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

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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. 

1. The Simpsons 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

OK, so you can’t buy this set just yet. But it is definitely in the works. The LEGO Group struck a deal with BBC and is moving forward with creating a Doctor Who themed set. Though we don't know what it will look like, one possibility is the LEGO Ideas proposal submitted by Andrew Clark (seen above). The fan realized that a TARDIS could be built using many pieces that already existed in other sets, making it a snap to produce. 

11. Lone Ranger 

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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Since it first added plastic, interlocking bricks to its lineup, the Danish toy company LEGO (from the words Leg Godt for “play well”) has inspired builders of all ages to bring their most imaginative designs to life. Sets have ranged in size from scenes that can be assembled in a few minutes to 5000-piece behemoths depicting famous landmarks. And tinkerers aren’t limited to the sets they find in stores. One of the largest LEGO creations was a life-sized home in the UK that required 3.2 million tiny bricks to construct.

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Take a Virtual Peek Inside Denmark's New LEGO House
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Grown-ups who wanted to live inside the LEGO-brick homes they built as a kid can now simulate the experience by visiting the Danish toy brand’s brand-new LEGO House in the company's hometown of Billund, Denmark.

As My Modern Met reports, the experiential playhouse opened its doors to LEGO loving fans of all ages on September 28, following seven years of planning and a four-year construction period. Danish architecture firm BIG designed the nearly 130,000-square-foot playhouse’s exterior to resemble a stack of 21 plastic bricks, with multi-colored rooftop terraces.

The LEGO House contains an official LEGO history museum as well as a Masterpiece Gallery area, featuring elaborate LEGO designs by fans around the world. It also features four color-coded playrooms—each designed to nurture a specific facet of play and learning—and three eateries, including the Mini Chef family restaurant, where customers can build their own orders out of bricks and have the real-life thing served on a conveyer belt by dancing robots.

“With LEGO House, we celebrate creativity and the strength of learning through play,” LEGO owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen said in a statement. “When they play, children learn the basic skills that they need, such as creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving abilities.”

The LEGO House is expected to have over 250,000 paid visitors per year, although fans can visit the site’s rooftop playgrounds, shop in the LEGO store, or dine at any of its restaurants without paying an entrance fee. Access to the house’s experiential zones costs around $31, and visits must be booked in advance through the LEGO House website due to space restrictions.

Check out some photos of the LEGO House below:

Facade of the LEGO Group's new LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark
Facade of the LEGO Group's new LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark
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Aerial rooftop view of the LEGO Group's new LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark.
Aerial rooftop view of the LEGO Group's new LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark.
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LEGO House visitors browse the Masterpiece Gallery, a display of works by members of the brand's artistic community.
LEGO House visitors browse the Masterpiece Gallery, a display of works by members of the brand's artistic community.
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Oversize LEGO model sits on a LEGO House terrace in Billund, Denmark.
Oversize LEGO model sits on a LEGO House terrace
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Children play near the Brick Builder Waterfall at the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.
Children play near the Brick Builder Waterfall at the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.
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Children build LEGO flowers to plant in a special LEGO meadow at the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.
Children build LEGO flowers to plant in a special LEGO meadow.
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Kids visiting the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, play with LEGOs in the World Explorer section, which has three themed islands filled with LEGO mini-figures.
Kids play with LEGOs in the World Explorer section, which has three themed islands filled with LEGO mini-figures.
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At the MINI CHEF family restaurant, located inside the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, customers build their own order out of LEGO bricks  and have them served by dancing robots.
The MINI CHEF family restaurant, where customers build their own order out of LEGO bricks and have them served by dancing robots.
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[h/t My Modern Met]

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