Chris/CapnRex101 and I both have a Simpsons House and we'll be doing a joint review. I received mine today and have built bag one which contains Bart, Homer and the car so I thought it would be worthwhile kicking off the review already to give you something to talk about rather than what the next wave of sets may or may not contain. Let's enjoy and celebrate what we can buy today, and not worry about what won't be in the shops for 6 months!
Let me start off by saying I know nothing about the Simpsons beyond their names and have never watched an episode in my life. Nevertheless, the quality of this set -- probably the best house LEGO has ever made -- made it a must-buy for me despite the high price tag. It's too early to say whether it's worth that much but I like what I see so far...
I'm not going to post pictures of the box -- which is massive, the same size as Tower Bridge and the Town Hall -- or the contents in their bags because, well, there's just so much of it. Luckily the bags are numbered so it's worth seeing how the model is broken down into sections, which the first page of the instructions shows:
The minifigs are split across bags. Bag one contains Bart and Homer. Quite frankly I would rank them among the best minifigs ever made because not only do they have excellent heads, but also brand new arms and, in Bart's case, legs. Yes, they are NOT printed, they are actually moulded with two colours of plastic and look absolutely superb. Homer is in his work clothes, complete with Sector 7G ID card. Bart's top is, so Chris tells me, a little too red but as regular orange would be too bright, the best choice of available LEGO colours.
There's no printing on their backs.
Chris says "The car is very accurate in my opinion, and includes the aerial on the bonnet, the radio inside and the dents on the front left of the car". It's certainly a very nice model to put together. I'm not 100% sure but aren't the wheels and tyres new?
It has an open top, presumably it does in the cartoon?
The boot/trunk is hinged.
Bag one also provides parts for outdoor odds and ends including the best LEGO barbeque I've seen complete with sausages (hot dogs).
A small skate ramp for Bart.
A wheelbarrow, new in lime green, with a couple of potted plants which utilise the new inverted dome piece.
And finally, a pair of sun loungers which are very cleverly constructed.
That's your lot for now. Bag two, the garage, will be constructed and reviewed next...