21345 Ideas Polaroid OneStep SX-70 Camera Review

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


As an experienced LEGO® builder and avid collector, I was thrilled when the LEGO® Ideas 21345 Polaroid OneStep SX-70 Camera set was announced. Combining the charm of a vintage Polaroid camera with the creative possibilities of LEGO® building, this set promised to be a unique addition to my collection. In this comprehensive review, I will delve into the intricate details of the build process, the design elements, and the overall experience of constructing and admiring this nostalgic masterpiece.

Packaging and Unboxing:

Inside the box there are the usual numbered bags to facilitate a smooth building process. The instruction manual, featuring clear and concise steps, complements the packaging with its high-quality visuals and a brief history of the Polaroid camera.

Building Process:

The set consists of 1,203 pieces. There are Technic elements used in the camera’s structure to add a layer of complexity to the build and are reminiscent of the intricate mechanics within the actual Polaroid camera. Assembling the folding bellows mechanism was a particular highlight, showcasing the designer’s ingenuity in recreating real-world functionalities.

The attention to detail extends to the colour palette, with a mix of classic black, white, and a hint of beige to emulate the vintage Polaroid aesthetic. The use of specialized pieces, such as the printed Polaroid logo tile and the unique shutter button, adds authenticity to the model. The build also incorporates clever building techniques to recreate the curves and contours of the camera, capturing its iconic silhouette.

Design Elements:

One of the standout features of the set is its commitment to authenticity. The finished Polaroid OneStep SX-70 Camera is a faithful recreation of the original, complete with a foldable design, viewfinder, and a detailed film ejection slot. The attention to detail in replicating the camera’s features is a testament to the designer’s dedication to creating realistic and immersive models.

The printed elements, including the Polaroid logo and the iconic rainbow stripe, are of the highest quality. The decision to use printed parts rather than stickers enhances the overall aesthetics and ensures a durable finish. The details extend to the viewfinder, where a transparent piece allows you to peer inside, adding an extra layer of realism.


This set not only captures the essence of the vintage camera but also incorporates interactive elements that elevate the overall experience. The folding mechanism is fully functional, allowing you to collapse the camera just like the real thing. The film ejection slot is a thoughtful addition, providing a playful touch that pays homage to the instant photography experience.

Furthermore, the camera’s viewfinder is adjustable, enabling you to position it at different angles for added display flexibility. This attention to functionality enhances the set’s playability and makes it a great addition to one’s collection.

Display and Presentation:

Upon completing the set, I found myself admiring at the finished model. The Polaroid OneStep SX-70 Camera exudes a sense of nostalgia that transcends its LEGO® form. The set comes with a sturdy display stand, featuring a printed plaque with the set’s name and the LEGO® Ideas logo. This stand elevates the camera, allowing it to be showcased as the centrepiece of any LEGO® collection.

The compact size of the model makes it suitable for display on shelves, desks, or even alongside other LEGO® camera sets. The attention-grabbing design and vibrant colour scheme ensure that it stands out in any display setting, making it a conversation starter for those who appreciate both LEGO® craftsmanship and vintage photography.


The LEGO® Ideas 21345 Polaroid OneStep SX-70 Camera set is a well-crafted tribute to both the world of instant photography and the art of LEGO® building. From the carefully designed packaging to the nostalgic design elements and the functional folding mechanism, every aspect of this set reflects LEGO®’s commitment to quality and creativity. Whether you’re an experienced LEGO® collector, a photography enthusiast, or simply someone who appreciates a trip down memory lane, the LEGO® Ideas 21345 Polaroid OneStep SX-70 Camera is a must-have addition to your collection.