Packaging - **1/2
I didn't even bother with a picture. Why should I? I think we
all know what the packaging looks like by now. A little update to
the look would be nice, but I don't think we're going to see it any time
The packaging is serviceable,
and I've always like the graphics on the back. But overall it's
still a dull cardback.
Sculpting - ***1/2
There were several of these figures that I thought I wouldn't be very
happy with from various pictures I'd seen. Marge didn't quite look
right, and Edna and Dolph both looked...odd.
I'm happy to say that now
that I can see them in person, and put them with the other figures, my
concerns over the sculpting are pretty much gone. Marge looks great,
as does Cletus (the best figure in this series), and Hans.
Dolph still has that problem
of scale, but Playmates backed themselves into that problem when they
oversized characters like Lisa, Bart and Milhouse.
If there's one sculpt I'm not
completely satisfied with, it's Lou. I can't quite put my figure on
it, but his head sculpt isn't quite right. His body and forearms
though are well down, and he looks great with Cop Marge and Wiggum.
Paint - ***
I have a feeling that Playmates is cheapening up a bit on the paint ops,
although I have no proof. There are little things here that I
haven't seen as much of before, like overspray or sloppy lines. It's
not terrible, but it's not the level of quality you'd like to see.
Articulation - **
I think we all have these points of articulation burned in our brains -
neck, shoulders, waist. Bada bing, bada boom. Nothing new
here, although I wouldn't expect it. Interestingly, in my readers
poll of the Best and Worst of 2001, Playmates is in the lead for worst
Accessories - ****
Easily the highlight of this wave was the terrific accessory
selection. Sure, we got reuse to, but none of it was downright
silly, and most was right on target.
Marge has five accessories -
night stick (new), gun (reused), counterfeit jeans (new), clipboard with
ticket for Homer (reused), and handcuffs (reused). The jeans are the
perfect accessory, and at least all the rest make sense. Of course,
she also has a gun, and nightstick on her belt, so there seems to be a
little redundancy here.
Officer Lou has only four -
night stick (new and different that Marge's), gun (reused), donuts in tray
(reused) and handcuffs (reused). Overall, his accessories are the
Cletus just kicks butt all
over the place. His four accessories include a photo of his lovely
wife (reused), his boots (new), a road kill opossum (new) and a jug of
Dolph has four accessories as
well. The comic book (reused, included sticker), yo-yo (new), water
balloon (reused) and Squishy (reused).
Edna has four too. Can
you see a pattern with this wave? There's the obligatory clipboard
(reused), photo frame (reused), pen (new) and can of food (new). The label on
the can of food is priceless - "Chef Lonely Hearts Meals for
Finally, Hans has his four
accessories. He can only hold something with his left hand though,
so that hurts him a bit. If you pose him with his hand up by his
glasses, it looks (sorta) like he's adjusting them. He has a football (new), cane (new),
magnifying glass (reused), and clipboard (reused).
Other than Hans, all the
characters can hold accessories in both hands, but not necessarily all
their accessories. We ended up with three clipboards and two picture
frames this time, but that's not bad considering we got 25 accessories.
Value - ****
Five bucks each is the same excellent value it was two years ago. I
don't think this will last long though, and at $6 each this score drops by
a half point.
Overall - ***1/2
Cletus is the clear winner of this entire series, but there isn't a poor
figure in the bunch. I'm sure we'll see Edna on the shelves, but for
the WOS fan she's a must have. So are Hans, Dolph and Lou.
Even the one variation we got this wave - Cop Marge - was well done and
fits in nicely with the rest of the displays.
If you can only buy one, buy
Cletus. But if you're building the World of Springfield on your
shelves, then every one of these buggers is worth the price.
Where to Buy -
Target is clearly the place to get these at if you can. The Target I
found them at had put out two cases, so they are clearly getting a fair
number this time around. Seems silly, since this wave missed
On-line, there are plenty of
Force Comics. It looks like they still have a few Wave 7 Mint On
Card sets of figures available in the pre-sell section. They are $35
a set plus shipping, and they have notified folks that they'll start
shipping these on Monday (today!). In the future, I recommend you
pre-order your sets through New Force if you plan on going the on-line
route. You won't find better prices!
Sniper also has the figures listed at $35 for a set of six, but they
have them still listed as a pre-order. The advantage here is that
you can also order each of the figures individually for $7.
Figure Express has them for $45 plus shipping, but they don't claim to
have them in stock yet either. (MROTW Affiliate)
Bliss has them in stock and shipping, but are charging $8 each, which
is pretty steep, particularly when you add in shipping.