Just when you thought LEGO couldn’t get any cooler – with a blockbuster hit at the cinema solidifying its long-held status as the must-have toy for any self-respecting person of any age – news arrives of an all-LEGO episode of The Simpsons.
The beloved satirical animated show officially became “the longest-running American prime-time scripted television series” in 2009, when it surpassed its closest rival in longevity – Gunsmoke. Five years on, The Simpsons show no sign of slowing down, and will mark a staggering 550 episodes with “Brick Like Me” – an all-LEGO instalment – on May 4 2014.
TV Line reported the episode synopsis:
“Homer wakes up in a world where his family and everyone in Springfield are made of LEGOs. He must then ‘put together’ how he got there, and somehow figure out how to get home.”
The news of this landmark episode comes hot on the heels of the February 1 release of a brand new, highly detailed, licensed LEGO Simpsons set. Featuring the iconic Simpsons family home, the 2,523 piece set includes LEGO mini-figures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Ned Flanders. In addition, eagle-eyed LEGO Movie fans will have spotted The Simpsons character of Milhouse making a brief cameo during a gathering of MasterBuilders in a pivotal scene of that film.
Whether the iconic construction toy manufacturer plans any further collaborations with Springfield’s most notorious family remains to be seen. There are, however, many more sets based on popular films in the pipeline, courtesy of the LEGO CUUSOO scheme. This conduit for crowd-sourced creativity invites LEGO users to “make your own LEGO wish come true” by creating and uploading new sets, and building support for the proposed product. Once the product idea gains 10,000 supporters, it goes before the quarterly LEGO review board and, if approved, goes into manufacture as an official product. At various stages of the process are a Ghostbusters 30th anniversary set, the courthouse from Back To The Future and an extensive Jurassic Park set.
“Brick Like Me” will air on FOX on May 4 2014, but before that, The Simpsons return with 2 new episodes on March 9.