lego minifigures series - the simpsons

The announcement that the next series of collectable Lego minifigures (due out around May) was going to be based on The Simpsons TV show has always struck me as weird.

I know that they launched the Lego version of 742 Evergreen Terrace a little while ago, but it's not like they're putting out a whole Simpsons themed line.

But I guess making a series of minifigs was a good way to gauge interest. And it's not the first line that has come out with uniquely moulded heads, there's been Toy Story and Spongebob Squarepants, which were both unique heads, but they never feel properly like Lego.

That's not to say that they haven't done a great job at sculpting the 2D Simpsons character into 3D plastic. There aren't any new accessories though, it's either existing pieces or unique prints/paint. Like the transparent minifig head used as a fishbowl for Blinky, and Apu's Squishy cup.

The residents of Springfield making the transition to Lego are:
  • Homer Simpson
  • Marge Simpson
  • Bart Simpson
  • Lisa Simpson
  • Maggie Simpson (with Bobo)
  • Abe "Grandpa" Simpson
  • Milhouse Van Houten
  • Nelson Muntz
  • Ned Flanders
  • Chief Clancy Wiggum
  • Ralph Wiggum
  • Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
  • Mr Burns (with Blinky)
  • Krusty the Clown
  • Itchy
  • Scratchy
I know that they only had 16 minifigs to work with, but I was a little surprised at a couple of the omissions. I'm not surprised that they included the whole Simpsons clan, and that eats up six spots out of the sixteen... but there's no Principle Skinner, there's no Waylon Smithers.

The only two minifigs from the series that I'm interested in are Itchy and Scratchy... although I could be tempted by the Homer, Apu and Mr Burns (mostly for the transparent minifig head).

As always, Road Runner over at the Eurobrick forums has done a review of the whole set

I'm hoping that after this series they'll go back to the regular minifig series... Santa and the Elf could do with a Mrs Claus, the Ancient Rome characters could do with a Roman lady, I'd love a lion costume to add to the animal suit folk, the horror movie characters are missing a guy in a skeleton suit, the judge and policeman need a criminal and the roller derby girl could do with an opponent.

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