For those who love the Simpsons, and love kids meal toys, it seems that the United Kingdom has been having all the luck lately. Last year, in celebration of the 10th anniversary, the Burger Kings in England (and the Phillipines it should be noted) had a series of figures approximately in scale with the Playmates versions.
This year they've done it again, only this time the figures are even better. In the picture above you can see, from left to right, this years, MuuMuu Homer, Grilling Homer, the Playmates Homer, and last years Burger King Homer.
Finding these is a bit of a trick. There's always Ebay, but you'll pay at least a couple bucks each for them, often more. You're best bet is to find a sympathetic Englishman (or woman) and beg a lot.
This set consists of 11 figures. There are 10 that are part of the 'regular' release, and then there is MuuMuu Homer. If someone can give me the exact story on this one, I'd love to know. He is solid, so he could be the under three toy, although it didn't say that on his plastic bag.
The other 10 figures are Grilling Homer, Marge, Maggie, Bart, Lisa, Grampa, Milhouse, Otto, Snowball II on the television, and Nelson.
Packaging - ***1/2
The graphics are bright and appropriate, with an ad on one side for the new Diddy Doh-nuts, and pictures of all 11 figures on the other.
As for the plastic bag - well, keep it away from small children.
Sculpting - ***
Articulation - **
Scale - **
The television will go well with the Playmates figures though, and is much more in scale than the version that came with the living room playset.
Character Selection - ****
The two versions of Homer are both great, and having Nelson and Milhouse - particularly a Milhouse with a wedgie - is a great addition to last years set.
Add in Grampa and Otto, and you have a pretty well rounded set of figures if you have both lines.
In particular, the two Homers are excellent. Muumuu Homer has vibrant colors in his flower pattern, and the charcoal blackening of Grilling Homer's face works perfectly.
Even if you don't, the die hard fan is going to want to pick these up. They look great on the shelf, but remember that they aren't expensive action figures. Buy them for what they are, and you won't be disappointed.
Where to Buy -
If you can be patient, I'm sure they'll drop back to the $25 range in a couple months - but most collectors don't have that kind of patience!
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford
Article copyright 2001, Michael Crawford. All rights reserved.
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