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Researchers from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow found that select unopened Lego sets on the secondary market saw an average annual return of 11% — that's higher than gold and shares of some large companies. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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The toy company Lepin was raided by Chinese authorities in Shenzhen, China last week for allegedly manufacturing fake Lego products. picture alliance/picture alliance via Getty Image hide caption

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Legos have been reliably popular holiday gifts. But fans will have to wait for this 7,500-piece Millennium Falcon. It's sold out, and even when in stock, currently only available to VIP customers. Jim van Gulk/Lego hide caption

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Unraveled: The Mystery Of The Secret Street Artist In Boston

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A product image shows the new Research Institute playset from Lego, which features women in roles as three scientists. In January, the company was criticized by a girl who said all its female characters were "boring." Lego hide caption

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These Lego dragons washed up at Bigbury-on-Sea, on the south coast of Devon, England in the late 1990s. Tracey Williams/Lego Lost At Sea hide caption

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Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook

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Paul Janssen stands inside the Ohio Stadium he made out of Legos in his basement. Fred Squillante/The Columbus Dispatch hide caption

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Master Builder Makes Legos Bend To His Will In Ohio Stadium Replica

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