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.
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LEGO finally made it official. Press release says sets available in February so we should be seeing more sets soon!
The LEGO Group Announces Partnership With Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products To Launch LEGO® And THE SIMPSONS Branded Merchandise
Construction Set and Minifigure Series Based on the Popular Show Available Beginning February 2014
Products To Coincide With LEGO-Themed Simpsons Episode, Airing May 2014 on FOX
BILLUND, Denmark, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The LEGO Group today announced a new partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to produce a construction set and licensed LEGO® minifigures inspired by the iconic television series, THE SIMPSONS. In addition, FOX is scheduled to air a special LEGO episode of THE SIMPSONS in May 2014 featuring Springfield and its cast of characters in LEGO form.
Scheduled to launch this February in LEGO stores and via the LEGO Shop at Home catalog and website, the construction set will recreate the iconic Simpsons family house in LEGO form. Also included in the LEGO and THE SIMPSONS construction set is the entire family: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie along with neighbor Ned Flanders. A separate line of 16 LEGO THE SIMPSONS minifigures will launch in all mass toy retailers in May 2014.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Fox during the 25th anniversary year of the Simpsons,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president licensing & entertainment at The LEGO Group. “We know our fans will love the challenge of building the Simpsons’ family home in great detail and the ability to collect quintessential characters in LEGO minifigure form will let them showcase their love of the show in a whole new way. We are also excited that THE SIMPSONS will be created in LEGO form, truly bringing this partnership to life.”
“We are kicking off the 25th anniversary of THE SIMPSONS in a big way, and we think LEGO-loving fans of the show will be impressed with this collaboration that represents the best of both iconic worlds through the LEGO and THE SIMPSONS construction set, minifigures and LEGO-themed episode,” said Jeffrey Godsick, president of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “Our partnership with LEGO is the perfect addition to the range of product lines that will be introduced globally in celebration of this great milestone achievement in television history.”
Created by Matt Groening, THE SIMPSONS is the longest-running scripted show in TV history. Since premiering in December 1989, the series has become a cultural phenomenon, recognizable throughout the world. The show was named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine, has won 28 Emmys and its theatrical short, “The Longest Daycare,” was nominated for a 2012 Oscar.
The LEGO THE SIMPSONS house will be available February 1st in LEGO retail outlets for $199.99 (USD). The line of LEGO THE SIMPSONS minfigures will launch in May 2014 in all major toy retailers for $3.99 (USD) each.
About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities through its products, which can be purchased in more than 130 countries. Visit www.LEGO.com
LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of The LEGO Group. ©2014 The LEGO Group.
About THE SIMPSONS
The longest-running scripted show in television history, THE SIMPSONS exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Currently airing its record-annihilating 25th season and in production on their 26th season, THE SIMPSONS has won 28 Emmy Awards and been nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short The Longest Daycare. The Simpsons: Tapped Out is a top grossing mobile App and has ranked number one around the world on the App Store™ charts. The Simpsons Movie had worldwide global acclaim and the revolutionary virtual coaster ride at Universal Studios Florida and Hollywood is a continuous hit, along with the new Springfield experience at Universal Studios Florida. THE SIMPSONS received a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000 and has been honored with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by Matt Groening. Named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine, in 2013 Entertainment Weekly named THE SIMPSONS the Greatest American Sitcom. THE SIMPSONS airs Sundays, 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT on FOX.
THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Al Jean are the Executive Producers. The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division develops and produces the licensed content for the series. Film Roman is the animation house.
About TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX CONSUMER PRODUCTS
A division 21st Century Fox and recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, the flagship studio leading the industry in supplying award-winning and blockbuster primetime television programming and entertainment content.
via PR Newswire
Updated to add a picture of the back of the box.
Okay, it’s not a bad reveal, I just guess Lego isn’t a Stonecutter (or a member of the Ancient Mystic Society of the No Homers), and thus didn’t get the leak tube fixed before this spilled all over the internet. We’ve known for awhile that Lego Simpsons was coming out, with a few hints at minifigs and some general statements about it… but this is the first time an actual set has wandered its way to us. Thanks to Eurobrick’s Carlos S, we’ve now seen another salvo against our wallets in Lego’s never-ending war.
Personally, I’m torn on this one. I mean, at 2523 pieces, and carrying a Licensed theme, this is obviously a Direct-to-Consumer Shop@Home exclusive that’s going to be north of $200-250.
More than that, without seeing the inside, there’s nothing to really wow you. Sure, the minifigs are cool, but anyone doubt that these minifigs won’t be in the CMF line (or any smaller sets that show up). And with the exception of Ned and Marge (perhaps Homer in his tie), none of the minifigs even look overly unique.
Okay, there’s the back of the house, and the interior as well. I’m curious what Ned is doing in there, since Homer could legally shoot him (unless he was invited). There’s a whole lot of blockiness to this house, and I stand by my first impression of “big tan box.” They could have done more to connect the differeht pieces to make it work, but that’s just me.
It could be that Lego is targeting this set squarely at AFOLs (not a stretch, given the price), and perhaps the whole theme, given that this show has been on the air three times longer than the minimum suggested age of the set. I’d be curious to hear what everyone thinks of this thing… for me, until I see Homer in a muumu, I’m not a believer.
Thanks to the multitude of people that emailed this set, showed up in chat, or pointed us to a whole bunch of other sites that covered this, and CloneEmperor for pointing me to the picture of the back of the box on Flickr. We’ve rehosted the images here and cropped them a little bit.
LEGO.com updated their LEGO Star Wars section with all of the March 2014 releases. Normally, new Star Wars products launch in January but this is the first time in the history of the line that it will be launching in March due to The LEGO Movie products being pushed out in time for the film’s February theatrical debut. A total of 19 new products will launch including a brand new sub-theme, “Microfighters” also known as “Recruitment Sets”. The Micorfighters fill the gap that the now-discontinued Planet sets left behind. The majority of the regular line focuses on Episode III sets while most of the Microfighters are based on Original Trilogy ships. We’ve rehosted the images below for your convenience. Pricing remains to be seen. All new LEGO Star Wars products will launch in March.
Well, in case you needed a break from all of The LEGO Movie reviews or rumors of new sets, Marvel went and released a new still showing off what we can assume will be the final look for the main characters in the upcoming Guardian’s of the Galaxy. It should look familiar, since it’s based on the concept art that was floated around Comic Con (and the CGI have apparently improved since then, per buriedbybricks, who I guess watched the teaser from SDCC).
I’m pretty stoked, since as a marvel collector, the only Groot figure that’s been available is a small sapling in a planter that was less than an inch tall. Now, I can get a giant figure and do Vin Diesel impersonations! And the fact that Rocket Raccoon is in the middle, staring down whoever is taking the still, is just awesome.
Also, does anyone else look at this and feel the urge to go watch The Usual Suspects, or is it just me?
[Image found via io9.com and Marvel]
Hungarian online toy shop, ILSE LEGO MÁRKABOLT, has posted the set names, numbers, piece counts, and Hungarian pricing for the Summer 2014 LEGO Star Wars sets. No pictures yet, but with the various Toy Fairs around the world happening in the next few months, we should be getting a good look at the sets soon enough. Oddly enough, that site has posted ONLY 2014 sets for all themes. Which makes me question the legitimacy. I’m sure it will get sorted out sooner or later. So with that being said, take the list below with a grain of salt. Summary with estimated Euro prices below:
- 75048 Phantom 20-30 EUR
- 75049 Snowspeeder 278 pieces 30-40 EUR
- 75050 B-wing 448 pieces 50-60 EUR
- 75051 Jedi Hunter 490 pieces 60-70 EUR
- 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina 615 pieces 70-80 EUR
- 75053 The Ghost piece number unknown yet 90-100 EUR
- 75054 AT-AT 1138 pieces 110EUR
- 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer 120EUR
With all the money I’m saving by not buying any of the January wave, I can double up on some of the OT goodness.
Thank to Tomas from Groove Bricks for the heads up.
Well, that was quite a wave of reviews, now wasn’t it? It’s certainly was a record for the reviews on the site… probably more we do in a few months. I know that I certainly never want to see another Emmet minifig (let alone the six or so that come in a box) as long as I live (or until I buy the rest of the sets in the line, whatever comes first). I think it’s safe to say that everyone who had sets to review on staff are now officially excited for The LEGO Movie. Of course, once it’s out, we’re going to review it, but it will be interesting to see how this amazing exercise in marketing brilliance plays out.
We missed a couple of reviews, compliments of the Canadian postal service and/or U.S. Customs service, but they’ll be up early next week just as soon as they get past the polar bears or what not that are slowing them up. Anyway, here are all the reviews we have available for the sets that dropped today! Stay tuned as we finish up the remaining sets in the next few days.
Many thanks to LEGO for providing the sets for review.
The LEGO Movie Set Reviews
- 70800 Getaway Glider Review
- 70801 Melting Room Review
- 70802 Bad Cop’s Pursuit Review
- 70803 Cloud Cuckoo Palace Review
- 70804 Ice Cream Machine Review
- 70805 Trash Chomper Review
- 70806 Castle Cavalry Review
- 70807 MetalBeard’s Duel Review
- 70808 Super Cycle Chase Review
- 70809 Lord Business Evil Lair Review
- 70811 The Flying Flusher Review
- 70812 Creative Ambush Review
- 70813 Rescue Reinforcements Review
- 71004 LEGO Minifigures The LEGO Movie Series Review
And don’t forget that the entire line up can be purchased at LEGO Shop@Home, Brand Retail, and your local toy store:
Buy The Sets
- 70800 Getaway Glider $12.99
- 70801 Melting Room $12.99
- 70802 Bad Cop s Pursuit $29.99
- 70803 Cloud Cuckoo Palace $19.99
- 70804 Ice Cream Machine $29.99
- 70805 Trash Chomper $29.99
- 70806 Castle Cavalry $29.99
- 70807 MetalBeard’s Duel $34.99
- 70808 Super Cycle Chase $49.99
- 70809 Lord Business Evil Lair $69.99
- 70811 The Flying Flusher $29.99
- 70812 Creative Ambush $39.99
- 70813 Rescue Reinforcements $69.99
- 71004 LEGO Minifigures The LEGO Movie Series $2.99
Street date be damned. LEGO Movie sets have been spotted and purchased by yours truly. The sets have a street date of December 29, while the collectible minifigs have a date of January 1, which makes no sense to me since those dates are just two days apart. They were acquired at Target and Toys’R'Us stores but during my hunt, while I spotted some sets and figs at some stores, most of them were adhering to the street date while others had no problem selling me the stuff.