Packaging - ***
It's hard to explain just how huge this set is. It's huge.
Remember when I said my 6 foot Sully was huge? That kind of huge.
The box is designed in a
similar fashion to the other TRU exclusives, but about three times bigger at
least. It comes disassembled of course, but is fairly easy to put
together. This isn't one that lends itself to display in the box
Sculpting - ****
There are two figures included in the set, and neither have an actual name -
the Grumpy Old Man, and the Squeeky Voice Teen. The sculpting on the
SVT will be familiar to those that picked up the Krusty Burger, since he's
the same as the Pimple Faced Teen.
The Crazy Old Man is
exceptionally cool, right down to the hunched shoulders and wrinkles in his
arms. He goes great with Grampa and Jasper, and actually putting him
with them at the retirement castle makes for a better display.
But I'm not giving this set
four stars on the sculpting for the figures. It's because of the
excellent details and design of the playset sculpt.
The fronts of each of the
building have great details, as does the entire sidewalk. There's pop
cans, piles of trash, and piles of, uh, some other stuff. There's even
one of Bart's shoes (or at least I assume it's Bart's) stuck in the cement.
The sculpting on the extra pieces like Snowball in the trash can, the mail
box, Lard Lad, and the posts out front of the Frying Dutchman are all
excellent, and right in keeping with the style of the show.
There's also a ton of variety
in the sculpt of the store front materials. There's wood slats, rough
concrete, large bricks, small bricks, and even wood doors. It's a
tremendous amount of surface variety for a playset.
Paint/Stickers - ***1/2
The paint is nicely done, although there's not a ton of detail. Both
of the figures have very basic outfits, without a lot of color variation,
but the paint is fairly clean and consistent. While the figures don't
have a lot of detail, the playset itself does, with a variety of paint ops
on the small pieces and great work on the big pieces like Lard Lad.
The stickers are even more
impressive, with lots of cool scenes and extras. Someone asked if
perhaps that's Leela and Fry in the window of the donut shop. I'm not
sure, but it might be! It's open to a bit of interpretation, but it's
a neat idea.
Playset Design - ****
The design of the set is great. Easily the size of four regular
playsets if you include going 'round the corner, it includes some of the
best store fronts in Springfield. It's particularly nice to get Moe's,
even if we are finally getting the interior playset early in 2003.
I'm considering all the cool
extras in this category as well - the three light poles, the mail box,
Snowball in the trash can, the sign and rope fence outside the Jazz Hole,
the wet cement sign, and the wooden posts outside of the Frying
Dutchman. I'm not calling these accessories, as they are all designed
to fit into particular peg holes in specific spots on the set. They
all look terrific, and add a tremendous amount of detail to the set.
Articulation - **1/2
The usual for COM and SVT - neck, shoulders and waist.
Accessories - ***
This category is covering just the accessories for SVT and COM, which are
mighty light. COM has his cane (reused) and SVT has his paper hat
(reused). At this price point it would have been nice to get one or
two more, but I suspect that most of the money went into the extras for the
Talking Feature - ***1/2
This set is advertised as working with 95 - yep, 95 - different
figures. Sure, a lot of that is due to Homer and Bart variations
working, but it still is quite impressive. Some of the lines are
re-used from other sets, but there are quite a few new ones, and there are
characters like Cooder, Bumblebee Man or Frink who have finally gotten some
new lines with this set.
I'm not going to list them all - over at Simpsons Collector Sector you
can find them in their master
database - but my favorites are from Moe:
"My customers are soberin' up, and they ain't gonna stick around for
the ambiANCE." and "There's not much future in watchin' you guys
drink yourselves into an early grave."
There are six foot pets across the set, with plenty of space for other
folks to stand around in between.
Value - **1/2
Sixty bucks. That's a lot of money. But this is a lot of playset.
There's certainly three playsets worth of plastic here, but
we're probably hitting the very top of the price range for something in this
line. The price will put off the casual collectors, but don't miss out
on one of the nicest playsets in the entire run.
Overall - ***1/2
I thought the best playset of 2002 category was all wrapped up, and then
this big bad boy hit the shelf. While I knew I'd like the set, I had
no idea it would be this nice. The only thing holding it back from
four stars is the high price tag, a necessary evil with something this
Where to Buy -
Toys R Us exclusive means Toys R Us! On-line:
has them on occasion, as some folks cancel their orders as they find them
at the stores. Search for 'simpsons main street'. (MROTW Affliate)
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