Gift Collection figure set – Vivid Imaginations

Year: 1997
Line: Vivid Imaginations
Set: 7 – Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Krusty, Homer badge

Simpsons Gift Collection Vivid ImaginationsThe 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.

Simpsons Gift Collection Vivid Imaginations Krusty

 

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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.

Evil Talking Krusty Doll

Line: Playmates Toys
Year: 2001

Simpsons Evil Krusty doll PlaymatesFrom Playmates Toys in 2001, this Krusty doll is straight out of the “Clown Without Pity” segment of the Halloween episode, “Treehouse of Horror III”. In the episode, Homer buys Bart a talking Krusty doll, who turns evil and tries to kill Homer when no one is watching.

It’s recreated quite well here, with a hard plastic head and plush body, pointed teeth, a Good/Evil switch and a pullstring in the back that says lines from the episode.

When the switch is set to Good, the doll says: “I’m Krusty the Klown, and I love you very much”, “Hey hey!”, “Here you go, buddy” and “Coming home to you makes it all worthwhile”.

But switch it to Evil, and it will say: “You sir, are an idiot”, “Come on, move it!”, “Shut your hole!” and “What have you done for me lately?”

As cool as it is, I was actually a little disappointed with this product.  The “good” lines are straight out of the episode and are relevant, but the “evil” sayings are just mildly negative Krusty lines from whenever. It should say the things from the episode that spark Homer’s fear, ie “I’m Krusty the Klown and I don’t like you”, “I’m Krusty the Klown and I’m going to kill you!”

But then again, maybe it’s not a wise marketing decision to have a children’s doll threaten to kill them.