Lego Polaroid Time-Zero Supercolor SX-70

Review: LEGO Polaroid OneStep SX-70 Camera

Polaroid cameras have seen a resurgence in recent years. I’ve seen them at most weddings I’ve attended, I’ve seen them at parties I’ve been invited to, and I even own one myself. Having the ability to snap a photo instantaneously and having the picture developed on demand is a fun way to build memories with friends, and I don’t see that idea slowing down.

This set is based on the LEGO Ideas project by Marc Corfmat of Minibrick Productions. Looking at the pitch from Corfmat and the final product from Lego, you see that it has not changed much from inception to store shelves, and it’s pretty much a good replica of the original idea. It is an immensely satisfying build to own and it has a lot of personality to match.

What’s In the Box?

The Polaroid OneStep SX-70 Camera is unique because it’s one of the few LEGO sets faithfully recreated and matches the product it is celebrating. The OneStep SX-70 launched nearly 50 years ago and has been in the zeitgeist for years.

The box includes five bags with all the necessary Lego pieces to build the model. The Polaroid set is 516 pieces and something you can easily complete in a sitting or two. It is also easy to parse through the steps to see the set through.

Visually, both the camera and the Lego set look nearly identical. Only when you notice the studs on the sloped sides does it become apparent that it’s not. The brick-built rainbow stripe on the front is slightly thicker than it should be, but it looks stunning on my shelf. It feels like a wonderful reproduction of the original.

The Time-Zero Supercolour pack is almost as iconic as the Polaroid camera, especially as film in general is fast becoming an antique of a bygone age. The film pack’s inclusion in LEGO brick form is a nice touch, making for excellent display opportunities when placed beside the camera. The three illustrated photos are also highly charming, showing LEGO Minifigures (including Polaroid inventor Edwin Land) and the famous LEGO House in Billund.

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The interactive camera function is a cool feature, and it is easily a fun way to trick friends and family that the LEGO set is capable of taking real photos. There is a satisfying tactility to the Polaroid set that I find myself clicking through every time I pick it up or have someone see it on my shelf and show them how it works when they ask me about it.

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However, as fun as pressing the shutter button is, there are some caveats as the included LEGO photos sometimes don’t eject correctly. In fact, they get stuck if not ejected correctly.

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The camera comes with a film pack based on the Time-Zero Supercolour film, where you can store the printed photos. The set includes both printed pieces and stickers.

A talking point I’ve seen online is that this LEGO set’s price point is steep. I won’t deter anyone from buying things they have their mind set on buying (within reason of course). In Canada, the set costs $99, and while that is a lot of money upfront, this is also a hobby for many people. If you already collect and build LEGOs, then yes, this is an easy recommendation. If you don’t, though, and want to begin, I would look at smaller sets like the various tiny plants set to begin, as they are more manageable yet offer a good challenge to complete.

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Verdict

The LEGO Polaroid OneStep SX-70 is one of the best-looking sets based on real-life objects. There are a lot of details LEGO ensures are visible and on display with each set that hits the market, and this one is no exception. I am floored by how incredible the finished product looks on the shelf. However, I do notice that due to the materials used for this set, there are fingerprints all over it, so be wary of that and be sure to wipe it clean with a microfibre cloth after handling it.