Simpsons Talking Golf
I'm a huge Simpsons fan, and I've been truly excited this past year with
all the terrific new merchandise that's been coming out for Our Favorite
Family. Okay, so some is terrific, and some is pretty weak, but we
haven't had this level of merchandising in years, and it's great to be a
Simpsons collector right now.
One of the many new products out are a set of three talking golf head
covers. There's Homer of course, Bart as always, and Krusty, who is
becoming much more of a staple in most Simpsons marketing schemes.
Two things are obvious - the fit on your golf clubs, and they talk.
Although it's an interesting idea, these could easily be great...or
I first saw these at Spencer Gifts. There, and at their on-line
store, these retail for a whopping $39.99. At that price, I wouldn't
even be reviewing them. Not only that, but it seemed as though the
selection was poor. I visited four or five different stores during
the holiday shopping period, and never saw Krusty.
But I noticed on the boxes that the company, Gazelle, has their own web
site, and I decided to check it out. They are at www.golfinstuff.com,
and sure enough they have the Simpsons covers, along with a variety of
other golf paraphernalia, available for consumer purchase. Here's
the best part - the single covers are only $29.99 each, and they have a
three pack available of the complete set for only $69.99! And
there's no shipping! As Homer would say - Woo Hoo!
Packaging - ***1/2
For those of us that don't play golf, the packaging is great. The
box is nice and sturdy, and there is no cellophane or bubble over the
heads. Having the front open means you can play all the sound clips,
and appreciate the covers without taking them out of the box. There are
some terrific graphics on the back as well, showing these three playing
while a crowd of Springfield's finest look on.
Sculpting - ***
It's Homer, Bart and Krusty. It's really not that tough to do them
well these days, but it's still possible to screw it up. Homer is
sculpted wearing a golf hat that has 'Duffers' on the front. Perhaps
a problem using the Duff beer logo?
The characters arms are hard plastic as well. All three are
wearing white gloves too - Krusty has his normal two gloves on, Bart has
one glove on his left and Homer has one on his right.
Outfits (cloth bodies) - ***
Bart wears a simple red shirt, and Krusty his traditional blue with bow
tie. Homer has the most interesting outfit, wearing a white shirt
and a pull over sweater that screams 'golf'. It looks like these
would fit on your clubs well if you so choose, and the voice boxes are
easy to get to for replacing batteries. My only concern is that the
diamond pattern on Homer's sweater feels like an iron on appliqué, and I
suspect it may damage easily.
Voice Boxes - ***1/2
Ah, the most crucial piece - and they did a great job. The voices
are loud and clear, there are plenty of sayings, and best of all, they are
all appropriate to golf. Some of my favorites:
Krusty - "That putt is longer than my first marriage!"
"Last time I saw a slice like that, it had anchovies on it!" and
Homer - "Mmmm, an open faced club sandwich." "You
tried your best and failed miserably. The lesson is, never
try." and three more...
Bart - "Aye Carumba. Give it up homeboy, there's a six stoke
limit!" "Play it were it lays, home boy" and two
The only way it could have been better is to give us two or three more
sayings each - but I'm getting picky.
Value - ***1/2
I recommend the three pack - at about $23 each you certainly can't go
wrong! Stay far away from Spencer's...they've always been notorious
for jacking up prices, but this is just ridiculous.
Overall - ***1/2
At Spencer's painful $40 each, I'd recommend only getting the Krusty.
He has the best lines, as is usual for a clown. But if you go the
direct route, and get these on-line straight from the company, I highly
recommend going with the three pack. And if you actually play golf,
put these babies on your clubs! I can't think of a better way to
annoy the other golfers.
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford