Nearly 10 years after a relatively lackluster showing from Mattel, Playmates pulled off their second great cult TV-based toy revival with The Simpsons. Drawing from some of what made their Star Trek lines so great, these figures feature a bevy of accessories and magnificent sculpts. Unfortunately, the line is plagued by a bit of a problem stemming from an overabundance of Barts, but the endless parade of the character seems to be slowing down. Sold at roughly $5, the World of Springfield figures are second to none in today's toy market.
At first, each figure's package shows the entire range of Action Figure products on the back, with virtually identical card fronts, except for the inserts-- which is why we rarely show packaged figures. Starting with Series 4, the series was identified on the front of the package, on the right side of the card. Needless to say, it makes finding new figures on pegs a breeze-- if any can be found. The packaging was changed yet again several times, incorporating new design elements and eventually phasing out older product.
All exclusives for the remainder of the year have been released, and as of now, the only semi-official announced one is the Colonel Homer & Lurleen set which will now be a Toys "R" Us exclusive as opposed to an open stock item.
Our archives have gotten out of date as of late, so please be sure to check out our links for additional resources on this expansive toy line.
Pages last updated September 29 2003.
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