The Simpsons Gift Collection, from Vivid Imaginations, is an exception to my rule of not displaying boxes. Why this? I don’t really know. I just found it still boxed, and it seemed like if I wanted to open it in the future I could, but I could never unopen it.
Weirdly, I’ve noticed that when this set is being sold online, it’s almost always still in the box. Why is this the one thing that absolutely everyone was reluctant to open?
Well, everyone except for the original owner of this extra, individual Krusty figure I have.
Remember that episode where Homer is mistaken for a pilot, and aimlessly presses buttons on the plane’s dashboard in hopes of blundering his way through the situation?
Playing with HomerSapien is exactly like that.
Released around the time of the movie, this licensed version of WowWee’s RoboSapien looks like it could do some really cool things – if I could only figure out how it works.
He walks, he talks, he picks stuff up (after much trial-and-error), he spooks your dogs. Either way, the real fun is trying to figure it all out. Mine lives on the floor, since I’m not 100% convinced it doesn’t move around by itself at night.
WowWee have since retired this model, but it still does the rounds of eBay pretty regularly. Just make sure you shop around for it: I got mine for ten bucks at a second-hand store, but some hopefuls online are asking for hundreds.
The Almighty Creator himself, Matt Groening, was immortalised in plastic for the first time in 2012, to commemorate the show’s 500th episode. This 6-inch figurine was released by Kidrobot, and is just one of a huge range of licensed collectibles, including several different lines of Simpsons characters.
They’re awesome, but unfortunately this is the only one I have. There’s just too many of them, and they aren’t cheap. I’ll add them to the collection someday.
Aah, Pez. With its own enormous following of devoted collectors, it was inevitable that these two pop culture juggernauts would intersect one day. This line of Simpsons Pez dispensers came out in 2000, to the delight of both camps of collectors.
They’ve since been retired, but they’re still really common on eBay and wherever else.
A couple years later, Pez also released giant versions of these same dispensers, because why not?