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Member Gooker1 emailed Playmates recently in regards to the Family New Year's Environment. The response he got indicates that the set will the Springfield Town Hall, as some rumors have suggested. We hope to get confirmation on this and other issues when our staff meets with Playmates very soon at the San Diego Comic Con.... read more

Toys 'R Us Steps Up to Bat and Hits One Into Deep Space

Member OliverDubin reports finding the episode-themed collector packs, "Deep Space Homer" and "Homer at the Bat", at his local Toys 'R Us in Southern California.

Our staff received an email from Playmates customer service rep Paula in response to an inquiry on a 2003 release list. This email contained the tentative plans for Series 13 and 14 and a slightly revised list for Series 12. This list is not final and is subject to change.... read more

UPDATE (7/26): The poll is now closed and results are being sent to Playmates Toys.

As you may have read here last week, Playmates is considering rereleasing some of the early, hard-to-find WoS figures in 2003. They want the input of collectors on the best way to do this. So please go to the Poll and make your voice heard!

markwars1972's World of Springfield Master List is updated as of July 15, 2002 and now contains more columns than ever, including resistor pack color, resistor pack location, datestamp codes, copyright location and hand positions for each figure.

We have just learned that Playmates' line of 'Blocko' figures will no longer be produced. SCS administrator Markwars1972 contacted a Playmates customer service rep and received this response: "I just asked the marketing person and he told me that the second series is not going to be made. Only the first 3 boxes have been produced and now that is the end of it."... read more

According to Diamond Comics' weekly shipping list, the following Simpsons items will be shipping this Wednesday to comic stores and other retailers who ordered them:

MAY021878	SIMPSONS COMICS #72	$2.50

UPDATE (7/17): Results are up!

It is time again to submit our 10 Questions to Playmates and we need your votes. We have looked everyone's suggestions and compiled a list of 21 questions, from which you can pick your choices. Please visit the Voting Booth and let us know which 10 you think are the most important today.

Our Playmates liaison Michael Crawford MWC has learned that the company is considering the possibility of re-releasing some of the hard to find early figures, like Smithers and Lisa, in 2003. They are looking to figure out the best way to do this without upsetting collectors. We are working on putting together a poll with various questions and ideas on this subject. Playmates will be looking at this poll closely, so we need everybody to make their voices heard. Look for the poll sometime early next week.

MWC : Number Nine

Michael Crawford does a little Krusty busting of his own in his latest review of the new Wave 9 Figures (featuring Prison Sideshow Bob, Sunday Best Grampa, Disco Stu, Sunday Best Lisa, Busted Krusty and Rod and Todd Flanders). Be sure to check out his site to read his complete review (located in the cartoon review section for the date 7/10/2002 if it's not on the front page).

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