Meet the Simpsons Manimals on The Island of Doctor Hibbert
Original the Island of Doctor Hibbert playsets were to be produced by Playmates before the license passed over to McFarlane's but at the time both Playmates and Toys R Us were keen on producing a Haunted Mansion set, which they felt would have a greater appeal to fans and thus be more popular.
Fox however didn't agree and felt that a playset based on the Manimals from the Island of Doctor Hibbert eoisode would be more appropiate. As a result neither set was made with both sides unwilling to compromise.
But it seems that Fox were determined to get this set made and so a few years further on McFarlane's have been convinced to produce the set. Although this set is different from Fox's original concept there are still some similarities.
The sculpting on these figures is of McFarlanes usual high standards but there are a few minor flaws. The overall scale of the set and figures is good and consistent with previous figures allowing you to add these to your display.
Unfortunately the paintwork isn't quite up to the standard we've come to expect from McFarlane and is sloppier than usual. There are also a few rub marks noticeable on the figures as well.
The detail on the sculpts is also very good particularly on the trees for Bart, Lisa and Maggie.
But be careful with the webbing as this is made from hard plastic and is very brittle and easy to break. Also take care of Hibbert's feet when removing the set from the packaging because the pegs are easily broken off.
Homer is the only figure to be permanently attached to his base whereas the others are attached with pegs, except Marge who simple stands where you put her.
The scuplting and paintwork on the base itself is great and all the figures fit neatly into place without too much hassle.
The articulation on these consists of a cut jointed neck on all the figures except for Homer who has a springy booble neck for some unknown reason.
Marge also has a joint on the base of her tail. The main problem with these cut joints is that on some of the figures the paint is too tight making turning the head difficult.
Hibbert has articulation on the shoulders as well enabling you to pose the arms which is a fairly important addition to the set.
However Burns has NO articulation and Bart's legs are fixed which is disappointing.
The most articulated of them all is Comic Book Guy who has cut joints on the shoulders and wrists as well as the neck.
Finally the packaging for collectors who like to keep their figures MIB (Mint in the Box) is excellent.
Although the figures aren't displayed exactly as they would be on the set out of the box it is fairly to it.
However this only remains true if the figures stay where they're supposed to, but some are prone to come loose from their ties.
The packaging also has a special note warning you about Bart's small plastic rod that holds him to the tree as it is hard to find being taped into the clear plastic tray by the fire pit.
Due Sept, 2007
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