The New Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & Ecto-2 – 75828

New Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Ecto-2 75828 Side

New Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Ecto-2 75828 Rear

The upcoming Ghostbusters film is getting its first Lego set. The new Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & Ecto-2 (75828) is ready to go. The set features some awesome new pieces, including more Lego hair. You can never have enough Lego hair. It will be on shelves on July 1st 2016 for $59.99 USD. This puts it at $10 more then the original Lego Ideas set, but you do get 2 additional minifigures. I have a feeling that this set will be right at home in the Firehouse Headquarters.

Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Ecto-2 75828 Minifigures

The set features the Ghostbusters Erin Gilbert, Abby Yates, Jillian Holtzmann, Patty Tolan and Kevin. Plus some sort of red devil.

New Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Ecto-2 75828 Front

Wall-E Will Be Cleaning Up Your Lego Mess Soon (21303)

Lego Ideas WallE Box 21303

The upcoming Lego Wall-E set has been leaked. It looks like a retailer uploaded some official artwork to their web store a little bit early, allowing us a sneak peak. The Lego Ideas #012, Wall-E (21303) will be released this summer, with a price point around $40-50. No one is sure yet on the final pricing, other then the Smyths Website is selling it for €57.99, which is most certainly marked up. Also according to the product listing this little robot will feature:

  • Flexible head and hands can open/close
  • Rotating wheels with tracks
  • Opening torso compartment

This little robot also comes with a small plant, and a mini version of the roach named Hal. Interestingly, instead of the fancy black boxes the Lego Ideas theme usually come packaged in, this one has a beautifully yellow design. Keep an eye out for more details, usually when a leak like this happens Lego is quick to officially release more information.

Lego Ideas Wall-E 21303

These early pictures are thanks to Smyth Toys: http://www.smythstoys.com/ie/en-ie/toys/c-766/lego-bricks/p-13795/lego-wall-e-21303/

New Photos and Details for Lego Friends 2015

Some new photos and details have been released for the upcoming Lego Friends 2015. There are still two sets without any images released. Mia’s Sports Car (41091), and Unknown (41096). These official photos show off a lot more of the details of each set. For instance the Hot Air Balloon is made up of multiple pieces, which is great news. One thing is certain, there are at least as many pets/animals as there are Friends.

Lego Friends Animal Care Clinic 41085

Lego Friends, Animal Care Clinic (41085) has a merry-go-round, a rolling medical station, and grooming area.Lego Friends Vet Ambulance 41086

Lego Friends, Vet Ambulance (41086) has a little vehicle, tiny stretcher, and a hedgehog.

Lego Friends Rabbit Mother With Babies 41087

Lego Friends, Rabbit Mother with Babies (41087) features a rabbit habitat, and two tiny baby rabbits.Lego Friends Puppy Training 41088

Lego Friends, Puppy Training (41088) comes with a mini dog agility course.Lego Friends Foal Care Stable 41089

Lego Friends, Foal Care Stable (41089) comes with a baby horse (foal) and small enclosure.Lego Friends Olivia's Garden Pool 41090

Lego Friends, Olivia’s Garden Pool (41090) has a floaty, portable stereo, and water slide.Lego Friends Stephanie's Pizzeria 41092

Lego Friends, Stephanie’s Pizzeria (41092) comes with a charming brick oven, and a table for two.

Lego Friends Heartlake Hair Salon 41093

Lego Friends, Heartlake Hair Salon (41093) comes with a fully furnished hair salon, and two Friends.Lego Friends Heartlake Lighthouse 41094

Lego Friends, Heartlake Lighthouse (41094) is one of the nicest looking Friends sets, and doubles as an ice cream parlor.Lego Friends Emma's House 41095

Lego Friends, Emma’s House (41095) is Emma’s purple two story house, which comes with an art easel, blue bicycle, and 3 Friends figures. Lego Friends Heartlake Hot Air Balloon 41097

Lego Friends, Hot Air Balloon (41097) is going to be the hard to find set. The balloon pieces are very desirable for Lego fans, and the set comes with one of the rare male Friends figures.

Thanks to Just2Good for releasing these early images of the first Lego Friends 2015 wave.

Check out more details for the 2015 wave of Lego Friends here: http://legogenre.com/new-lego-friends-2015-pets-vets-pools-balloon/

New Lego Friends 2015. Pets, Vets, Pools, and a Balloon.

Lego has a huge hit with their Lego Friends theme. It is quickly becoming one of their most important themes, right up there with Lego Star Wars, Lego Ninjago and Lego City. So it is no surprise that Lego Friends is getting its yearly update and the first new sets for 2015 have been revealed. This release is expanding Heartlake City. All of these new sets are great, with the Lighthouse, Hot Air Balloon, and Hair Salon standing out.

There are at least five Lego Friends 2015 sets where official images are still not available.

  • Rabbit Mother with Babies (41087)
  • Puppy Training (41088)
  • Foal Care Stable (41089)
  • Mia’s Sports Car (41091)
  • ??? (41096)

Lego Friends 2015. Animal Care Clinic 41085

Lego Friends, Animal Care Clinic (41085) features a super cute cat and dog attending the vet.

Lego Friends 2015. Vet Ambulance 41086

Lego Friends, Vet Ambulance (41086) is a companion set to the Animal Care Clinic, now the Vet can make emergency and house calls, plus it features a cute hedgehog.

Lego Friends 2015. Olivia's Garden Pool 41090

Lego Friends, Olivia’s Garden Pool (41090) is a cool heart shaped pool, perfect for summer afternoons. Plus it comes with a tiny turtle.

Lego Friends 2015. Stephanie's Pizzeria 41092

Lego Friends, Stephanie’s Pizzeria (41092) is a small pizzeria with a stone wood burning oven, and a cherry red delivery scooter.

Lego Friends 2015. Heartlake Hair Salon 41093

Lego Friends, Heartlake Hair Salon (41093) is a medium sized Lego set of a full hair salon. With various hair options, tiny scissors, and a really neat sign.

Lego Friends 2015. Heartlake Lighthouse 41094

Lego Friends, Heartlake Lighthouse (41094) is the second largest set of this wave. With a fully featured lighthouse, rowboat, and ice cream parlor.

Lego Friends 2015. Emma's House 41095

Lego Friends, Emma’s House (41095) is the big set, with a two story purple house, blue bike, and a little green bird.

Lego Friends 2015. Heartlake Hot Air Balloon 41097

Finally there is Lego Friends, Heartlake Hot Air Balloon (41097) which might be the most interesting set released. Check out that balloon, it looks like it has a lot of uses other then intended. It will be interesting to see where these pieces will turn up.

Thanks to Just2Good for releasing these early images of the first Lego Friends 2015 wave.

UPDATE! Check out new photos for the upcoming release here: http://legogenre.com/new-photos-details-lego-friends-2015/

Lego Minifigures Series 12 Review (71007) by WhiteFang

Whitefang Lego Minifigures Series 12 Review

Lego is back with an all new release of their Collectible Minifigures theme. There are a total of sixteen unique Minifigs in the Lego Collectible Minifigures Series 12.
With a recent departure to do some spinoff (The Lego Movie, and The Simpsons) it is good to see Lego pick up where they left off. These new figures will be available in October, although if you are lucky you may find them in stores now. This new series is by far the most detailed, with a whole lot of fancy new sculpts and printing. The only bad news is that Lego has carried over the higher price point that was first used in The Simpsons, $3.99. This feels like the maximum price Lego can sell these for.

One new thing about this release is that every figure comes with a code to activate itself on Lego Minifigures Online.

Whitefang Lego Minifigures Series 12 Complete Set

A super detailed review of each figure has been posted by WhiteFang over on Eurobricks. These reviews have earned their reputation for greatness. You cannot find a better review anywhere. In each box of Series 12 you will find 3 complete sets of Minifigures. Lego seems to be doing a better job of choosing which ones are the most wanted. With the most common being: Video Game Guy (5), Space Miner (5), and Swashbuckler (5). The uncommon Minifigs are: Wizard (4), Battle Goddess (4), Dino Tracker (4), Pizza Delivery Guy (4), Rock Star (4), and Piggy Guy (4). Finally, the rare figures are: Hun Warrior (3), Fairytale Princess (3), Lifeguard (3), Prospector (3), Jester (3), Genie Girl (3), and Spooky Girl (3). The biggest surprise here is that the Princess is a rare figure, with the recent popularity of the Disney Princess Lego theme it doesn’t make sense.

Whitefang Lego Minifigures Series 12 Box Spread

The best thing about these figures is that everyone has a different favorite. As for me, I will spend my time looking for a Gamer (and maybe a Wizard).

Whitefang Lego Minifigures Series 12 Gamer

Go check out the full review of the new Lego Minifigures Series 12 (71007) over here: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=99257

Check out more Minifigures news here: http://legogenre.com/?s=minifigures&submit=Search

The New Lego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Are Perfectly Cromulent

Lego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures

Lego has release the first official images for the upcoming Lego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures. These will be available in May at a $3.99 price point. Which happens to be a dollar more then the previous Minifigure Series. The good news is that the new sculpts and accessories kind of make up for this increase. When Lego released the Simpsons House (71006) in February, a whole lot of people were concerned by the facial expressions on the Minifigures. These new figures should make up for that, because all of them (except Maggie) have a more neutral expression. Hopefully this is the first wave of many Minifigs. It would be great to see these last as long as the World of Springfield action figures.

Lego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Homer SimpsonLego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Marge Simpson

Homer Simpson come with a delicious donut and TV remote. While Marge Simpson comes with a donut magazine and purse.

Lego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Lisa SimpsonLego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Bart Simpson

Lisa Simpson has her saxophone and Bart Simpson come with his green skateboard.

Lego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Maggie SimpsonLego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Grandpa Simpson

Maggie Simpson has her treasured Bobo, and Grandpa Simpson is reading a newspaper. Check out that micro printing.

Lego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Milhouse Van HoutenLego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Ned Flanders

Milhouse recently made an appearance in the Lego Movie as a Master Builder, and here he comes with a Biclops comic book. And, Ned Flanders comes with a left handed mug, and tool box.

Lego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Krusty the ClownLego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Apu

Krusty the Clown comes equipped with a pie, and Apu gets a Squishee.

Lego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Montgomery BurnsLego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Montgomery Nelson

Mr. Burns gets Blinky the three eyed fish, and an inanimate rod. While Nelson is up to no good with a bat.

Lego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Montgomery Clancy WiggumLego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Montgomery Ralph Wiggum

Chief Wiggum is looking thin and comes with a megaphone and police baton. His son, Ralph Wiggum, is looking to Choo-Choo-Choose someone for Valentines day.

Lego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Montgomery ItchyLego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Montgomery Scratchy

Itchy and Scratch are up to some hijinks with an axe and club.

Lego Simpsons Collectable Minifigures Group

Check out the LegoGenre review of the Simpsons House here: http://legogenre.com/lego-simpsons-house-71006-review-cowabunga/

The crazy MetalBeard’s Sea Cow (70810) from The Lego Movie revealed with video!

The Lego Movie, MetalBeards Sea Cow 70810 Box

The first wave of the Lego Movie sets have hit the store shelves, and Lego is not stopping there. With a mini-wave of sets being released in the next few weeks. The first of which is the massive MetalBeard’s Sea Cow (70810). This nautical wonder is the largest set available in the theme. With 2,741 pieces and a price tag of $249.99 (CA $299.99, DE 249.99€, UK £169.99, DK 2,199.00 DKK). The Sea Cow is currently available for purchase for Lego VIP members, and will have a full release on March 1st.

The Lego Movie, MetalBeards Sea Cow 70810 01

MetalBeard’s Sea Cow is a top heavy ship. Featuring a steam punk and pirate themed design. This insane ship comes with 6 cannons, a huge chimney, a cow with wings, satellite dish, a captains quarters, removable decks, huge turbines, propellers, and brick built sails.

The Lego Movie, MetalBeards Sea Cow 70810 02

Lego has put together one of their Design videos for this release (http://youtu.be/KNjz7Q2isQk):

The ship is fully furnished inside. Just look how happy Benny is about this.

The Lego Movie, MetalBeards Sea Cow 70810 Cannons

This may be the most detailed Lego set ever made. There is just an insane amount of stuff going on here.

The Lego Movie, MetalBeards Sea Cow 70810 Interior

The set also comes with Emmets blue couch and 2 Micro Managers.

The Lego Movie, MetalBeards Sea Cow 70810 Crows Nest

The Lego Movie, MetalBeard’s Sea Cow comes with 4 minifigures and 2 brick built figures. Benny, Emmet, Vitruvius and Wyldstyle will be setting sail with MetalBeard and QueasyKitty. This version of MetalBeard is actually a scaled down version, the full size is already available. Some of the details have been wonderfully preserved, such as the mini shark, and peg leg, and arm cannons.

The Lego Movie, MetalBeards Sea Cow 70810 Figures

Read the full Press Release for more details:

“70810 MetalBeard’s Sea Cow

Ages 14+ 2,741 Pieces

US $249.99 – CA $299.99 – DE 249.99€ – UK £169.99 – DK 2,199.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Help our heroes escape the Micro Managers on MetalBeard’s Sea Cow!

Shiver me timbers, the Micro Managers are approaching our heroes and MetalBeard aboard his wacky Sea Cow ship. Climb the mast to keep a look-out. Fire the powerful shooting cannons from the side of the ship to repel the Micro Managers. And watch out – one has flick missiles and the other can shoot a net! Raise the anchors, spin the rear propellers and steer the ship to safety with the mini version of MetalBeard at the wheel. Includes 4 minifigures: Benny, Emmet, Vitruvius and Wyldstyle, and 2 figures: MetalBeard and QueasyKitty.

Battle 2 Micro Managers with The LEGO® Movie MetalBeard’s Sea Cow with mini version of MetalBeard, 4 minifigures and cow with wings!

• Includes 4 minifigures: Benny, Emmet, Vitruvius and Wyldstyle, and 2 figures: MetalBeard and QueasyKitty
• MetalBeard’s Sea Cow features chimney, 2 anchors, 4 back propellers, 2 huge side turbines, lanterns, 2 gold keys, 2 bottles, bottle with printed ship, box with 4 black coals, hammer, wrench, shovel, gold crowbar and a barrel with 2 rammers. Plus cannon and ammunition deck with 6 cannons and 2 boxes with cannon ammunition (12 pieces), and boiler room with 2 flint guns, 2 flint pistols and 2 swords. Also features captain’s room with treasure chest containing 6 gold coins, 2 red jewels and 2 green jewels, 2 blueprints, 2 maps, globe, sextant, ink vial and quill, and a portrait of MetalBeard
• Also includes a cow with wings!
• The large Micro Manager features fold-up wings with hidden flick missiles, 2 claws and fold-down satellite dish
• The small Micro Manager features a net shooter
• Weapons include 2 flint guns, 2 flint pistols and 2 swords
• Steer the ship with the mini MetalBeard with sword and treasure chest
• Fire the cannons on both sides of the ship to fend off attackers
• Take off the funnel to access the cannon and ammunition deck
• Open the top to access the captain’s cabin and check out the maps, treasure chest, MetalBeard portrait and more!
• Open the doors to the boiler room to access the weapons
• Turn the exhaust to raise and lower the anchors
• Rotate the giant side turbines
• Place a minifigure on the fore mast to operate the mounted guns
• Keep a look-out from the crow’s nest
• Get the fire going below the huge funnel
• Make the rear propellers spin and speed away
• Watch The LEGO® Movie to see all your favorite characters in action
• MetalBeard’s Sea Cow measures over 22” (58cm) high, 24” (61cm) long and 7” (19cm) wide
• The Micro Manager (large) measures over 3” (9cm) high, 4” (12cm) long and 4” (12cm) wide
• The Micro Manager (small) measures over 1” (5cm) high, 2” (6cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide
• Mini MetalBeard measures over 4” (11cm) high, 5” (13cm) deep, and 5” (13cm) wide
• Double-decker couch measures over 3” (8cm) high, 3” (10cm) wide and less than 1” (2cm) long”

 

The Lego Simpsons House Review (71006): Don’t Have a Cow, Man!

LegoGenre: The Simpsons House Review (71006)

The Lego Simpsons House has been released and LegoGenre is here with a full review. Every photo can be clicked on to see a larger image, so if you want to find every stray dog hair, that is the way to do it.

Name: The Simpsons™ House
Number: 71006
Pieces: 2523
Minifigures: 6
Release: January/February 2014
Price: US: $199.99, CA: $229.99, DE: 199.99€, UK: £179.99, DK: 1,699.00, DKK: 1,699.00

Official Lego Description: 

Recreate hilarious scenes from the classic animated TV series with The Simpsons™ House. Taken right out of Springfield, this amazing model is crammed with tons of LEGO® brick detail. Lift off the roof and open up the house to discover Homer and Marge’s big family bedroom including bed and Maggie’s crib, Bart’s room with his skateboard and Krusty the Clown poster, Lisa’s room with her favorite books, jazz poster and more, and bathroom with shower, toilet, sink and mirror. Lift off the top floor to reveal the fully-fitted kitchen with dining table, chairs, yellow and light-blue tiled floor and lots of pots, pans and other accessories. Then it’s into the living room with couch and TV playing Itchy and Scratchy, purple piano and more. Next to the house is the detachable garage, complete with workbench, tool rack, vacuum cleaner, broom, toolbox, tools and the family car, complete with dent (because only in a LEGO world are dents a plus!), opening trunk and ‘radioactive’ bar from the nuclear power plant. Step outside onto the terrace and you’ll find loads of cool items, including a grill, wheelbarrow and air conditioning unit with ‘Property of Ned Flanders’ decoration, sausages, 2 garden loungers, flowerpots, a shovel, 2 fruit cocktail glasses, Lisa’s camera, Bart’s skateboard ramp with ‘El Barto’ graffiti and an antenna on the roof. The Simpsons™ House is the perfect collector’s item for fans of all ages. Includes 6 minifigures: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Ned Flanders.

  • Includes 6 minifigures: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Ned Flanders
  • First floor includes yellow and light-blue tiled floor, sink, oven and stove, drawers, cups, pot, pan, bowl, mixer, plates, cake tins, cutlery, dining table and 4 chairs 
  • Living room features TV playing Itchy and Scratchy, couch, boat painting, telephone, carpet, purple piano and staircase to the second floor with family photos
  • Bart’s room features a bed, night lamp, desk with pin board, chair, Krusty the Clown poster, skateboard, shelves with books, radio and a cap
  • Marge and Homer’s bedroom features a bed, 2 side tables, Maggie’s crib and Marge’s bag
  • Lisa’s room features a vanity mirror with hairbrush, stool, bed, table with lamp and cup, shelves with books, magnifying glass, backpack and a jazz poster on the wall
  • Bathroom features a shower, toilet, sink and a mirror
  • Detachable garage features the family car, tools, workbench, tool rack, vacuum cleaner, toolbox and a broom
  • Family car with space for 4 minifigures features a dent in the front and an opening trunk to store Homer’s suitcase and a ‘radioactive’ bar from the nuclear power plant
  • Outside area includes a grill, wheelbarrow and air conditioning unit with ‘Property of Ned Flanders’ decoration, sausages, 2 garden loungers, flowerpots, a shovel, 2 fruit cocktail glasses, Lisa’s camera, Bart’s skateboard ramp with ‘El Barto’ graffiti and an antenna on the roof
  • Can you spot all the items Homer has “borrowed” from Ned Flanders?
  • Remove the roof and top floor to access the different rooms inside
  • House is hinged in the middle for easy access
  • The perfect set for fans of LEGO® brick building and The Simpsons™!
  • The Simpsons™ House measures over 9” (23cm) high, 16” (42cm) wide and 9” (24cm) deep

No photo of the box here, it is so large that it wouldn’t fit onto the fancy blue background. The first photos revealed of the Simpsons House was the box. I guess it is just too hard to keep something that large a secret.

Inside you will find a whole lot of bags, numbered up to 7, three instruction manuals, and a sticker sheet. The Simpsons House actually has a combination of printed images and stickers. Most notably, a stereo system, Radioactive Man comic, and Lisa’s Homework are printed. Everything else is stickers. I decided to leave them off for now. Some of the Simpsons charm is missing without them…

LegoGenre: The Simpsons House Instructions (71006)

Simpsons Minifigures!

The most controversial design in this set are the minifigures. Lego opted to use sculpted heads instead of the standard Lego head (kind of like the recent Toy Story line). The Simpsons have always had a tough time translating into 3D. These sculpts are extremely similar to the massively popular action figure line from a decade ago. Good news first, these minifigures are all made out of the normal Lego plastic. No squishy plastic here. The most difficult design decision here is the eyeball treatment. Only 2 of the minifigures have their eyes open. The other 4 have been sculpted with unique expressions. This works okay for Lisa Simpson, but for Marge, Bart and Homer Simpson the half open eyes make them look tired or high. Here is to hoping that open eye versions of them will be available in the future.

LegoGenre: Marge, Homer, Ned.LegoGenre: Marge, Homer, Ned Back

The painted details are all extremely clean, with well defined lines and good color control. I would expect nothing less from Lego. When appropriate, the minifigures have back printing, and leg printing. Lisa features a cloth skirt, and has red pants on underneath. Marge features a cloth green apron, but interestingly is not wearing pants. Meaning that unless you have lime green pants, Marge will be keeping her apron on.

LegoGenre: Bart, Lisa, Maggie.LegoGenre: Bart, Lisa, Maggie Minifigure Backs

A really interesting detail is that Lego is doing something new with their sculpts here. The small minifigure legs that Bart and Lisa have are made out of two tone plastic. There is no paint here, meaning that the color on their legs matches the rest of their body. This is an excellent solution to the color consistency problem Lego has with printing light colors on dark plastic. These look great. Also, Maggie Simpsons torso is a whole new sculpt. She comes out smaller then the other children, but the sculpt may not be that reusable. The trademark onesie is very specific to the show.

LegoGenre: Simpsons Minifigure Legs

The Simpsons Family Car

The Simpsons House (71006) comes with the famous pink family car. The car is six studs across and feels large (when compared to other Lego vehicles). When finished the scale is actually a bit on the small side when compared to the minifigures and house. It would be nice to have a 7 or 8 stud wide car, but the window shields only go up to 6. The final result is a good compromise. The car antenna and dent in the left side are all great details.

LegoGenre: The Simpsons CarLegoGenre: Simpsons Car 2

The Simpsons car doesn’t have a sun roof in the show, but one is present here. It is to make room for Marge’s famous beehive hairstyle. Lego would have to re-sculpt Marge’s hair to fit in the car, which they understandably didn’t. This is another good compromise that works well.

All five of the Simpsons can fit in the car. It is an extremely tight fit, but they do fit!

LegoGenre: Simpsons Family Car

Lego Simpsons House Review!

After many hours the Simpsons House is complete, and the first impression is that this thing is huge. The volume of the house is larger then you would imagine. The final result is wider then the modular buildings and about 2/3 of the height. There a whole lot of pieces here.

A general note about he design of the house. This successfully captures the spirit of the Simpsons House from the television show. It is amazing. But, note that the floor plan does not match up with that from the show. It is missing the dinning room, living room, Maggie’s room, a bathroom or two, and the rumpus room. The accuracy of this set does suffer because of the floor plan, but the final product is better for these changes. If Lego were to offer an accurate Simpsons House, they would probably have to be double the size and double the price of this set.

LegoGenre: The Simpsons House Review Floorplan (71006)

The garage is completely detachable. This is done with the help of 4 pegs, just like in the modular homes. No worries on sturdiness, these connect the garage extremely well. Maybe too well, because it takes a lot of work to pull them apart. The roof is also detachable in two pieces and the beautiful orange garage door opens. The family car fits in the garage with room to spare.

LegoGenre: The Simpsons House Garage

Lego didn’t just create a beige box for the garage. They fully furnished it with a work bench, and tool rack. The bin full of Lego tools is awesome. A broom and shovel are included too. Believe it or not the tool box does not open. Lego cheated a little bit here and used some of the large panel Lego pieces to fill up space. This cuts down on the total piece count, and Lego only did this in the garage. Easy enough to replace if you have extra beige bricks.

LegoGenre: The Simpsons Garage Details

The Lego Simpsons House opens up with a pull on the swamp cooler, and can be opened up even when the garage is attached. The roof pulls off in three easy pieces. This means that every nook and cranny is easy to access and adult hands should have no trouble getting into the house.

LegoGenre: The Simpsons House Opened (71006)

The Simpsons own a two story home, with 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and family room. The floor plan looks great and actually works, no weird dead ends or half rooms here. Bart’s room is also removable, granting easy access to the trademark Simpsons couch. The other second story rooms are not modular, meaning that the rooms on the fist floor are a little bit more difficult to get into. Lego kept these rooms pretty shallow so most people will have no problems with this design.

LegoGenre: The Simpsons House Left Side (71006)LegoGenre: The Simpsons House Right Side (71006)

The family room is the first room when entering from the front door. It contains the couch, an old TV, orange rug, stair case, Piano and a bay window. The whole family does not fit on the couch (as they do on the show) but a bit of creativity can get them close enough. Even though there is a lot of beige the interior is extremely colorful. Just look at that awesome staircase and telephone.

LegoGenre: The Simpsons House Family Room Couch

There a lot of beautiful details, such as the teal telephone, and the purple piano. This may be the best Lego piano. The master bedroom contains a big bed, and Maggies baby crib. While Lisa’s room contains a small bed, bookcase, and dresser. A magnifying glass is included in Lisa’s room, perfect for her science experiments.

LegoGenre: The Simpsons House TelephoneLegoGenre: The Simpsons House Piano
LegoGenre: The Simpsons House Master BedroomLegoGenre: Lisa's Room

Bart’s bedroom is the picture perfect room in the set. It contains a lot of details and actually feels a little bit claustrophobic. Bart’s red hat is here (doesn’t fit on his head), a stereo, bookcase, desk, Radioactive Man comic, a small bed, and a lamp (made out a sausage!). The white Lego brick should be a poster of Krusty the Clown, but stickers and me don’t go together so well.

LegoGenre: Bart Simpsons Room

The kitchen is actually split into two parts when opening the house. The back features a stove, sink, and cabinet. A back door and a set of corner windows bring in a lot of light. The floor is beautiful, and the whole package manages to capture the spirit of the kitchen well. Interestingly, there is no refrigerator.

LegoGenre: Simpsons Kitchen

The other half of the kitchen contains more cabinets, a round table, four chairs, and a bay window. The table is really cramped, and if all 4 (no chair for Maggie) of the Simpsons were sitting down it may not fit.

LegoGenre: The Simpsons House Kitchen

Finally Lego has built their best bathroom. These are becoming more common in Lego sets, and the one here is fully furnished. With a toilet, sink, and shower. The design of the toilet is great, and even comes with toilet paper! The shower features a glass door/wall and has an ingenious shower head, made up from a few clips and a pistol. Homer Simpson will be happy to spend many hours here.

LegoGenre: The Simpsons House Bathroom

The backside of the Lego Simpsons House has a small porch and is a great place for Homer to grill up some sausages on Ned Flanders BBQ. Another interesting detail is the way Lego decided to design the removable roofs. They are held in place with these white half domes which works surprisingly well. They don’t look so great from underneath, but they will almost never been seen from this angle.

LegoGenre: The Simpsons Rear HouseLegoGenre: The Simpsons House Roof (71006)

Finally the Simpsons House comes with a plethora of miscellaneous part. Including a skateboard ramp, BBQ, mail box, wheel barrow, a camera and tripod, vacuum cleaner, two potted flowers, two lawn chairs, two Long Island Iced Teas, and the famous Inanimate Carbon Rod. There is also a handful of small extra pieces, and a whole lot of kitchen furnishings (Lego friends style).

LegoGenre: The Simpsons House Misc (71006)

Final Thoughts

  • Design: 10/10 — The Simpsons House is surprisingly accurate for a Lego set, and offers a colorful explosion inside its beige exterior. This is one of the best Lego houses every released.
  • Build: 10/10 — From the box, it looks like the build could be very boring. But, Lego added a lot of variety, especially on the interior. There is even some clever SNOT style building.
  • Minifigures: 8/10 — The weak point for this set. The sculpts are not as bad as they appear in images, but the unique expressions are not so useful and can be unexpectedly funny.
  • Playablility: 10/10 — A fully finished house, a full Lego car, and a modular design means that there is a lot of fun here. Surprisingly, no flick firing missiles!
  • Price: 10/10 — 2523 pieces and 6 minifigures. A good price for a licensed set.
  • Overall: 9/10 — The best Lego suburban style house ever released. Too bad about those minifigures… but, they do look good in certain situations.

The Lego Simpsons House (71006) is a huge set, with many fun details. The beige box design of the house is not repetitive, and the fully finished interior is top notch. It is just a bummer that Lego included minifigures with such unique expressions. This limits their use and if they were a more neutral design they would be much more well received. If you can accept these minifigures then this is a great set. If you are in the market for beige bricks, or some of the new colors, then this is a great set to part out.

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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Lego Sets Now Available (79011, 79012, 79013, 79014)

It is December which means that a new wave of The Hobbit themed sets are now available. There are a total of 4 sets mainly focusing on Dol Guldur. It would have been nice to see a little bit more of Mirkwood or even Beorn’s home. Maybe future sets will fill in some of these gaps. Lake Town Chase is the star of this wave.

Amazon has these new sets in stock, and they seem pretty popular. The holiday season has been kind and discounts between 10-20% off have been popping up on these.

Lego The Hobbit Dol Guldur Ambush 79011 Box

Lego The Hobbit Dol Guldur Ambush 79011

Lego Mirkwood Elf Army 79012 Box

Lego The Hobbit Mirkwood Elf Army 79012

Lego Lake Town Chase 79013 Box

Lego The Hobbit Lake Town Chase 79013

Lego Dol Guldur Battle 79014 Box

Lego The Hobbit Dol Guldur Battle 79014

Lego Ninjago Rebooted: Trailer

Lego Ninjago Rebooted Trailer

Lego Ninjago Rebooted will be released in 2014. With a whole slew of new Lego sets, and an all new TV show. The first official trailer is out now. Taking place in the hi-tech “New Ninjago City.” It looks like this newest version of Ninjago has gone cyber-punk.

“Time has passed and the Ninja have found they’ve become obsolete in this new hi-tech world. The 2014 season of Ninjago will take the ninja beyond anything they would have ever expected … and even thought possible.

The Ninja will be pushed to their limits as they face new digital threats and gain new allies in New Ninjago City.

All new episodes of Ninjago will premiere in 2014. A ninja never quits… Ninjaaaaa-GO!!!”

http://youtu.be/tIuGSfSKZPE