In this part of the review, CapnRex101 and myself will look at the third section of the set to be constructed; the ground floor front of the house.
There are no new parts or colours (other than the door which is the same colour as the garage doors) but it has some great features and another minifig as you will find out after the break.
In bags #3 we have our third minifig, the (almost) ever-perfect Ned Flanders who is the Simpsons neighbour. Here he wears his famous 'Hail to the Chef' apron, which I believe first appeared in the episode 'When Flanders Failed.' This is an excellent design and matches nicely with the printing on his hips and legs. Ned's glasses and moustache look great, and are probably the most recognisable features of the entire character, so it is important that they have been well captured.
The apron printing continues onto the back where one can see the straps tied with a bow, and he is equipped with a spatula to be used with the barbecue mentioned in part one.
Construction of this section is interesting because you start off building the floor -- two 8x16 tan plates -- upside down and don't turn it back over until you start tiling the top. It's very rare to see upside-down building within official instructions.
Here's the completed section minus the ceiling: kitchen on the right, and the lounge on the left. This is of course not quite accurate to the TV show, although given the limitations of scale, this is certainly forgivable. Almost all of the main features of the house have been captured, so that is quite satisfactory in my opinion.
The kitchen colour scheme is reminiscent of something out of the 1970s. The orange and blue mix is much like appears in the show, although it would have been great to see those pink drawers in purple, which would have been perfect.
The purple piano is quite well made although the plates on the site don't look quite right to my eye. It is quite accurate to the show, albeit placed in the wrong room, and even includes the foot pedals which you can see in the photo below. It's fixed to the floor via two 2x2 tiles with one stud so can be removed easily. The bar under the floor will presumably facilitate clipping the hinged back section to it.
Back view, with ceiling. I would have liked to have seen the bay window seats captured a little more effectively perhaps, although they look fine overall. Perhaps it would look a little better with a shallower arch, although as far as I am aware, no such part exists which would span the eight studs required.
Front view. The new-ish 2x2 cut-corner slopes have been put to good use above the windows, and they also look very accurate to the show. You can also see the curved front door frame, which is not quite the right shape, but as close as can be achieved without the creation of a new piece. Naturally, the door opens inward and it is the same colour as the garage door which was discussed yesterday.
Finally, the bag provided parts for the mailbox. The indicator flag can be raised and lowered and there is an envelope attached to a white 1x2 plate which together protrude from the slot.
This is a well constructed section with some cool features. Although the layout is far from accurate, the appearance of the piano and this section of the kitchen is excellent. Already, the house is starting to take shape and looks pretty good, but things are only going to get better from here on in...
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