Accessories - ****
Both characters come with four accessories each. Quimby has his
briefcase overflowing with cash, gavel, Quimby-for-Mayor sign, and Mayor
sash. Sideshow Bob has a knife, axe, bomb, and Die Bart license
plate, manufactured with his own hands while serving time.
The Town Hall doesn't come with anything itself, but the podium set up
is nicely done to make up for it. The studio comes with spot light,
camera, and cannon, which Sideshow Bob always despised.
The accessories are well sculpted and designed, and they are extremely
appropriate to the characters and sets.
Talking Feature - ***1/2
One of the major selling points of this entire line, the talking feature
of these playsets is close to perfect.
The first sets had the speakers
on the bottom. They worked, but were slightly muffled. Since,
they've done their best to place them in creative spots.
Unfortunately, the studio doesn't have any where to really place it, so it
went in the back. That's still an improvement over the
bottom. The town hall did one better, and they hide the speaker in
Sideshow Bob's lines are excellent, and it's definitely
Kelsey Grammar. No distortion on his voice, and the selection of
lines is great. I tried a few other characters in the playset as
well before settling on Krusty (of course) and Bart.
The Town Hall set
isn't quite as good with lines, at least not that I could find.
Quimby only has a few, although a couple of them are pretty good, and the
other characters don't have much to say that works well with this
set. I settled on Lisa and Wiggum, but that was driven half by their
lines and half by how well they fit physically.
I think we'll see this
become a bigger problem as they do more and more of the second and third
string characters. Let's face it, in just how many different
playsets is Otto really going to have much worth saying?