Chandler, Joey, Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, and Ross will forever be memorialized as six New Yorkers who spent an inordinate number of business hours lounging on a burnt-orange couch in the fictional café Central Perk. And to celebrate this year’s 25th anniversary of the Friends premiere in 1994, the LEGO Group released a 1070-piece set that recreates the Central Perk TV studio set. It's currently available on Amazon for $60.
The coffee shop in brick form is an expertly designed rendering of its real-life counterpart. The iconic couch and its surrounding furniture are at the center, the stage area is to the right next to the entrance doors, Gunther’s counter is to the left, and the service exit is in the back. Two television cameras flank the upper front corners of the set, which you might recognize if you were lucky enough to be an audience member at one of the live tapings.
Although the layout of the set is impressive in its own right, its details truly capture the essence of the beloved NBC sitcom. The “reserved” sign sits on the coffee table, the platter on the service counter is stocked with baked goods, and two umbrellas occupy the umbrella stand by the door. The café is also peppered with flower vases and 15 coffee mugs.
The collection includes figurines of all six friends, plus Gunther, and they each wield very apt accessories. Joey comes with a pizza box, pizza slice, and “man bag"; Monica munches a muffin; Chandler totes a laptop; Gunther brandishes a broom; Rachel carries a tray and mug from her ill-fated waitressing days; Phoebe holds her guitar, perhaps strumming “Smelly Cat” or a lesser-known tune like “Parading Goats” or “My Papier-Mâché Man”; and Ross flaunts his keyboard, doomed to be unappreciated during his time by anybody but Phoebe.
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