The Simpsons Collectible Minifigures, it seems, have been launched ahead of the official release date of May 2014. Brickset reported sightings on my side of the pond on Wednesday, and having followed up on a few leads I’ve managed to obtain most of them within a matter of hours.
There are some instances of Chinese plastic being used, but these figures have generally been very well made. Some of the heads are made of rubber, probably to reduce the danger of sharp edges and points, although there are some figures (such as Chief Wiggum) that have plastic heads with sharp points too. Ned Flanders’ head (and possible Milhouse’s head) seems to be made up of smaller plastic parts, joined together very strongly, as there are visible join marks.
My opinion of this series hasn’t changed. I won’t be buying a whole bunch of these, as I did for the other series: I was aiming for a perfect 16 when I bought these, but am only missing Milhouse (I’d gotten an Abe Simpson instead).
Milhouse and Ralph are arguably the hardest figures to identify by the feel method, as they all have a 2×2 tile as an accessory – the only way to tell them apart is by the shape of
The Simpsons Collectible Minifigures should now be available in a LEGO retail store near you, priced at GBP 2.49.