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Time for another installment of 20 Questions, this time with member Pin Pal Jude.

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

Since the beginning. Although I only vaguely recall the Tracey Ullman shorts, I distinctly remember when the Christmas special premiered. I watched religiously up until around season nine or so, when school really started to get hectic. Now that I've graduated I've been getting caught up on reruns.

2. Who is your favorite Simpsons character?

I"d have to say Grampa. He's had such a crazy life, and his senility is just so genuine and hilarious.

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

I would say I'm most like John from "Homer's Phobia". I love kitschy retro stuff from the 50s, bowling shirts, and old toys. Although I don't prefer the company of men, I do share his impeccable fashion sense.

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

My brother and I are both really into the Simpsons, but the rest of my family isn't. They actually have really terrible taste in television to be honest, but then again I think almost every else on TV is junk anyways, so who am I to judge? Most of my friends like the Simpsons, but none are quite as obsessive as me.

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

All my favorite quotes are from Comic Book Guy, but my all time favorite is the scene where he's carting away 100 tacos in a wheelbarrow and says: "This should provide adequate sustenance for the Dr. Who Marathon." Priceless.

6. What types of Simpsons collectibles do you collect?

I really just started collecting with the WoS line. I have a few books (I highly recommend The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer) and I collect the Pop-out People.

7. What item in your collection is your favorite?

That would have to be my custom made Pinpal Jude; figure. Poppoman designed it for me and it is my prized possession. I wouldn't trade it for all the Glow-in-the-dark Homers in the world.

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

That’s a tough one. I made about 10 trips to Toys R Us looking for the THOH2. I only made 1 trip for the Xmas set, but it was a 3-hour round trip to New Jersey. You do the math!

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

I used to hunt on eBay quite a lot, so I was fortunate enough to get some pretty good deals (the first THOH, Smithers, and the Kwik-E-Mart I was able to find all for $35 each). I guess the most I’ve spent so far was $70 for one of Paul Actionfig’s Deep Space Homers. I haven’t received it yet but I’m sure it will be worth every penny.

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

That’s easy, Jessica Lovejoy. I had a strict religious upbringing that I strongly rebelled against so she’s my kind of gal! That and she’d come with a pink skateboard!

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

I’m a near-completist. That is, I’ll buy all variants, but not if it’s just a simple repaint. For example, I got Boxing Homer and Pinpal Burns, because they were variants of main characters in different outfits, but I passed on GITDH and CCBG cause they’re just different colors. I’m a staunch advocate of opening. Look, they’re toys. Toys are meant to be played with. So open them. Play with them. If you want to make money, play the stock market.

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

I honestly can say I hate television. One of my co-workers calls it the “Idiot Box” and I tend to agree with him. I think that is why I love the Simpsons so much, because it completely mocks television (along with everything else that’s wrong with society.) That said, I do think there have been great TV shows: Twin Peaks, Cheers, and Seinfeld to name a few. But there really isn’t anything of any value on right now.

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

One of my favorite movies is “Barfly“. It stars Mickey Rourke as Henry Chinaski, who is Charles Bukowski’s alter ego in many of his novels. It is one of the most entertaining, humorous and honest depictions of an alcoholic. Therefore, I think Mickey Rourke would make a great guest character, perhaps to give Barney a much needed push off the wagon.

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

I don't remember!

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

Well I’ve only been collecting for under a year, so I’ll have to pass on that one.

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

I had one of those early Bart Simpson figures with the red skateboard with non-moveable wheels. I remember I used to hold it out the car window when I was a kid and pretend that he was skating on the sidewalk. Oh, wait I still do that.

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

The first prototype of the Main Street playset. Oh man that thing is beautiful. If the past is any indicator, I doubt the final version will be as nice as that.

18. What else do you collect?

I collect magazines and printed ephemera from the 1950s, which I often use in my graphic design/illustration work. I also collect anything related to the movie “Barfly“.

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

I’m most influenced by the duality of the Bart/Lisa relationship. On the one hand you have the epitome of free will, coupled with the pitfalls of selfishness. On the other, you have the philosophical search for truth and goodness, and the isolation that comes with it. I find myself constantly trying to strike a healthy balance between the two.

20. Anything you would like to add?

Open your toys! How would you like it if they kept you sealed in plastic?

- Install the Akbar Font

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