Saturday, August 25, 2007

Block Imitates Art

In season 12, episode 15 of The Simpsons, the Simpson family went to LEGOLAND, err...um...Blockoland. The episode was entitled "Hungry, Hungry Homer"...and yes, this was the storyline before the the episode kicks into plot drift mode (you gotta love plot drift):



It was there that Lisa bought an Eiffel Tower kit with missing parts. Anyway, that was in 2001.

In 2007, the real Blocko Corporation (the LEGO Group) released an actual product called Eiffel Tower 1:300. According to their store site:

"Created by popular demand, the LEGO Eiffel Tower is a stunning model for construction and display, built to 1:300 scale from the real tower's original blueprints. From the flag at the top to the elevators and other realistic details, this is as authentic as it gets."

By popular demand, I'm guessing that would be fans of the Blockoland Simpsons episode. Retailing at $199.99, you'd have to be a really big spender to enjoy life imitating art, in toy form. I doubt Lisa Simpson would have the two Benjamins to squander on that particular toy...wouldn't she use it for her saxo-ma-phone? Jazz records, maybe?

I wonder if one was to actually spend the two C-notes for the Eiffel Tower toy, whether the same bricks would be missing from the actual product (like the cartoon). The irony would be magnificient! Of course, the LEGO corporation is known to be good at replacing missing parts, probably without having to give them a Homer souvenir.

It would be cool to have a Homer Simpson snowglobe. I'm not going into blog drift mode...not for this entry, anyway.

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