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

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

Since 1989. My area at the time (Nova Scotia) didn't ever receive the Tracey Ullman show, so I never saw the Simpsons shorts. My first exposure to them was a little short that played in front of the Kathleen Turner/Michael Douglas film "War of the Roses" in the theatre. It was the episode where they all go to counseling and shock the heck out of each other. I had never even heard of the Simpsons before then, but I've loved 'em ever since.

2. Who is your favorite Simpsons character?

Kusty the Clown. He cracks me up. He was the first Simpsons figure I bought, and the reason I got started on the WOS line. He was also my first custom Simpson figure (Jokerusty).

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

Again, Krusty. I used to be a children's party clown in New York City. Magic, balloon animals, the whole kit and kaboodle. A couple of times I was hired by adults to be an old bitter "Krusty-like" clown, and those gigs were quite a lot of fun. I got to walk around with a cigarette dangling out of my mouth, while loudly complaining about those "damn kids!" He's whom I identify with and the character most like me.

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

Yeah, my brother can quote any line from any Simpsons show, name a quote from any Simpsons show, and find a way to relate it to ANYTHING he's talking about. He's actually quite annoying, he does it so much.

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

Heh. After Homer buys illegal fireworks by attempting to cover the purchase with potentially embarrassing purchases, he returns with a paper bag and proceeds to unload the contents in front of Marge. As she watches him pull condoms, Preparation H, feminine hygiene products, cigarettes and fireworks out of the bag, she finally says: "Homer, I don't know what you have planned for tonight, but count me OUT!"

6. What types of Simpsons collectibles do you collect?

Action figures primarily, I'm an action figure junkie. I also own the VHS collections, and various stuffed toys and such. Plus the BK toys, various T-Shirts, stuff like that.

7. What item in your collection is your favorite?

The Evil Krusty doll. He still cracks me up. That and the Jokerusty custom I made, but I don't think he counts.

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

I've made and traded custom figures for a Boxing Homer. I don't think that's too outrageous, but that's all that falls under that category.

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

Somewhere over a hundred dollars for a Glow in the Dark Homer.

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

Actual celebrity Simpsons customs. I'd love to have a Simpsonized Bret "Hitman" Hart for instance, or a Mark McGwire. Y'know, various celebrities who have appeared, but those two especially come to mind. Licensing would be a pain but I bet they'd sell well.

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

Free the toys! FREE THEM! I like to handle the figures, pose them, and play with them, all that kind of thing. I'm not too proud to admit that I'm a big kid at heart, and these toys allow me to be that. I'm normally a completist (and with WOS I sure am), but there are some lines out there that have characters I won't buy. It depends on my interest level.

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

Hockey Night in Canada (I'll even import tapes of it when I'm stateside), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Smallville

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

Harrison Ford. He's my favorite actor of all time, and I'd love to see how the residents of Springfield would react to him hanging out there.

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

I found it thru BartFan's old site. I found BartFan's site thru noHomers.net, and I found noHomers.net thru Spawn.com's message boards, when another member gave me a link.

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

Well the rules have all changed in just a few years. When I was collecting even ten years ago, "rare" figures were truly rare. There was no eBay, and the price guides were your Bible. I think the internet has made the hunt MUCH simpler. I'm still undecided as to whether or not that's a good thing. If you don't have say, Pin Pal Burns, one is available just a few clicks away. If you don't like the price, just sniff around a little, and you'll find one for what you're willing to pay. The trick is to not get over-excited the first time you find your Holy Grail. There's another one around the corner.

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

Bartman! The original one from 1990 or whatever. He fit nicely into my then growing superhero toy collection. This collecting Simpsons thing is all HIS fault

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

The original Krusty figure from the 1990 Mattel series. I covet him badly!

18. What else do you collect?

Oh jeez, just about every action figure line out there. I have thousands of them. Superheroes, Star Wars/Trek, baseball and hockey toys, G.I. Joe, Aliens, and on and on and on...

Non-toy wise, I collect hockey and baseball jerseys and hats, and SWORDS! I am trained in Stage Combat, fighting with swords, weapons and the like. The prize of my collection is my six-foot Claymore two-handed broadsword. Maybe it's because I'm of Scottish descent, but that sword feels right in my hands. Uh, I'm not psycho or anything, I promise...

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

One more time, it's got to be Krusty! I've used his gags in my myriad jobs over the years more than any single character or person.

20. Anything you would like to add?

Yeah, I'm moving again. Toronto, here I come!

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