“Mush!” – Coalport Ceramics

Line: Coalport ceramic figures
Year: 2005

Mush CoalportFrom the classy shores of England come these equally-classy ceramic sculptures. Coalport Porcelain Works produced a limited run of a series of spectacular figures featuring Our Favourite Family along with other popular Springfieldians. This one is titled “Mush!”, and it sits in a place of prominence among my collection. They don’t come cheap however, and prices are only likely to go higher. At the moment the prices can vary by up to $50, so don’t rush into buying one. Shop around first.

Mine is number 279 from a worldwide run of 4,000. Unfortunately, Snowball’s tail broke off when I dropped something onto it. I’ll glue it back on. Eventually.

Cinema Capsule Toy set

Line: Tomy/TYC/Gacha vending machine capsule toys
Year: 2007
Set: 5 - Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie

Movie Capsule toys setThis set is from those vending machines you see in shopping centres, where the toys are dispensed in little capsules. The company that produces them isn’t written on the base of the figures, but some Internet sleuthing told me that Tomy, TYC and Gacha are all involved… somehow. I couldn’t find details on who does what, as companies like these never really provide information on their back catalogue, and only focus on current products.

Anyway, these figures are pretty highly detailed, especially considering how small they are. There are several sets of Simpsons capsule toys, and the ones I have are all of pretty good quality. This one, featuring the family sitting in cinema seats, was released in 2007 as part of the big merchandise line coinciding with the release of The Simpsons Movie.

“The Homer” Model Car Kit

Line: Polar Lights model kits
Year: 2005

Straight out of the second-season episode, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”, this snap-together model kit lets you build the car Homer designed (and cleverly named The Homer), which ultimately sent his half-brother Herb bankrupt.

It comes complete with tail fins, a separate sound-proof bubble dome for the kids, one of those little balls on the antenna to help you find it in a parking lot, and a horn that plays La Cucaracha – you know, if it wasn’t plastic.

Lard Lad McFarlane Set

Line: McFarlane box sets
Year: 2007

Another fantastic looking, out-of-box McFarlane box set. This one¬†depicts the classic scene of Homer stealing the Lard Lad statue’s donut, shortly before the town’s advertising mascots come to life, in the Treehouse of Horror IV segment, “Attack of the 50 Foot Eyesores”.

A favourite episode of many fans (including myself), this makes for a favourite item of many collectors (including myself). Having a large-scale Lard Lad like this is an attention-grabber, even among the rest of the Simpsons merchandise in the room.

Itchy & Scratchy “Spay Anything” McFarlane set

Line: McFarlane Box Sets
Year: 2007

McFarlane’s highly detailed recreations of classic scenes from Simpsons episodes will crop up in most collections, although usually still in the boxes. As I’ve said, I don’t collect boxes, and a series that looks this good deserves to be observed without the plastic covering.

This one features Itchy & Scratchy in their cartoon “Spay Anything”, from the fifth season Simpsons episode “Cape Feare”. It’s probably the most iconic moment from an Itchy & Scratchy episode that could have been chosen to be immortalized in plastic. In fact, all the scenes used in the series are classic fan favourite moments, and look awesome sitting on my shelf. Naked.

KFC Get Sporty Set

Line: KFC Kid’s Meals toys Get Sporty set
Year: 2003
Set: 5 – Bowlin’ Homer, Tennis Marge, Skateboard Bart, Ice Hockey Lisa, Mini Golf Maggie

The above photo might look really confusing, but the Get Sporty set, sold in KFC Kid’s Meals in England in 2003, is the best Simpsons kid’s meal toy set I’ve seen from a fast food joint. They’re more games than toys, and are quite well made.

Bowlin’ Homer comes with a Homer figure on wheels, and a pop-up bowling pin display. He’s one of those pull-back cars – aim him at the pins, pull back and release, and see how many you can knock over.

Tennis Marge comes with a Marge figure, an oversized tennis ball and a Homer “plaque” (as the package calls it). There’s a lever on Marge’s base that rotates her and snaps back on release, making her swing the racket to hit the ball to Homer. Being mounted on a round base, Homer will be spun around and have no effect on the ball’s momentum – a snide comment on his tennis skills, perhaps.

Skateboard Bart comes with a Bart figure on a board, a launcher that looks like a fire hydrant with Krusty’s face on it, and two of the “plaques” (again, their word) featuring Chief Wiggum and Groundskeeper Willie (why not Principal Skinner?). Push down on the Krusty hydrant thingy and Bart will fly off, spinning Wiggum and Willie.

Reprising her role as goalie from the Lisa On Ice episode, Ice Hockey Lisa comes with a Lisa figure, a goal net, a puck and an air pump. Lisa can be slid side to side with that purple stick, as she defends the goal from the puck, launched by pushing on the air pump.

Mini Golf Maggie is one of those classic “pinball” toys: the lever on the left side there flicks the little ball inside, as players aim to land it in the highest scoring section of the Krusty image.

Krusty World Die-Cast Vehicle Set

Line: PLAY! Inc die-cast vehicles
Year: 2000
Set: 4 – Homer, Marge & Maggie, Bart, Lisa

They might not look like it, but these are vehicles. Apparently. From the aggressive-sounding PLAY! Inc, this is a set of die-cast vehicles, similar to Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars.

As nice as they are, there’s a few weird things about the set. Firstly, that’s some odd vehicle choices, there. According to the product description, they’re named “Lisa’s Screamin’ Fish”; Bart’s “Never Eat Before Flying” plane; Homer’s “Woo-hoo!” Armchair, and Marge ‘n’ Maggie’s “All in the Same Boat”. Okay then.

And what do they have to do with Krusty World? What even is Krusty World?

But hey, these are cool.