Llewellyn Sinclair and Cooder

During August, September and October, Playmates ran a special mail away promotion for the World of Springfield action figure line.  You see, they had cancelled the All Star Voices line of figures, but had three of the figures all signed, sealed and ready to deliver.  What to do with them?

They assumed Hank Scorpio would be a popular enough figure to sell with wave 10.  But the other two - Cooder (Jim Varney) and Llewellyn Sinclair (Jon Lovitz) were likely to be far less popular on the pegs.  As it was, there was a ton of wave 7, 8 and 9 figures already clogging things up.  But out of both, an idea was born.

To help clear the pegs of old figures, and find a way to get these two figures to the collectors, they put together the mail away.  All you had to do was buy any two figures (or playsets) from wave 9 or previous after August 15th, and before October 31st.  Send in the UPC's, receipts and five bucks, and they sent you these two figures.

That's a deal you can't beat with a stick, no matter how big.  It helped clear out the inventory in many stores, and was successful in it's goal.  However, it is important to note that these two figures have the lowest run of any WOS figure to date - I'm not allowed to divulge the actual number yet, but some day.  Suffice to say, they are likely to remain highly popular with collectors.

Packaging - *1/2
Okay, a plain white mailer box isn't the most exciting thing in the world.  Still, they are very well packed, it's very sturdy, and you can rest assured your figures will get to you unharmed.

However, it's not much to display for the MOCer's, so I'm sure they aren't going to be particularly happy with it.  Still, that's to be expected with a mail away.

Sculpting - ***1/2
The sculpts on both these figures are nicer than average.  Sinclair has more detail than we often see, particularly with his unique pants, sandals and top.  Cooder has a great face, and a lot of detail was put into the hair.

The hands on both figures are well sculpted for holding particular accessories, and the hand-on-hip pose they gave Sinclair is appropriate and well done.

They also took the time to give both actual expressions, with half lidded eyes and slight mouth contortions, rather than the simple open eyed zombie look.

Paint - **
This is still an area that hurts the line.  My Cooder had some paint missing on his hat, and the lines around his shirt and vest are fairly sloppy.  Overall, neither figure is quite as neatly done as I know they can do.

Some folks may also be disappointed to see that this is not the older shiny plastic, but the newer, dull finish.

Articulation - **1/2
No surprises here - neck, shoulder, and waist.

Accessories - ***1/2
There's a terrific number of new accessories here, and it's actually surprising to get any with mail away figures.

Cooder has his tackle box (new), money (reused), set of rings for the ring toss game (new), and oversized comb (new).  Yes, it's really supposed to be that big - it's one of those oversized joke combs you give to your bald uncle, proving just how witty you really are.

Sinclair has a newspaper showing a review of a play (presumably his, and new), a script for "Oh, Streetcar" (new), a business card for Ayn Rand School for Tots (reused), and a pen (new).

To get four accessories each, almost all new, is really quite outstanding for mail away figures.  They are all very appropriate, and fit well with the characters.

Talking Feature - ***
There aren't many lines yet - Cooder has a couple in Burn's Manor and Main Street, and Sinclair has a couple in Dr. Nick's and in Main Street.

However, the couple lines they picked are great, especially Sinclair's.  And the voicing by Varney and Lovitz is so great, that it helps make up for the lack of current lines.

Cooder's lines at Burn's Manor: "I didn't scam nobody!", "You lost your money fair and square."

At Main Street: "Three rings for a dollar! Who's ready, whoooo's ready?"

Sinclair's lines at Nick's: "Hellllloooo, I am Llewellyn Sinclair", "I have directed three plays in my career, and I have had three heart attacks."

At Main Street: "Tonight, you will all be transformed from dead-eyed suburbanites into white-hot grease fires of pure entertainment!",
 "I am not an easy man to work for; while directing Hats off to Channukah, I reduced more than one cast member to tears!"

Value - ****
I consider these two figures free.  If you bought two regular figures, you probably spent $10 plus $5 for shipping, so at worst you're talking $7.50 each.  But since I tossed both figures in my bin for Toys For Tots, I couldn't get much of a better value.

Overall - ***
As figures, these aren't quite as nice as Scorpio.  Using them as mail away offers was a smart idea, and as such, with this many new accessories and such a cheap price, it boosts the overall score up a half star.

Where to Buy - 
What?  You didn't send away for these?  Well, that's not good - now you're going to have to resort to a dealer or ebay.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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