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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finally, after six building sessions, the model is complete...
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.
A shot of it opened...
Opened, with minifigs going about their daily lives. It looks just like a doll's house, doesn't it...
A shot of the whole family (and Flanders)...
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...