Review: 71006 The Simpsons House, final part

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The last section of the build is the removable upstairs section that contains Bart's bedroom, part of Lisa's room, and the landing.

Once again I am aided in all-things-Simpsons by CapnRex101. We'll take a look at this section and then draw our conclusions on the set as a whole.

The sixth Minifigure in the set is Lisa. Like her brother she has two-colour plastic legs so it's a shame that her skirt obscures them. The A+ tile which comes with her is very suitable, and would be even better if we had a fridge downstairs to put it on. Nevertheless, a neat inclusion. Like Bart, I am not quite sold on the colour of her dress, as it should be slightly more orange in shade, however, this is the closest approximation with the current colour pallet so the red design is acceptable.

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Her pearls and the top of her dress are printed on the back, although the yellow does not quite match the rest of her skin as it is printed on a red torso.

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There's not much to say about the build of the 'house' parts because it's very straightforward. The details are worth a closer look though, which we'll do below.

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Bart's room is at the back of the house. His furniture consists of a bookshelf, desk with chair, bed and bedside table. It's a little tight round the end of the bed but the chair does just about fit under the desk. You can see the Radioactive Man comic which is included on the desk below, and that looks great in my opinion, as do the poster and pinboard on the wall. Note that Bart's room also contains his lucky red hat, which appears (to brilliant effect) in the season five episode 'Bart Gets Famous,' where Homer incorrectly surmises that his "boy is a box" after Bart goes missing from the box factory.

The bedside lamp uses a sausage to give it the look of one with a flexible neck, and it's very effective.

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This is part of Lisa's room. The lime green backpack has only appeared once before, with the Skydiver from Series 10 of the Collectable Minifigures. You can see her vanity mirror and a camera, complete with stand, which both look great.

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The roof is constructed in the same way as the other roof sections, making use of yet more white 2x2 inverted domes. In this image the 'Keep Out' sign is visible on Bart's door, another fine inclusion which shows good attention to detail on the part of the designer.

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Finally, after six building sessions, the model is complete...

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This shows what it looks like when closed and with roof off. You can see that Lisa's room is much bigger than Bart's, whereas in the show they are the same size. The actual layout of the upstairs is almost completely different to this in 'reality,' although all the necessary areas are included as far as I am concerned.

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A shot of it opened...

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With minifigs...

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Opened, with minifigs going about their daily lives. It looks just like a doll's house, doesn't it...

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A shot of the whole family (and Flanders)...

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Overall opinions

Huw -- When I first learned that LEGO was to make Simpsons sets I had no interest in them whatsoever given that I've never watched more than 10 seconds of the cartoon, and then only by accident. But, when I saw this set I changed my mind: it looked to be a good, solid, well-designed set: everything a LEGO set should be.

I think the set works on many levels and will appeal to a lot of people, young, old, Simpsons fans and non-Simpsons fans alike:

  • It's a house. A very well made and solid house. LEGO makes dozens of houses but rarely do they have four outside walls and internal walls, let alone furniture and flooring in every room. This house has everything you'd expect to find in a modern house, well, except for a fridge...
  • It's makes a great doll's house. I hadn't really thought about it before I captioned the picture above, but this has everything a little girl would want in a doll's house: furniture, 'dolls' and accessibility to the rooms to enable play.
  • It's full of neat details: Bart's table lamp, the television and so on.
  • It's very bright and colourful: outside, like most houses, it's drab, but inside it's bursting with a myriad of details from carpets to cots, all made from parts in desirable colours.
  • The minifigs are superb and second to none. Quite possibly Bart is one one of the finest and most sophisticated minifigs ever made. The two-colour-plastic arms and legs lift it above the ordinary.
  • It's a satisfying build. Building the house itself is nothing special, but building the details and admiring the techniques used very much is.

So, what didn't I like? Nothing significant comes to mind. The only thing I can really think to criticise is the way the medium nougat parts of the chimney make a random pattern on the wall of Homer and Marge's room wall. Also, it would have been nice if the garage door worked like a real one so the door was inside the garage when opened but doing that in LEGO, at this scale, obviously isn't practical.

The price will put it out of reach of a lot of people, so I think we can conclude that LEGO is marketing it squarely at adults. £180/$200 is expensive and there are a lot of other things you could buy with that much money: a brand new cooker, for example, but if you want the 'Rolls-Royce' of LEGO sets where no expense has been spared, no detail overlooked or corner cut, then this is the set for you. You do, after all, get what you pay for...

CapnRex101 -- Unlike Huw I am a huge Simpsons fan, and will therefore be concluding with that fact in mind. As soon as the news of LEGO Simpsons emerged, I was rather more comfortable with it than most, and have been very much looking forward to seeing the sets. Whether or not any more sets are released however, the Simpsons House is a real treat for me.

With accuracy in mind, this model is not perfect. However, given the limitations imposed by price and piece count, I think that the set is about as close to the actual show as I could have hoped for:

  • It is great to see so many key features of the house captured, and I love the inclusion of certain references to particular episodes or seasons, while also maintaining enough of every phase of the Simpsons to provide a definitive version of the house.
  • The microbuilds are outstanding, most notably the television, Bart's lamp and the vacuum cleaner.
  • I think that the scaling of each room has been designed to perfection. Although some rooms are omitted, they are only the least interesting ones, and the areas which will be of the most interest (the living room for one) are a suitable size to allow for plenty of playability.
  • The Minifigures are excellent for the most part, despite the bizarre choice of expressions or outfit used on some. I am happy to get alternative versions, but if this means that we have to get repeats of the Simpsons at the expense of other potential characters in the upcoming Collectable Minifigures series, that is disappointing.
  • Every room is interesting, with enough colour and innovative construction techniques to maintain interest throughout, even in the garage.
  • All of the most iconic features of the house have been effectively recreated in LEGO, including the couch, television and piano.
  • The attention to detail is astonishing, including the dents on the car, the accurate colours used throughout the house, and best of all, the three 'property of Ned Flanders' stickers, which are a lovely touch.

My criticisms are few and far between. Most significant for me is the absence of the fridge. Although this is not quite as famous as the couch or TV, it is an important piece of furniture which has been omitted for no good reason that I can see.

If you are a Simpsons fan, this set is an obvious winner. I am very happy with it, even given the cost, and am satisfied that justice has been done in the design of this iconic location. While there are certainly inaccuracies, they are acceptable in my opinion to keep costs down. If you are seeking to construct an absolutely accurate model, a second set and a few extra pieces should suffice, and I look forward to seeing some MOCs which capture every element of 742 Evergreen Terrace.

All that is left for me to do is to thank Huw for his fantastic photos and to you for reading. Now that we have one Simpsons set, I am in desperate need of more...

43 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Not to be that guy but Bart Gets Famous is from season 5, not 12...

A great review, but I still think I'll be passing on this one.

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By in United States,

After reading the review I still don't like it...at all to be honest

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By in United States,

Great detailed review. I've got mine ordered, and it's on the way! I can't wait to see what characters they have coming in the single figure bags. Moe? Lenny? Carl? Chief Wiggum? Yes please!! Duffman?.....Well, I wish.....

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By in United States,

Maybe LEGO will do a free polybag with a fridge when you buy a Simpsons set?

Definably like this set, but no room in my collection for a big house like this.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's awesome! Looking forward to mine turning up. Hopefully we'll get alternate versions of Bart, Homer, Marge etc in the CMF range (and of course Lisa with her Sax) with normal eye expressions?!?
There's definitely scope for more sets in the range like The Kwik E Mart, the Power Station, the School Bus (with Otto minifig).........regardless what all the negative people say about this line (and there seems to be more than a fair share of them constantly bleating about it!!). I hope the house isn't a one off set for The Simpsons.

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By in United Kingdom,

Personally this set doesn't appeal to me, but Cool Review Huw and CapnRex! :)

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By in Puerto Rico,

Great review, may buy it if I happen to have spare but that is it, unless of course Lego decides to make the donut store.

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By in United States,

I've never seen an official Brickset review take so long. I realize that it's a big set, but why spend so much time on this one when there are so many more interesting models that are left untouched?

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By in United States,

@Wiseman_2 He said 5...

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By in Canada,

I can't wait to put mine together; just need the time. It's too bad they couldn't keep the house true to layout and have a double garage. FYI for a look at the layout based on the cartoon

Floor Plans: http://nikneuk.deviantart.com/art/House-of-Simpson-family-Both-floorplans-352713270
Main Floor: http://nikneuk.deviantart.com/art/Simpson-s-House-Cutaway-First-Floor-325012816
Top Floor: http://nikneuk.deviantart.com/art/Simpson-s-House-Cutaway-Second-Floor-333082018

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By in United Kingdom,

great review and it is interesting to see that both a fan of the show and someone who has no interest in it both rate the set very highly

it is clear to me that lego have really hit the target with this one - well done

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By in United Kingdom,

@milesdoublechamp2 - I had originally put 12, I got the episode and season numbers mixed up. Thanks @Wiseman_2!

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By in United Kingdom,

> why spend so much time on this one when there are so many more interesting models that are left untouched?

Why hurry it? We have all the time in the world to review others. We can only review what we buy or LEGO send us (in this case it was bought) and that certainly doesn't include everything released, there's just too many these days.

This is a very significant set in many ways and I felt it justified such a detailed approach.

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By in United Kingdom,

Superb review, many thanks to you both. While I can see the appeal to many people, it just doesn't do it for me. Although my son will hate me for saying this :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I find it strange that lisa's "mirror" is just a grey piece when there have been mirror effect stickers in sets before e.g. the VW camper.

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By in Poland,

Thank you for the review, it's excellent and I looked forward every day to reading it. Great pictures and descriptions.
I'll have to wait a few more months before I'll get my house but I just can't wait and this review doesn't help :)

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By in United States,

^^ Well I didn't mean review every set! That would take far too much time indeed! I just don't see how this set warrants 6 review segments though. It is a significant set in the history of LEGO, yes, but so are many other sets that only get 1 or 2 part reviews. (Other sets that are much more interesting, complex and iconic IMHO.) Anyway, enough squabbling on my part, I'm sure Simpsons fans have cherished every bit of it.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ What would you ideally like us to cover next?

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By in Canada,

Great review Huw & CapnRex101. I followed right a long with my build at home!

I finished building my house last night and came to many of the same conclusions. The level of detail is astonishing and the layout of the house fits for the size of the set. If TLG was to make one with all the rooms the price tag would be astronomical. I'm sure someone will build one exactly like it is in the cartoon for all to see soon enough.

I was a bit miffed at some piece selections though - like using two 1x4 tan tiles instead of one 1x8. There are a few of these head scratches and you notice them during the build.

Now we can wish for Marge's station wagon, King Toots music store, Kwik-E-Mart the list goes on......

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By in United States,

"Treehouse of Horror" alien ship with Kang and Kodos, anyone? Maybe with vignettes of "the four most popular earthling spawning locations"? And the "How to Cook For Forty Humans" cookbook?

Heck, forget the sets in this case, just a Treehouse of Horror CMF series would be great! Bart the Fly, Jack-in-the-box Homer, Devil Flanders...mmm, Treehouse of Horror CMF series...[cue "Homer drool" sounds]

My wife, who just barely tolerates my Lego habit, says that she would support the purchase of this set. From that perspective alone, TLG has a winner with the Simpsons licence. Can't wait to see what else is planned!

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks very much for this review - I appreciate that you've both spent so long on it, as it's a very big and detailed set which really needs a lot of time to be fully reviewed! You've covered just about everything, and the photos are excellent as usual.

I agree with basically everything - house is superb, and although it's way out of my price range, I can still admire this great model.

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By in United Kingdom,

Very good review of a very good house. I will be buying at least one.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks Huw and Chris! I echo that having conclusions from a fan and a non-fan together was a brilliant move, and I've really enjoyed seeing each bag in detail, and having it staggered as it was. If ever a set deserved such a drawn out review, the flagship set from possibly the most controversial and (over-)discussed license of the world's longest running (and most successful?) cartoon ever (... stops to take a breath...) probably does!

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By in United Kingdom,

An entertaining review! Good work, chaps. It's not my sort of thing, but I've certainly enjoyed hearing your thoughts and watching the build progress.

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By in Australia,

Thanks for the review Huw and Rex, now makes me want one....long time Simpsons watcher *misty eyes*
Very tempting to buy 2....or maybe 3 and do a half Flanders house complete with party in the backyard, minus Homer of course.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review! Since seeing this set for the first time I just knew I had to buy it, being a huge Simpsons (and LEGO!) fan, it was perfect. The detail is above and beyond! Not even the modular buildings have flooring on all floors. The novel building techniques (for example when building the television) and use of parts (a sausage for a lamp stand!) are just ingenious. Plus the added extra of the incredible micro builds (such as the piano and barbecue) make this set an ideal purchase for any LEGO fan. The price of the set is the debated issue, but to get a fully furnished three bedroom house with garage and car along with six uniquely designed mini figures puts the price in perspective! In my opinion this is one of the best lego sets ever made and truly deserves a five star rating. Well Done LEGO!

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By in New Zealand,

I have enjoyed following the reviews whilst I await (impatiently) for my set to arrive in NZ. Hopefully it will be here any day now. I am not a simpsons fan persay, but a lego house fan, so this was a must have for me, even though it was so pricey here ($399.99)

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By in United States,

@Huw, well, only since you asked, some more Creator would be nice to see. They may not be as exciting or "glamorous" as licensed sets, but I think they are still extremely noteworthy and are worth taking a look at. If you or someone you know owns some older sets (say, something from the 80s to very early 2000s) it would be neat to see those reviewed periodically (1 every few months?). (Plus, since I'm a big Tolkien fan I have to throw the Hobbit in just because. You did say "ideally", right? :-) ) Anyway, I guess those are my thoughts on the subject, but I probably represent a minority. All the "official" reviews so far that I've read are exceptional though (despite that I may think this one was a little drawn out).

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By in United States,

Thanks so much for the fantastic series of reviews!

I will probably not be purchasing this set as I am not all that familiar with the Simpsons, but it does look like an exciting addition to the Lego world!

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By in Australia,

Great detailed review, loved it.

You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time. But you can't please all of the people all of the time.

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By in United States,

I enjoyed the reviews, but they just confirmed my original assessment of the set. I can appreciate what the design set out to do, but I don't think it was overly successful. The playability is not there: the spliced rooms and over crowded upstairs rooms are not playable spaces. I still think this set is more for display than play. There's nothing wrong with that, but I am a father that likes to see the playability in LEGO for the kids (and myself to play with them). You can say this set has great playability, but tell that to Lisa who is standing on what appears to be nothing-but-a ledge in the picture of the final open build with the rest of her bedroom a long jump away.

As a display piece, I think it's okay, but the door frames, that bathroom door, the ledge-of-Lisa's bedroom, the dis-proportioned first and second floors, and the two-toned chimney are not really that pleasing to the eye. I see many neat ideas attempted in this design, but I just don't think the design achieved what it really set out to do. To me, it looks like an early draft of something that with a little more work could have been great. I know that many people have used the "it's-LEGO-MOC-it-up" defense for this set, but if I'm shelling out this much money for a piece of LEGO art, I want the artist's work to be complete.

I know I'm sounding negatively judgmental, but I do think this set is great sign of what could come from future LEGO display pieces.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review and makes me want to get the set even more, about to move though so not a great time.

Whilst I'm sure it'll turn Simpsons fans to Lego, I'd hope it'd drive some Lego fans to The Simpsons. Huw, it really is an excellent show, I'd thorougly recommend watching some of the earlier series.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was really excited for this set but I am very disappointed in it, Lego in my opinion have ruined the minifigures as the expressions just look weird and I know what they were trying to do but they should of just done classic smiling faces.

It's a lot of money for something Lego could of done a lot better at. :-(

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By in United States,

That is one rather impressive, and large, LEGO set. Can't say I'll buy it myself, but great for those who happen to a) have the money and b) are fans of the Simpsons. :)

As a slightly off-topic point, though, has it actually been confirmed that Series 13 CMFs will be Simpsons based? If so, that probably means I won't be buying any more CMF's for a long while, with the slightly underwhelming LEGO Movie series and the Simpsons series. Sure, have Simpsons minifigures if you want, but don't make them at the expense of an original LEGO theme.

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By in United States,

Thanks guys for the Excellent (insert Mr. Burns steepling of the fingers) reviews! I said when the Lord of the Rings sets came out that the only thing left LEGO needed to complete the personal geekdom pantheon (along with Star Wars and DC Superheroes) was the Simpsons, and I couldn't believe at the time that it would ever happen. But here it is! The order will be in on Saturday! Whoooo Hooooo!!!!!

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By in United States,

not a reasonable price in australia...... 329.99

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By in United States,

This is great fun to make..I am on day 6 and its coming along greaty

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By in Singapore,

Woohoo, just gotten 3 sets of this house! Though it's the equivalent of US$280 here, I still think it's quite worth it :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not a Simpsons fan but your excellent review has really tempted me to buy it. I'm just not sure I can justify spending £180 on it having only recently forked out for the Parisian Restaurant...

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By in Denmark,

This set brought me out of the Darkage. My favorit things as a child combined with 1 of my favorit things as a teen... omg when i saw they made this set, i knew i had to have it, and I would be back building Lego :-) After 30 years break :-)

Got the house love it, just hoping for lots more Simpsons from Lego, there lots of exiting ideas, School, Otto and bus, Moe's, Powerplant, Kwik E mart, Comic store, krusty burger, i could go on, but what I'm saying i want SPRINGFIELD :-)

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By in United States,

I think this house looks ugly. The figures are horrible as well. Some licenses just don't transfer to LEGO that well (like SpongeBob). A complete "pass" on this one. I'm a little bit puzzled that of all the other licenses out there, they'd go after The Simpsons. I can't believe the show is still on, actually. It can be amusing, but I never watch it regularly.

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By in United States,

Really in depth look at a set that I'm foaming at the mouth to get - excellent review. The level of detail is amazing, and outside of the miss-colored match of bricks in the master bedroom, I love everything about it. [maybe a sticker could've been used?] Though Lisa's sax would've been a better fit than the camera, hopefully this will be rectified in the upcoming minifig collector series. [if the hints from other posts are true] If future Simpson's sets are built, I hope a priority would be put on the Elementary School [obviously not as detailed as this one, but maybe a classroom or two and Skinner's office], and Moe's. This is my most anticipated set of owning this year, besides the future new X-men 1 set. I think this iconic house wins though at the end. =)

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