“The Homer” Model Car Kit

Line: Polar Lights model kits
Year: 2005

Simpsons The Homer Model Car KitStraight out of the second-season episode, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”, this snap-together model kit from Polar Lights 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.

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The Simpsons Lard Lad McFarlane Box Set

Line: McFarlane box sets
Year: 2007

The Simpsons Lard Lad McFarlane box setBetween 2006 and 08, McFarlane released a few lines of really nice, detailed figures and “box sets”, based on various iconic moments from the show.

This one depicts the classic scene where Homer steals 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 box set

Line: McFarlane Box Sets
Year: 2007

Simpsons Itchy and Scratchy McFarlane box set Spay AnythingThe McFarlane Box Sets, highly detailed recreations of classic scenes from Simpsons episodes, will crop up in a lot of 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 as seen 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.

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

Simpsons KFC Get SportyThe 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.

Simpsons KFC Get Sporty Bowling HomerBowlin’ 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.

Simpsons KFC Get Sporty Tennis MargeTennis 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.

Simpsons KFC Get Sporty Skateboard BartSkateboard 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.

Simpsons KFC Get Sporty Ice Hockey LisaReprising 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.

Simpsons KFC Get Sporty Mini Golf MaggieMini 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

Simpsons Play Inc diecast cars

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.

The Simpsons Barney Bottle Opener

Line: Unique Concepts barware range
Year:
2003
Set: 5 –
Homer (bottle opener), Krusty (Corkscrew), Mr Burns (foil knife), Grampa (wine stopper), Barney (bottle opener)

Simpsons Barney bottle opener Unique ConceptsThe Barney Bottle Opener is from a fantastic line of decorative barware from Unique Concepts. Each statuette is finely detailed and looks great by itself, but the hidden use only makes it more appealing. They appear to be handpainted, and are made from a sturdy material. Polyresin maybe? I dunno, I’m just guessing.

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The Simpsons KFC Cups Set

Line: KFC/Pepsi cups
Year: 1993
Set: 4 – Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge (probably)

Simpsons KFC CupsThis set of plastic cups were sold at KFC stores in Canada only. They each have a close up of a character’s face, with a vaguely-character-related phrase on the back.

Apparently it’s a set of four, but I can’t find any images of them anywhere. My guess is the fourth cup would feature Marge and may or may not include Maggie – in these sorts of things Maggie is often relegated to featuring alongside another family member, rather than having her own item.

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