Packaging - **1/2
The new All Star Voices cardbacks have ruined us for the regular
line. These cards are getting old, and they desperately need some
sort of update.
Sculpting - ***
The sculpting isn't bad in this wave, but there are a couple areas that
First, there's always scale,
although it's not as bad as I thought it would be. Uter fits in
nicely with the other kids, and Kearney is one of the better scaled
teenagers. But although Sherri and Terri are supposed be taller than
Bart, because of his huge size the twins end up as tall as some of the
Some of the sculpts
themselves are excellent. I particularly like Kearney and Sherri and
Terri. They didn't have to give us two different head sculpts for
the girls if they didn't want to, but they did. It's a nice
touch. And Kearney might be my favorite out of this entire wave.
Both the sculpts on Willie
and Uter are good, and Uter is another figure that is vying with Kearney
for best of the litter.
But Chamlers and DD Bart
disappointed me. In the package, DD Bart looks excellent.
Actually, out of the package without his helmet on he looks excellent too.
It's a great costume, and they really did a nice job with it. But
putting on Bart's helmet messes things up - because of his ears, they
couldn't make it come down far enough on his head, so it rides too
high. This is one time that sculpting the helmet as part of the head
would have been a good idea.
Chalmers is one of those
figures that has something wrong, but I can't quite put my finger on
it. After comparing him to a variety of pictures, I think it's that
his forehead isn't big enough. The top of his head in most drawings
is much taller than it is here, and I think that is throwing off the
sculpt. On the positive side, they gave him a scowling look,
something they should do with more of the figures - give them some
animation to their faces. Poor Uter and Willie have that zombie
One of the best features of
the sculpting of recent waves are the hands - again, all the figures can
hold at least the majority of their accessories.
Paint - ***1/2
I got a good batch of figures this time, with no serious paint op
problems. DD Bart's outfit was done particularly well, and it had
plenty of opportunity for them to mess it up. A solid white can be
difficult to make consistent, but they succeeded. The line between
his pants and shoes is a bit sloppy, but for the most part the figures are
Other highlights include
Chalmers suit and the little dots on Kearney's head.
Articulation - **
Neck, waist, shoulders. Ever get the feeling you're repeating
Accessories - ***
There's some re-use here, but we get some cool new accessories too.
Sherri and Terri only come
with their jump rope, but it's a new accessory, and considering you're
really getting two figures for the price of one, it's understandable.
Daredevil Bart has his helmet
as his new accessory, and while it doesn't look that great on him, on it's
own it looks terrific. He also comes with the re-used skateboard and
signed picture of Lance Murdock.
Kearney comes with a re-used
bat, spray can, and Squishy, along with the all new, hand held Newton,
which says "Eat Up Martha".
Ragin' Willie has the shotgun
(perfect for Moe's if we ever get it) and tub of grease (re-used).
He also has another new accessory in a hip flask. Booze and guns -
always a bad idea.
Uter has two re-used
accessories - a bag of chips and his stack of books - and two new pieces
Finally, Chalmers has three
accessories, another clipboard, a new coffee cup with his name on it, and
a new phone. That's three or four phones now in this line - this
desk top model, the round desk top phone, the wall phone and the cel phone
- with no re-use.
Talking Feature - ***
I haven't gone through all the figures yet and tried them on too many
sets. I'm sure someone over at the Simpsons
Collector Sector will do that, but the thing I'm most impressed with
are the two different sets of phrases for Sherri and Terri. That's
another thing they didn't have to do, but it's a very nice touch.
Value - ***
Six bucks for these is pretty much right on in terms of cost. I'd
hate to see them get up to seven though, and I'm hoping we don't see any
more price increases through 2003. Hey, one can dream, can't one?
Overall - ***
This isn't my favorite overall wave, and the character selection in
general left me a bit cold. While the figures were well executed,
there really weren't any stand outs for me that I had been anticipating.
Where to Buy -
I found these at Target, where you'll get the best prices.
On-line, there are plenty of
Force Comics. Rick has the
best prices around, but you need to pre-order. On these you're out of luck (and if you ordered them from him, he is hoping
to start shipping the week of 4/5), but he has pre-orders up for wave 9
and 10 right now.
Toys has the set for $35 plus shipping still available as a pre-order.
Earth has them still up as pre-orders. If you want to buy a case,
which is evenly packed with two of each figure, it's only $70. That
comes out to $5.83 each plus shipping. (MROTW