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LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade Set Launched

The LEGO Group and Bandai Namco partner to release detailed recreation of the classic ’80s arcade game.

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May 24, 2023

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LEGO Icons Pac-Man Arcade Set
LEGO Icons Pac-Man Arcade SetLEGO Group, Bandai Namco Entertainment

The LEGO Group and Bandai Namco are celebrating the 43rd anniversary of PAC-MAN with the reveal of the new vintage LEGO Icons PAC-MAN Arcade set.

Originally released on May 22, 1980, by Bandai Namco Entertainment (previously Namco) in Japan, the PAC-MAN video game became a cultural icon. After 40 years, the LEGO Group has collaborated with Bandai Namco to bring the ’80s classic back in brick form.

The new LEGO set design shows an arcade version of PAC-MAN and allows the recreation of some of the ghost-munching moves of the game. In addition, builders can create large colorful brick versions of PAC-MAN, BLINKY and CLYDE that rotate on a base, and can be displayed on top of the cabinet or separately.

Once complete, the coin-slot can be lit up, plus there is a small vignette of a female minifigure playing PAC-MAN on an arcade, hidden inside the cabinet.

“A cultural icon for the past 40 years, it was a delight to bring PAC-MAN to brick life,” says Sven Franic, designer, LEGO. “We are always looking for new and exciting ways to bring classic gaming experiences to life. Our team of talented designers worked tirelessly to capture the essence of the beloved PAC-MAN arcade machine in brick form, from PAC-MAN himself to the colorful, maze-like environment he inhabits. Every detail was carefully considered and crafted, resulting in a one-of-a-kind LEGO creation that captures the magic of the original game while adding a playful new twist and a couple of Easter eggs – in true video game style. We are thrilled to share this incredible build with the world and cannot wait to see the joy it brings to fans of all ages.”

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“Bandai Namco and the LEGO group share a lot of common values, notably aiming at providing fun for all people through quality products,” says Aadil Tayouga, director, licensing and business strategy, Bandai Namco Europe. “In addition to these values, since PAC-MAN yellow was actually inspired by the LEGO Group yellow, it made the connection even more natural. It has been a tremendous collaboration with the passionate teams at the LEGO Group and we hope that fans will enjoy this kit.”

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