The Androids Dungeon
Posted 04/30/01
Overall score - *
** out of ****

(originally posted at the Comic Book Galaxy)

If the Comic Book Guy (which is his only name) were giving this review, I'm sure he'd say "Worst Playest Ever!"  Fortunately for Simpsons fans, that's not the case.

The Android's Dungeon is the comic book shop on the Simpsons, frequented by Bart, Milhouse, Ralph and the other kids of Springfield.  Often, the shows writers have used this character to make fun of the fans of the show, particular those rabid Internet fans who waste no time in rushing to their keyboards to lambaste the latest episode.

I expect that this playset will be the most popular out of an already tremendously popular line.  Fortunately, Playmates hasn't let us down.

There is also a Pin Pal Apu with Bowling Alley playset shipping with this one.  By all accounts, these two playsets are sure to please.  I picked this one up at Media Play for $27, but the are also showing up already at Target and Meijers stores for closer to $20.

Packaging - **1/2
Standard playset packaging.  The CBG lines can be played by reaching through a hole in the cello.  Unfortunately, these playsets are packed tighter than any other item I've ever bought, even going so far as to screw the playset into the bottom cardboard.  I'd say that's a bit overkill.

Sculpt - ***1/2
It's Comic Book Guy!  Playmates has done a fantastic job capturing the sloppy, fat, loser that we all know and love.  Most of these figures have done a great job, and this is no exception.  Following the other figures in recent waves, only one hand sculpt is actually useful with the accessories he comes with.  He can hold the unmarked cup in his left hand.

My only complaint with the sculpt is scale.  CBG is huge!  He's not just fat, he's tall.  Check out the shot of him and Homer, and I think you'll see what I mean.

Articulation - ***
The articulation isn't going to change on this line.  CBG has neck, shoulder and waist articulation.  Not much by any standard, but for the fans of this line it's become acceptable.

Accessories - ***
This playset is a little light on accessories compared to the others.  It only comes with two, a cup and a half eaten hamburger.  The playset itself is far more complicated than most of the others however, so I'm sure that's why we have a shortage of accessories.

Paint - *1/2
The paint ops on CBG are great - unfortunately, the colors are way off.  I have no idea why that happens with certain figures, but it's unfortunate.

The paint work on the playset itself is on the sloppy side though, and if you look carefully at the walls you'll see some problems.

Playset Details - ***1/2
Wow!  Although the paint might be a bit sloppy, the details on this playset are fantastic.  The cases have a wide variety of items for sale, including the animation cel of just an arm, and a Malibu Stacey doll.  The comics rack is filled with different issues of Radioactive Man, and the shelf above has a variety of toys including a Krusty doll.  While these are stickers of course, the construction of the cases and displays is fantastic.  The clear plastic fronts on the cases are great, and the various items fit in perfectly with the store.

CBG has several good lines, including "I've wasted my life", "You fold it, you bought it", "No banging your head on the display case, please", "Will there be any more splurging today?", and "Oh, a sarcasm detector...that's a real useful invention."  But look what's missing - no "Worst episode ever."  How could they leave that one out?

Value - ****
If you can wait, pick this up for twenty bucks.  It's a great value at that price, since it's a fan favorite both for a playset and a figure.

Overall - ***
Wearing my coldly impersonal reviewer hat, I had to give this set three stars.  His scale bothers me, and along with the odd colors for his clothes and the sloppy paint work, I just can't give it a higher rating in good conscience.

That being said, this is my favorite of all eight playsets so far.  It is simply so cool that we have been given this set and this character,  and I highly recommend that every fan of the show pick this one up.

By the way, if you're looking for a good listing of the lines said by every character in every playset, there are three terrific websites to choose from:

All three do it slightly differently, but they are each great in their own way.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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