Collecting Simpsons - **1/2 (softcover)
The author of this book, William LaRue, is also the author of the best
Simpsons collecting website on the net - you should check it out at http://members.aol.com/bartfan/index.html
Because the site is so well laid out, so well handled and written, I
had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, it fell short for
me. The major problem is the use of black and white photos only, and
fewer of them then I would like. At $24.95 (amazon.com) I think more
color would have been possible. While the book does do a nice job of
putting together more textual information, such as a basic Simpsons
history and information on collecting Simpsons merchandise, I was left
wanting more pictures.
The book also contains a price guide, and you know how I feel about
those - well, if you don't, I'm not real fond of them. However, if
you find such things useful, this one is at least well organized and
The book does cover quite a few areas, such as action figures, foreign
releases, animation art, kitchen items, etc. While it's not a bad
book, I have a hard time justifying the price tag.
Obviously, William LaRue loves the subject, and I can't recommend his
web site enough. I was slightly disappointed in this book, but if
you're a novice collector you may find it quite handy.
||The Simpsons Collectibles - ***1/2
Slightly more expensive at $29.95, this book by Robert Getz is well worth
the cash. Filled with over 500 full color pictures, it covers all
the bases, from school supplies to action figures. This is a
terrific visual reference guide for those folks looking for unusual
pieces, along with beginners just looking to get started.
It also includes price ranges for each item pictured, but it is very
unobtrusive and does not waste valuable book space.
If your a novice getting started, a serious collector, or just love Our
Favorite Family every Sunday night, you don't want to pass this book
up. I find it an invaluable resource, and look up items in it on a
Robert Getz clearly has a fantastic collection, and I'm happy to see
Schiffer Publishing put this much consideration into this book.