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.
This 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 promoting the release of The Simpsons Movie.
Between 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.
The 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.
Another item I can’t place to a set or company, my girlfriend found this tiny Homer figure in a second hand store. His back is marked with the Fox trademark and the year 2007, which leads me to believe he’s probably from some set promoting the movie – pretty much everything released in 2007 was.
My guess, based on his small size, is he’s from one of those capsule vending machines you see in arcades and shopping centres. I’ve searched through capsule toys online, but couldn’t find this figure in any of the sets.
If anyone has any idea where he belongs, please let me know. Until then, he remains in my mystery pile.
These magnet straws came with the Slurpee/Squishee cups, in 7/11 stores (done up to look like the Kwik-E-Mart) to promote The Simpsons Movie. The characters are held on with magnets, and can be removed from the straws.
This set of cups was sold in 7/11 stores, done up to look like the Kwik-E-Mart, in 2007 to promote The Simpsons Movie, along with a set of magnet straws. Far as I know, they were only released in the US. All have the Squishee, Slurpee, and 7/11 logos on the back (bottom right)