Pros: everybody's favorite lardbutt
Cons: no secret hidden room full of bootleg movies
Know how you can tell that Springfield is a fantasy world? You can find children in the comicshop.
Whether freezing your brain with an ice-cold Chutney Squishee at the Kwik-E-Mart, choking down imitation fruit beverages at Springfield Elementary or drowning your sorrows at Moe's, you can't help but drink in the radioactive charm that is Springfield's alone. Yes, a visit to Springfield brings a glow to the heart--that never, ever goes away!
Ah, the Android's Dungeon; many a Springfieldian youngster's coffers have been emptied in the hopes of getting the newest issue of Radioactive Man or some other pristine collectible from that dank and moldy bastion of over-priced memorabilia (and its dank and moldy proprietor). At long last, this fine establishment comes to three-dimensional life from Playmates Toys. Part of the World of Springfield line, the Android's Dungeon playset measures 8" wide, 5" deep, and 6 3/4" high. Press any of the three buttons on the shop's floor, and you'll hear sounds from the show.
The shop has a rack of comics, two shelves of merchandise, and a display case with cash register on top. Each of these has numerous stickers applied to the molded plastic shapes (to make it seem as if this shop actually has some merchandise)--comics on the rack, toys on the shelf, and everything from trading cards to a pair of Ranier Wolfcastle's underwear behind the glass. There are several other stickers on the wall, including a pegboard, Isotopes pennant, and the doorway to the back room. I'm sort of disappointed that so much of the shop is flat--it would have been nice to have some molded items instead of just decals, but I do recognize that the cost would've likely been prohibitively expensive.
This set also includes a figure of that landwhale known as the Comic Shop Guy. Standing 5" tall, he's got the same four points of articulation as all the other denizens of the Springfield--neck, shoulders, and waist. CSG includes a Krustyburger with cheese and a Krusty partially gelatinated non-dairy gum-based beverage (what you or I might call a "shake"), either of which can be held in his pudgy right hand.
Actually, much like CSG's itsy t-shirt, I don't think "pudgy" quite covers it. Comic Shop Guy's gravity-altering girth makes Homer's weight "problem" look more like a weight "minor inconvenience." He's so fat his blood type is Ragu. He's so fat when he put on some BVDs by the time they reached his waist they said BouleVarD. He's so fat he wears prescription pants. He's really heavy, get it? He's been sculpted here in his midriff-baring t-shirt, revealing the sickly, sallow, sizable stomach that ripples beneath. He's wearing tan shorts (instead of the red ones seen on the show), but I like to imagine that he's just sent his prescription out to be filled.
Like all the Simpsons figures, Comic Shop Guy talks when you put him on a compatible playset environment. And since he comes with one of those environments, you just know he's gonna talk. Press the button, and he says one of six phrases:
"So you kids fancy yourselves experts, eh?"
"And will there be any more splurging today?"
"Excuse me, no banging your head against the display case, please."
"Oh, I've wasted my life."
"Oh, a sarcasm detector! That's a really useful invention!"
"You fold it, you bought it."
As I write this, the characters that are compatible with the Android's Dungeon are Bart, Homer, Lisa, Marge, Grampa, Chief Wiggum, Ralph, Martin, Milhouse, Nelson, Jimbo, Principal Skinner, Otto, and Krusty The Clown. These fifteen characters have thrity-three different phrases between them. Press a button without a figure on the base, and you'll hear the cash register ringing up a sale.
I was sold on this set as soon as I heard it was coming out. It would give the few Simpsons figures I do have a place to congregate and talk, and it features one of my favorite characters. I recommend this set as I recommend all the other World of Springfield offerings: if you're a fan of the show, or just want to purchase this for someone who is, you can't go wrong. Viva la Simpsons!
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