LEGO Releases Lunar Lander Module Set for Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary

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LEGO

Some of LEGO's most famous sets, like the Millennium Falcon and Hogwarts Castle, let builders recreate their favorite structures from pop culture in the real world. But the toy company also has some impressive sets based on real-life masterpieces of architecture and engineering. The latest product that falls in this vein, the LEGO Creator Expert Apollo 11 Lunar Lander module, reimagines NASA's Apollo 11 mission as a 1087-piece kit.

The designers at LEGO designed this set in collaboration with NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in July. The interlocking brick model features many details from the original craft. The descent stage has gold panels, laser hatches, and a ladder, while the ascent stage comes with a detailed interior. When the two astronaut minifigures disembark, they can explore a lunar surface featuring footprints, a crater, and a United States flag.

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LEGO has recreated famous spacecraft in the past. The Space Shuttle Discovery, the International Space Station, and a Mars Exploration Rover have all been sold as sets by the company. LEGO has even developed kits based on structures that haven't been built yet. In June, LEGO is releasing seven products inspired by future missions to Mars as part of its LEGO City Mars Exploration collection.

To add the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander set to your LEGO collection for $100, look for it at LEGO stores and at the LEGO online shop starting June 1.

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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The Office Children's Book Is Coming to Introduce Your Kids to Dunder Mifflin

The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary is coming from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in October.
The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary is coming from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in October.
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Thanks to constant TV reruns and easy access via Netflix, The Office hasn't lost any of its popularity since airing its series finale in 2013. Now the beloved sitcom is about to be introduced to a whole new audience that (fortunately) isn't old enough to understand what Michael Scott means when he says "That's what she said." As Entertainment Weekly reports, a new book for kids, The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary, is out now.

While it might be hard to imagine how a children's book all about Dunder Mifflin would work, now that we're getting a glimpse at it, it seems like the best idea ever. A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary will introduce your little ones to all your favorite paper company employees—though they won't be the same Jim and Pam we all know so well. In this book, the illustrated characters are all school-aged.

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The 40-page book is written by Robb Pearlman, author of Bob Ross and Peapod the Squirrel, Pink is for Boys, and Star Trek: Fun with Kirk and Spock, and illustrated by Melanie Demmer, who works on the My Furry Foster Family series. Though the book is intended for kids ages 4 to 8, you can be sure that we'll be reading it, too.

You can order your copy of The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary for $16 on Amazon right now. And if you're looking for more Office collectibles that are available right now, head here.

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