Sculpting - ***1/2
I'm combining two things in this category - the sculpt on the figures of
course, and the general sculpting on the playsets.
The playsets themselves are the big winners here, with some
of the greatest detail we've ever seen in a WOS set. The only two
other sets that are similar in detail are the Comic Shop and the Kitchen.
Just like those two sets, we're treated to all kinds of
goodies, from the books on the shelves of the bookcase in Burn's Manor, to
the towel rack and sink details in Dr. Nick's office. While almost
every set had possibilities for this kind of detail, most end up like the
Retirement Castle or the DMV - not quite as much as you'd like.
These two really stand out though, and they've catapulted up
with the Kitchen and Android's Dungeon as my favorite sets.
So why the slightly lower score on the sculpting? It's
the figures themselves. Mr. Burns is actually quite good, although he
may not be a sculpt most folks are going to be all that excited about.
Nope, it's not really the figures, but the figure of Dr. Nick, that knocks
off that half star.
The head and body sculpt aren't bad, although there's
something slightly off with the smile. It's not major though, and only
hurts the figure slightly. The big problem I have is in scale.
While Dr. Nick isn't a big guy, he's quite a big smaller than Homer and Dr.
Hibbert for example, and while it might be accurate to Fox's specs, it seems
off when they are all together.
On a brighter note, the arms for both figures are sculpted
in such a way as to make the most sense. Mr. Burns can clutch BoBo to
his chest, and Dr. Nick is waving in his usual manner. He can also
hold all the small medical instruments (or test tubes) in his left hand.
Paint - ****
I had no issues with the paint ops on these sets at all, although I suggest
being careful picking them out just like always. The figures are
notorious for having some figures with less than perfect work, so look over
a few if you can before picking one out.
The colors are all clean and consistent, and the face paint
and lines around the clothes are even and smooth.
I always include the stickers in this category, and they did
a wonderful job in this department as well. I particularly like the
reversed name on the door to Dr. Nick's, and the choice of photos in Mr.
The one weird item, which I'm mentioning here since there
really isn't a better place, is the snow effect for the small snow
globe. It's glued to the outside of the plastic bubble, which means it
could theoretically rub off over time.
I also want to mention that Dr. Nick's hair is blue - I'm
not sure if that's right or not, although it seems to be just from
memory. Still, you might want to keep that in mind if you were
Articulation - **1/2
Remember what I said about the packaging? Same applies here - it's the usual
four points, with no surprises.
Accessories - ****
They really went all out on the accessories for both of these sets as
well. Burn's Manor comes with the aforementioned BoBo and snow globe,
along with the large red chair. There's also a yellow grate for the
fireplace. And Burn's hat is removable as well. All of these are new accessories.
Dr. Nick's Office comes with a ton of stuff, including a
Buzz cola (new ), rack of four test tubes (new - Frink's had three, and the
tubes are smaller here), open pizza box (new),
cotton ball container with lump of cotton balls to go inside (new), and
three, count them THREE very cool medical instruments that attach to the
back wall, all new.
That level of new accessories is pretty good for playsets,
and I'm hopeful that it's what we'll continue to see with the Courtroom and
Value - ***1/2
If you can pick these up for $20 - that's still Target's price - you're
getting a great value. Drop a half star to a star if you're paying the
$25 some other stores charge.
Talking Feature - ****
Burn's Manor has the better lines of these two sets, but the are both better
than many of the previous sets in terms of line selection.
A particularly important point - I had no trouble getting
several different figures to attach to the foot pegs just fine. It
looks like Playmates has that problem fixed.
For a complete list of lines, check out the Simpsons
Collector Sector, but here's a couple of my favorites - Dr. Nick,
"You need booze!"; Mr. Burns, "Due to my hectic schedule and
lethargic sperm, I never fathered an heir."
Overall - ***1/2
I've had too many ***1/2 star reviews lately, but the stuff I've been
seeing has just been damn nice. These two sets are no different
(although the other Simpsons item I'm reviewing shortly - the Bobble Heads -
will break the streak), and WOS fans should be particularly happy to get
such a great Dr. Nick's Office. He was a must have figure for me, and
although his scale is a bit off to my eye, I'm still extremely happy to have
added him to my display. Getting such a cool playset along with it is
Where to Buy -
I bought mine at Amazon.com, since they were the very first to have
them this time around. It was that dock lock out that messed
everything up for these sets and wave 10. Target and Toys R Us,
along with the Musicland family, should have them in soon.
Earth has them in stock, but you'll pay a little more at $50 for the
pair. They guarantee nice boxes though. They also have the Wave 10
figures in stock! (MROTW Affiliate)
- If you want to pre-order WOS sets and figures, I highly
recommend New Force Comics.
Always an excellent price with terrific customer service, if you don't mind
waiting a little longer (since on-line stores usually get their WOS after
bricks and mortar retailers) than New Force is the place for you. They
currently have these two sets still available for pre-order at $40 for the
pair plus shipping.
also has them in stock for about $22 each plus shipping. No guarantees
on the boxes though! (MROTW Affiliate)