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When will we EVER need to know that?
— Volectro
Changing a Light Bulb
Changing a Light Bulb shot

Mr. Teslo, the teacher.
Season 1
Episode Number 10
Production Code 501-296-01B[1]
Original Airdate March 19, 2014
May 5, 2014
August 31, 2014
Characters Electroids
Episode Guide
Another Nixel

Changing a Light Bulb is the tenth episode in the first season of Mixels. It was released exclusively on iTunes and Google Play on March 19, 2014 and later released on Cartoon Network's website on May 5, 2014. It later finally aired on TV on August 31, 2014 as part of Mixed Up Special.


The Electroids mix to MAXimize their fun when changing a lightbulb.[1]

Episode Summary

Inside a classroom in Mountain City, Teslo is teaching his students - Zaptor and Volectro - about how to change a light bulb. Volectro questions Teslo on when they would ever need to know that - but as it turns out, they do now, as the light bulb smashes after he says that.

Teslo finds a light bulb

Problem solved... or is it?

Zaptor and Volectro are left scared. They turn on their lights and search the room for the light bulb. Zaptor finds a hamlogna sandwich, and Volectro finds an Electroid-colored Cubit. Teslo finally comes across a light bulb, but becomes unsure about how to reach it.

Teslo comes up with a solution. The Electroids take the cubit. A large sunflower with a face grows out of it, and the Electroids give it their love, before it eats them up and combines them into the Electroids Max. The Max appears holding the light bulb in his tail.

He reaches the light bulb up and sets it in, but it does not seem to have enough power, barely lighting up the room, so he plugs his tail in while holding the light bulb to transfer electricity, but is shocked by the power and begins shocking himself, and eventually the giant Lightbulb Sun breaks and goes out, annoying Teslo.

Power outage

Yup. Problem solved.


For a full transcript of "Changing a Light Bulb", click here.


Major Characters



  • This is the first episode where only one tribe (the Electroids) are seen.
  • It appeared as one of the shorts in-between Epic Comedy Adventure and Murp Romp in Mixed Up Special. This was the first marked appearance of this episode aired on TV.
  • Teslo's intelligence is first shown in this episode.
  • Zaptor's hamlogna sandwich quote has become quite popular. Shuff mentions Zaptor when he pulls out a hamlogna sandwich instead of a Cubit in Wrong Colors. Hamlogna Sandwiches have become a running gag within the series since the release of this episode, and played a central role in the episode Hamlogna Conveyer Belt Madness.
  • Volectro has a lower-pitched voice in this episode than in others.
  • This is the first episode with the Electroids where they never shock themselves.
  • This was the last episode with a Max, or any Maxes, until Mixel Moon Madness.
  • This episode reveals that the Lightbulb Sun is directly connected to the Electroids' domain. It is also shown that it can be blown like a regular light bulb can.
  • In production order, this episode introduces the Electroids, which fits as the other two tribes in Series 1 (the Infernites and Cragsters) were introduced in the previous produced episode, "Coconapple". This is also the episode to introduce the concept of Maxes in production order.
  • Footage from this episode was used in The Wonderful World of Mixels.


This episode and "Rockball" are the only episodes that went unaired standalone on Cartoon Network in the United States. This episode later aired on Cartoon Network on August 31, 2014 during "Mixed Up Special", after "Epic Comedy Adventure". The special's ratings are unknown.



  • Teslo's mortarboard tassel switches sides variously throughout the episode.
  • When Volectro is holding the cubit, his arm joint is attached to his lip until it cuts to Teslo, where it goes back to normal.
  • When Teslo has his tail spotlighting on himself, the grey band on his right arm is extended to his elbow.
  • When it cuts back from the closeup of Teslo, the broken light bulb is no longer visible.
  • The Electroids Max's tail prongs are not facing the proper way of the plug when he attaches it in, yet the plug still reacts.
  • When the Electroids quickly all touch the cubit, Teslo's hands are on the right and Volectro's are on the bottom. However, when the flower comes out, Volectro is on the right and Teslo is on the bottom.


  • How many [blank] does it take to change a light bulb? - The German name for Changing a Light Bulb ("How many does it take to change a light bulb?" when translated) and the line Teslo says at the end of the episode are both references to the famous type of joke telling how much of a certain person or thing it takes to change a light bulb.

Memorable Quotes

We're scared!!!
Volectro and Zaptor
Hey! I found a hamlogna sandwich. Will this help?
— Zaptor
How many Maxes will it take to change THAT light bulb!?
Electroids Max




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Sources and References


Season 1 (Series 1-3)

Coconapple / Cookironi / Hot Lava Shower / Electrorock / Nixels / Pothole / Murp / Mailman / Another Nixel / Changing a Light Bulb / Rockball / Wrong Colors / Nixel "Mix Over" / Bar B Cubes / Snow Half Pipe / Hamlogna Conveyor Belt Madness / Vaudeville Fun / Fang Gang Log Toss / High Five / Elevator / Mixed Up Special (Epic Comedy Adventure / Murp Romp)

Season 2 (Series 4-9)
Mixel Moon Madness (Only You Can Prevent Forest Freezes, Only You! / Houston, We Have a Problem! / Crater Tots! / Things That Go Murp in the Night! / Don't Pull the Gravity Plug! / Tall Tales From Da Moon!) / A Quest for the Lost Mixamajig / Every Knight Has Its Day / Nixel, Nixel, Go Away


Movie (Season 1) / The Wonderful World of Mixels
Mixels Series 1 (March 2014)

LEGO sets

41500 Flain Flain Set / 41501 Vulk Vulk Set (Nixel) / 41502 Zorch Zorch Set
Infernites Max Infernites Max

41503 Krader Krader Set (Nixel) / 41504 Seismo Seismo Set / 41505 Shuff Shuff Set
Cragsters Max Cragsters Max LEGO

41506 Teslo Teslo Set (Nixel) / 41507 Zaptor Zaptor Set / 41508 Volectro Volectro Set
Electroids Max Electroids Max

TV episodes

Coconapple / Cookironi / Hot Lava Shower / Electrorock / Nixels / Pothole / Murp / Mailman / Another Nixel / Changing a Light Bulb / Rockball


Infernites MAX! / Cragsters MAX! / Electroids MAX!
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