea for adult fans of retro video games – Take time out for yourself or treat a loved one to mark any special anniversary or occasion
- Dimensions – The PAC-MAN Arcade cabinet (non-functional gaming system) measures over 12.5 in. (32 cm) high, 10 in. (25 cm) wide, and 7 in. (17 cm) deep
- Additional features – Press a button on the display base to change the direction and demeanor of the PAC-MAN, BLINKY, and CLYDE figures. Open the rear of the cabinet to view the maze-chase mechanism