Review: 71006 The Simpsons House, part 4

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In this part of the review, CapnRex101 and I build from bags numbered 4, which completes the ground floor kitchen and lounge, and also contain our fourth minifig, Marge Simpson.

Marge is wearing her housework clothes, with the ever-present dress mostly obscured by her white apron. Her famous blue hair is captured brilliantly, although her eyes are rather strange in my opinion. I suppose it might be the right expression for her groan though.

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The back is also printed with some more of her apron and red necklace. The lime green skirt is a little bit open from the back, although it looks fine and can be flattened easily enough against the minifigure by applying some sustained pressure for a period.

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Like the front, construction begins upside down to build the base, then the floor is tiled. Here's the section before it's attached to the front via a plate-hinge.

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The kitchen contains an oven and hob, a sink and another set of drawers. You will at this point note that the lime green fridge is not included in the set. This is one of my main issues with the model as a whole, as it seems like something which would be quite easy to build and the fridge frequently makes an appearance in the show. However, you could of course easily build this yourself and replace one of the small chests of drawers.

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The iconic couch looks great, in dark orange, and is long enough to fit three members of the family, but is not so long that it looks completely out of scale with the room. Beside the sofa is a blue telephone on a pink and purple side table, which is again accurate to the show. You can also see the orange rug on the floor, and although it is not quite the correct shape, it is as close as one could get without creating new pieces for either end of it.

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The CRT television is showing 'The Itchy and Scratchy Show'. This is a brilliant little model with construction in six directions! The buttons are included on the right hand side, and I am glad that this version of the television has been included rather than the more modern version which has appeared in recent seasons of the show.

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Here's how the two sections are connected, with the kitchen and lounge coming together to form two large rooms.

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This shows the back of the house before the beams and ceiling are added. The colour scheme is very gaudy: Huw is right to presume the Simpsons have no taste! The rather odd looking item in the middle of the room is a vacuum cleaner. If you enjoy constructing Minifigure scale micro-builds, look no further than this set!

For some reason, the left-hand side of the stairs appear olive green in the photo underneath, although they are actually tan like on the right. The archway towards the right of the model will lead into the garage when the whole model comes together at the end. You can see the famous sailing boat painting on the wall, which is a sticker on a dark orange 2x4 tile. It looks great to me, and I am delighted that probably the three most iconic items in the show, the TV, the couch and the painting, have all been captured perfectly.

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The finished section attached to the front of the house and with ceiling over the kitchen added. The small patio area at the back is included, along with the back door.

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Front view, with the depth of the house shown clearly. The proportions of the ground floor from the outside are excellent.

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One of the more interesting aspects of this section, parts-wise, is the table and chairs. The 6x6 round plate was new last year and so far has appeared only in this 'medium azure' and also light grey. The chairs are very cleverly constructed from just 5 pieces: a 1x2 / 2x2 bracket, two handles and two of the new 2x1 curved slopes.

The table is not connected to the floor and is positioned in the kitchen. It is a bit of a tight squeeze, although there is just about space for most of the family to sit around the table.

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The attention to detail in this section is impressive and the bright, rare, colours really make it eye-catching.

The room in which the majority of the action happens, the lounge, has been given an appropriate amount of space in the model I think. The kitchen is accurate except for the non-inclusion of the fridge, and perhaps a tiny bit more space is needed for the table and chairs, otherwise it would be absolutely faultless.

In the next segment, we begin construction of the upstairs, where there are yet more goodies to be found!

30 comments on this article

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By in United States,

This is definitely the better part of the house compared to the first part. I love the living room, especially the TV. And man, Marge is tall!

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By in Puerto Rico,

The vacuum cleaner is amaizing.

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By in Germany,

I'm glad I decided against buying this set. While a lot of the details look incredible, the house itself is a mess in terms of capturing the layout of the one from the show.
...on the other hand, I COULD buy two and combine them to fix that.

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By in United States,

Even though I dislike this theme, this house looks good.

And please, nobody bash me for simply stating my dislike of the theme.

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By in United Kingdom,

(I just wrote out a post and it seems to have vanished, sorry if I'm saying this twice...)

This moaning that the interior of the house is becoming repetitive, and it's starting to seem ridiculous to me.
If you want an accurate Lego version, go ahead and build one that won't fit on your dining table and costs more than your car! The art of making a Lego version of something is exactly that - that you make a VERSION that works given all the constraints of the material, without losing the essence of the subject.
As a Star Wars nut I'm thrilled with the Ewok Village, and not moaning that it only had four trees and not half as much space as in the films. That would be plain thick of me! It's Lego! The interior of the Tantive IV was all in the wrong places. Well durr, it's Lego! Etc, etc....

Please, please, please, can we stop whining that the interior isn't quite right, and start giving the designer some credit for doing a great job of adapting the Simpson house into Lego!

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By in United States,

Good review. The pedant in me cringed a bit at the multiple mentions of "medium brown" — if I'm not mistaken that color is called Dark Orange in every naming system, be it Bricklink's, Peeron's, LDraw's, or TLG's.

I also loved the old-fashioned TV. It's wonderfully accurate to that type of old-timey CRT television — it even has the two knobs and the prominent bulge in the back! The construction is amazingly clever.

The Marge Simpson minifigure is nice, but I am baffled at how she is supposed to fit in the car with a textile skirt element. My younger brother has the set, and I can't figure out how to get her seated comfortably.

And yes, I love the vacuum cleaner. Wonderful construction there.

EDIT: And yes, I agree with everything in zipsforbananas' post! Building a LEGO model with the same sort of scale and quality as most sets is an exercise in priorities. As a bragging-rights model, a perfect replica of a location is great. But as a set, it results in a bloated, oversized model filled with lots of unnecessary details. I do know that some omissions, like the fridge in this set, are disappointing — where is Homer supposed to keep his beer? But this house is already huge and impressive, so adding entire other rooms seems a little pointless. In terms of its function as a TOY, not a replica, the model is plenty complete.

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By in United States,

"...on the other hand, I COULD buy two and combine them to fix that"

Ha ha, wish I could, but my wallet (and my wife) would never forgive me! Besides, I'm saving up for the Sea Cow. :D

I am not much of a Simpsons fan nowadays, but I have to admit this set is growing on me, the balance of detail, accuracy and scale is perfect-totally agree with Aanchir and zipsforbananas on that one. Thanks for the review, Huw and Cap'nRex

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By in Canada,

They all have those stupid eyes

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By in United States,

How many times do I have to post something like this?!?!

@killdeer

The eyes are not "stupid eyes". Homer's is from when he's bored, Bart is when he's doing something sneaky, lisa has her worried look, and marge has her oh-so-classic eye roll.

This is about the 3rd time I had to post this.

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By in Indonesia,

I believe the show is called the "Itchy & Scratchy Show", not the "Itchy & Scratch Show". Very trivial problem though. Keep the reviews coming!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Aanchir

you've hit the nail right on the head with your final comment - it does seem that a few people forget that lego is in fact a toy

(the fridge does seem a strange omission though!)

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By in United Kingdom,

Part four already?, how many numbered Bags are there?
I wonder how much this set will cost when it's discontinued?, most likely too much,just like every other discontinued set:P

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By in United Kingdom,

Bags are numbered up to 7, we are over half way!

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By in United States,

Was waiting to see if there was a fridge in the other half of the kitchen. Alas no, meaning one iconic item is not present - a Duff Beer for Homer! Here's hoping Barney is holding one if he comes out as a minifig. And still holding out hope that LEGO will give Homer a donut somewhere down the line!

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By in United States,

FWIW, the producers of the show, on the commentary to the DVD sets, frequently remark that there is no fixed geography to the house, and that they will move things around as they need to create the desired effect in any given show.

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By in United Kingdom,

it did occur to me that if they'd done the fridge it really should contain duff beer but i think that would be one step too far for lego!

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By in United States,

@popo123

Clearly the message is not getting through. Probably because the eyes look terrible and you trying to tell people they're wrong doesn't make sense.

Please google image search "Bart Simpson", "Lisa Simpson", "Homer Simpson" and "Marge Simpson". Pictures that show them with skeptical/sarcastic/worried(in Lisa's case)/tired/dooby faces make up about 5% of the results(0% for Lisa). Why? Because they almost never look like that.

I can understand having variants if "standard" versions will be released down the road, but for something as central to the brand and theme as their house, the minifigs should be the most versatile, common versions. Marge and Flanders shouldn't have aprons. I mean, hey - why not Bart in the light blue shirt he rarely wore? Why not Homer wearing a Kwik-E-Mart uniform from that one episode he worked there? Or why isn't his mouth making a permanent "woo-hoo"? Makes just as much sense as Lisa having a permanently worried face.

Personally I like the minifig head sculpts. Everyone's body looks great except for Flanders and Marge. The expressions are TERRIBLE, though. All anyone can do is get over it or decide not to buy the house.

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By in United States,

@danrsl

I never said I liked the faces. I don't like the expressions, their not that popular. I like the idea of variation, but it's just not a good idea.

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By in United Kingdom,

@DanRSL

i would imagine that the minifigure series will contain the standard versions which makes more sense as they are likely to be the entry point for most buyers

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By in United States,

@popo123

Sure, variation is great. I just wish we knew what else we might be getting. I'd still say if you're going to drop $200+ on a set, you should get something stand alone without have to spend another $20 on CMF bags.

@yuffie

We can only hope.

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By in United Kingdom,

I imagine that Marge is wearing an apron because if she is built at the same time as the kitchen, then she is supposed to be in the kitchen.

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By in United Kingdom,

@DanSRL Why not wait a couple of months and see what is in the CMF line before you decide whether to purchase this set.

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By in United States,

"The kitchen contains an oven and hob..."

Um, sorry to ask, but for those of us non-Brits, what's a 'hob'?

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By in United Kingdom,

Hob: the top cooking surface on a kitchen stove

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By in United Kingdom,

LEGO 'The Simpsons' is a licensed set. The characters, designs and anything else associated are the intellectual properties of Matt Groening and Fox Broadcasting and as such, everything the LEGO designers put together for this set will have been scrutinised by the creators and owners of the franchise. Whether some people like or don't like the minifigure designs, expressions or house design and content, or whatever, someone higher up the licensing food chain passed everything for production.

I'm not a huge fan (any more) but for me the expressions fit the personalities of the characters brilliantly and I'm sure the minifig series will capture some different moods/expressions of the same characters. With regards the house, it shines way above any other licensed sets for accuracy.... Jabba's Palace? Ewok Village? Tower of Orthanc? - Nice sets but the accuracy is terrible compared to the Simpson's house!

LEGO know what they are doing and the designer(s) of this set have done a fantastic job.

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By in Canada,

@popo123

Stop being a Simpsons eye apologist.

"Homer's is from when he's bored, Bart is when he's doing something sneaky, lisa has her worried look, and marge has her oh-so-classic eye roll."

Here's a google image search of "Simpsons" https://www.google.ca/search?q=Simpsons&espv=210&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=BmbmUuBokNSwBMaGgJgM&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1438&bih=815

After scrolling through hundreds of them I only found 1, where homer is eating a donut, that his eyes look like the lego head's. I understand every character's "personality" as described above but I don't understand why their face has to be stuck like an expression they make for 1 second in the show.

http://i4.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article3032196.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/LEGO-Simpsons-3032196.jpg

I think the worst offenders are Marge and Bart because their eyes looking off to the side makes it look like they are having a stroke.

http://www.lourdes.com/media/2507/stroke.gif

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By in United States,

@KillDeer

If they are coming out with smaller sets and the collectible minifigures of The Simpsons, those will be much more distributed then the more expensive house. So, I'm sure the mass produced minifigs will be of the most common faces whereas the more expensive and less distributed house set will have the more obscure facial expressions.

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By in United States,

Ha! It would have been funny if they made the heads double sided...

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By in United States,

Has lego hinted at wether there will or will not be any other Simpsons coming out?

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