Packaging - ***
The boxed version of the family isn't collector friendly, but overall works
well. It has colors and designs similar to the packaging from Rocket
USA, and you can see the whole family easily within.
Sculpting - ***
This 'gumby' style works better for some of the characters than
others. I think the Marge sculpt is fairly strong, and I really like
Santa's Little Helper. However, Homer and Bart don't look as good, and
the style really doesn't work well for them
The scale is also off on the
entire set. Either Homer and Marge are too small, or Lisa and Bart are
too large. This seems to be a common problem for both action figure
and bendy manufacturers. At least Maggie and SLH seem to be in scale.
Paint - **1/2
There isn't a lot of detail on figures like these, but there still are a
few problems here and there. Many of the lines between the clothes,
shoes and yellow bodies are sloppy, and there's some inconsistency in the
thickness and coverage of the blue of Maggies jumper.
Articulation/Bendy Action - **1/2
Obviously these figures aren't articulated, but they should bend. The
only real bendy action here is in the arms, and SLH has the most bendy
posability. The old bendies, although not done in a Gumby style, had
more bendy action.
Value - ***1/2
I paid $18 for the set at Media Play, which works out to three bucks a
bendy. That's not bad at all, and they are certainly worth that price.
Overall - ***
Word is there are plans to continue these bendies with quite a number of
different sets and characters. While I'm not a huge fan of the style,
I suspect they'd do fairly well with the hard core Simpsons collectors.
Where to Buy -
I found mine at a local Media Play, so that means Musicland, Suncoast
and Sam Goody should have them as well. On-line:
- JGP Toys
(previously known as Grant's Toys) has them in stock for $20 each plus
shipping. I've always gotten terrific service from Grant!
Earth has them for $20 plus shipping (MROTW Affiliate)
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