LEGO Has Released Five Epic New Avengers: Endgame Collectible Playsets

LEGO
LEGO

With April now officially upon us, the wait for the highly-anticipated Avengers: Endgame is that much closer to being over. Even though the film’s release is just around the corner, Marvel is still being extremely secretive in their marketing of the movie—no doubt in an attempt to offer up as many surprises as they can over the film's reported three-hour-plus runtime. But fear not, MCU fans, as LEGO has officially unveiled their new lineup of toys tailor-made to commemorate the blockbuster event.

The sets feature many of the characters fans would expect, including the heroic Captain America, the Mad Titan Thanos, and franchise newcomer Captain Marvel. There are five sets in total, which range in price from $20 to $100, and will be available beginning today.

A LEGO Avengers set
LEGO

Some of the highlights include the Avengers Compound Battle set, which features a buildable version of the iconic Avengers HQ, complete with a two-floor office building and helipad. The playset also contains seven characters: Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Nebula, and a 4-armed Outrider as minifigures; Thanos and Hulk as posable big figures; and an appropriately sized Ant-Man microfigure. With 699 total pieces, this set looks to be one of the major standouts of the collection. Plus, that Ant-Man microfigure is really adorable.

A LEGO Avengers set
LEGO

But if massive battles aren’t your cup of tea, you might fancy the Iron Man Hall of Armor set, where you’ll have access to all the sweet Stark tech you could want. Minifigures included in this set feature some of the many suits designed by Tony Stark throughout the movies, including the Iron Man MK 50, which was was prominently displayed in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. But the real fun comes with building the laboratory itself, which features cool little details like a rotating podium, display cases for the individual armors, and arguably the most important item: a smoothie machine. The set also includes an Outrider minifigure, as well as a large posable Igor mech suit figure—all of which totals 524 pieces.

Other Lego playsets include the 167-piece Captain America: Outriders Attack, the 362-piece War Machine Buster, and the 838-piece Avengers Ultimate Quinjet, which features many other notable characters like Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Rocket Raccoon.

Buy them all on the LEGO Shop.

Whichever set you choose, these toys are sure to satisfy all your superhero needs until Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26.

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Stranger Things Fans Can Now Buy a 6-Foot-Tall Demogorgon Sprinkler

BigMouth Inc., Amazon
BigMouth Inc., Amazon

Some fans watch a show and then talk about it. Others create art inspired by it. Others develop far-out theories. But sometimes, fans go even further than that—like when pool accessory company BigMouth Inc. revealed its massive Stranger Things-inspired, inflatable Demogorgon sprinkler, which is now available for any fan to purchase.

The sprinkler, the perfect gift for those wishing to combine their love of sci-fi monstrosities and thorough lawn irrigation, stands 6 feet tall and can be connected to any standard hose, allowing it to spurt water from its horrifying open face, according to House Beautiful. And for fans thinking it can only be found in the far corners of the internet, fear not: the sprinkler is available now at Target and on Amazon.

If you want a less flashy way to show off your Stranger Things fandom this summer, BigMouth Inc. also sells a plethora of other novelty items based on the show, like an Upside Down-themed pool tube, Scoops Ahoy floating cupholders, and a float based on one of Eleven’s trademark waffles. (See all the options on Amazon here.)

This marks the latest in a series of collaborations for the hugely successful Netflix series. Prior to its release, Stranger Things teamed with both H&M and Nike to release clothing and shoes inspired by the series. It also collaborated with Coca-Cola to produce a limited edition collection of New Coke cans inspired by a moment in the third season.

We’re glad there’s a plethora of Stranger Things merchandise available, even the terrifying Demogorgon sprinkler—it sounds just ridiculous enough to buy right away. It's available at Target or Amazon for $100.

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The World’s Steepest Street Is in Harlech, Wales

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Tonktiti/iStock via Getty Images

It wasn’t by chance that Ffordd Pen Llech just clinched the Guinness World Record for the world’s steepest street: The townspeople of Harlech, Wales, worked hard to steal the recognition from Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand.

At its steepest point, the gradient of the street in Wales is 37.5 percent, beating out Baldwin Street’s 35 percent. “I feel sorry for Baldwin Street and the New Zealanders,” Gwyn Headley, who spearheaded the campaign, told The Guardian, “But steeper is steeper.”

Guinness World Records has a surprising 10 criteria for the honor, including a blueprint of the street in question. This was the toughest for Harlech residents, because the thousand-year-old road was there long before roads were planned out with blueprints. So surveyor Myrddyn Phillips created one from scratch, using a satellite dish and chalk to calculate every possible measurement. Another criterion is that the road must actually be used by both people and vehicles. This one was easy, considering it leads to Harlech Castle, a UNESCO Heritage Site that was built over 700 years ago.

Having just lost to England in the Cricket World Cup, New Zealand is having a rough month—which Headley does feel bad about. “At least they have the Rugby World Cup … for the moment,” she said.

Because of its opportunities for bikers, motorcyclists, and other thrill seekers, Baldwin Street has become something of a tourist destination, which Dunedin residents have capitalized on by establishing nearby food, drink, and souvenir shops. Since the street is just as steep as it was before losing the world record, it’ll likely still function as a tourist attraction. But the townspeople are understandably disappointed, and one even suggested resurfacing it to increase the gradient.

In the meantime, Harlech is planning a party. “We know the anticipation has been building for quite some time now and I’m pleased to see the outcome has brought such joy to the residents,” Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday told The Guardian. “I hope Harlech enjoys the celebrations and that the new title brings lots of people to the beautiful town.”

[h/t The Guardian]

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