Packaging - **1/2
The artwork is very basic, and looks just like something FOX would
approve. Amazing just how unimaginative they can be. There's also no
COA, which is a bit disappointing. The good part though is that you can
see the bust through the front window, always a big plus. And these busts
are in there nice and tight, with sturdy Styrofoam all around.
Sculpting - Collector ***; CBG ***1/2
The sculpting on both of these busts is good, but the design of CBG is just
so much better than the Collector, that it becomes clear just how important that
aspect is to the appearance.
CBG is in a classic pose, reading a copy of Radioactive Man while munching on
a hot dog. Sure, maybe a taco would have been better, but you can't argue
with the appropriateness of the overall theme. He looks great, and it fits
the character perfectly. I wish the design of the comic book was reversed,
with the thicker brown cover on the inside and the white pages on the outside -
that fits more in line with the stickers we see on the front and back - but
that's a minor quibble.
On the other hand, the Collector is in a very basic stance, doing what looks
like a proclamation. It's not a terrible pose, but not one that really
takes advantage of the quirkiness of this character.
But once you get past the general poses and look at the detail, you'll be
pleased with both busts. Even though the general character design is
fairly simple, it's still possible to screw it up, but the proportions, shape
and size of the sculpt matches the source material extremely well.
Paint - ***
The paint application on both busts look great, but CBG is just a tad better for
First, it's simply cleaner. There's a little less sloppiness around the
eyes, and between the various basic colors. The Collector has a few more
problems on the face paint, but they are fairly minor. His big 'C' on his
chest and cape both look excellent, however.
The other edge is due to the nifty sticker on the comic book in CBG's
hands. There's a sticker on both sides, showing several panels from the
comic, and the quality is very good.
That being said, both could use a little better quality on the paint
work. The lines between the colors are rough, with some bleed, and some
overspray. In the bust market, you expect paint application to be spot on
Quality - ***1/2
These are fairly small busts, especially compared to the Muppets or LOTR.
But that's not necessarily a bad thing - the prices are lower, and these type of
basic character designs don't look good when blown up too large.
The base is consistent with the rest of the line if not the most
appropriate. I really wish we'd have gotten the power plant stack, but I
can live with the column.
Value - ***
These busts are really a slightly better value than usual, especially if you
can pick them up for less than $30 (as you can at Alter Ego Comics). For
my purposes, I'm assuming you pay $35, but even that is better than most of the
other current mini-busts on the market, and the Simpsons license is definitely
not a cheap one.
Overall - The Collector ***; CBG ***1/2
Even though CBG scores a tad better in the overall final analysis, I
couldn't do without the Collector. He's simply one of the coolest cartoon
characters ever to hit the screen, and now that I have two versions of him - the
bust and the Playmates action figure - I can truly die a happy man.
Okay, maybe not. There's still a couple more things I need to do before
then, but I'm happy to have these on the shelf, and I never thought I'd see the
Where to Buy -
These are available at some comic shops, and several on-line stores. Options
- Sideshow has the Collector
for $35 each. They also have the first set of the family members on sale
for $31.50 each.
- Alter Ego Comics has most of
the busts, including CBG, for just $28 each. That's an excellent price!