Rocket USA is producing a variety of tin items under the Simpsons (and
Futurama) license. The latest is this set of 9 clickers. There are
actually 10 clickers pictured here, as there was one issued at Toy Fair 2002
that was exclusive to the trade show.
I have no idea what these are really for. Driving people nuts,
perhaps? The only time I can ever recall actually using one was when I
was a kid. We used to play the home edition of Jeopardy, and these
types of clickers were used to ring in. Every time I click one now, I
have to fit the urge to say "What is...".
Paint/Lithography - ****
Detail lithography has been possible for over a century. If you look
back at early tin advertising and packaging, you'll find some absolutely
But what they didn't have, that
we can do now quite well, is vibrant colors. These clickers show off
not only great detail in all the designs, but terrific color. Some are
certainly nicer than others - my favorite is the Pin Pals one - but they all
Quality - ***1/2
All of the clickers not only click just great, they are made very sturdy,
and are sure to hold up to most normal situations.
The paint is also well applied,
in a thick and sturdy coat. I wouldn't bang them around too much, but
they won't chip under normal conditions.
Value - ***
I paid about $12.50 plus shipping for a set of 9. Even after shipping
it was less than $2 each, and that's a pretty decent value. If you can
find them locally for around $12-$14, that would be your best bet, but I'm
assuming that getting these on-line is your most likely outlet.
Overall - ***1/2
I really like these - they look terrific, and I've always like tin
products. Problem is, I can't figure out for the life of me what to
do with them. Anybody got any good display ideas? Now with 10
of these and 10 of the Futurama ones, I have to find some place to put
Where to Buy -
Your local comic shop might get them in, but I've only seen them on-line so
- I picked up my set at Grant's
Toys. I paid $12.50 plus shipping. I've always gotten great
service from Grant - tell him Michael sent you!