Packaging - ***1/2
These little boxes are starting to grow on me. They are collector
friendly, they look good, and they're definitely sturdy. While I'd
like to see WOS get a facelift in 2002 on their packaging, these boxes are
still pretty sweet.
Sculpting - ***1/2
It's Homer. Did you like the Casual Homer? How about the
Sunday Best? I think you get my point. This head has been used
at least three or four times now, and while it's not a wild expression,
it's blankness works well for lots of regular versions.
The sculpt on the lower body
is good as well, with boxing shorts and shoes.
Paint - ***1/2
My paint ops were good, with well centered pupils, and good lines between
the red and white on the shoes and shorts. There wasn't any bleed
from the red to the white either, which is common with those colors.
Articulation - **
I need to make a little rubber stamp for the discussion of WOS and
articulation. Neck, shoulders, waist.
If they ever through in
another joint, I may keel over from the shock.
Accessories - ***1/2
Now here's where this exclusive really shines. Homer comes with
a great pair of boxing gloves that fit right on his hands.
Most exclusives are lucky to
have one or two re-used accessories. That's if you're really
lucky. But here we get a brand new accessory, never before seen, and
unlikely to be seen again. Boxing gloves that fit on his
hands! They work as advertised and look great on top of it.
Value - **1/2
Obviously, with a new lower body sculpt and new accessory, this figure is
a far better value than CCBG. He's still not worth $17, but he's a
better value than CCBG. Heck, he's a better value than any of the
previous Toyfare exclusives.
Overall - ***1/2
"Best Exclusive Ever". When comparing exclusives, you have
to keep in mind that you aren't going to see a lot of 'new'. But
this figure is a fantastic example that even with a variation of a main
character, it's still possible to do a great exclusive.
The character selection helps
here, since Homer in his boxing attire is a visually amusing
character. Add to that the new accessory, and you've got a far
better exclusive than Pin Pal Burns, Pin Pal Moe, CCBG or GITD Homer.
Where to Buy -
If you didn't order from Toyfare months ago, I have to tell you that
you'll be paying secondary market prices. Unlike other exclusives
though, I fear this one will go up over time rather than down, as folks
start to realize just what a cool figure it is for an exclusive.