Earlier this week an image of a Simpsons themed LEGO set surfaced. There wasn't an official announcement and these sort of things sometimes pop up as they are in the planning stage or awaiting approval for the go ahead. We received some great news that this set is indeed happening!
LEGO and Twentieth Century Fox are partnering to produce Simpsons branded merchandise. The set and minifigure series based on the show will arrive in February to coincide with a LEGO-themed Simpsons episode (airing May 2014 on FOX).
Scheduled to launch this February in LEGO stores and via the LEGO Shop at Home catalog and website, the construction set will recreate the iconic Simpsons family house in LEGO form. Also included in the LEGO and THE SIMPSONS construction set is the entire family: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie along with neighbor Ned Flanders. A separate line of 16 LEGO THE SIMPSONS minifigures will launch in all mass toy retailers in May 2014.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Fox during the 25th anniversary year of the Simpsons,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president licensing & entertainment at The LEGO Group. “We know our fans will love the challenge of building the Simpsons’ family home in great detail and the ability to collect quintessential characters in LEGO minifigure form will let them showcase their love of the show in a whole new way. We are also excited that THE SIMPSONS will be created in LEGO form, truly bringing this partnership to life.”
“We are kicking off the 25th anniversary of THE SIMPSONS in a big way, and we think LEGO-loving fans of the show will be impressed with this collaboration that represents the best of both iconic worlds through the LEGO and THE SIMPSONS construction set, minifigures and LEGO-themed episode,” said Jeffrey Godsick, president of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “Our partnership with LEGO is the perfect addition to the range of product lines that will be introduced globally in celebration of this great milestone achievement in television history.”
If you're as excited as I am, you'll want to see more pics. LEGO was kind enough to send us several high-res shots.
According to the box art that appeared online, this set will contain 2523 pieces. That's a lot! It will be available February 1st in LEGO retail outlets for $199.99 (USD). The line of LEGO: THE SIMPSONS minifigures will launch in May at all major toy retailers for $3.99 (USD) each.