Toyfare Exclusive Glow-in-the-dark Homer

It was bound to happen - the hottest new line this year, the Simpsons figures from Playmates, had to end up with a Toyfare exclusive.  Considering some of the other figures the magazine has offered, this is actually quite a step up.  This is the same Homer that was in the Nuclear Power Plant set, but done in glow-in-the-dark plastic for the body and hood.

To order this, it required sending in your check to Toyfare magazine back about 8-10 weeks ago.  Or was it longer?  Let's put it this way - it's been long enough that I don't remember the exact cost, but I believe it was around $12 shipped.

Packaging - ***
A nice job on Toyfare's part.  In the early days of these type of exclusives, the magazine would send them in a baggy, or if there was packaging they'd pretty much mangle it.  They have been improving though, and this package is nicely designed, with it's own special text on the back discussing that 'radioactive charm' that is Springfield's.

Articulation - **1/2
Hey, it's the exact same Homer you already have with the Nuclear Power Plant set, only he's glow-in-the-dark.  So you have those same four points of articulation, that is somewhat lacking.

Sculpts - ***
This is the same sculpt as well, and is a decent look for Homer.  At least when they did this second Homer figure we got a new sculpt - I'm sure we won't be that lucky with the Sunday Best version.

Accessories - **1/2
I'm counting the hood.  So maybe it's not officially an accessory, but it's not bad.  Also included are the tongs and plate of donuts that came with the earlier figure.  The tongs look fine done in the glow-in-the-dark gimmick, but I'd have preferred if the donuts had been left as they originally were painted.

Value - **1/2
It's a Wizard Exclusive - therefore, it cost too much.  Considering that there is nothing new here, other than the gimmick, costing twice what a regular figure cost seems a bit much.  But if you're a completist, they've got your number.

Overall - ***
I'm stretching it to give this a *** - it was almost a **1/2.  But my personal preferences for these Simpsons figures managed to give it just that little oompph it needed.  Your mileage may vary, particularly if you're not found of paying too much for a figure you pretty much already have.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford

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