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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Waze Users Can Now Get Their Driving Directions from Cookie Monster

Gail Oskin, Getty Images for Children's Hospital Boston
Gail Oskin, Getty Images for Children's Hospital Boston

Navigation apps have made it easy to find our way to new or unfamiliar destinations, but they're not usually fun. If you’ve grown bored with robotic intonations, or if you have kids in the car to entertain, you may want to try the newest feature on Waze's turn-by-turn GPS traffic app: guidance from Cookie Monster.

The grammatically challenged Sesame Street star (“Me like cookies!”) is now available as the voice of Waze, the Google app that keeps drivers on course. According to Lifehacker writer Emily Price, the blue-furred creature can be activated by tapping the magnifying glass icon in the app and selecting “Voice and Sound” from the menu. Choosing “Waze Voice” will display a list of sound options, including Cookie Monster.

Waze rotates its selection of recognizable voices regularly. (Past options have included Mr. T and Liam Neeson.) Some voices only offer turn-by-turn directions, while others will speak street names, too. Waze may have opted for Cookie Monster to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street this year. In May, the app began directing users to a New York City street renamed in the show’s honor.

[h/t Lifehacker]

The 25 Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time Worldwide

Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Marvel Studios

Ever since Avengers: Endgame was announced, Hollywood insiders had no doubt it would be a box office smash. But few people could have predicted just how big of a dent the movie would make in its opening weekend alone. The latest MCU movie demolished all previous box office records by making a cool $1.2 billion in just its first few days in theaters.

It's the first film in cinema history to cross the billion-dollar mark in its opening weekend, and knocked its predecessor—Avengers: Infinity War—from the top spot in terms of opening weekends by almost double (Infinity War broke records a year ago when it made $640 million worldwide during its first weekend in theaters). After grossing $2 billion in record time, and knocking James Cameron's Titanic out of the number two spot of biggest blockbusters, Avengers: Endgame has now officially unseated yet another Cameron film, Avatar—which has held the number one spot for 10 years—to become the highest-grossing movie of all time.

  1. Avengers: Endgame (2019) // $2,790,200,000

  2. Avatar (2009) // $2,789,700,000

  3. Titanic (1997) // $2,187,500,000

  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) // $2,068,200,000

  5. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) // $2,048,400,000

  6. Jurassic World (2015) // $1,671,700,000

  7. Marvel's The Avengers (2012) // $1,518,800,000

  8. Furious 7 (2015) // $1,516,000,000

  9. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) // $1,405,400,000

  10. Black Panther (2018) // $1,346,900,000

  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) // $1,341,700,000

  12. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) // $1,332,500,000

  13. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) // $1,309,500,000

  14. Frozen (2017) // $1,276,500,000

  15. Beauty and the Beast (2017)// $1,263,500,000

  16. Incredibles 2 (2017) // $1,242,800,000

  17. The Fate of the Furious (2017) // $1,236,000,000

  18. Iron Man 3 (2013) // $1,214,800,000

  19. Minions (2015) // $1,159,400,000

  20. Captain America: Civil War (2016) // $1,153,300,000

  1. Aquaman (2018) // $1,148,000,000

  1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) // $1,123,800,000

  2. Captain Marvel (2019) // $1,120,100,000

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) // $1,119,900,000

  2. Skyfall (2012) // $1,108,600,000

Box office totals courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

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