Are these the new Simpson figures?

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Apologies if this is old news for some of you.

Two LEGO Simpsons figures sold on ebay last night for $56 USD. While the torsos and legs look to be random spare parts, the heads look as though they could be authentic LEGO pieces, perhaps from either the rumored Simpsons sets or collectable minifigure series, to be released next year.

What do you think? Looking at the seller's other listings and location, it seems they may have a link to the LEGO Factory in Mexico...

104 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

HOLY MOTHER OF BRICKS!

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By in United Kingdom,

I think the heads are way to big, if they are official...

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By in France,

also called a "fake".

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By in Denmark,

Why the big heads? No, why even specialized heads?
If you thought Jack Sparrow's crew or the residents of Gottham City being yellow was bad, here comes figures who can't fit in most vehicles, and are surrounded by people who make them look like wierdos in comparison!

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By in United States,

Look at the outfits -- if they looked anything like the actual characters' clothes I might say real, but these are clearly fake

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By in United Kingdom,

I did say in the article that the torsos and legs look to be thrown together spare pieces, but the heads look as though they could be official to me. Possibly we might see the longer arms and legs from the Toy Story sets?

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By in United States,

I think the outfits make them more credible, actually. If they came from a factory, that factory probably doesn't produce the other parts, just the specialty heads. The seller used the best parts they had on hand in order to sell them as figs. Someone with the capacity to make heads like this independently would also be able to make accurate bodies. I smell a legit!

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By in Canada,

Kind of looks like someone bought some Simpsons toys, cut the heads off, and drilled a hole in the bottom to make it fit on a Lego minifigure torso. The heads do look too big, but who knows, maybe the minifigures will have bodies like ToyStory's Woody (with special long arms and legs), meaning the kids (Bart and Lisa) can have normal legs instead of the stubs Lego currently uses for child minifigures.

Either way the guy who paid money for them is an idiot... I mean respectable collector.

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By in United Kingdom,

Awful! I hope they are not real.

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By in United States,

popped the head off from dolls of some type.

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By in United States,

I saw these photos a few days ago and i am beginning to be fine with these heads.

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By in United Kingdom,

(Repeating a comment on another news comments section that hasn't made it onto this one yet:)
It seems the eBay seller has sold legitimate figures before they've been released before, it's likely they work at the Mexico plant. Adds to the credibility.

Add in @cjedwards' astute comment and I reckon these probably are real. The heads don't look all that big either - maybe they would next to a normal minifigure, but they look about right for a Simpsons aesthetic.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think I'm going to be sick:(
These look awful.

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By in United States,

I guess I am I the minority here. I think the heads look great. Fits the cartoony Simpsons feel really well. Once they belong on the correct sized bodies, they will look even better.

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By in United States,

Let me go grab a bag to barf in....

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By in United States,

I agree with Matthew and Ypres about the special Toy Story bodies for the adults and normal minifig bodies for the kids. If they decide to do The Simpson's home and the kids have the short minifigure legs the whole family wouldn't be able to sit on the couch together because those legs don't articulate. That's one of the most iconic images from the show so this just makes sense to me.

The necks also seem to be the same size as the ones found on the Toy Story heads.

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By in United States,

I think these heads look much better than I had expected.. Not sure what everyone else was anticipating... Obviously these are not the proper lower torsos/legs...

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By in United States,

A company called Playmates toys made a set of Simpsons figures. Could these be from those?

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By in United States,

^ No, I checked those all out and none of the Homer or Flanders figs look anything like these... Those are nice figures by the way...

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By in United States,

I smell shirtless Homer...

But really, in all seriousness, the heads look like something out of Toy Story. Perfectly fitting with the cartoonish Simpsons world. And I mean, will someone really mix it with their City sets? Probably not... or will they? As long as the proportions for the body are correct, I think I'll be fine.

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By in United Kingdom,

the toy story figures at least look better than this, even if they are a bit bigger than the conventional minifigs.
I wonder if Lego officials know about this...especially if the guy does it regularly :/ i like waiting for the surprise!!!

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By in United States,

I believe I have found the heads. There's a lot of "yellow" toys out there that could fit (such as Playmates and Kidrobot) but none quite matched Flanders. Then I hit this, its a small Bobble Head toy, the glasses into the hair is the tell. I found a few images, here is one on ebay.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Simpsons-Ned-Flander-Series-2-LTD-Edition-Wacky-Wobbler-Bobble-Head-Figure-/321202687415?pt=AU_Action_Figures&hash=item4ac92c0db7

They were also small enough to fit Lego, as apparently they were also made to be dispensed in vending machines.

Sorry to burst the bubble or perhaps rekindled hope.

But, I could be mistaken...

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By in United States,

No, I don't think it's the same thing. The eBay items clearly have harder plastic heads. I've seen those wacky wobbler bobbleheads IRL, and their plastic is a much softer rubbery sort of substance.

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By in United States,

^ Nah... That Flanders head is stretched quite a bit... The Flanders in that pic also has thick black rings around the glasses, the one in question does not... I really think these heads are legit...

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By in United States,

Fake, because Homer has a Han Solo leg piece.

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By in United States,

@Clan

Those look quite different, still.

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By in United States,

Maybe these are prototypes.

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By in United States,

I wonder if Lego knows that this individual is selling unreleased figures, or is he stealing ?

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By in United States,

^ I wouldn't doubt it if Lego is behind this themselves looking to get feedback and create hype... the guy selling these has other new figures as well...

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By in United States,

This is the same seller that had the flash and ninjago 2013 minifigures. Also if these are real I think they are bad...

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By in United States,

Wasnt going to buy Simpsons sets anyway, but eww.

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By in United States,

Well if they are real and said individual is lifting them, he probably won't be much longer with all the attention these are getting.

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By in United States,

I bet TLG is trying to find this guy.

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By in United States,

Disgusting. Move over, Galidor, there's a new barf in town.

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By in United States,

I think they look terrible. But I don't really care, because I was never going to buy them anyway.

But I think they are legit heads just thrown onto random body parts as I agree with the other poster-- that factory probably just makes the heads.

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By in Taiwan,

The heads look a little big, and the torsos look too familiar. The quality look very low too. I guess they're fake or samples. If they're real samples, hope that they can be improved.

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By in United States,

I don't understand why everybody hates these minifigures. If we were to see them in the flesh or with better photo quality and with toy story sized arms/legs, I think that most would agree that they look very nice and are authentic to the Simpsons brand.

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By in Australia,

They look good as Simpsons figures, they look terrible as Lego figures. I was really hoping for them to simply look like minifig versions of the Simpsons, not be another style of figure that are compatible with Lego. This could kill my interest in them (which was very high).

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By in United States,

I wonder why they wouldn't have given Homer a belly that was molded along with the head in one piece. Perhaps similar to how they did the Star Wars Watto minifigure.

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By in United States,

^ These are not the bodies for the figures... They are from other figs...

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By in Bolivia,

My money is that the heads are legit. This reminds me of the CMF leaks we had (one? / two?) years ago some employee at one factory tried to make some money with rejected molds, put the heads in the first torsos he could find and put them on ebay.

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By in Canada,

i'd imagine they are real. they probably work or know someone who works there.
i don't think there is much lego can do since they can't really track them down.
there is another guy with advanced figs called lego*dudes or something.
this guy has iron patriot which isn't out till next week and the new ninjago cyborg.
bodies just look mixed up. i don't think Ned wears a bomber jacket, that belongs to 'snake' and the pants are 'apu's and homer doesn't have on the proper pants IMO .... but looks legit... check out the lego 'gleam' on homers head!!

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By in United States,

Yup, like all the others here I must say it's pretty clear that it's fake. For one thing, you would think they would make Homer a bit fatter

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By in United Kingdom,

*sigh* I wish people would take the time to read the article and other comments properly before posting...
^ Not *all* "the others" think this is a fake, and most people are suggesting that the bodies and legs are just random ones rather than this being the finished fig.

I dislike looking at leaked pictures of upcoming sets and minifigs for the very reason that they are usually of poor quality or incomplete and are bound to lead to disappointment, as is the case here. I must get more willpower to avoid looking until I see the word "official" in the headline.

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By in United Kingdom,

Could be fake, there must be thousands of models of Simpsons characters out there in different forms, just hacksaw the heads off them and stick them on a lego model

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By in United Kingdom,

I think it's quite clear that these are real. If you look at the sellers location it seems likely that he works at the Mexico plant. Look at the other items he's selling and has sold, all are pre-release poly bag mini figs i.e. Iron Patriot, or genuine figs from mainly the DC and Marvel sets.

I suspect these heads are test pressings before full production, which might be why he's only selling two of them - either the others are made at other factories, or they have not got to the production stage on those heads yet.

The bodies clearly are not right - but this is very common for pre-production samples. For those of you who saw the Winter 2014 brochure you know that many of the minifigs there were test examples, with elements that clearly hadn't been produced yet put placed onto generic parts to give the impression of what the set would become - i.e. Imperial Gunner!

Also him selling this recently adds credence to him being an employee

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lego-factory-rare-4000002-exclusive-of-labor-unique-opportunity-for-collectors-/400586143911?pt=Building_Toys_US&hash=item5d44cb78a7

I sort of like them, I suspect they will not come into their own until you see the bodies, which I suspect will be heavily moulded a la Friends minifigs.

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By in United Kingdom,

If these are from TLG's Mexican factory, how were they smuggled out? Conjures up all kinds of icky images!

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By in United Kingdom,

@zander you are not wrong there - scratch n sniff test might be in order!

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By in Norway,

I am surprised in general, that this year I didn't see any leaked pictures from the upcoming 2014 sets. Usually in October there were always some preliminary pictures or scanned catalogs out there. Maybe TLG improved security?

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By in Norway,

BTW: I`ve never seen this Ned Flanders torso before. If it is new, then we have a clear indication that these minifigs are legit.

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By in Australia,

Take a look at Homer pants isn't that Hans solos legs?
what would homer do with a holster around his leg?

What do you recon?

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By in United Kingdom,

The heads look real enough to me. The torsos and legs are irrelevant. Look like Star Wars, Indianna or Phaoroh spares. As for liking them, well, it's a bit like saying "Eurghhhhhhh, I don't like the new Darth Vader figure, his helmet is red - not movie accurate"! Best to wait and see, especially where pre-release stuff is concerned. I'm sure at the least homer would be sporting a beer gut, man boobs and belly button if baring his torso, as for Ned we all know he only wears jumpers/sweaters.

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By in Italy,

sorry for my bad English ...

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By in United Kingdom,

These could be fake but mabye the person only has prototype figure heads and stuck them onto some basic torsos and legs. This seller is also the person who is selling the new Flash minifigure and the new Ninjago minifigures. These could be fake or real. I'm not too sure...

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By in United States,

I agree with those who think they are real. The bodies are obviously not new, but the person probably has connections to the factory in Mexico where early test runs of the head are being made. It would be interesting if they were going to actually make the heads in Mexico for this run, or even the rest of the Minifigs, but I'm thinking that they do their prototyping and tests of the parts in a factory Lego owns and then they send the molds to their Chinese partners for mass production of the Simpsons CMF series. I'm wondering if they plan on having the minifigs from the Simpsons sets made in China as well, though. They seem to want to make most of their minifigs for sets (aside from very special moldings) in their own factories, but if the bodies for these figures are non-standard, maybe they are going to outsource even the set bodies or they have finally expanded their Mexico factory to where it can do the large volume of special minifigs at the price point they need. That would be great to see happen as the figures produced in their own factories are of higher quality.

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By in United States,

It's also worth considering that if these are from the production process, they could be for molding purposes and not final prototypes. If they are, there is some chance they'd be a scant smaller since there is typically some size variance towards the smaller side when going from the sculpts to the molds to the production pieces. I think sculpt wise they look great and would be perfect if they were just a wee bit smaller. I may be in the minority here, but I actually hope they don't go with the Toy Story long-legs figures. I'd rather see standard minifigure height for adults, and half leg/unhinged height for the kids (i.e. CMF Gnome, Leprechaun).

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By in United States,

Just the idea of Simpsons Lego? As Homer might say... Boooring.

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By in United States,

When I first heard about the possibility of Simpsons minifigs I was unsure how they would do them . . . I knew the traditional minifig head would not work because of the cartoonish Simpsons features--which meant a nontraditional head in the style of the Toy Story or Sponge Bob minifigs. In that regard . . . these figures look correct. They are obviously a prototype or early rendering . . . but I can definitely see the Simpsons figures looking something like this . . . how else would they capture their cartoonish features?? I will hold judgement until the production figures are released.

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By in United Kingdom,

I saw LEGO simpsons figures once, It was awful

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By in Germany,

For me the heads are looking right proportioned. If you look at the drawn figures in the series, the heads are also oversized. The heads have nearly the half size of the rest of the body. Every body part is nearly a third.

So my opinion is they are legit.

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By in United States,

Did anyone just simply go to LEGO and, I dunno, ask them if these are real? I mean if they are not, I'm sure LEGO would say so, and if they are I'm sure they would love to know the guy walking out of a factory with them before release.

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By in United Kingdom,

Can't stand The Simpsons either way.... 15 years ago they may have had a market, but it's a tired and in all honesty boring subject now.

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By in Netherlands,

This kind of heads look awful on LEGO minifigs, just like the Toy Story fig heads...

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By in United States,

Lego will not comment about the figs until they are ready

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By in United States,

And I thought the entire idea of the Simpsons LEGO was... But look at these, horrible!

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Yeah, but what I want to know is who would pay that much for them.

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By in United States,

I recall a Halloween episode where Homer went into a 3-D world, computer generated at first, but then he lands in a dumpster in the 'real' world. His ridiculously cartoonish proportions (compared to the real people he passes on the street) are the same as in these figures.

I think this is a legit figure. I just wonder what will happen to the guy who keeps swiping minifigs from the factory.

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By in United States,

I have hated the Simpsons theme from the start, but THIS!?! Come ON LEGO! What were you THINKING? Give us a break! If I get any Simpsons sets, I will smash them with a mallet, disentegrate them with the help of an atomic chipmunk, and board the remains onto a rocket ship and send the rocket ship FLYING INTO DA SUN! Or I can get a refund and buy another set.

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By in Canada,

Please people read the article. The bodies are just random minifig bodies. I would assume the heads are legit and will follow the same proportional sizes as some of the Toy Story figures. Bart and Lisa would then be normal Minifig size.

And to all you negative Nancy's about this theme - IT"S HAPPENING!!

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By in United States,

@Paul Boratko, if your comment was directed at me I do understand that these are certainly not the bodies that would be used. Anyone can see that is obvious. I was suggesting that Homer's belly should be molded as one piece with the head similar to the Star Wars Watto minifigure. In such a circumstance you would have the belly as well as the head. It's obvious from this photo that is not the case. I was merely commenting on Lego's design choice for Homer.

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By in United Kingdom,

*shudder* I feel like I've just read a YouTube comments section.

And in all seriousness though, loads of people are saying the heads look horrible, but no-one has really said why. What is it about them that looks so bad? The size? The shine? (Anything that's not just down to poor photography or the torso and legs being from other minifigures, aka: what's blindingly obvious?)

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By in United States,

in my opinion, they look ugly... oh and the seller is selling some of the ninjago figures from next year...

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By in United States,

@Zipsforbannanas, manily the proportions, and they look way to glossy for LEGO...

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By in United Kingdom,

Help!

Please close the comments on this article.... It's starting to hurt my head :-(

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By in United Kingdom,

@coson, they do seem a bit too big, though the perspective may be exaggerating that (okay, I admit, I'm clutching at straws there!). I don't think they are half as glossy as it seems though, the torso, particularly the arms, look just as shiny so I think that's down to the flash and some poor photography.
Thanks! :D

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By in United States,

It's a shame LEGO went this route. They really should have stayed with normal size minifigures and have hair pieces.

I have lost all interest in the theme.

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By in United States,

This guy has official stuff did u see the flash minifig? It seems legit like last year I got hooked with donnie and raph minfigures in november this is legit stuff. And calm down I had just a tiny hope the sets would look good but seeing this I was like hell to the no! But actually people are probably right maybe not a woody body but a special made body for each character wouldn't be too bad.

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By in United States,

These figures look great. I like how large they are so you can tell who the character is.

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By in Italy,

Would lego really make new moulds for heads which can only be used for one particular minifigure . Hopefully they will just stick to using regular heads with new hair pieces . Homer could have the grandpa hairpiece from series 10.

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By in United Kingdom,

If they are real it may be due to interference by 20th Century Fox, they may want it so that they can be clearly identified as their intellectual property, and so that in the Lego/Simpsons TV special they don't have too many animation problems when it comes to facial animation.

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By in Canada,

Wow you people want real minifig heads with hair pieces?! That would totally turn me off of the theme. They got it right with molding of the actual character heads. You could not make a regular minifig head even come close for Simpsons characters.

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By in United Kingdom,

The heads look ok, but the body parts are probably just random parts.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm with Suckerpunch83, I can't imagine how custom hairpieces could possibly have done the job, that seems a really crazy idea to me. The hairpieces on Darth Maul and Savage Opress barely work, and they're black so the join is harder to see.

And Nightwing20, you're the latest of a disappointingly long line of people who didn't bother to read the remarkably short article, there's no probably about it. ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Personally, I don't mind the heads and it would have been a disaster if they had regular minifigure heads with moulded hair pieces. Whether they're real or not is a different matter, but from my perspective they look pretty legit.

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By in United States,

I love these heads, when they first announced The Simpsons Legos, my first concern was how they were going to do the heads. These look very well done. As a lifelong Simpons fan, including my wife, we are very much looking forward to these.

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By in United States,

While these heads may look disproportionate, they are actually perfectly sized for minifig bodies, as well as compared to standard minifig heads (see my previous comment above).

As far as casting separate hairpieces, they would have looked terrible, especially where the pieces join together. Besides, TLG still would have had to cast a new mould anyway, so why not do the whole head?

And @hmincoll,
Unique minifig heads like these are nothing new; licensed themes such as TMNT, Toy Story, and Spongebob have had very unique head moulds, and the CMF have as well, such as the gingerbread man.

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By in United States,

They have indeed had those unique head molds, and they have pretty much all sucked and looked like cheap little action figures. So do the molded Star Wars ones... at least there they make an effort to do it with regular heads plus custom hairpieces wherever possible. But stuff like Chewbacca and Ewoks where you have this monolithic head that covers the whole body and has no modularity, it's the bane of LEGO if you ask me. Just look at Atlantis, where the "cowl" heads with a minifig head underneath are some of the most awesome minifigs ever, but the monolithic sharkhead is awful (the lobster is an exception, it is a cool design with some modularity to it despite the lack of a minifig head underneath). The best thing they did with Chima is those two part heads. The monolithic TMNT heads guaranteed that I wouldn't be buying any of those unless I see them on deep discount. If I want an action figure, I'll buy an action figure. It's just sheer lazy design by LEGO to crank out some molded head like we've seen on 800 million Simpsons licensed products in the last 20 years. I bet minifig customizers have already produced actual LEGO head versions that look way better.

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By in United Kingdom,

^I don't quite agree with you. I think all the minifigures you described look great and I don't see any other way Lego could have done Chewbaccaa and the Ewoks. While I respect your opinion, what you're saying about the minifigures is rather harsh. The Simpsons heads look as good as any other moulded headpiece in my opinion. Lego are not being lazy: it just wouldn't of worked if the Simpsons had regular minifigure heads as I have stated in my previous comment.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^, I agree with ^ (:S). It's a nice principle to have that the design should always use a proper minifigure head where possible, but you seem to be missing the "if possible" part of that. And monolithic is hardly the right word to describe a piece of plastic not much bigger than a pea - if you honestly think the TMNT heads are monolithic (i.e. huge lumps of carved stone) I'm not sure your opinion on this is all that valuable.

Incidentally, there was a Cuusoo Simpsons project a while back that I seem to remember used printed minifigure heads. Forget the (weird) fuss these pictures have kicked up, they looked truly abhorrent!

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By in United States,

^Well I don't now anything about the Simpsons (except for a few of the more well known characters), I honestly think that the Cuusoo project looks a bit better than these ones. I know I'm making a lot of enemies by saying that, but it is my opinion.

@Ninjagoyo, I agree. It's just not "LEGO-y" with molded heads.

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By in United States,

Those CUUSOO simpsons heads look awesome. That is exactly what LEGO should have done. The Krusty and Wiggum ones obviously would need more elaborate hairpieces than are shown, otherwise, great stuff. LEGO, learn from your fans... there are minifig customizers creating much better product than you are putting out in official sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

Really? Okay then, I've said how unbelievable I find that enough already, and you guys must think the same about me so I'm going to call that one of those differences of opinion that neither side can quite believe and wind my neck in a bit!
And kudos for saying what you think when you knew it wouldn't be popular. :)

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By in United States,

^I completly respect your opinion, and I'm pretty used to saying what I think being a Chima fan. Seems like there are so little nowadays...

Anyway we should just let this article die so that nobody gets anymore offended (not saying that I am).

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By in United States,

Please be a scam, these look horrible.

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By in United States,

Just out of curiosity for everyone saying that these look bad, what exactly were you expecting these to look like..?

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By in United States,

^ Um, everyone probably hates simpsons, so they don't want it to happen. Including me.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ If everybody hates it, then why is it one of the most popular TV series in America? And many other countries enjoy it too. A lot of people want it to happen, including me. If you don't, then that's absolutely fine, but a lot of people are looking forward to the theme.

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By in United States,

I don't hate the Simpsons. It would be cool to get actual minifig heads for them, as in the fanmade link above... imagine all the new hairpieces they would have!
But by making molded heads, they are basically ensuring that ONLY diehard Simpsons fans will be interested, not AFOLs in general, MOCists, or people who generally want LEGO to be LEGO rather than tiny generic toy figurines.
That might work out well for LEGO financially, but obviously, not all of us are happy with the decision.

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By in United States,

I love The Simpsons, and I love these head moulds. They capture Homer and Ned's faces perfectly. Heck, I especially love the little details on the figures. For example, looking at a side view of the figure Ned's glasses' temples stop, making the appearance of lens.

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