(Written by William)
The long awaited LEGO The Simpsons minifigures are finally available – that’s the good news. The bad news is that they are more expensive than the previous series ($3.99 instead of $2.99), they are popular (therefore hard to find), and a bit tricky to feel for. Hopefully this guide will give you a fighting chance to get what you want without wasting too much time hunting or breaking your wallet…
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Apu Nahasapeemapetilon: Apu’s signature piece is the “Squishee” cup. If you got Larry the Barista from The LEGO Movie minifigures, then you have an advantage since it’s the same mold. For those who aren’t familiar, it feels like a 1×1 round brick. You will have to make sure it’s not a megaphone or a regular minifigure head. Those are the only other two pieces that feel remotely like the cup. There are three Apu minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Bart Simpson: Bart’s skateboard is the key to locating him. You can find the skateboard, or look for the two wheels – they feel like small dumbbells. Honestly, the skateboard is a much easier piece to make out. Just don’t get confused by the two sets of clips on the bottom of the skateboard where the wheels get attached. There are five Bart minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Chief Wiggum: For those with sensitive fingers, you might make out the Chief’s night-stick. It is short with texture on half of the piece. It is quite small though, so a better choice would be looking for the megaphone. It has a handle and a fairly iconic shape that most people are already familiar with. There are three Chief Wiggum minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Grampa: He is one of the more difficult minifigures to find. Start by locating the 2×2 tile. Then determine if the minifigure has normal adult legs (you can tell this since as the legs can be moved independently). If you find these, you either found Grampa or Marge. For Grampa check the head. It has a roughly cone shape to it. There are three Grandpa minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Homer Simpson: Finding Homer is very simple (the simple guy he is). You will either find a 1×2 tile for the remote, or a 1×1 round tile for the doughnut. Either of these two piece types are unique to Homer so you won’t be mixing him up with another character in the series. There are five Homer minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Itchy: Itchy’s club is what you want to look for to identify this minifigure. The closest minifig he is similar to is Lisa, as they both have large heads and short legs. It’s the club that eliminates any doubts you may have about which one you got. The club is quite easy to identify from its unique shape. There are four Itchy minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Krusty the Clown: Krusty’s head is just strange to feel. It has so much dimension that it’s not easy to make any sense of it. Therefore, it is all about finding his pie. Hopefully you have a set or two already that has the pie so you know how it feels. (The Small Clown from a couple series back also had a pie.) It’s generally shaped like a puck with different textures on each side. There are four Crusty minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Lisa Simpson: Lisa’s saxophone is her key feature. Hopefully you picked up a Sax Player a couple of series back so you know how it looks like. She does have short legs so that can help narrow things down. But you will need to spend some time making sure you found her instrument. There are four Lisa minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Maggie Simpson: Maggie’s body would be ideal to feel for, except that it feels like a distorted minifigure torso. And since you can’t be sure if what you found is her body or a minifigure torso with a piece stuck in it, you will need to look for her teddy bear. It’s the same mold found with the previously released Panda Man, Christmas Elf, and Sleepy Head. It feels similar to a LEGO bat (the animal, I mean) except it has arms instead of wings. There are four Maggie minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Marge Simpson: Marge has a 2×2 tile and standard minifigure legs. However Grampa also has these pieces included. So to verify that you got Marge instead of Grandpa you can try feeling for her purse. Easier part to try to identify though is her head. It feels like a real-life baby corn. There are five Marge minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Millhouse: Now here’s a minifigure that will drive you crazy. For starters, he has short legs and a 2×2 tile – making him nearly identical to Ralph Wiggum. The difference is Ralph’s head feels like an extremely round little bowling ball. Millhouse on the other hand has a lot more texture to his head. So if you don’t think the head feels super round then you found Millhouse. There are three Millhouse minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Mr. Burns: Mr. Burns has a 3L bar. However, this can be mixed up with Chief Wiggums night-stick or Nelson’s baseball bat. So you probably want to find the regular minifigure head. It is the only basic head-shape in the series. You might also be able to tell it is Mr. Burns if his head sticks to the plastic. He has a rubbery face so it doesn’t move around easily. There are three Mr. Burns minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Ned Flanders: Normally the coffee-mug would be enough to pinpoint Ned. However, it kind of feels like Marge’s purse at times. So look for his tool box. It feels a bit like a 1×3 brick. Unlike a brick it has a handle on top, but it is very rectangular and distinct. If you are familiar with the boom-box piece, you may have some luck thinking of it while searching for the tool-box. There are four Ned Flanders minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Nelson Muntz: If it the minifigure you are feeling comes with short legs and something that feels like a bar, then you found Nelson. His baseball-bat does have some texture, but if you have problems making out detail, then just treat it as a bar and confirm it with the legs. No other minifigure has similar combination in this series. There are three Nelson minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Ralph Wiggum: Short legs and a 2×2 tile are where you start when looking for Ralph. From there it is all about finding his very round head. Rub your fingers across it and they should slip off easily. It’s very similar to a marble. If it is not round then you probably found Millhouse. There are three Ralph minifigs in a full box.
➡ LEGO The Simpsons Scratchy: Scratchy’s tail is very unique. Because of this fact, it is both a great part to look for and hard to recognize. Therefore, look for his axe. It will be a bar with a flat section on one end. It is not the normal small axe that has been used for years. This is the more detailed version seen in the old series that had the Woodsmen. So think of the piece as a lolly-pop with a long handle. Both his head and tail are rubbery, so if you have problems moving things around the bag, this might give you a clue to look for the axe. There are four Scratchy minifigs in a full box.
One way to quickly identify the above mentioned parts and accessories is to first shake the baggies so that all small parts fall into one corner. This way you can identify them quickly. It is also a good idea to have a printout of the minifigures with accessories that you can look at as a reference while you are searching for the minifigs you want. You can go through a whole box of Collectible Minifigures quite quickly following these simple methods, and as a bonus you will also improve your tactile skills! 😀
Hope this helps with hunting for the LEGO Simpsons minifigures! They should be available at all LEGO retailers and are also listed at the Online LEGO Shop. If you have your own tips and tricks on identifying them feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉
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