While not the brightest colored Simpsons packaging I've ever seen, it is
certainly sturdy. And you can open these up without ruining the box
on the off chance you want to put them back later. Pictures of the
others would have been nice, but you can't have everything I
suppose. There is a mailer card in each to join a Simpsons Pewter
Collectors Club for free. I've sent mine in to see what kind of
updates I get.
Sculpt - ****
The detail on these pewter items is wonderful. Pewter is a great
metal for detail, and is still sturdy enough for handling over time.
Not only that, but these boys are
huge! From catalog pictures I had expected much smaller items, but
these are in scale with the Playmates figures. I've included a
picture at the bottom so you can get some idea of their size. That's
a lot of pewter, and the pack some heft.
Quality - ****
The quality of both the pewter and the other pieces, like the corks,
plastic barrels, knives, cork screws, etc. is excellent. Not only do
they look good, but they are sturdy enough to use.
Value - ***1/2
I'd be a lot happier if these were under $30 each, but that's just because
I like them so much and want to be able to pick them all up. Still,
considering the quality and simple coolness factor that these possess,
they are worth the bucks.
Overall - ****
I love these! I was truly surprised when I received them - I hadn't
expected to like them this much. But now I'm going to be picking up
the entire set when I can afford it. One here or one there is a bit
of a problem with shipping - like I said, these are heavy. So
picking up several at a time, if you plan on getting several that is, is a
better deal than having them shipped to you one or two at a time.
Where to get them:
I picked these up at Sunway.
The Grampa was $30, and the Sideshow Bob was $45. Sunway gets your
stuff to you fast, and is always very reliable.
I have found them at the Sci-Fi
Warehouse as well. The prices there are pretty good, with the
cheapest ones going for 13 pounds, and the most expensive 28 pounds.
That's about $18 - $40, depending on which one you buy. I suspect
shipping is going to be a killer, so I'm going to call them first and get
it figured out before I order through them. Also, you won't find
them on the web page yet anyway - they were in the print catalog.
The number to call to order there is 01621877222. Here's the item
numbers if you are interested:
B1568 Homer bottle opener
B2726 Barney bottle opener
B2727 Burns foil knife
B2728 Krusty cork screw
B1565 Moe cork screw
B1567 Grampa cork
B1566 Willie cork
B1569 Sideshow Bob foil knife
Oh, and don't set your Sideshow Bob the
way I did for the photo - there's actually a special warning sheet that
comes with him telling you not to set him on his head. You could
fall on that nasty little knife, and Bob would be the end of you.