From Harry Potter to Star Wars: 10 Pop Culture LEGO Sets for Your Inner Geek

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Amazon/LEGO

LEGO began as a humble Danish toy company in 1932, and it's since ballooned into a pop culture behemoth worth around $5.7 billion. While there are plenty of original LEGO sets out there that builders can't get enough of, the company is at its most successful when it brings blockbuster franchises like Doctor Who and Harry Potter into its world of bricks and blocks.

So whether you're looking to recreate a 4700-piece Star Wars ship to display in your living room, or revisit the famed Central Perk coffee house from Friends, here are our favorite LEGO sets inspired by iconic movies and TV shows.

1. Harry Potter Clock Tower; $90

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If you’ve ever dreamed about attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, now you can (or at least, you can build this Goblet of Fire-inspired replica). Standing three levels tall and housing some iconic locales—like the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, Dumbledore’s office, and a portion of the Yule Ball—this 922-piece set allows you to build the Hogwarts home of your dreams. It even includes eight minifigures, including Harry, Ron, and Hermione, so you can recreate that Potter fan-fiction you've got in your head.

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2. Star Wars: A New Hope Imperial Star Destroyer; Prices Vary

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As part of LEGO’s “Ultimate Collectors” series, this massive Star Destroyer set is more like a work of art than a mere toy. In fact, it comes with its own display stand and informational plaque, so you can proudly showcase it in your home once building is complete. Accompanying the 4784-piece set is a buildable scale model of the Tantive IV and two Imperial minifigures who are ready to do galactic battle at any time. Measuring 43 inches across, this massive star cruiser is every bit as imposing as the Emperor envisioned.

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3. Tim Burton’s Batmobile; $250

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A replica of the stylish car used in 1989's Batman from director Tim Burton, this 3306-piece set also includes figures of the Joker, Vicki Vale, and the Dark Knight himself—and it’s completely up to you who’s in the driver’s seat. Although this Batmobile sadly cannot fit in LEGO's Batman '66 Batcave set, the screen-accurate car does include a slide-open minifigure cockpit and two hidden pop-up machine guns to give your ride some extra crime-fighting action.

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4. Marvel Avengers: Iron Man Hall of Armor; $48

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Tony Stark's Hall of Armor includes four of the Golden Avenger's favorite suits, an Igor suit with a mini cockpit, and two Outrider action figures. Also included is a rotating podium (great for showing off the chosen Iron Man outfit of the day); detachable modules, so you can customize your hall; and Tony’s command center, complete with the ever-important coffee mug that fuels his Iron Man shenanigans. With 524 pieces, this simple set is a great addition to the home of any Avengers fan.

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5. Friends Central Perk Set; $60

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So no one told you life was gonna be this way, but we bet if you told the Friends cast back in '94 that they would end up with a LEGO homage, they wouldn’t be too bummed. This adorable interior of Central Perk—designed to look like the studio set—includes figurines of Chandler, Ross, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, and Gunther, along with that iconic orange couch. Laid out in the same way as Central Perk on the show, this LEGO set includes sweet accessories, like coffee mugs, flowers, and an adorable blackboard menu that will have you humming “Smelly Cat” the entire time you build.

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6. James Bond Aston Martin DB5; $150

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James Bond wouldn’t be James Bond without his iconic Aston Martin DB5 from 1964’s Goldfinger. This mini version of 007’s getaway car includes a retractable “bullet shield,” a working ejection seat, a radar detector, and a rotating license plate so you can always stay undercover. Despite all the damage Bond has done to his cars, you’ll be able to keep this 1295-piece model in top condition for years to come (so long as you don’t try to take it for a test drive yourself, that is).

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7. Stranger Things The Upside Down; Prices Vary

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Travel back to season one of Stranger Things with this incredible LEGO set. The top level features the interior and exterior of the Byers’s house, while the bottom level features—gulp—the chilling Upside Down. This set includes eight Stranger Things characters—Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Eleven, Joyce, Hopper, and the demogorgon—along with Hopper’s police truck. Building this 2287-piece set might not be as rewarding as winning one of the party’s Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, but it’s close enough.

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8. Jurassic Park entrance; $250

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This 3120-piece set includes the famed front gate to Jurassic Park, along with a buildable and posable Tyrannosaurus rex. The set also comes with figurines of John Hammond, Ian Malcolm, Ellie Sattler, Alan Grant, Ray Arnold, and Dennis Nedry, along with a “cute” baby dinosaur (a.k.a. a foreboding reminder of what’s about to befall the park). The gate can even open and close, giving you the chance to rewrite the movie and save your favorite characters from being dinosaur chow.

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9. Steamboat Willie; Prices Vary

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Relive your childhood (or your great-grandparents’ childhood) with this replica of the S.S. Willie, the iconic steamship that introduced the world to Mickey Mouse in 1928's Steamboat Willie. This 751-piece steamship is fitted with grayscale bricks to mimic the original black and white film, and it comes with figurines of the original Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with their pet parrot. With steampipes that move up and down (just like in the short) and paddle wheels that turn when the boat is pushed, building this LEGO model will make you feel more like a sea captain than an engineer.

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10. Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet; $60

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If you’re someone who loves to build smaller—but no less satisfying—models, this Boba Fett helmet is the perfect project for you. Part of LEGO's Star Wars build-and-display collection (which also includes this Stormtrooper helmet), this piece won't be a challenge to get through, but the real reward lies in the details. With a movable helmet antenna and screen-accurate design, it's worthy of a place on any mantle or bookshelf. If supplies run low on the Fett head, you can always opt for a full-body Boba set ($76) or a model of his Slave I ship ($120).

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Bonus: The Office Dunder Mifflin Set; $40

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This mini model of The Office's Dunder Mifflin set may not be an official LEGO product, but we couldn’t help but include it on this list. What really makes it are the small details, like Pam’s watercolor paintings, the company logo on the computer screensavers, and (of course) the knowing smirk on Jim's face. It's authentic enough to transport you from your own office to the gloriously gray walls of Scranton's famed paper supplier once that final piece is in place. At just 369 pieces, it's not a behemoth of a set like the always-sold-out Millennium Falcon—it's a casual set that makes for a delightfully cubic piece of home decor.

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The 10 Best Air Fryers on Amazon

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Cosori/Amazon

When it comes to making food that’s delicious, quick, and easy, you can’t go wrong with an air fryer. They require only a fraction of the oil that traditional fryers do, so you get that same delicious, crispy texture of the fried foods you love while avoiding the extra calories and fat you don’t.

But with so many air fryers out there, it can be tough to choose the one that’ll work best for you. To make your life easier—and get you closer to that tasty piece of fried chicken—we’ve put together a list of some of Amazon’s top-rated air frying gadgets. Each of the products below has at least a 4.5-star rating and over 1200 user reviews, so you can stop dreaming about the perfect dinner and start eating it instead.

1. Ultrean Air Fryer; $76

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Around 84 percent of reviewers awarded the Ultrean Air Fryer five stars on Amazon, making it one of the most popular models on the site. This 4.2-quart oven doesn't just fry, either—it also grills, roasts, and bakes via its innovative rapid air technology heating system. It's available in four different colors (red, light blue, black, and white), making it the perfect accent piece for any kitchen.

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2. Cosori Air Fryer; $120

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This highly celebrated air fryer from Cosori will quickly become your favorite sous chef. With 11 one-touch presets for frying favorites, like bacon, veggies, and fries, you can take the guesswork out of cooking and let the Cosori do the work instead. One reviewer who “absolutely hates cooking” said, after using it, “I'm actually excited to cook for the first time ever.” You’ll feel the same way!

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3. Innsky Air Fryer; $90

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With its streamlined design and the ability to cook with little to no oil, the Innsky air fryer will make you feel like the picture of elegance as you chow down on a piece of fried shrimp. You can set a timer on the fryer so it starts cooking when you want it to, and it automatically shuts off when the cooking time is done (a great safety feature for chefs who get easily distracted).

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4. Secura Air Fryer; $62

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This air fryer from Secura uses a combination of heating techniques—hot air and high-speed air circulation—for fast and easy food prep. And, as one reviewer remarked, with an extra-large 4.2-quart basket “[it’s] good for feeding a crowd, which makes it a great option for large families.” This fryer even comes with a toaster rack and skewers, making it a great addition to a neighborhood barbecue or family glamping trip.

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5. Chefman Turbo Fry; $60

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For those of you really looking to cut back, the Chefman Turbo Fry uses 98 percent less oil than traditional fryers, according to the manufacturer. And with its two-in-one tank basket that allows you to cook multiple items at the same time, you can finally stop using so many pots and pans when you’re making dinner.

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6. Ninja Air Fryer; $100

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The Ninja Air Fryer is a multipurpose gadget that allows you to do far more than crisp up your favorite foods. This air fryer’s one-touch control panel lets you air fry, roast, reheat, or even dehydrate meats, fruits, and veggies, whether your ingredients are fresh or frozen. And the simple interface means that you're only a couple buttons away from a homemade dinner.

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7. Instant Pot Air Fryer + Electronic Pressure Cooker; $180

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Enjoy all the perks of an Instant Pot—the ability to serve as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, and more—with a lid that turns the whole thing into an air fryer as well. The multi-level fryer basket has a broiling tray to ensure even crisping throughout, and it’s big enough to cook a meal for up to eight. If you’re more into a traditional air fryer, check out Instant Pot’s new Instant Vortex Pro ($140) air fryer, which gives you the ability to bake, proof, toast, and more.

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8. Omorc Habor Air Fryer; $100

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With a 5.8-quart capacity, this air fryer from Omorc Habor is larger than most, giving you the flexibility of cooking dinner for two or a spread for a party. To give you a clearer picture of the size, its square fryer basket, built to maximize cooking capacity, can handle a five-pound chicken (or all the fries you could possibly eat). Plus, with a non-stick coating and dishwasher-safe basket and frying pot, this handy appliance practically cleans itself.

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9. Dash Deluxe Air Fryer; $100

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Dash’s air fryer might look retro, but its high-tech cooking ability is anything but. Its generously sized frying basket can fry up to two pounds of French fries or two dozen wings, and its cool touch handle makes it easy (and safe) to use. And if you're still stumped on what to actually cook once you get your Dash fryer, you'll get a free recipe guide in the box filled with tips and tricks to get the most out of your meal.

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10. Bella Air Fryer; $52

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This petite air fryer from Bella may be on the smaller side, but it still packs a powerful punch. Its 2.6-quart frying basket makes it an ideal choice for couples or smaller families—all you have to do is set the temperature and timer, and throw your food inside. Once the meal is ready, its indicator light will ding to let you know that it’s time to eat.

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Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
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Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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