Christmas is over, the Wookiee’s getting fat… time to put a penny in the fuzzball’s hat… (a penny for my thoughts I guess).
In our silly lil game, we sometimes see things pop in that we have no clue as to their Origin. They seem familiar, but we just can’t pinpoint from where. So that is why we decided to make a fun lil reminder out of it. To let you know just Where Did THAT Come From?
Woo hoo! It’s still holiday time in TSTO and all of it came with lots of goodness. Wookiee chiming in with origins for most of it. That’s right friends… it’s time again for me to dip into my noggin of Simpsons info and write about specific stuff. For this post I will be going over one of the items that was available in the 2015 TSTO Holiday Event. For this one I’m covering the Gingerbread Mansion and North Pole Station. But what do they have to do with the Best. Show. Ever. and Christmas? Weren’t they original? Let’s take a look at the TV Series to find out.
Need I mention that Bunny basically called this and much more in her Christmas Wish List? So I know at first the North Pole Station and Gingerbread Mansion sort of seem like an original buildings for your Springfield. I completely understand the Station being mildly infuriating if you didn’t get to enjoy the Monorail Event (C’mon EA, bring back the Rail Yard and more for folks). As far as originality goes, you’d only be half right for the Station and wrong for the Mansion. We have to head off to “The Fight Before Christmas” (S22:E8) to see all this. All aboard the Polar Express!
First up… the Gingerbread Mansion. There’s no intro to this episode and it kicks right off into everything. Lisa is protesting the celebration of an ancient pagan ritual. The Christmas Tree “was cut down and tarted up like a dime a dance floozy.” She’s also not fond of Marge’s Gingerbread McMansion. Three gingerbread men died making it.
Bart is in the Christmas spirit but waiting for the rosy-cheeked nog hog who better bring him a dirt bike this year. He waits with his BB gun and Otto shows up with the Polar Express. The train is powered by a gal name Mary Jane and travels to the North Pole via The Doors. When Bart arrives at Santa’s home, we see the candy cane striped awning and unionize bench complete with subway-esque stairs. The awning of the station in the episode is also very similar to the new Monorail Station.
Bart meets Moe the Goblin, errr, Elf and he send Bart to start work in the wrapping center. Recognize the freight elevator?
Also some fun to make the new building “Hiring Non-Union Elf Workers” message make sense. In the wrapping room, Nelson the Elf explains to Bart why the room is so empty during the busy season. “After NAFTA a lot of the jobs went to the South Pole.” Sure it’s a trade agreement but it definitely wouldn’t help elves trying to unionize.
Anyhoo… there’s your origins friends. What do you think? Did you finish the Gingerbread Mansion? Buy the North Pole Station? Otto’s dialogue in the game probably should’ve tipped most folks off to this origin but I thought I’d share the screenshots. Sound off in the comments and happy tapping merrymakers!
TTFN… Wookiee out!