11 TV-Themed LEGO Sets to Entertain You When the Cable's Out

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Dan Kitwood, Getty Images

LEGO has been around since 1949, and in that time has released some incredible tributes to pop culture. Here are 11 great ways to incorporate your favorite television characters into your building sessions.

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1. THE SIMPSONS; FROM $308.90

 LEGO Simpsons House
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You probably can’t rebuild the whole town of Springfield (without a lot of creativity and resources, at least) but you can bring the Kwik-E-Mart and the Simpsons’ iconic home to life with official LEGO sets. If you do decide to create the whole town, LEGO also sells minifigs of all your favorite characters.

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2. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES; $95


You can’t take down Splinter without the right set of wheels. This turtle van will get Raphael and Michelangelo to the scene of the crime in no time. Donatello and Leonardo are sold separately, but you’ll at least have Vern there to film the action.

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3. THE BIG BANG THEORY; $59.99


Thanks to LEGO Ideas, fans have the opportunity to design and suggest different sets for the company to produce. One submission that made it all the way is Leonard and Sheldon's living room from The Big Bang Theory. Some fun details include Chinese takeout, the instrument panel, and a white board you can play Pictionary on. There are seven minifigs included, so you can probably act out almost any episode with your kit.

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4. MICKEY MOUSE; $184.99


Mickey Mouse has had a ton of careers over the years, so I guess it makes sense for him to be a mechanic. This set was released in 2000, and at the time cost $20. Today, it’s something of a collector’s item and costs anywhere from $75 to $400.

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5. JUSTICE LEAGUE; $104.75


LEGO has a number of sets that include characters from DC Comics, so it’s easy to recreate all your favorite Justice League moments. In this set, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash can save an innocent truck driver from Captain Cold and Gorilla Grodd. Wonder Woman’s ship might not truly be invisible, but at least it’s see-through.

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6. SCOOBY-DOO; $61.99


Scooby and the gang need their iconic Mystery Machine if they ever want to get to their next haunted location. The set comes with a zombie, spooky tree, and sandwich—the makings of a good mystery. But Velma and Daphne are unfortunately absent from the kit, so don’t expect it to be solved anytime soon.

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7. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER; $389.99


Viewers of the Nickelodeon cartoon know that Prince Zuko never manages to catch Aang in the show, but when recreated with LEGO pieces, anything can happen; build Zuko’s ship and decide on your own ending. The 722-piece set comes with Aang, Katara, Prince Zuko, a firebender, and a fire nation soldier to help you set up endless scenes of cat and mouse.

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8. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS; $99.87


Ever want to run your own underwater fast food joint? Now you can, and SpongeBob’s your trusty fry-cook. The only thing you need to watch out for is one of Plankton’s crazy schemes to get the secret formula; the set comes with two different robotic minions, so Mr. Krabs has his work cut out for him.

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9. SPEED RACER; $47.85

Build and race the Mach 5 and Snake Oiler cars that were featured in the Casa Cristo Classic cross-country road rally. The race might be a close one—there’s no Spritle Racer or Chim Chim in the truck to help.

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10. DOCTOR WHO; $69.99

LEGO Ideas Doctor Who Kit
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Designed by a fan named Andrew Clark, this set is comprised of a TARDIS and console room. It features the Eleventh Doctor and the Twelfth Doctor, so he can regenerate before your eyes. Clara Oswald, a Weeping Angel, and two Daleks are on board too.

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11. LONE RANGER; $47.85


The Lone Ranger has starred in every medium of entertainment, from radio to international movie. Now you can create your own adventures using this LEGO set, that is technically based off the Disney movie from 2013. It comes with the Lone Ranger’s trusty steed, Silver, and three cavalry soldiers to battle.

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Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
Dyna-Glo/Wayfair

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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10 Products for a Better Night's Sleep

Amazon/Comfort Spaces
Amazon/Comfort Spaces

Getting a full eight hours of sleep can be tough these days. If you’re having trouble catching enough Zzzs, consider giving these highly rated and recommended products a try.

1. Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow; $25

Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow
Everlasting Comfort/Amazon

For side sleepers, keeping the spine, hips, and legs aligned is key to a good night’s rest—and a pain-free morning after. Everlasting Comfort’s memory foam knee pillow is ergonomically designed to fit between the knees or thighs to ensure proper alignment. One simple but game-changing feature is the removable strap, which you can fasten around one leg; this keeps the pillow in place even as you roll at night, meaning you don’t have to wake up to adjust it (or pick it up from your floor). Reviewers call the pillow “life-changing” and “the best knee pillow I’ve found.” Plus, it comes with two pairs of ear plugs.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Letsfit White Noise Machine; $21

Letsfit White Noise Machine
Letsfit/Amazon

White noise machines: They’re not just for babies! This Letsfit model—which is rated 4.7 out of five with nearly 3500 reviews—has 14 potential sleep soundtracks, including three white noise tracks, to better block out everything from sirens to birds that chirp enthusiastically at dawn (although there’s also a birds track, if that’s your thing). It also has a timer function and a night light.

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3. ECLIPSE Blackout Curtains; $16

Eclipse Black Out Curtains
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According to the National Sleep Foundation, too much light in a room when you’re trying to snooze is a recipe for sleep disaster. These understated polyester curtains from ECLIPSE block 99 percent of light and reduce noise—plus, they’ll help you save on energy costs. "Our neighbor leaves their backyard light on all night with what I can only guess is the same kind of bulb they use on a train headlight. It shines across their yard, through ours, straight at our bedroom window," one Amazon reviewer who purchased the curtains in black wrote. "These drapes block the light completely."

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4. JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock; $38

JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock
JALL/Amazon

Being jarred awake by a blaring alarm clock can set the wrong mood for the rest of your day. Wake up in a more pleasant way with this clock, which gradually lights up between 10 percent and 100 percent in the 30 minutes before your alarm. You can choose between seven different colors and several natural sounds as well as a regular alarm beep, but why would you ever use that? “Since getting this clock my sleep has been much better,” one reviewer reported. “I wake up not feeling tired but refreshed.”

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5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light; $200

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
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If you’re looking for an alarm clock with even more features, Philips’s SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is smartphone-enabled and equipped with an AmbiTrack sensor, which tracks things like bedroom temperature, humidity, and light levels, then gives recommendations for how you can get a better night’s rest.

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6. Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set; $159

Stratus sheets from Slumber Cloud.
Slumber Cloud

Being too hot or too cold can kill a good night’s sleep. The Good Housekeeping Institute rated these sheets—which are made with Outlast fibers engineered by NASA—as 2020’s best temperature-regulating sheets.

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7. Comfort Space Coolmax Sheet Set; $29-$40

Comfort Spaces Coolmax Sheets
Comfort Spaces/Amazon

If $159 sheets are out of your price range, the GHI recommends these sheets from Comfort Spaces, which are made with moisture-wicking Coolmax microfiber. Depending on the size you need, they range in price from $29 to $40.

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8. Coop Home Goods Eden Memory Foam Pillow; $80

Coop Eden Pillow
Coop Home Goods/Amazon

This pillow—which has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon—is filled with memory foam scraps and microfiber, and comes with an extra half-pound of fill so you can add, or subtract, the amount in the pillow for ultimate comfort. As a bonus, the pillows are hypoallergenic, mite-resistant, and washable.

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9. Baloo Weighted Blanket; $149-$169

Baloo Weighted Blanket
Baloo/Amazon

Though the science is still out on weighted blankets, some people swear by them. Wirecutter named this Baloo blanket the best, not in small part because, unlike many weighted blankets, it’s machine-washable and -dryable. It’s currently available in 12-pound ($149) twin size and 20-pound ($169) queen size. It’s rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon, with one reviewer reporting that “when it's spread out over you it just feels like a comfy, snuggly hug for your whole body … I've found it super relaxing for falling asleep the last few nights, and it looks nice on the end of the bed, too.” 

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10. Philips Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band; $200

Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band
Philips/Amazon

Few things can disturb your slumber—and that of the ones you love—like loudly sawing logs. Philips’s Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band is designed for people who snore when they’re sleeping on their backs, and according to the company, 86 percent of people who used the band reported reduced snoring after a month. The device wraps around the torso and is equipped with a sensor that delivers vibrations if it detects you moving to sleep on your back; those vibrations stop when you roll onto your side. The next day, you can see how many hours you spent in bed, how many of those hours you spent on your back, and your response rate to the vibrations. The sensor has an algorithm that notes your response rate and tweaks the intensity of vibrations based on that. “This device works exactly as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “I’d say it’s perfect.”

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