Look, Ma, A Working LEGO Radio!

A vintage LEGO radio set that surprised every AFOL in the best possible way…

Attila Vágó
Bricks n’ Brackets
10 min readJun 8, 2024

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Here’s the thing about adults fans of LEGO (AFOLs). We’re a vocal bunch, and as much as we love LEGO bricks, we’ll be the first to tell the Danish toymaker, they’ve designed something we’re not interested in. We’re a very critical, tough to please bunch, so much so that we’re almost proud of being difficult. So, it’s a rare occasion to see AFOLs up in arms about a newly released LEGO set, only to take it all back days later as more and more of us finish building it. The LEGO Retro Radio is one such example of a swift 180.

OK, LEGO, but why?

Even as the leaks started appearing online, most of us couldn’t help but ask ourselves, “Sure, a LEGO radio, but why?”. It’s a fair question. The last thing I would have expected to see in 2024 on the LEGO store shelves was a retro radio. A retro arcade? Sure. A vintage car? Of course. Maybe even a classic typewriter. But a radio that’s not even a boombox?!? Who the brickin’ heck needs that?!?

I was both baffled and intrigued. I used to take radios apart as a kid, but build one out of LEGO bricks? That wasn’t something I ever considered.

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Attila Vágó
Bricks n’ Brackets

Staff software engineer, tech writer, author and opinionated human. LEGO and Apple fan. Accessibility advocate. Life enthusiast. Living in Dublin, Ireland. ☘️