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

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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
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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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Richard Nixon Had a Speech Prepared In the Event That Apollo 11's Mission Failed

Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin share a laugh with President Richard Nixon while aboard the USS Hornet on July 24, 1969.
Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin share a laugh with President Richard Nixon while aboard the USS Hornet on July 24, 1969.
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In July 1969, the world watched as the crew of Apollo 11 successfully entered lunar orbit, landed, then blasted off and returned to Earth. At each step of the way there were dangers and NASA had backup plans in case something went terribly wrong—though there wasn't much NASA could do from 384,403 kilometers away. In 1999, William Safire discussed the speech he wrote for President Richard Nixon just in case the mission failed. From Safire's article:

The most dangerous part of the trip was not landing the little module on the moon, but in launching it back up to the mother ship. If that failed, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin could not be rescued. Mission Control would have to "close down communications" and, as the world agonized, let the doomed astronauts starve to death or commit suicide.

Nixon aides H. R. Haldeman and Peter Flanigan told me to plan for that tragic contingency. On July 18, 1969, I recommended that "in event of moon disaster . . . the President should telephone each of the widows-to-be" and after NASA cut off contact "a clergyman should adopt the same procedure as a burial at sea, commending their souls to 'the deepest of the deep,' concluding with the Lord's Prayer." A draft Presidential speech was included.

Here's a scan of the speech:

And here's the text:

IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER:

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.

In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man's search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

This story has been updated for 2019.

The Office Star Ellie Kemper Wants to Do a Reunion Episode

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While rumors of The Office getting a reboot have been swirling around for years, the outlook on that happening any time soon doesn't look good. But a reunion episode might just be possible.

Ellie Kemper, who played Erin Hannon in the beloved series, recently stopped by Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen to dish about the sitcom and her thoughts on whether it might be making a return to the small screen: "I would love there to be a reboot, but I don't think there will be. So, that's a sad answer," Kemper admitted. "But maybe like a reunion episode? That would be fun."

E! News reports that Kemper isn’t the only cast member that wants to get the band back together. Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly, also thinks a reunion episode would be a hit. “I think it's a great idea," Fischer said in 2018. "I would be honored to come back in any way that I'm able to.”

A key player in the series' success, however, is not so enthusiastic about the idea. Steve Carell, who played the infamous Michael Scott, doesn’t think a revival would be well-received. "The climate's different," Carell told Esquire back in 2018. "I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he's certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That's the point, you know? But I just don't know how that would fly now.”

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