The Simpsons licensed line is a strange one. There is some potential in having The Simpsons be the first licensed, location-based theme (vs a vehicle-based one like Star Wars). 71006 The Simpsons House set would just be the starting point into the town of Springfield. Other locations could be made into sets like Moe’s Tavern, the nuclear power plant, the school, the town square complete with Jebediah Springfield statue, etc. They all could have been great sets to own and be something that Town and Train fans could incorporate into their layouts. But what we get instead is just the Simpsons’ house and a line of Collectible Minifigures. Each minifigure’s likeness is spot on to their on-screen counterparts. No duh. That’s really not surprising considering they each have a custom molded head, so how could they not look like the characters they’re supposed to portray? Gone is the familiar minifigure head element and any accessories; it’s replaced by a single molded element. They look great, the heads. Spot on in fact, like I said earlier. But they are so spot on that the head looks it was taken directly off of an action figure than a LEGO minifigure. And that’s what they actually end up looking like: heads taken off of an action figure and stuck on top of a LEGO minifigure torso. And this is where I have a huge problem with these things: the head. The head is so un-LEGO like and so gigantically disproportionately large, it actually turns me off to the idea of LEGO licensed themes a little.
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Fox put out the last trailer for the special Simpsons LEGO episode. Unlike the previous trailer, this one is almost entirely LEGO. The basic plot seems to revolve around Homer realizing he is in an alternate universe.
The Simpsons’ LEGO episode, Brick Like Me airs this Sunday May 4th on Fox at 8/7c. I can’t wait.
Fox is giving us a sneak preview of the upcoming LEGO-themed episode of The Simpsons. The clip is above and the LEGO part of the trailer comes at the end.
I found some stills over at io9 and I keep looking at this one in particular:
And I find myself really liking this iteration of the family in LEGO form. There’s something quite charming with this design aesthetic that feels more LEGO-like than what is actually being produced in the toy line.
You can find more pics over at io9
If you’re a VIP member you can now purchase 71006 The Simpsons House two weeks ahead of the February 1 release date. You have to be logged in to your account to be able to see the product page and add it to your cart. The set comes with Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Ned Flanders. 71006 The Simpsons House retails for $199.99 and you’ll get free shipping on this set.
Following today’s official announcement of The Simpsons license, LEGO has sent over official assets for 71006 The Simpsons House. Available as a Shop@Home D2C exclusive, it is priced at $199 USD. No other details about other sets is available at this time. Given that the press release used “construction set” in singular form, this and the Collectible Minifigure series may be all that we are getting.
Rumors of a LEGO + Simpsons mashup were circulating a few months back but it wasn’t until today that those rumors have been confirmed. The story broke over the Associated Press newswire this morning, and if that wasn’t enough credibility for you, Brickset has found a Danish news article with a lot more detail. Google language tools translated the article to the following:
One of the most-loved, arch American families are now emerging as Lego figures. These are the yellow cartoon family, The Simpsons.
The paper notes Monday.
There has long flourished rumors of an impending romance between 20th Century Fox Television, the production company behind the successful series, and Lego, but only now being co confirmed.
– We get both Homer, Bart, Marge and the other to look to next year, says Mads Nipper, marketing director with responsibility for product development, marketing and sales of Lego, for Exchange.
The launch of the characters is a “small product news” in the beginning, but if the reception is strong enough, can quickly turn up the production.
– It will be a small launch, but it will hopefully be fun and exciting for those who like the Simpsons universe, says Mads Nipper for Exchange.
Toy Importer: Being a success
The newspaper had adult Lego enthusiasts online forums otherwise lost a bit of hope on a Simpsons Series as the recently completed comic convention Comic-Con in California not featured product presentations.
At Top Toy with both BR Toys & Toys’R’Us in Denmark, there is no doubt that the new series is going to sell.
– The target audience for The Simpsons are teenagers and adults, but there are also many children who know them, says product manager at Top Toy, Carsten Nielsen, for Exchange.
He has also seen the figures as they appear in the 2014 catalog, and he says that “they are really well made.”
Simpsons series created by Matt Groening and has been running for over 20 years with over 500 episodes in total. The series has won 27 Emmy awards, a Peabody-award and even performed a single Oscar nomination.
We’ll have more news on this development as it happens.
image courtesy of Jung von Matt/Alster from their Imagine campaign