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Time for another installment of 20 Questions, this time with member snoopysflock.

1. How long have you been watching "The Simpsons"?

I've been watching the Simpsons halfway through their first year.

2. Who is your favorite Simpsons character?

There are so many great characters on the show(a good reason why it has lasted as long as it has) but it would have to be Homer because of his ignorance and his comments that haven't been thought through. Followed by Frank Grimes, Carl, Lenny, Ralph, Mrs K, Krusty, & Duffman.

3. What Simpsons character are you most like and why?

I'm probably most like Lisa just because I seem to question everything. I do have some of Homer's ignorance too.

4. Are your friends and family fans of the Simpsons?

Most of my friends that are my age are fans but my older friends and family don't seem to get the Simpsons humor and/or don't like cartoons.

5. What is your favorite quote from a Simpsons episode?

So many to choose from but the one that stands out is from episode where Bart's being bullied and Homer is talking to Marge about it. Marge makes a statement that Bart should go talk to the principal and Homer pipes up and says "And break the playground code? I'd rather Bart die."

6. What types of Simpsons collectibles do you collect?

I collect mostly WOS but I also collect the Simpsons Christmas ornaments ( round ornaments, train, and now the village) and have many of the Simpsons voices autographs from Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Tress MacNeille, Pamela Hayden and the man himself Matt Groening. I met most of them in Montreal at the live script reading they had in 2002.

7. What item in your collection is your favorite?

I have a script from the Simpsons live reading in Montreal that one of the members gave me and I got it signed by Dan, Matt, Hank, Pamela, Tress, Yeardley, and then have added Harry on it since. I wasn't able to get Nancy Cartwright (she was just rude on more then one occasion and didn't sign a single thing while she was in Montreal; even when there was only me waiting by myself with noone else around. She's just miserable).

8. What is the most outrageous (or difficult) thing you have done to obtain a Simpsons collectible?

I live in Canada about an hour outside of the States and have gotten up at 5 in the morning to be at the Toys R Us before the doors open. I have to cross the border and that can be a pain and a long wait. It's also fun to wait outside the Toys R Us with the Hot Wheel collectors so we can all speed walk together into the store when it opens! I now just order through Amazon and sleep in.

9. What's the most you ever spent on a Simpsons collectible?

The most I have spent on a Simpson's collectible would probably bethe WOS Nuclear Homer($90), followed by the giant Santa Homer from Spencer's last year($85 on sale) followed by Main Street ($60). The new Simpsons Christmas village is expensive as well ($70). There's supposed to be 30 houses in the village but only 15 have been planned so far.

10. What World of Springfield figure would you most like to see (that has not been announced)?

I would like to see the X-Files characters, Bret Hart, Hippie Homer, Capitol City Goofball, hockey Bart and Lisa, Dedric Tatum, and Tony Hawk. I first started collecting the figures because they are cool and the fact they talked was a bonus but I don't really care if they do talk. With The contract for Playmates running out in 2004, I'd rather have complete families and characters then holes in my collection just in case Playmates doesn't renew their contract. At this point I just want the odd characters that appear all the time. I also think Playmates is wasting our time with other variants that just don't matter. In 2004, four figures out of seven in the next 4 waves are variants(including the playset and mailaway figures). This line is good but has so much more potential. I'm not talking about contractual things but some of the marketing things they've done with Brad Goodman and repaints were easily predictable to have failed. Why doesn't Playmates ask the fans instead of having guys in suits make the final decisions on things like this? It's getting to the point where it's frustrating to collect and when the end comes, I won't be upset but I'll welcome it with open arms.

11. Are you a completist? An opener or a MIMP collector? Why?

I am an opener and I'm glad I am because of the mailaway figures. I think Playmates offended a lot of the collectors by their mail-in process because the MIMP collector now has to buy 2 sets to complete the mail-away offer and still keep a set mint. I thought that was not a bad marketing plan. Also, I think part of what makes collecting fun is touching the items. If it's in a package then it's sterile and that's not fun. I do have some figures I've bought extra of, just to keep in the packages because they look cool. I have a cabinet I display the figures in (minus the playsets) and they take up the entire cabinet. I can only imagine the collector's that have a room full of these boxes that have to be kept in mint condition. Most of them don't have an extra room to even put them in and have them in boxes in their basement. It's just a pile of cardboard. And if they are displayed in a room it's difficult to see them because of the glare off of the plastic. Why collect if you can't see them and play with them. It defeats the purpose of collecting all together. My most treasured toys are the ones I touched and played with and see every day.

12. What are your favorite television shows (excluding the Simpsons)?

My other favorite shows are Seinfeld(most who like Simpsons are Seinfeld fans as well), Dr. Katz, any hockey game and Cart race, The A-Team, The Practice & Boston Public. I also enjoy the decorating shows like Trading Spaces and While You were Out for the ideas that I can translate into collecting ideas.

13. What celebrity do you want to see guest star on the Simpsons?

Although The Simpsons seems to have switched over and now have a guest each week, I don't really think they are needed. They have so many personalities that are so stromg they don't have to search outside of Springfield for ideas. If there was a celebrity I'd like to see it would have to be someone like Jerry Seinfeld or Chris Rock. They would actually enhance the episode and make it funny then just reading a line like most of the other celebs do.

14. How and when did you find the SCS site?

I found the site through a link from another website to Simpsonscollectors. I've been a huge fan ever since. Being at the corner most part of the States, it takes merchandise about a month longer to reach me here. So it gives me plenty of time to keep an eye out for the items.

15. In what ways do you think the hobby of collecting Simpsons has changed in the past few years?

The Simpsons collecting is obviously more commercialized then when it started and I believe that's part of their success. They layed low with Simpsons memorabilia for pretty much 10 years and then boom! Everything hit the shelves to where it is today. I believe the Simpsons is more about merchandise now then the show is itself now. Matt Groening spends as much time oking Simpsons merchandise then he puts into a new episode. And what really hurts is the length of time it takes to come out with the DVD sets. First it was said to take 6 months to produce a set and that has switched over to a year now. Is that because the Simpsons make money from the reruns on tv, and if the DVD's started coming out, people wouldn't watch on tv anymore? Simpson's collecting can be a lot of fun but it can also be frustrating.

16. What was the first Simpsons item you ever bought?

I bought a Bart poster and a pair of shorts back in the early 90's and have spent part of my monthly cheques ever since.

17. What is the one Simpsons item you want the most but do not have?

I have been fortunate to have been able to keep up with everything when it comes out. I've been collecting WOS since day one so I haven't fallen behind. Perhaps Julie Kavner or Nancy's autograph on my script.

18. What else do you collect?

I collect autographs and meet celebrities personally. I collect an autograph from someone I appreciate and respect. My favorite autographs in my collection are from Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Elizabeth Taylor, Van Halen, Shania Twain, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Elton John, Billy Joel, Mike Myers, and Michael J Fox that I obtained myself personally.

19. Who influenced you the most from the show (be it character, writer, actor, etc.)?

Homer has opened my eyes to the ignorance and stupidity that flows in our society but Lisa also has shown me that there is good still left in the world despite the stupidity. Seeing as Matt Groening created the Simpsons he's one of them as well as Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer. Without these guys there would not be any Simpsons. Dan, Harry and Hank are geniouses and don't get enough credit. Can you imagine Springfield without Homer, Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, officer Lou , officer Eddie, Krusty, Grampa, Lenny, Carl, Smithers, Mr.Burns, Ned Flanders, Barney, comic book Guy, Prinipal Skinner, Dr Hibbert, Kent brockman, Disco Stu, Frank Grimes, and Dr Nick? There wouldn't be a Springfield.

20. Anything you would like to add?

I would like to see Playmates reward the people that buy the playsets. The playsets have continued to rise in price and certain dedicated people continue to buy them and are not rewarded. Playmates rewards you if you buy the regular figures but don't reward the buyer for paying for their overpriced playsets that accompany the regular figures. I think this has to be changed somehow. Perhaps with a point system.

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