A LEGO Stranger Things Playset is Coming, And It's Upside Down

Courtesy of LEGO
Courtesy of LEGO

Aside from Ghostbusters, LEGO doesn't seem to do spooky too often. You're not likely to see any Hellraiser playsets anytime soon. But Netflix's Stranger Things is apparently on the edge of what's acceptable for the brick-laying company. After teasing a release on Twitter, LEGO has officially announced a Stranger Things LEGO set is on the way in time for the show's season 3 premiere this summer. And while it features Eleven, Dustin, and other popular characters, there's a little bit of a twist.

The 12-inch tall, 17-inch wide, and 8-inch deep playset is of the Byers home, a primary site of strange and paranormal activity. In addition to eight minifigures of the main cast, the set is "mirrored" so the layout of the house is replicated as it appears in the Upside Down, the alternate dimension seen in the series. The Byers house has several rooms, including the living room and the holiday lights display used by Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) to communicate with her son Will while he was trapped in the Upside Down.

The packaging for the LEGO 'Stranger Things' playset is pictured
Courtesy of LEGO

The packaging for the LEGO 'Stranger Things' playset is pictured
Courtesy of LEGO

The LEGO 'Stranger Things' playset is pictured
Courtesy of LEGO

LEGO minifigures of Dustin Henderson and Lucas Sinclair from the LEGO 'Stranger Things' playset are pictured
Courtesy of LEGO

Figures include Will Byers, Mike Wheeler, Eleven, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Chief Hopper, Joyce Byers, and the Demogorgon.

The 2287-piece set is now available on the LEGO Store for $199.99.

The third season of Stranger Things premieres on Netflix July 4.

[h/t Geek Culture]

This article has been updated to reflect current availability.

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A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images
Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]

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