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Nerdly claims to have a 'scoop' on new information about The Simpsons sets:

"LEGO is set to release (much like the Olympic minifigures) a complete wave of blind-bag minifigures (series 13 to be precise), with 16 Simpsons characters to collect – including Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Apu, Chief Wiggum, Moe, Itchy and Scratchy and many more of the show’s iconic characters – which will be launched May 2014.

"And despite a list of proposed LEGO sets hitting the likes of Brickset and Bricks & Bloks, we can confirm that the *only* LEGO set to be launched in the first quarter of 2014 in the UK will be the Simpsons House, which is set to be made available direct to consumers (via the LEGO website and LEGO stores) in April 2014.

"On top of that, this new LEGO range will also be supported by a special Simpsons LEGO TV episode (much like the LEGO Star Wars specials) in May 2014!"

So, I guess that means that the possible set list is either not correct, or won't all be available in all markets.

(Thanks Kez for the news)

55 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I like this idea a lot. Springfield has always been defined by its cast of characters, much more so than its architecture. Of course, this all depends on how deftly the figures are realized.

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By in United States,

Well lets see...between the house and the whole series of MiniFigs; then the LEGO movie and all its subsequent sets 2014 is already looking like I'll need another job just to support this hobby.

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By in United States,

If this turns out to be true: So, the much-ballyhooed Simpsons LEGO theme is reduced to a collectible figure set? Not cool, LEGO; since when did you become an "action figure" company instead of a building toy company?

Hopefully this is only the first wave of the theme, and that a proper series of playsets will emerge in time.

Still, I can't wait for the resurgence of Monorail MOC playset designs using the official Simpsons figures! Is it too much to ask for a Phil Hartman minifig in carnival barker jacket and hat?

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By in United States,

Simpsons producer, David Silverman just confirmed via Twitter that the upcoming Lego Simpsons episode is a reality.

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By in United States,

Key words, "first quarter of 2014". Leaves lots of time for other Simpsons' sets for the rest of the year.

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By in United States,

LEGO is really throwing all they got for the Simpsons.

Cant wait to see the minifigures.

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By in United Kingdom,

So 13 is a unlucky number,i won't be buying any so i'll save my self about £32 and then i'll use the money to buy more LEGO Chima ;)

also does anyone know when there will be more picture of 2014 sets(i really want to see the Chima and Hero Factory
sets)

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By in Poland,

The Minifigs Series is a very bad idea if they will be on whole world. I bet many countries don't even care about simpsons. :/

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By in United Kingdom,

Awesome decision,can't wait to get everyone,I never get all for any series apart from Olympic ones. If they have Ralph and Millhouse I will be happy :)

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By in United States,

If they are making the Simpsons House into the only system set for this theme, that means that it could be a LEGO exclusive item and can be much bigger in size and detail than previously rumored.

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By in United States,

@Patch22, you took the words right out of my mouth! It looks like I'm going to have a lot of spare money since I won't be getting any of them. Doesn't LEGO realize that Collectable Minifigures is one of their most popular themes and their making an entire series be based off a theme that got just as much negative comments as it did positive comments.

IMO, Bad move LEGO, very bad move

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By in United Kingdom,

In all honesty if you don't like Simpsons or not,this is a great idea,casual minifigure collectors like me that get 2 or 3 a series will now be buying everyone and many swaps to. Think it's an excellent idea and this will tie into people buying Simpsons house. Best news Lego have had in ages can't wait :)

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By in United States,

^It's not nessacerily a good idea to people who like Collectable Minifigures and don't like the simpsons. The only good thing about this in my opinion is the fact that it saves me A LOT of money for the (otherwise) excellent year of 2014.

Again only IMO. ;-)

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By in Canada,

@coson I think you just contradicted yourself. If CM's are a very popular theme then why wouldn't they sell? I wish some people would have some common sense. If they don't like a theme it's not a bad move for TLG at all. Keep buying Chima - I can't stand that theme but I don't think TLG is worse off for making it. More Simpsons CM's for me!

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By in United Kingdom,

^ i think it's a bad idea, i don't think i'd like minifigures with license figures.
personally i think it's one of the worst ideas for a lego theme i've seen in the past few years.

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By in Germany,

"much like the Olympic minifigure"? Well actually nothing like that:
- 16 instead of 9?
- Series 13 instead of additional?
Even though I personally really look forward to the Simpsons & LEGO Movie themes (including their minifigures), I would have prefered if the Minifigures line just remained as it was and other figures were released the same way but under the roof of their own theme.

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By in United States,

@suckerpunch83, it was more of an 'In My Opinion' type of thing. I reworded my comment a bit differently to reflect this.

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By in United Kingdom,

If you collect CMs and don't like the Simpsons, avoid The Simpsons set (series 13?!) and when series 14 of the CMs are released simply think of it as series 13... apart from a few months wait for the next CM wave, what's the big deal?!

Star Wars, Simpson, CMs, Chima.... we all wear anoraks, just different coloured ones - it's good that LEGO diversify now and again.

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By in United Kingdom,


Love that idea, surely the main point of liking the Simpsons is the amount of different characters and this is a great way of hopefully getting a good number of them without having to buy sets which would probably be pretty rubbish.

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By in United Kingdom,

Are we all absolutely sure this isn't some complex hoax? Much as I love 'The Simpsons', it seems too far past its heyday to support the kind of sales Lego would surely want and a minifig series certainly wouldn't have the same appeal as the regular CMFs to young kids. Add to that the inconsistency in the set rumours and it still all feels too strange to be true.

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By in Sweden,

Please Lego, stops with those CMF, that was fun for a while...

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By in Germany,

Oh another thing I fear: a minifigures series based on a licence will sure lead to an increase in price.

@mr_skinny: Series 12 - The LEGO Movie (confirmed), Series 13 - The Simpsons (see above), Series 14 - The Minifigures MMO (rumor). So it might be a year before there's a new regular series if at all (although chances are the first and the last thing have all the qualities of a regular series).

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't entirely belief in this source. I guess we'll have to wait nearer the time until they announce the set list.

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By in United States,

Licensing may add to the overall cost, but necessarily the price. If LEGO finds this to be a good investment they may have other themes subsidize the cost of this minifigure line-up just so they can keep people coming back for more. If you increase the CMF price, a lot of people will stop buying multiples and that is the whole point of that line. I'd think they will keep it the same as it has been, only to keep it competitive on the market. CMF always introduces new molds, so this won't be any different. These molds will probably just be bigger on the minifigure themselves instead of as accessories.

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By in United States,

Yay! A theme that I won't have to worry about buying! I think that 2014 has WAY too many high quality sets, and I'm thankful that I won't have to look through the lego catalog and want everything I see in there. But lets just hope that the theme doesn't pull a Chima on us. By that I mean take over the LEGO homepage.

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By in United States,

For every Lego fan that opts out of series 13, I think Lego will be gaining just as many new buyers with this Simpson series. They're banking that Lego fans will continue to support their other products and recruit new ones through the Simpson brand. Win-win for them.

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By in Taiwan,

I personally think licensed collectible minifigures work better for some characters who could be too minor to be in a Lego set or even a theme (eg, Drizella, Sneezy and Mrs. Potts for Disney line). If they decide to make repititive themes or figures in a collectible format, it's not surprising that nobody wants to buy it. I hope it can be a project to fufill those discontinued themes.

And I don't think licensed themes should be counted a part Minifiure series. They can should be sale on different date, but it's just a special version like Olympics things.

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By in United Kingdom,

figura, I'm 40 this year - I've gotten past the age and mentality of having to have everything immediately. Took me 5 years to buy the Death Star and the Ewok Village will be mine, in about two years!

....good things come to those who wait

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By in United Kingdom,

The only Lego set to be released in 1st quarter is the Simpson's house? Do you mean only Simpson's Lego set or do you mean only Lego set? If so what happened to Parisian Cafe etc.???

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By in United Kingdom,

I wonder if this negates a lot of the negative reactions. Centring the theme on the minifigures makes it more about the lovable connection you got with the characters, regardless of whether or not a few elements of the show are questionable. Is anyone who initially didn't like the news happier with this approach?

And if the Simpsons is past its best isn't this a great work-round? To most AFOLs I would think Lego is all about nostalgia. That's why I'm into Lego Star Wars, Old Trilogy only - the toy I loved with the films I loved; and why I'm getting into modular buildings - the toy I always wished I could have had. So £2 for a random figure in a bag from that show you used to love? This has got the potential to bring a heck of a lot of adults out of their dark ages!
(@mr_skinny - love the anoraks analogy!)

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By in United Kingdom,

And to anyone annoyed at this being part of the official CMF line - we (vocal AFOLs) should have realised we don't have the control over TLG that we somehow think we should have (come to think of it, where did that expectation come from?) when they did a chase figure in series 10. It's just one of those things!
I know that's defeatist, but what are the other options? Rant and rave, or leave Lego behind? I'd the think the 'A' reaction for an 'AFOL' is to roll with it.
(You should still have an opinion, and of course you should share it in discussions, but it ain't gonna affect anything TLG actually do, so in the discussions it shall remain!)

In years to come when these collections are old, valuable and formalised, collectors will inevitably regard series 10 as essentially complete without Mr Gold, and this series will be the phantom licensed set akin to the Olympic series. It'll be part of the rich history of the CMF range, just like pinhead Han Solo and the last 17 range from the original Kenner Star Wars line. In fact, without anomalies like this the history wouldn't be rich and curious; it would be straightforward and dull! Isn't it nice to be part of a historical curiosity, and won't it be great to be able to tell collectors in years to come all about the controversies in CMF series 10 and 13 that we lived through? ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree with zipsforbananas (including patting Mr_Skinny on the back for the anorak comment!) - there is BIG money in adult nostalgia. It's not kids or teens going out and spending hundreds on original, boxed transformers or Star Wars figs from the 1980s, buying DVDs of clunky old cartoons from their childhood or retro T-shirts with sesame street characters on them. I know plenty of geeky non-FOLs who would lap up the chance to get Simpsons minifigs.

As for the news itself, i'm still hopeful but we are being told different things from different sources month-by-month so I'll cross my fingers for Apu, Moe and Ralph figs and wait and see.

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By in United States,

That LEGO Simpsons episode sounds interesting. My dad and I no longer watch the show except for the Treehouse Terror episodes anymore, but we might get a kick out of this LEGO episode.

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By in Taiwan,

> Centring the theme on the minifigures makes it more about the lovable connection you got with the characters
Licensed CMF isn't a bad thing, but if they do it in a unpleasant way, no BIG money comes after all. I still hope to see they focus on minor characters or licensed themes that aren unused or discontinued.

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By in Denmark,

So this means that the simpsons minifigure serie will be a part of the lego minifigure mmo game?

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't like the idea of the simpsons figures being series 13, i feel like they should be separate from the regular series and either run alongside them or, like with the olympic ones, run in between two series. It doesn't feel right shoving a licensed set of figures in with the others. It just seems messy to me

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By in United Kingdom,

Ooh, I'm so excited!!

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By in United States,

A huge problem with this is that individualized licensed characters are the opposite of army builders... whether we're talking an actual fighting army from some period or setting, or your army of regular people populating a town/city MOC... so getting more than one of any of these is extremely useless, which makes the whole lottery aspect of CMFs even less appealing than it is now. Plus the molded heads (inevitable) will be useless... no new hair, no new reuseable faces. Unlike regular CMFs, no one who is not a HARDCORE Simpsons fan will be interested. Why would a casual take the frustration of getting nine Barts looking for an Apu? What would you do with eight extra ugly soft-rubber molded Bart heads? It's like having eight Squidwards. Even with the molded SW heads, which are annoying enough, you can turn them into your own different characters of that species, or build an army of them. What form of MOCing or child's play or display or any other conceivable use is there for an army of Bart clones? They should just package them so you can see the characters and double or triple the price to make up for whatever income theywould lose from no longer forcing people to buy minifigs they don't want.

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By in United States,

As I look at it, if this theme doesn't do to well, Lego is going to lose money. Unlike the CMFs, who often had parts that got reused in other themes, the Simpsons parts are only usable in Simpsons sets.

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By in United States,

@ninjagoyo and @cody6268, I agree, CMFs are supposed to be army builders. I think that even fans of the simpsons would be dissapointed to open up, say, two bags only to find that both of them are Homer. Also if you think about it they'll probably make Characters like Moe, etc. (AKA, the characters that don't come with the Simpsons house set) will be packed two per box. Even with the factor of drawing in fans of the Simpsons who aren't fans of CMFs, I still think that the cons even out the pros.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm sure LEGO know what they are doing and licensed blind bags work, whether LEGO or not.

As a parent I've 'had' to buy blind bag toys featuring Peppa Pig, Scooby-Doo' Bob The Builder and Disney Cars..... You always end up with duplicates but the kids aren't fussed and they always come in useful as backups for lost/broken pieces!

...oh, and something I used to do as a child was 'swaps'.... Can't beat playground negotiations over 'wants' and 'spares' ;-)

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By in United States,

You know what? I am now convinced that LEGO is going morally downhill. And we all know what happens to the companies that go downhill...

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By in United States,

I still hate this idea,I hope they still do a series 13 with normal figs,because I usually get 8-16 figs.

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By in Taiwan,

> CMFs are supposed to be army builders
I disagree with that. There is demand of licensed (exclusive) characters, and collectible series is a good way to fulfill fans' dream.
But we do still need traditional army builders. It makes wars only when TLG decide to stop making any other generic CMF series and just keep on licensed characters from now on.

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By in United States,

I'm not a big fan of the idea but I think way too many people are crying doom and gloom. I don't see one reaosn why this WON'T be a successful series - Kidrobot made plenty of money with their Simpsons, Futurama, South Park, etc. blind bag toys and Kidrobot's Japanese action figure style is nowhere near as famous as the Lego minifigure! So why would combining Lego and the Simpsons cause sales issues? It won't. That doesn't make it a good idea, but it's still a sound business decision.

That said, the real issue is it replacing Series 13, but I'm not sure I actually believe that, I have a feeling it's a miscommunication/error.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well this is just my thought,but eventually Lego will run out of ideas for Minifigures series. If they did run two different series at a time in my opinion it would be bad for business,room in stores what do people buy,one of minifigures sets would get neglected and may not sell too well. Tho it would be whole new story if it was something you like,wouldn't it? This will be a breath of fresh air.....oh yeah I hope they have a Sideshow Bob with a rake :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I really want to get these . Well done Lego ; more licensed figs please (super heroes, star wars , Disney) . And i'm with dashofdashing on the Sideshow Bob.

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By in United Kingdom,

The pile of playground swapsies would need more than an elastic band... :P

I'd not thought of the army building aspect, but then it is just that, an aspect of CMF collecting, along with a host of others. I'm with Dorayaki: series 13 would lose that appeal but others would still have it, and series 13 would have its own distinctive appeal to compensate.

And Sideshow Bob with a rake? [insert Homer-drooling-at-a-doughnut noise]
Which would be better? A fully moulded headpiece, or a reversible head - manic-grin/rake-thwack?

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By in Taiwan,

> Lego will run out of ideas for Minifigures series. one of minifigures sets would get neglected and may not sell too well
It would have reflected on sets, if it's true. It can be great if licensed and original CMF keep going together for us to choose, or TLG can just stagger the release dates.

I personally don't think there are no more idea. If they do, it's more like that the past CMF series came too fast.

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By in United States,

@JVM - I am with you! I think this may be a miscommunication.

I see no problem, sales or otherwise, having a Simpsons Wave and a "normal" CMF wave appearing at the same time
and I hope that is the case. I think that scenario would make most of us, Simpson's fans or not, pretty happy. Everyone gets what they want.

Plus as @hmnicoll and others suggest that would open the door for other licenses to use the blind bag model (except star wars as most of us are aware, no dark bucket!!).

Best case scenario these licensed series would run concurrently with the CMF series. So in 2014 we would get series 13 and The Simpsons, later in the year series 14 and The Simpsons wave2. In 2015 we get series 16 and The Ghostbusters?, and later in the year series 17 and Doctor Who? Hey! I can dream can't I?!

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By in United States,

I am not a CMF fan and yet I am going to collect all of the Simpson figures. :] I think LEGO + Simpsons is a fantastic idea, and everything that comes out of it is going to be a collector's item down the line.

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By in United States,

Why can't Lego get better license? M*** B*** just recently made a deal with Activision for Call of Duty, and is most likely going to sell very well. Lego has become a bit stale now a days, as we need a new theme. I would still suggest the Cuusoo ideas of a Portal theme or Western theme.

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By in United States,

This whole LEGO Simpsons business has left me very disappointed.

It seems like LEGO has been moving down not only morally but quality wise too (more plants in China, etc.). LEGO needs to return to its motto of "Only the Best is Good Enough".

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By in United States,

@Telcontar, Yup! That just about sums it up! Lets hope that TLG realizes that tha Simpsons should have been left for M*** B***s. If not, then(worst case senario) the Simpsons would out last Star Wars. Hmmm, I should really write a appocalypse story once I start posting on the LEGO Message Boards ( And when I learn how to spell Appocalypse :P )

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