The Simpsons Franklin Mint collector plates

Year: 1991-1993
Line: Franklin Mint collector plates
Set: 6The Simpsons Franklin Mint platesThese plates are too beautiful to ever eat off of, and it’s a good thing too, since a note on the back warns that “pigments used for color may be toxic.” Not that anyone would risk scratching or staining these beauties, anyway. This set of six Franklin Mint collector plates was available in the early ’90s, primarily through mail order – there are ads for them in The Simpsons Illustrated magazine series. Each one comes with a certificate of authenticity stating that it “is crafted of fine porcelain, and is bordered and individually hand-numbered in 24 karat gold.” I have the full set of six plates, but unfortunately, I’m missing the certificate for “Caroling with The Simpsons.”Simpsons Franklin Mint plate Family for the 90sSimpsons Franklin Mint plate Family backReleased in 1991, the first in the set depicts Our Favourite Family in one of the most commonly recurring locations: on the couch, in front of the TV. It’s the only plate in the set which doesn’t feature a specific scene, but rather a commonly-used stock image. It proves The Simpsons truly are a “A Family For The ’90s” (and the ’00s. And the ’10s. And…)Franklin Mint plate Caroling with The SimpsonsSimpsons Franklin Mint plate Caroling backAlso released in 1991, “Caroling With The Simpsons” captures the classic family shot from the very first episode, “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire.”Simpsons Franklin Mint plate Family TherapySimpsons Franklin Mint plate Family Therapy backReleased in ’92, “Family Therapy” shows the Simpsons in Dr Marvin Monroe’s electroshock therapy session, from the season one episode, “There’s No Disgrace Like Home”.Simpsons Franklin Mint plate Maggie and the BearsSimpsons Franklin Mint plate Maggie backAlso out in ’92, “Maggie and the Bears” shows a scene straight out of the classic “Call Of The Simpsons” episode, where the family get stranded in the woods.Simpsons Franklin Mint plate Three Eyed FishSimpsons Franklin Mint plate Fish backThe unimaginatively-named “Three-Eyed Fish” plate captures the moment Mr Burns’ political career went belly up, as Marge and the family serve Blinky for dinner, in the second season episode, “Two Cars In Every Garage And Three Eyes On Every Fish.”Simpsons Franklin Mint plate Lisa and her SaxSimpsons Franklin Mint plate Lisa backOnly slightly-more-creatively-named, “Lisa And Her Sax” rounded out the Franklin Mint’s Simpsons collector plate set. Released in 1993, it shows Lisa and her jazz mentor, Bleeding Gums Murphy, jamming out on the bridge, as seen in the iconic episode, “Moaning Lisa”.

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The Simpsons Coalport Ceramics – Mush!

Line: Coalport ceramic figures
Year: 2005

Coalport The Simpsons MushFrom 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 The Simpsons 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.

Simpsons Hamilton Sculpture – “Cool Days Of Summer”

Line: Hamilton Sculptures
Year: 2003

Simpsons Hamilton Cool Days of SummerFrom the “At Home With Homer” collection of the Simpsons line of Hamilton sculptures, “Cool Days of Summer” features Homer relaxing in a kiddie pool, while Maggie looks on in silent indignance.

Mine is numbered 3171.

The Hamilton sculptures are among my favourite items in my collection. Unfortunately, due to the amount of pieces in the line, and the price of each, I haven’t bought many. Those I do have I either scooped up cheap, or bought because I particularly like them.

Simpsons Hamilton Sculpture – Marge “Happy Homer-Maker”

Line: Hamilton sculpture collection – The Simpsons Nuclear Family
Year: 2003

Simpsons Hamilton Sculpture Happy Homer Maker

From the “Nuclear Family” collection of the Simpsons line of Hamilton sculptures, “Happy Homer-Maker” features Marge juggling the groceries and Maggie, while Santa’s Little Helper “helps”.

Mine is numbered 4031.

The Hamilton sculptures are among my favourite items in my collection. Unfortunately, due to the amount of pieces in the line, and the price of each, I haven’t bought many. Those I do have I either scooped up cheap, or bought because I particularly like them.

Simpsons Hamilton Sculpture – Smithers “You’re A Genius, Sir”

Line: Hamilton Sculpture Collection – Springfield Citizens
Year: 2003

Simpsons Hamilton Smithers You're a Genius Sir

From the “Springfield Citizens” collection of the Simpsons line of Hamilton sculptures, “You’re A Genius, Sir” features Power Plant lackey Smithers admiring his boss and best friend, Mr Burns.

Mine is numbered 4084.

The Hamilton sculptures are among my favourite items in my collection. Unfortunately, due to the amount of pieces in the line, and the price of each, I haven’t bought many. Those I do have I either scooped up cheap, or bought because I particularly like them.

The Simpsons “TV Time” Hallmark keepsake

Line: Hallmark Christmas keepsake
Year:
2008

The Simpsons TV Time Hallmark keepsake

Despite the piece having nothing to do with Christmas, Hallmark released TV Time as a Christmas ornament in the US and Canada in 2008. I’m not sure if it was a one-off thing, or if there were more, but I haven’t been able to find any others.

When a button on the side is pressed, the TV lights up and the Itchy & Scratchy theme plays. Well, it’s supposed to. Mine doesn’t work, for some reason.