as seen in the Brick Like Me episode of the show. Each approach has its pros and cons; standard minifig heads have the benefit of using universal headpieces, which grant full compatibility with existing minifigs, as well as fitting in better, but it's tougher to capture the unique look of each character with the faces merely painted on. (The Blocko line from a decade or so back demonstrated this very well.) Sculpted heads allow the essence of each character to be captured far more faithfully, but this means that head accessories cannot be shared, and it also makes the minifigs stick out a bit when mixed in with normal LEGO minifigs. Personally, while part of me wishes they had gone with the standard head approach, I like the sculpted heads just fine. With that out of the way, on with the reviews!
Groping guide: With her colossal coif, Marge is the easiest minfig in this series to identify in the bag. Just feel for that hair, and you've got her.
Groping guide: As with most of the minifigs in this series, his head is pretty easy to feel for. For confirmation, find the tiny donut and the 1x2 remote piece.
series 10's Jake Blues-- er, Sax Player. Lisa has another excellent head sculpt, with a perky expression that manages to look bright and inquisitive, rather than a blank zombie stare. Her hair is particularly impressive, as the starfish hairstyle has proven to be difficult to render in three dimensions. Like her mother, Lisa has a separate skirt piece, and features back printing for her dress and pearls. Unlike her mother, Lisa has shoes. Her torso has the unfortunate issue of yellow paint being applied on top of red plastic, so there is some discoloration, as the red tends to show through. It's not a huge problem, but it is noticeable. As child, Lisa has the short, immobile legs. It's a bit annoying that TLG won't give the short legs any articulation when even companies that manufacture LEGO knockoffs do, but it is what it is.
Groping guide: Lisa and Maggie are nearly impossible to distinguish from their heads in the package, so feel for the sax and the legs to verify you've got a Lisa.
Groping guide: The skateboard is a dead giveaway. It's in three pieces in the bag, so if you feel a large unidentifiable hunk and something that feels like a barbell, you've got yourself a Bart, man!
Groping guide: As noted above, her head feels exactly like Lisa's, so look for the bear or the unique baby body. (Jeez, that word combination is sure to make this article come up in some weird web searches...)
Groping guide: Grampa's head is pretty distinctive, and he's the only non-Marge minifig who includes both a 2x2 tile and normal minifig legs. So, find the head, then locate the tile and check that the legs are not the immobile child legs to verify.
Groping guide: Milhouse is one of the toughest minfigs to identify in this series because his only accessory is a 2x2 tile, just like Ralph. They also share the immobile child legs and a big, round head. Your best bet is to loacate the tile and immobile legs to narrow it down to those two, then spend a little extra time on the head trying to identify Milhouse's schnoz.
Groping guide: Everything I said above about Milhouse applies here as well. Once you have ti narrowed down to those two, feel the head very carefully for Ralph's little ears. they're a bit more distinctive through the bag that Milhouse's are.
Groping guide: Wiggum's hat is pretty easy to identify, and the megaphone and baton can be used as verification.
Groping guide: The mug and tool box are unique in this series, so feel for those.
Groping guide: The Squishee cup is unique in this series, so if you find that, you've got yourself an Apu!
Former street mime Hershel Krustofsky, better known as Krusty the Klown, fares quite a bit better. His head sculpt has a manic expression that suits the character quite well. The only printing he has is his collar, bow tie, and indication of his belly on the torso, but that's all he needs. His lone accessory is a nicely molded pie. With any luck, he'll be joined by Sideshows Bob and Mel before too long.
Groping guide: Krusty's head is a dead giveaway, as is the pie.
Groping guide: Feel for the bat. It's easy to find, and no one in this series has anything that can be mistaken for it.
Groping guide: burns has a very distinctive head, and it also feels different through the bag because of the rubbery material used. The normal minifig head and rod are also dead giveaways. Overall, Burns is one of the easiest to identify.
Groping guide: The heads are pretty easy to identify due to the rubbery texture. To figure out which one you have, look for Scratchy's axe and tail piece, and feel for Itchy's club. It's easy to get their heads mixed up in the package, but not their accessories.
Whew, are ya still with me? Now that I've finally gotten this done, I'm all set for series two! Look for my review of that series in the next couple of weeks, whenever I'm able to assemble a full set. I'll also have a feature about the Simpson House soon. Stay tuned for news about that!