8 Valuable LEGO Sets You Might Have at Home

People looking to make money could do worse than investing in LEGO. A 2018 study found that buying new LEGO sets to sell later yielded greater returns than stocks, bonds, or gold. Some LEGO products are more likely to multiply in value than others (e.g. anything with the name Star Wars on the box), but if LEGO collectors want to know if their old toys are worth cash, they should start by looking for these sets.

1. Millennium Falcon

LEGO is known for its elaborate Star Wars sets, and its Millennium Falcon model is the most sought-after of them all. The 7541-piece Ultimate Collectors Series edition, an update of the 5197-piece Millennium Falcon, hit the market for $800 in 2017, making it the priciest set the company had sold at the time. The toy was only around for a limited window, and now it sells on websites like eBay for more than $2000.

2. Hogwarts Castle

LEGO delighted Harry Potter fans when it released a detailed replicate of Hogwarts Castle in 2018. The set, which has over 6000 pieces, is a masterpiece of interlocking brick architecture. All of the building features that fans remember from the films—including the chambers, towers, classrooms, and even the Whomping Willow—are recreated in the toy model. Lego sells it for $400.

3. Taj Mahal

The 5922-piece Taj Mahal broke the record for most LEGO pieces per set when it debuted in 2008. That record has since been toppled by the 2017 Millennium Falcon, but the Taj Mahal is still legendary among LEGO collectors. It originally sold from LEGO for $300, and today buyers are willing to spend thousands on the classic set (Wal-Mart has two sets left, which are going for nearly $1500). The Taj Mahal model is so popular that LEGO relaunched the set in 2017. It's still available at the LEGO shop for $370.

4. Eiffel Tower

This 1:300-scale Eiffel Tower set from LEGO stands more than 4 feet high when assembled, making it one of the tallest LEGO sets ever made. The toy maker released the set in 2007 for $200, and while other Eiffel Tower LEGO models have been manufactured since then, none can compare to this stately structure. The set is currently available for $2757 on Amazon.

5. Death Star

The Death Star is another valuable Star Wars-themed product in LEGO’s collection. This set, featuring 4000 pieces, is available for $500 from the LEGO shop. When assembled, the 16-inch-high (and wide) model is good for more than giving your Luke Skywalker minifigure something to fly around; the interior chambers are exposed, so you can recreate several scenes from the film.

6. Cafe Corner

Cafe Corner LEGO set.
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In 2007, LEGO released the Street collection, which featured eight separate sets of buildings you would find on a city block, such as a pet shop, firehouse, and movie theater. The Cafe Corner set in this collection, featuring a little over 2000 pieces, sold for around $100 upon its release. Today it’s available on Amazon for close to $2000.

7. Disney Castle

The castle at the center of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is available as a LEGO set. The LEGO shop sells the 29-inch-tall Disney Castle for $350. With the 4000 pieces that come in each box, builders can construct a five-level palace that’s fit for a princess—or at least fit for the Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Tinkerbell minifigures included in the set.

8. Grand Carousel

With 3263 pieces, nine minifigures, and a motorized, rotating platform, the Grand Carousel is one of the more impressive sets ever released by the LEGO company. Even though it’s not attached to a particular property, it’s prized by collectors, fetching more than $2000 on online marketplaces. The set debuted at $250 in 2009 and was discontinued roughly a year later, and its limited availability drove up its value.

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22 Facts About the Solar System

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Mental Floss via YouTube

So you want to know everything there is to know about the solar system? The first and most important question you might want to get out of the way is: what, exactly, isthe solar system? As Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy tells us, "It's a group of celestial bodies located within the Milky Way galaxy."

At the center of these bodies is the Sun, which is orbited by eight planets; more than 150 moons; and millions of meteoroids, comets, asteroids, and a handful of dwarf planets (sorry, Pluto). But it's the Sun—a.k.a. that shining, 4.5 billion-year-old star in the middle of it all—that accounts for 99 percent of the solar system's total mass. (Think about that the next time you're shading your eyes from its glare.)

In this all-new edition of The List Show, Erin is sharing nearly two dozen fascinating facts about our solar system, including the reasoning behind Pluto's demotion (blame it on Eris, the first known dwarf planet). For more out-of-this-world facts, you can watch the full episode below.

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The 20 Best TV Shows on Netflix, According to Subscribers

JoJo Whilden, Netflix
JoJo Whilden, Netflix

With thousands of titles to choose from, in the time it can take a Netflix subscriber to choose what to watch next, they could be two episodes deep into a new TV series binge-watch. But as Variety reports, a recent survey conducted by HarrisX and commissioned by MoffettNathanson is helping to reduce the amount of browsing you'll need to do by going straight to the source and asking more than 11,000 Netflix subscribers to cite their favorite shows that are currently streaming on the platform. And the results were somewhat surprising.

  1. Orange is the New Black
  1. Stranger Things
  1. Movies (Catch-all category)
  1. Ozark
  1. Grace and Frankie
  1. Black Mirror
  1. Lucifer
  1. The Crown
  1. The Office
  1. Friends
  1. Dead to Me
  1. Supernatural
  1. Daredevil
  1. The Ranch
  1. House of Cards
  1. Santa Clara Diet
  1. Jessica Jones
  1. 13 Reasons Why
  1. Fuller House
  1. Breaking Bad

As Variety notes, the fact that 15 of the 20 top favorites are Netflix originals rather than licensed shows means that the company will likely continue investing in original content. This might help them out when both Friends and The Office leave the streaming service in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

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