Simpsons Family Car
The very latest Simpsons toy to hit the shelves is the Family Car.
This interactive talking vehicle contains the whole family - Bart, Lisa,
Maggie, Homer, Marge, and Santa's Little Helper.
This isn't an
exclusive, but I bet you don't see it show up at as many retailers as the
regular figures. Right now, the Sam Goody line of stores has it,
which includes Media Play and Suncoast, and Electronics Boutique.
Target is also supposed to carry it. Most of the on-line comic shops
are selling it as well.
Talking Feature - ***1/2
The best part of this little vehicle is the lines imbedded. Pushing
each character will give you one or two, maybe three lines of dialog.
But push the hood, and you get a conversation between the whole
family! There are 3 or 4 complete conversations, and the one about the
hitch hiker is great...
Paint - ***
The paint ops on the figures is good, as is most of the car. But I
found one major problem with everyone I looked at - the color of the hood is
slightly different than the rest of the car. Even someone as color
blind as I can see it, so it must be screamingly obvious to those that can
actually differentiate red and brown.
Packaging - ***
It's the same packaging as the playsets, and the same size. As
always, colorful and sturdy, but getting a little old. I would like
to see some change, at least by 2002.
Sculpting - ***
The head sculpts on the figures are generally good, even in the slightly
smaller scale. But one oddity is Marge with her arm around Homer -
this pose seems extremely out of place.
Some folks are bothered by the open roof and Marge's hair. I
don't mind, since I'm not sure it would have looked right to have her hair
scrunched off to one side.
The scale is the other problem for many folks. These are NOT in
scale with the WOS figures, as you can see from the picture below. I
don't mind too much, since I buy just about anything with 'Simpsons' on
it, but I do understand and warn you on it.
A plus to the sculpt is the dent on the front left fender, looking just
as you'd imagine it should.
Design - ***
The car works great as a toy as well - the wheels spin freely, and it
takes off with a soft push. The speaker is placed in the bottom of
the car, and is loud and clear.
Value - **1/2
The only store I could find this at locally was Suncoast, and $30 is definitely
too much. $20 is much more appropriate, and if you can shop around
to find it at that price.
Overall - ***
The talking feature really makes this piece. Having the
conversations between the characters is a great idea, and works well
here. If you're a casual collector, or only collect those items that
are in scale with WOS, you may pass this up. But for the rest of you
hard core types, you'll definitely want to grab one of these. The
trick is to find it cheap!
Where to Buy:
Bricks and mortar selection is kind of sparse right now. As I said,
the Sam Goody family of stores have them in stock, as do some Electronics
Boutique. Other on-line possiblities:
- New Force Comics
are out of stock, but you should always check their first for Simpsons
- Electronics Boutique (EBgames.com) had them for $20 on-line as
well, but are also back ordered! (MROTW Affiliate)
Figure Express has them, but at $24.95 they are a little more
expensive. (MROTW Affiliate)
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford