Packaging - ***
Hmmm - well, we've gotten our new packaging, and I think I like it. I
like the greater amount of red, and I like the use of the character faces
from this particular wave on the front. I'm assuming those circles on
the front will change with each wave.
It's still going to take a
little getting used to though. There seems something more simplistic
in it's design, more straight edges and confined photos. While I don't
like it as much as the All Star Voices packaging, I do think it's a good
change, and opens the door for them to do the re-issues more easily this
Sculpting - ***1/2
The sculpting on this series makes it one of the overall strongest
waves. All the characters are well done, portrayed very close to the
Wolfcastle has the appropriate
size, and yes, he wore those 'zoot suit' style pants on the show. He's
sculpted wearing a watch, and has a sly grin on his face.
The blue haired lawyer is
probably the most obscure of this wave, yet his scale and sculpting are
solid. There's no zombie look here either, and this trend toward more
expressive looks on the faces is certainly welcome.
You'd swear Larry burns is just
about to say "ooo, ooo", he looks so much like Dangerfield (who
voiced him) and the character. With another excellent expression, the
disheveled tie, and the slightly bent knees, Playmates is doing a great job
of giving character to the figures through the sculpt. Many in the
past have simply stood with straight arms and legs, and no expression -
that's certainly no longer the case.
Gil could be my favorite of the
line, again with a very disheveled look and pleading expression. You
can almost hear him begging. I do know that the use of the red jacket,
which he only wore in the real estate episode when he worked with Marge,
will annoy some folks. It works fine though, and the red is a welcome
color on the shelf.
Kirk Van Houten makes a great
addition to your display, adding him right next to Milhouse. Of the
sculpts, he's my least favorite, having something slightly off about the
head. I'm not sure it it's too think, or simply not quite the right
shape, but he doesn't ring as true as the other figures. Still, I'm
again very happy to see the more expressive look on his face, and the
addition of great squinty eyes under the glasses is a nice touch. The
glasses are removable - they aren't glued on - but the posts are fairly deep
in his head so it takes a little effort.
Last but not least, we have
Plow King Barney. With Mr. Plow Homer coming up, it only made sense to
get this version of Barney. And let's face it, there's not too many
great variations you can do on this character. His scale is good with
the other Barney, and he has a slightly less drunk and disorderly
Paint - ***
The paint ops were here and there on this wave. Some of the
figures looked excellent, while others had some pretty obvious flaws.
I think this simply speaks to the continued lower general
quality of the paint application on WOS. It's not terrible, but it's
not at the quality of a line like the Muppets.
The place to pay particular attention is the whites of the
eyes. Several have a lot of white on the yellow of the face, and
others were missing small spots of the white.
There is a major plus to the paint ops on this series though
that kept this score from losing another half star. The Plow King
paint work on the back of Barney's jacket was perfect, and looks terrific.
And while it really isn't paint ops, I did want to mention
that it appears as though this is once again the shinier plastic.
Ranier looks slightly less shiny than the other figures, but these are
definitely not the dull yellow we've had the last few waves.
Articulation - **1/2
I think we've sung this song before. Neck, waist, shoulders.
Accessories - ****
I believe we have a first in WOS history, after 10 series - not a single
reused accessory! That's quite a feat considering there's four or five
accessories for every figure, and the desire to use a clipboard with a
couple most have almost killed them.
But no clipboards here. Kirk comes
with four accessories - his folder full of divorce papers, tissue box,
doodle pad with his picture of Dignity, and his demo tape.
Larry Burns has a small picture of a much
younger Monty Burns, the Springfield sign, a sign that says 'Gone Drinkin',
his briefcase, and a bag of squash candy.
The Blue Haired Lawyer has his glasses (they
might not be considered an accessory by everyone, but they do come packaged
separately), evidence tape, briefcase, yellow legal pad with some terrific
doodles, pencil and bottle of Colonel Kwik-E-Mart's Kentucky Bourbon.
He has five or six, depending on how you count the glasses.
Ranier has a dumbbell, award trophy,
Radioactive Man script, and Powersauce bar.
Plow King Barney has his crown, baby bottle,
champagne bottle in ice bucket, cel phone (how many different phones does
this make now?) and baseball bat.
Gil has some of the best accessories though,
with a very cool Doleco computer (with a sticker on the back detailing the
hardware), bottle of Promo Seltzer, tongs and stinky socks, foot ruler, and
pile of gambling chips. These accessories cover many of Gil's failed
Talking Feature - ***1/2
I had less trouble with these foot pegs than with others in the past,
and while there aren't tons of lines for these characters, there still some
For a complete list of all the lines, head over to Simpsons
Value - ***1/2
I'm grading these based on paying $6 each - if you paid the $7 I did, drop
another half star off. Considering they are licensed, the number of
unique accessories, and the continued talking feature, I'd say $6 each is a
terrific value for this line.
Overall - ***1/2
Of this wave, there's really only one 'meh' figure, and that's the Blue
Haired Lawyer. Still, he'll work great in the courtroom, and there's
at least two outstanding figures here in Gil and Larry Burns. Ranier,
Plow King Barney and Kirk are all well done, so overall, it's one of the
better complete waves in recent history.
And don't forget to send that Be Sharp Apu coupon in!
Where to Buy -
As I said, I picked them up at a local GameStop. They (and the
related stores, Software Etc. and Babbages) seem to be getting the figures
and the next playset, the Courtroom with Judge Snyder, in first.
- Big Bad Toy Store,
Beans Toys, and JGP
Toys will have these available eventually. They don't have
pre-orders up for them yet, but should list them when them come in.
Figure Express has a case of 12 listed at $65 plus shipping.
has each listed for $6 plus shipping, to ship on the 21st of this month.
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