For 25 years, 'The Simpsons' has been an inescapable part of American culture, an omnipresent mirror of our world that reflects all of our greatest hopes, fears and idiosyncrasies. Naturally, something as prominent and marketable as that has managed to worm its way into every kind of merchandising opportunity available, but everyone's favorite yellow family has crossed into the final frontier.
Yep, Simpsons LEGOs are on the way.
Following a few low-res images leaking online, LEGO, partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, has released a collection of hi-res images to give us an exhaustive look at the first of what we hope to be many 'Simpsons'-themed sets: 742 Evergreen Terrace (aka the home of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie). In addition to the principle family members and their domicile, the set includes the family car and next-door neighbor Ned Flanders. As you can see in the images, the attention to detail is exquisite.
Also on the way is a special LEGO-themed episode of the show itself, which will air in May. Details are unknown at the time, but the press release says that the episode will depict the show's cast of characters in LEGO form. Is it too much to hope that it's all stop motion with actual LEGOs? We can dream, right?
The set will officially go on sale on February 1, 2014 and it will retail for $199.99, a price that will separate the real Simpsons fans from the posers. A line of Simpsons LEGO minifigures will roll out in May, with those retailing for $3.99 a pop. We hope that sets for the Kwik-E-Mart and the Nuclear Power Plant can't be too far off. After all, we'd be the last to scoff at the chance to build all of Springfield out of LEGOs.