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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's how the two sections are connected, with the kitchen and lounge coming together to form two large rooms.
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.
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.
Front view, with the depth of the house shown clearly. The proportions of the ground floor from the outside are excellent.
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.
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!