10323 ICONS™ PAC-MAN Arcade Review

By Barry Kay (SAFOLs Brick Boss, CapeLUG Member, Batman … Ssshhhh!)

Calling all LEGO® enthusiasts and retro gaming fans! The LEGO® ICONS™ 10323 PAC-MAN Arcade Set is here to teleport you back to the golden era of arcade gaming with its intricate design, playful features, and nostalgic charm. Assembling this set is like embarking on a delightful journey through time, where LEGO® bricks and PAC-MAN pixels collide in a symphony of creativity.

Unboxing and First Impressions:

The moment you open the box, you’re greeted with a vibrant array of elements that evoke fond memories of classic arcade cabinets. The set includes detailed instructions, 24 numbered bags, and stickers to add those iconic details. The presentation truly captures the essence of both LEGO® and PAC-MAN, setting the stage for an enjoyable building experience.

Building Techniques:

The building process of the LEGO® 10323 PAC-MAN Arcade Set showcases a masterful blend of traditional and innovative LEGO® techniques. The designers ingeniously use SNOT (Studs Not On Top) techniques to achieve smooth surfaces that mirror the sleek lines of the arcade cabinet. The use of Technic pins and axles ensures structural stability, allowing you to engage in interactive play without compromising the set’s integrity.

The Build:

You begin with the base, building the foundation upon which the arcade magic will come to life. The modular design is reminiscent of classic LEGO® architecture, with each section easily connecting to form the complete arcade cabinet.

Attention to detail is where the 10323 PAC-MAN Arcade Set truly shines. From the intricately designed joystick to the iconic marquee at the top, every component is meticulously constructed to capture the essence of the original PAC-MAN cabinet. The use of specialized elements like printed tiles and custom stickers adds a level of authenticity that collectors and fans will adore.

What truly sets this set apart are the interactive features that pay homage to the classic PAC-MAN game. The side panels are cleverly designed to be removable, revealing a mini LEGO® PAC-MAN maze within. Constructing the micro-scale maze is a joy in itself, and you’ll find yourself navigating the tiny corridors with glee. The set even includes a miniature PAC-MAN figure that you can move through the maze, recreating those heart-pounding chases from the game.

Once built, the set transforms into a stunning display piece that captures the nostalgia of arcade gaming. The set’s dimensions make it a fitting addition to any collector’s shelf, where it will undoubtedly draw attention and spark conversations.

Conclusion:

The ICONS™ 10323 PAC-MAN Arcade Set is another great achievement of LEGO® creativity and iconic gaming history. The building process is a delightful exploration of various LEGO® techniques, resulting in a detailed and interactive masterpiece that captures the essence of the PAC-MAN arcade experience. Whether you’re a LEGO® enthusiast, a gaming buff, or simply seeking a unique and nostalgic display piece, this set is a must-have that bridges the gap between two beloved worlds.