Nick Lever, video editor and Lego Masters Australia finalist, recreated the original Nintendo Game Boy in bricks – and with such slobbery depth that I hereby request Lego to make it an official set.
It’s only 364 pieces, just 115 different pieces, most common enough that you can find them very cheaply. Nearly every recognizable facet of the Game Boy is represented, from the slanted rice-grain Start/Select buttons to the screen’s distinctive hue – achieved here by placing lime-green tiles below a trans-blue window.
While there’s no removable battery tray or front speaker, you can indeed press down on the D-pad and click a “cartridge”. You might also want to take a look at those A and B buttons…
The one exception to the “keep building cheap” rule is this 6×6 lime green tile. “It used to be $0.40, but now they’re sold out worldwide thanks to my stupid build,” Lever said. The edge. But it says you can just use three 2×6 lime green tiles instead.
With this one adjustment to my BrickLink Shopping Cart, it looks like I could spend as little as $42 before tax and shipping to buy all the parts I need. It sells the instructions for $5.65 at Rebrickable (which can also automatically fill your BrickLink shopping cart), in case you want to do the same.
This isn’t Lever’s first stab at the Game Boy; next time, he says he might try to build the one that survived the Gulf War bombings.