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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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7 Top-Rated Portable Air Conditioners You Can Buy Right Now

Black + Decker/Amazon
Black + Decker/Amazon

The warmest months of the year are just around the corner (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway), and things are about to get hot. To make indoor life feel a little more bearable, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the top-rated portable air conditioners you can buy online right now.

1. SereneLife 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner; $290

SereneLife air conditioner on Amazon.
SereneLife/Amazon

This device—currently the best-selling portable air conditioner on Amazon—is multifunctional, cooling the air while also working as a dehumidifier. Reviewers on Amazon praised this model for how easy it is to set up, but cautioned that it's not meant for large spaces. According to the manufacturer, it's designed to cool down rooms up to 225 square feet, and the most positive reviews came from people using it in their bedroom.

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2. Black + Decker 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner and Heater; $417

Black + Decker portable air conditioner
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Black + Decker estimates that this combination portable air conditioner and heater can accommodate rooms up to 350 square feet, and it even comes with a convenient timer so you never have to worry about forgetting to turn it off before you leave the house. The setup is easy—the attached exhaust hose fits into most standard windows, and everything you need for installation is included. This model sits around four stars on Amazon, and it was also picked by Wirecutter as one of the best values on the market.

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3. Mikikin Portable Air Conditioner Fan; $45

Desk air conditioner on Amazon
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This miniature portable conditioner, which is Amazon's top-selling new portable air conditioner release, is perfect to put on a desk or end table as you work or watch TV during those sweltering dog days. It's currently at a four-star rating on Amazon, and reviewers recommend filling the water tank with a combination of cool water and ice cubes for the best experience.

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4. Juscool Portable Air Conditioner Fan; $56

Juscool portable air conditioner.
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This tiny air conditioner fan, which touts a 4.6-star rating, is unique because it plugs in with a USB cable, so you can hook it up to a laptop or a wall outlet converter to try out any of its three fan speeds. This won't chill a living room, but it does fit on a nightstand or desk to help cool you down in stuffy rooms or makeshift home offices that weren't designed with summer in mind.

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5. SHINCO 8000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner; $320

Shinco portable air conditioner
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This four-star-rated portable air conditioner is meant for rooms of up to 200 square feet, so think of it for a home office or bedroom. It has two fan speeds, and the included air filter can be rinsed out quickly underneath a faucet. There's also a remote control that lets you adjust the temperature from across the room. This is another one where you'll need a window nearby, but the installation kit and instructions are all included so you won't have to sweat too much over setting it up.

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6. Honeywell MN Series Portable Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier; $400

Honeywell air conditioner on Walmart.
Honeywell/Walmart

Like the other units on this list, Honeywell's portable air conditioner also acts as a dehumidifier or a standard fan when you just want some air to circulate. You can cool a 350-square-foot room with this four-star model, and there are four wheels at the bottom that make moving it from place to place even easier. This one is available on Amazon, too, but Walmart has the lowest price right now.

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7. LG 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner; $699

LG Portable Air Conditioner.
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This one won't come cheap, but it packs the acclaim to back it up. It topped Wirecutter's list of best portable air conditioners and currently has a 4.5-star rating on Home Depot's website, with many of the reviews praising how quiet it is while it's running. It's one of the only models you'll find compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, and it can cool rooms up to 500 square feet. There's also the built-in timer, so you can program it to go on and off whenever you want.

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10 Wireless Chargers Designed to Make Life Easier

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La Lucia/Moshi

While our smart devices and gadgets are necessary in our everyday life, the worst part is the clumsy collection of cords and chargers that go along with them. Thankfully, there are more streamlined ways to keep your phone, AirPods, Apple Watch, and other electronics powered-up. Check out these 10 wireless chargers that are designed to make your life convenient and connected.

1. Otto Q Wireless Fast Charging Pad; $40

Otto Q Wireless Fast Charging Pad
Moshi

Touted as one of the world's fastest chargers, this wireless model from Moshi is ideal for anyone looking to power-up their phone or AirPods in a hurry. It sports a soft, cushioned design and features a proprietary Q-coil module that allows it to charge through a case as thick as 5mm.

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2. Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station; $57

Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station
Rego Tech

Consolidate your bedside table with this clock, Bluetooth 5.0 speaker, and wireless charger, all in one. It comes with a built-in radio and glossy LED display with three levels of brightness to suit your style.

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3. BentoStack PowerHub 5000; $100 (37 percent off)

BentoStack PowerHub 5000
Function101

This compact Apple accessory organizer will wirelessly charge, port, and store your device accessories in one compact hub. It stacks to look neat and keep you from losing another small piece of equipment.

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4. Porto Q 5K Portable Battery with Built-in Wireless Charger; $85

Porto Q 5K Portable Battery with Built-in Wireless Charger
Moshi

This wireless charger doubles as a portable battery, so when your charge dies, the backup battery will double your device’s life. Your friends will love being able to borrow a charge, too, with the easy, non-slip hook-up.

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5. 4-in-1 Versatile Wireless Charger; $41 (31 percent off)

4-in-1 Versatile Wireless Charger
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Put all of those tangled cords to rest with this single, temperature-controlled charging stand that can work on four devices at once. It even has a built-in safeguard to protect against overcharging.

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6. GRAVITIS™ Wireless Car Charger; $20 (31 percent off)

GRAVITIS™ Wireless Car Charger
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If you need to charge your phone while also using it as a GPS, this wireless device hooks right into the car’s air vent for safe visibility. Your device will be fully charged within two to three hours, making it perfect for road trips.

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7. Futura X Wireless 15W Fast Charging Pad; $35 (30 percent off)

Futura X Wireless 15W Fast Charging Pad
Bezalel

This incredibly thin, tiny charger is designed for anyone looking to declutter their desk or nightstand. Using a USB-C cord for a power source, this wireless charger features a built-in cooling system and is simple to set up—once plugged in, you just have to rest your phone on top to get it working.

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8. Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain; $20 (59 percent off)

Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain
Go Gadgets

This Apple Watch charger is all about convenience on the go. Simply attach the charger to your keys or backpack and wrap your Apple Watch around its magnetic center ring. The whole thing is small enough to be easily carried with you wherever you're traveling, whether you're commuting or out on a day trip.

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9. Wireless Charger with 30W Power Delivery & 18W Fast Charger Ports; $55 (38 percent off)

Wireless Charger from TechSmarter
TechSmarter

Fuel up to three devices at once, including a laptop, with this single unit. It can wirelessly charge or hook up to USB and USB-C to consolidate your charging station.

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10. FurniQi Bamboo Wireless Charging Side Table; $150 (24 percent off)

FurniQi Bamboo Wireless Charging Side Table
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This bamboo table is actually a wireless charger—all you have to do is set your device down on the designated charging spot and you're good to go. Easy to construct and completely discreet, this is a novel way to charge your device while entertaining guests or just enjoying your morning coffee.

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