10334 ICONS™ Retro Radio Review

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

The 10334 ICONS™ Retro Radio set is a fascinating blend of nostalgia and modern LEGO® craftsmanship, capturing the essence of mid-20th-century radio design with remarkable attention to detail. As an experienced LEGO® builder and a collector of unique sets, I found this model to be a delightful and rewarding build.


The ICONS™ Retro Radio set, with 906 pieces, is a tribute to the vintage radios that were once found in every household. The set is designed for adult builders, reflecting the intricate detail and complexity expected from an advanced LEGO® model. The final build measures approximately 12 inches in height, 8 inches in width, and 5 inches in depth, making it a substantial yet manageable display piece.

Unboxing and Initial Impressions

The unboxing experience of the set is similar to opening a time capsule. The box itself is designed with retro-inspired graphics, instantly setting the tone for the build. Inside, the pieces are meticulously organized in numbered bags, with a comprehensive instruction manual that is easy to follow. The manual not only provides step-by-step building instructions but also includes historical anecdotes about the evolution of radios, enhancing the overall experience.

Building Experience

The build process is divided into several stages, each focusing on different aspects of the radio’s structure and design. The instructions are clear, with colour differentiation and part callouts ensuring that builders can follow along without confusion.

Base and Framework

The initial stages involve constructing the base and framework of the radio. Using a combination of plates, bricks, and Technic elements, the foundation is laid out. The use of Technic pins and beams ensures that the structure is robust and stable. Builders will appreciate the clever integration of SNOT (Studs Not On Top) techniques, which allow for smooth surfaces and intricate detailing on the outer shell.

Dial and Control Panel

One of the standout features of this set is the meticulously designed dial and control panel. Using a combination of printed tiles and specialized elements, the dial is constructed to replicate the look and feel of a vintage radio. The tuning dial is particularly impressive, featuring a rotatable mechanism that uses a worm gear to create realistic movement. The control knobs, made using round tiles and modified plates, add to the authenticity of the model.

Speaker Grill

The speaker grill is another area where the set shines. Utilizing a grid of black grill tiles and a series of modified bricks with bars, the grill is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The texture and pattern of the grill are spot-on, capturing the essence of the radios from yesteryears. Builders will find satisfaction in the repetitive yet engaging process of assembling the grill, which adds a tactile quality to the model.

Decorative Elements

The decorative elements of the radio, including the wooden veneer and metallic accents, are executed with finesse. The veneer is created using a series of brown tiles and plates, arranged to mimic the grain of wood. The use of metallic silver tiles and slopes for the accents adds a touch of elegance to the model. The combination of colours and textures results in a visually appealing and realistic representation of a retro radio.

Playability and Display

While the ICONS™ Retro Radio set is primarily a display piece, it does offer some playability features. The functional tuning dial and movable knobs add an interactive element to the model. Additionally, the back panel can be removed to reveal a detailed interior, complete with circuit boards and tubes, adding another layer of authenticity.

The ICONS™ Retro Radio Set includes a sound brick that plays various pre-recorded sounds, imitating a real retro radio when you turn the dial. Additionally, the set features a compartment at the back where you can place a smartphone, allowing it to function as a working speaker for playing your own music, enhancing the nostalgic experience.

As a display piece, the retro radio stands out with its intricate detailing and vintage charm. It fits perfectly on a shelf or desk, serving as a conversation starter and a testament to the builder’s skill and patience. The model’s size and weight make it sturdy enough to handle but delicate enough to require careful handling.


The LEGO® 10334 ICONS™ Retro Radio set is a masterpiece of design and engineering, offering a rewarding building experience and a stunning final product. The use of advanced building techniques, combined with the nostalgic theme, makes it a must-have for adult LEGO® enthusiasts and collectors. The attention to detail, from the functional tuning dial to the realistic speaker grill, showcases the innovation and creativity that LEGO® is known for.

For those who enjoy intricate builds and appreciate the historical significance of vintage radios, this set is a perfect blend of past and present. It not only provides a challenging and engaging building experience but also serves as a beautiful display piece that pays homage to a bygone era.

In conclusion, the LEGO® ICONS™ Retro Radio set is a standout addition to the LEGO® portfolio, offering a unique and fulfilling build that will delight and inspire builders of all ages. Whether you are a seasoned LEGO® fan or a newcomer to the hobby, this set is sure to impress with its craftsmanship, attention to detail, and nostalgic charm.