Packaging - **1/2
Same stuff, different day. Although this is considered part of the
'celebrity' series, it does not sport the new All Star Voices packaging.
Sculpting - ***1/2
Homer's head sculpt is no surprise, since we've seen it several times
before. But the sculpt on his body is terrific, and the suit looks
Lurleen's head sculpt is also
quite good, although she suffers a bit from the zombie look. Without
having much facial expression, and just the bug eyes, she has that blank
stare. But it certainly looks like the source material.
The sculpting on the playset
is great as well. From the little pillows to the curtains to the
lamp, everything looks just as you'd expect it.
There's one big negative to
the sculpting on both figures though, and that's why I deducted a
star. Both are posed in permanent positions, making what little
articulation they have pretty useless. There really is only one pose
they look right in, and that's the price you pay for only having four
points of articulation.
Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops here are excellent, particularly on Homer's suit.
There's more detail here on the figures than usual for this line, and the
do a fine job with it. Paint ops with WOS tends to be hit or miss
though, so you should look at yours carefully when buying to be sure there
aren't paint flecks on the face and any other issues.
Articulation - **
There is no surprises here - neck, shoulders and waist. Even that
limited articulation is pretty worthless though due to the pre-posed arms.
Talking Feature - **1/2
The lines used from the episode are all great. If you're looking for
all of them, check out Simpsons
Collector Sector for a complete list.
But I had the same issues
again with this set that so many folks have been complaining about
recently - the feet/chips don't fit well on the pegs. I had an
extremely hard time getting Homer to stand on the peg, and Lurleen has
some issues saying the lines although she's hooked up. That's an
area of QA that Playmates needs to concentrate on.
Accessories - **1/2
There are only two accessories with this set. Homer has his
cowboy hat, and Lurleen has her guitar. Although there's no re-use,
that's awful light on accessories.
Value - **1/2
This set isn't a great value - you won't find it cheaper than thirty bucks
since it's an exclusive, and that's pretty high for a playset this
small. You're paying a premium because this is an exclusive, and
because the WOS line is so hot.
Overall - ***
This playset isn't going to break into my top five favorites, but it still
has a lot of merit. I am happy
to have gotten the Lurleen figure (I don't recall her butt looking that
good on the show), and Homer's suit looks fantastic. But with only
two accessories, and an extremely small base, it isn't as nice as
something like the Android's Dungeon or Kwik-E-Mart.
Of course, if you're a WOS
completist like me, you have to have one no matter what!