Packaging - ***
Of course these cards have the same design as wave 12, making it pretty obvious
that MOC'ers will be picking them up as well. At least the completist
MOC'ers will be. These figures also count toward the B-Sharp Skinner mail
Sculpting - ***1/2
These are really two of the best sculpts in WOS, although they are both
early figures. Mr. Burns is one of my top five favorites of the line,
and while some folks feel the Moe sculpt is too mean in appearance, I think
they did a great job capturing the feel of the character.
Normally, that would mean that Mr. Burns was a
four star sculpt. But I'm taking off a half star here because of a much
softer plastic being used. The arms are much softer than the original, and
it was quite surprising to me. Let's hope this isn't a trend. Hasbro
has already done this with many of the newer Star Wars figures, and it's very
Paint - Mr Burns ***1/2, Moe ***
The paint ops on both of these are quite nice, and seem a little better than the
average WOS work. There's not much slop around the eyes, and the colors
covering the larger areas are consistent and clean.
The big issue is that these were intended to
correct what were perceived as incorrect colors in the originals. They've
done that extremely well with Mr. Burns, but Moe is still not quite right.
It's a pity that a second shot at the character still didn't get us the perfect
Articulation - **1/2
Neck, shoulders and waist. Same articulation, different day.
Accessories - ***1/2
Both figures come with the same exact accessories as the first time
around. Mr. Burns has Blinky in the bowl, and two hunks of
money. Moe has his wall phone, beer mug and bar cloth.
The accessories all make sense, and Blinky is
one of the best accessories in the entire line. Still, since these are
identical in every way to the originals, they lose a little for lack of
Value - ***1/2
Back when these first came out, there were just five bucks each. Now,
you can find them for $6 at Target, and that's how I'm grading them.
It's not quite the fantastic value they once were, but considering how
expensive some other lines have become in the last 3 years - particularly
McFarlane and DC Direct - it's still pretty damn good.
If you end up paying $7 or $8 though, you'll
knock off another star.
Talking Feature - ***
Not surprisingly, these say all the same things as the original two on all the
same sets. I also had no trouble getting the foot pegs working on the sets
I tried. While new lines would be nice in some of the new sets, at least
both of these characters have some real classics in places like Burn's Manor,
the Power Plant, Moe's Tavern and the Main Street sets.
Overall - **1/2 if you have the originals,
***1/2 if you don't
For those of us that have the original figures, the lack of new accessories, the
mis-coloring on Moe, and the higher cost knock these down a bit. They are
just repaints for us, and have less value.
But if you missed out on the originals, you can
pick these up and save yourself the higher prices the originals are getting on
ebay. That makes them a great idea, and well worth picking up.
Where to Buy -
I got them at Target, but Electronics Boutique and Gamestop are getting them
Earth has the set by the case for $75. No telling whether you'll
get the main six or the Burns or Moe though.
(TRU.com) has the best deal, with the full set of 8 - that's right, it
includes Moe and Mr. Burns - for $48 plus shipping. Since finding the
short packs might be tough, this is certainly the easiest way to get a
- At EBgames
online you can buy five of the six new figures individually for $6 each, but
for some reason Mr. Largo is missing. They also have the new playset,
Bart's Treehouse, available for purchase.
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SHOT OF MR. BURNS!