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Homer's X-Mas Train Enters The Station

Now arriving on collectors' doorsteps is "Asleep at the Wheel", the premiere issue in the Simpsons Christmas Express collection, exclusive to Hamilton. You can get ordering info on This train is part of a subscription plan; the following pieces will be sent to you over time. Once complete, the whole train hooks together with yellow chains.

Be-Sharp Apu has shipped to U.K. collectors who ordered them via Sci-Fi Warehouse / Forbidden Planet, which appears to be the sole overseas distributor of the mail-away figures. U.S. collectors have received word from Playmates customer service that Apu will be shipping very soon, so keep an eye on those mailboxes.

The SCS presents another in a series of interviews with our members, this time it's 20 Questions with WiNgEdLoBsTeR55. Make sure you check out the SCS Magazine for more of our 20 Questions Interviews. If you're interested in participating in 20 questions, be sure to check out our Message Board for more information.

Kenny from Sci-Fi Warehouse / Forbidden Planet has given us news regarding the next two waves of the UK non-interactive figures. The Series 7 line-up will include Otto, Kent Brockman, Patty and Bartman. Series 8 will feature Dr Hibbert, Snake, Mascot Homer and Sunday Best Grampa. Both sets are set to be released in June, and if they are like the previous four waves they will include voice chips despite being labelled 'non-interactive'.

Your Husband's Work Is What We Call 'Outsider Art'...

As a photographer, David Levinthal has made a career of photographing pop culture items such as Barbie dolls as art. Now he turns he creative lens on the Simpsons, using its merchandise to help evoke moods and themes of the series and its characters. The book features an introduction by the man himself, Matt Groening, and storyboards, script segments, and never-before-seen materials from The Simpsons archives. It will be out this April and is available in both a hardcover edition and a paperback edition.

Many older WoS items are being clearanced on Planet Action Figure. The best deals are All-Star series 2 set for $2.99 and both the Springfield Elementary Cafeteria and DMV playsets together for $14.99. This will be helpful for customizers or those with holes to fill in their collections.

Come On, Flanders!  I Don't Complain About Your Moustache!

SCS member micallef is the proud winner of a recent eBay auction for one of the most interesting error figures we've seen: moustache-less Ned Flanders. The figure was sealed in the packaging without having paint applied to the moustache. Guess this Ned is from "Bart the Lover (8F16)" ... without the old "cookie duster"!

Tonight at 8PM/7C, Marisa Tomei and James L. Brooks (you may have seen his name in the Simpsons credits once or twice) guest voice as Ned starts dating a former starlet. This episode is followed by a rerun of "The Dad Who Knew Too Little".

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