Simpsons Kidrobot Vinyl Mini Figures
Homer & Marge Simpson
3 Inch Scale
Kidrobot is a company that is perhaps best known for their vinyl Dunny figures, tiny, rabbit eared figures that have as many designs as they don’t have body types. These little handcrafted gems have become quite collectable among various groups, and Kidrobot has been eager to branch out. Which brings us to their Simpsons line.
Each figure comes in a sealed box, which means you’ve got no idea which figure you’ve purchased until you get it home. The boxes themselves are very neat, and include both original art work, as well as images of the figures available in each line.
Each image is accompanied by the odds that you will get that figure, and while rarity does have some effect on the value of each figure, popularity of the character also plays a big role.
Now, let’s say you’re one of those rabble rousing punks, and want to stick it to the man by cracking the box top and sneaking a glance at the figure before you buy. Well you are out of luck my friends, because the good people at Kidrobot are one step ahead of you. Open the box and you’re faced with this:
Curses, foiled by, er, foil!
I’ve already purchased a few of these little guys, but I figured the casual fan would be most interested in the main characters, so I grabbed Homer and Marge for this one. We’ll start with the sculpt:
The figures are each hand painted, and with that in mind they look pretty darn good. I have found almost no paint slop on any of the figures, and the sculpt itself looks as good as a 2d cartoon figure can as 3d figures. Also, keeping in mind that these are stylized versions of the figures, they retain the characters’ essential feel, while also adding a bit of cool cuteness to them.
These figures have very limited movements, but as figures meant more for display than play that is to be expected.
Each figure has slight shoulder movement, and a head that can turn back and forth, but this is due to the fact that the heads are completely removable. It would have been nice if there was some kind of stopper to prevent this, but such is life. The heads don’t just pop off, and so again, since these are mainly display pieces, your movements will probably be minimal anyways.
Each figure comes with a sticker, which shows a picture of the character on it.
Various characters also come with their own personal accessory. Homer, for instance, comes with a donut, while Marge comes with nothing but the sticker.
Not pictured: Marge’s nothing
What’s interesting is that many of the characters in this line that come with accessories cannot actually hold them in their hands, and so your choice is to either keep them next to them on a shelf, or store them in the box.
These figures are kind of hard to find in stores around here. I know that Border’s books carried them for a while, but since it collapsed those are all gone now. Fortunately they have a thriving market on Ebay.
A few things to keep in mind if you are going to buy these online:
1. Avoid Amazon. These toys are usually listed on Amazon for far more than they are on Ebay. Some figures are listed at up to 200% higher prices! Especially for something small you might want to put on your desk at work, you don’t want to shell out a lot of money.
2. Shop around. I’m amazed how much disparity there is on prices for these figures. I found one seller who was offering a figure for 40 bucks, and on the next page the same figure was listed for 5. Be smart before you place a bid.
3. Go international. I found a lot of sellers in England who were selling these for far less than American dealers, and that includes shipping. Don’t be afraid to go overseas!
4. Make sure it’s all there. I only buy these if they include the original box and all the accessories. If the dealer is just selling the figure by itself it really hurts your resale chances later, if you are so inclined.
Marge ran me about 10 bucks, and Homer a bit more, so as I said before the rarity and popularity of the characters will affect the price. My advice is to shop around, but make sure you are willing to wait for a deal.
These are neat little figures, but I would not invest a ton of money in them to be major future investments. If you find one you like, pick it up knowing it will probably be a neat, high quality collectable you can display with little worry of damage. Just make sure you are smart when you go shopping for them.