In today's part of the review, again written with much help from CapnRex101, we add bags #5 and #6 to the house, which completes the front upstairs section of it -- two bedrooms and the bathroom -- and the front of the roof. Also included in the bags is the penultimate minifig: baby Maggie Simpson.
Maggie has a new one-piece body which is one plate shorter than a normal minifig torso when attached to short legs. The flared bottom of it prevents the arms from being rotated fully. This is the first appearance of a baby in LEGO, although it is rather large to allow a suitable level of detail to be captured. As you can see, Maggie's bow is printed on her hair, along with the famous pacifier which always accompanies this character.
It has some sort of 'tail' at the back, presumably trailing flaps of nightdress. The spikes of her hair look great in my opinion, and there are the correct number I believe.
The top front of the house is built directly onto the bottom, and once construction of bags #5 is completed, this is what it looks like:
As part of this stage of construction, you build the first half of Lisa's bedroom, in which one finds a bed, two bedside cabinets and some shelves. On these shelves are some books (actually just stacked 1x2 plates), a magnifying glass, which is similar to the one which has been around for many years, but is a slightly updated mould, and what looks like a hat box, although I cannot see such a thing in her room on the show.
In Homer and Marge's bedroom is a king size bed, two more bedside cabinets and Maggie's cot. The wall has some medium nougat patches on it due to the construction of the chimney. This is a bit of a shame, but it can be overlooked and is not much of an issue really.
Maggie's cot is found in her own room in the show, but in this model it has been placed in Homer and Marge's bedroom. Again, this is not consistent with the show, but I do not consider this much of a problem as a true recreation of the house would be too large and expensive to be profitable (or affordable). Maggie cannot lay down in the cot, but is able to stand in it.
The bathroom is full of great details: toilet with cistern, toilet roll (a vehicle door!), sink unit with shelves and shower which is completed with parts from bag 6 so is shown further down.
Here's a view from the top:
The front of the house. The windows seem a bit narrow, although they are accurate to the show. One design flaw that's apparent in this picture is that the bed headboards obscure the windows.
The contents of bags #6 complete construction of the top front of the house. Note the 'Jazz Fest' poster on Lisa's wall and the air conditioner which Homer has 'borrowed' from Flanders!
Here's the completed shower in the bathroom, complete with shower head, screen and hot and cold taps on the wall.
Completed front of section, without roof.
The roof is constructed, and held in place, in the same way as the garage roof. Constructing it is actually quite tricky, not because of complex building techniques, but because the instructions are very dark and it's hard to see what's been placed where. LEGO has recognised this as an issue and has outlined parts as they are added in yellow, but it's still not totally clear.
You can see the television aerial on the roof here which is placed accurately on the left hand side as we look at it from the front. It does not stand quite straight due to the angle of the roof, although given the traumas that this has gone through in the TV show, this is believable.
This first section of the upstairs is excellent. Many of the main features have been captured effectively, and the few inaccuracies are not a huge issue in my opinion given the limitations of size and price.
Tomorrow we'll complete the model and draw our conclusions on it including whether or not we think it's worth £179.99/$199.99...
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