Sculpting - ***
The sculpting on the playset itself is basic, with most of the detail coming
from the stickers. That detracts a bit from the set, although it's not
a huge problem.
Marty is as close to a lump of plastic as you can get, and
still be a Simpson's character. It's not Playmates fault, since he's
not the most exciting visual character to begin with. But the straight
arms and fairly dull body style don't do much to add to his appearance.
Ah, but then there's Bill. Not only is the head sculpt
absolutely terrific, his body style and overall appearance is right on
source. I'm especially happy with the facial expression, which shows
that you can give them something other than the zombie look and get it to
work. He's jumped into my top ten favorite figures!
Paint - ***
One of the areas that Playmates struggles with on this line, the paint ops
on this set are all over the place.
Bill was pretty good, with clean lines around the eyes,
sleeves and hair. But poor Marty didn't far as well, and mine has
about 1/16th of an inch worth of white paint below his sleeve line on his
On the plus side, the KBBL on Marty's shirt isn't a sticker,
but is painted on, a crucial and important touch. The stickers on the
playset are good, and all the paint work there is well done.
Articulation - **1/2
Neck, shoulders, waist. Sure, I don't want knees or elbows at this
point, since it would hurt the consistent look of the figures. But how
Talking Feature - ***
With only these two figures working on this set, there's far fewer lines
than usual. Each has four or five lines, and they are pretty decent,
but nothing to get too excited over. That might have hurt this score
more except...it still appears as though the foot peg problem is
solved! I haven't had any trouble with the last several sets, and it
looks like THOH3 was the last set to exhibit the issue.
Accessories - **1/2
The set comes with four accessories, all new. There's two sets of
headphones, identical to each other, and two microphones, slightly
The mics fit in the hands of Bill and Marty perfectly, unlike the
headphones. Neither character really has the head for them, although
they look passable wearing them.
Value - **
At $30, these smaller sets were a terrible value. At $25, it's getting
closer to reasonable. Still, with such a small set, and fairly few
accessories, $20 would be more than enough. I'm betting the run on
these won't be too large though, perhaps no more than 20k.
Overall - **1/2
The playset itself is extremely basic and quite small, without the
terrific details or sculpting of sets like Dr. Nick's or Burn's Manor.
If it wasn't for the setting, and the inclusion of two fairly cool figures,
it would be pretty low on my list. Bill really pulls this set out
though, and the serious WOS collector can't pass it up. The casual
collector will have to give it some thought though, as the price point isn't
Where to Buy -
I picked mine up right at the local EB store in the mall. It's
an EB exclusive, so you're choices are fairly limited, but if you look for
them this week you should have no trouble picking one up. On-line:
Boutique has them as well, for the same $25 but with shipping. (MROTW