Here I’ve been reading on Reddit that people are starting to find them popping up at random Walgreens and other stores, which kind of irritates me that stores aren’t respecting the release dates because it results in collectors swooping in and buying an entire case at a time … though admittedly I’m mostly just bitter because the Walgreens IN MY AREA didn’t have any when I looked at two different stores!
But then on a very random whim this afternoon at Target, after checking the actual Lego aisle and coming up empty-handed as usual, I walked around the corner and caught a glimpse of an end-cap display with clouds on it, and upon closer inspection I found an almost already completely empty display of the minifigs that aren’t supposed to be released for another two weeks!
I ended up buying 10 packs – partially showing restraint because I would’ve felt a little bad clearing the shelves entirely the day before Easter when they make pretty good treats to stow inside of Easter eggs, and also partially because they’re marked at $3.99/each which personally feels a bit pricey for a single minifig and I hope isn’t a trend that’s going to continue much more into the future…
Anyways, overall I’m pretty pleased with my initial take – only 2 duplicates out of the 10, so that’s cool. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do about displaying them just yet because Marge’s hair is considerably higher than anyone else, and Scratchy’s tail isn’t exactly doing him any favors, either. It might be time to revisit that whole display anyways because after filling almost five base plates at this point, there are a number of the bigger figs that I’ve had to separate from the rest of their series … which bugs me for reasons.
That said, I like these ones so far – even though their heads don’t fit with the usual minifig design, I think being The Simpsons gains them a lot of ground in my book, so hopefully it won’t take me nearly as long to complete the full series, and I’m also getting pretty curious to see how the Lego episode of the show itself turns out coming up here on May 4th.
The list is finally out – so how did my predictions do???
7 out of 16 for pass #1, and pretty much just Itchy and Scratchy from #2. And it doesn’t really surprise me that they ended up including the full family as the first five minifigs, either. Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to lead the series with a $200 set – as much as I want it myself, I haven’t exactly dropped the change on it yet, either, but every time that I look at the minifigs included with that set, all I can do is shake my head at their stoned eyes.
At least it looks like they got it right for the CMF series, though. Now it’s just a matter of when these will actually start appearing in stores … because not for nothing, but I’ve had some terrible luck lately with my own local Walmart and Target stores keeping them on the shelves, and when they do have them, they’ve clearly been picked over something fierce on account of all the duplicates that I’ve been experiencing as of late.
Not that having duplicates of The Simpsons would be the worst thing in the world, mind you, but still, money doesn’t grow on trees and I don’t exactly have a trillion dollar bill handy to drop in order to complete a full set!
I haven’t gotten my set yet because, “Ooof! $200!!!” … but this still makes me look forward not only to the minifig series that should be coming out before long, but also the all-Lego episode of the show that’s supposed to be airing at the beginning of May!
It’s a spring filled with the folks from Springfield!
I just can’t even… How do they…
Fox News is a spoof of actual news programming – that’s the only explanation that makes any sense in the world anymore.
…because this is a kids movie that they’re targeting for being anti-business THAT WAS SOLELY CREATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF SELLING KIDS TOYS…
Seriously – the name of the product being sold is in the title of the movie.
*facepalm times infinity*
They did it two years ago with the Muppets, now they’ve done it again with Legos…
Fox News is dead to me.
So it looks like the second set of The Simpsons Legos rumors are true as well, and everything seems to be coming up Milhouse lately!
I’m kind of curious to see what they end up doing with the characters for this series … will they tie them in as a supplement to the house and not include the core family 5+Ned, or will we see those 6 as kind of the core default characters with then only another 10 from The Simpsons universe to fill out the rest of the series???
I can see it going both ways, although the display picture above seems to imply that Homer will be at least one of them (because he has normal eyes and not sleepy/stoned eyes like in the house set). That’s a tough cut to make – I could easily fill a 16-character run without doubling up on anyone else from the fab five!
- Chief Wiggum
- Principal Skinner
- Reverend Lovejoy
- Dr. Hibbert
- Mr. Burns
- Comic Book Guy
And mind you, I also ended up making this list while I was trying to cull the herd for the list above…
- Duff Man
- Bumblebee Man
- Kang and/or Kodos
- Mayor Quimby
- Professor Frink
- Kent Brockman
- Itchy & Scratchy
- Fat Tony
- Mrs. Krabappel (in memoriam?)
Ok, so that’s two seasons worth of minifigs right there - who else did I forget?!
One of the things that I wanted to do while we were up here for my Grandpa’s funeral was go through my exceedingly large collection of childhood Legos and see if I could pick out a few of the ones that I used to play with at his house. Probably one of my fondest early memories of my Grandpa was when he would play Defender of the Crown on the Amiga, and before I was old enough to actually learn how to play myself, I would sit on the floor in the bedroom and act out the scenes with my medieval Legos as he fought to conquer England there in the game.
It’s funny because only this weekend I learned that the game was very much a family thing because not only are my cousins also super nostalgic for playing that game with our Grandpa, but we all always played as the noble swordsman, Geoffrey Longsword, too!
I’m getting ready to get on the plane back home here in a few minutes, and as much as the iOS port kinda sucks, I think I might play a little bit on my way back home anyways…
Well, I guess we know which Lego set I’m going to be getting next!
I was actually a bit skeptical of this set when I first saw the Homer and Flanders minifigs leaked a month ago because the oversized heads looked a little weird, and now having seen the official photos … I still think that they look weird, both just because of the heads themselves not to mention the eyes that make half the characters look like they’re either stoned or at the very least, up to no good…
In a way, they remind me of those horrible plastic head cases that they did for some of the DVDs that were a pain in the ass to fit on a shelf that I bought one of, ordered the free cardboard replacement case, and then avoided like the plague after that!
But still, it’s The Simpsons and I’m totally getting this set when it comes out, as well as any of the others if they do end up making it a product line after all. Apparently right now this $199 set is the only one they have planned, although rumors also have it that the next series of Collectible Minifigs will be themed after The Simpsons, so that would be kind of cool – especially if they got sneaky about it and made it all of the minifigs except for these six to steer people towards buying the house.
Here’s a cool, little walkthrough video from Lego themselves going through the set as well as showing off some of the earlier prototypes for the individual minifigs, too…
Normally I would’ve made a regular advent post about our ever-expanding Lego Holiday Village, and the new set that we got this year (thanks, Mom!) is actually pretty cool … but as you can see from the photos below, we’re sort of experiencing a few growing pains in Legoland and I’m a little peeved about the lack of space that we’ve got to work with at this point.
The problem is, the village is just getting too darned big, and although in its own right that’s actually pretty cool, from a logistical standpoint we simply didn’t have a good place to set everything up this year, so it ended up cramped on top of a pair of shelves in the family room and that was the best that we could do. The shelf that we used last year kind of got monopolized by Cleo’s stuff and other junk, and even that would’ve been too small with the latest additions.
So I’m not really sure what I want to do with it for next year … ideally we’re at the point where we need some kind of board to set it all up on – I know that I’ve seen other people do that with their holiday scenes, but the problem is that we just don’t have a good place in the house to put a big table or something without it sitting in the middle of the room for everybody to trip over! I thought about giving up some space for them to reside on my new Lego shelves, but then what do I do with whatever was already there during that time???
I’ll be soliciting proposals for the relocation of our quaint, holiday village to a larger venue in 2014.
P.S. As you can see that there’s a lot of stuff out in the town square at this point, I kind of hope that next year’s set ends up being another building of some sort – maybe a nice holiday chalet or something so that out of town guests have a place to crash when they come to visit for the holidays!
Last-minute Christmas list addition – I hope Santa will be able to fit it under the tree!
This is pretty impressive!
And if that’s not enough, also check out the side-by-side with the original movie…
…and even the making of, too…
That’s a lot of work!!!