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Title:
Collecting Simpsons! : an unofficial guide to merchandise from 'The Simpsons'
Author:
LaRue, William D.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Liverpool, N.Y. : KML Enterprise Pub., [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
152 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780967542102
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

For those fans of "The Simpsons" who enjoy trading cards, dolls, compact discs and other merchandise inspired by the series, this is a wonderful, definitive guide. The 152-page book features more than 375 photos, a detailed price guide merchandise reviews, and much more -- all written in a light-hearted, fun tone.


Author Notes

William D. LaRue, who owns more than 3,000 items relating to "The Simpsons," is the author of the Collecting Simpsons! Web site at http://members.aol.com/bartfan. He is also the television critic for The Syracuse (N.Y.) Newspapers, and a graduate of the State University of New York at Potsdam and Syracuse University.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Call of the Simpsons
A whopper of a tale
Search for private Barts
3,000 items and growing
The point of this guide
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1 A brief overview
Visiting with Bart lady
Don't worry, be obsessive
A shop heard 'round the world
Fox plans more U.S. merchandise
Well, maybe you should worry
Chapter 2 'The Simpsons'
A landmark TV comedy
"Tracey"-ing the show's roots
A Simpsons Christmas present
Meet those wacky Simpsons
Freeze-frame jokes
"The dumbest thing"
The show's legacy
Chapter 3 Boom, bust and Bart
Bart, Bart everywhere
$750 million in sales in 1990
Trading cards and a talking doll
Bootlegs ride the success
No licensed beer or cereal
Oversaturation of merchandise
Sad state of merchandise
Chapter 4 Bootlegs: Fake Simpsons
A brief look at unlicensed Simpsons merchandise
Chapter 5 Promos: Not for retail
Giveaways, promotional goods and other stuff never sold in stores
Chapter 6 Cool vs. cheesy
The good, the bad and the downright smelly
Mattel action figures
Jesco bendables
Pull-String Talking Bart doll
Burger King dolls
Arcade pinball machine
Homer Simpson Pop-Gun Target Set
"Complete Guide"
"Simpson Fever"
Bart and Homer cookie jars
Water bottles
Calendars
Automobile window signs
Tombstone Pizza poster
R-rated posters
"Key of Springfield"
"The Yellow Album"
Skybox trading cards
Skybox pogs
Bath soakies
Bart sculpted bath soap
Bart skateboard
Flippy Flyer cloth disc
Chapter 7 Why collect Simpsons?
There isn't one correct way
Vast riches or a money pit?
The few, the proud
Chapter 8 Getting the goods
Around the world with Simpsons merchandise
It's mostly a cyber-Simpsons world
Questions and Answers
Chapter 9 Animation art
The big picture
The making of "The Simpsons"
The business of animation art
The big Simpsons art auction
Galleries become source for cels
Original production cels
Limited-edition sericels
Limited-edition hand-painted cels
Do comparison shopping
Investment potential of cels
Simpsons merchandise price guide
Packaging descriptions
These are typical prices
Defining mint condition
This book isn't a catalog
Chapter 10 Action figures
Mattel
Dan Dee
Jesco
Burger King
Other
Chapter 11 Dolls
Mattel
Dan Dee
Burger King
Presents
Vivid Imaginations
Other
Bart autopsy
Chapter 12 Games
Board
PC and Mac software
Nintendo and Game Boy
Super Nintendo
Sega Genesis
Hand-held electronic
Electronic toys
Puzzles
Pogs (milk caps)
Other
Chapter 13 Pin, stick and hang
Stickers
Buttons and pins
Auto window suction cup hangers
Door knob hangers
Wall placards
Street signs
Posters
Collector plates
Other
Chapter 14 School and writing
Bookmarks
Write 'N Wipe memo boards
Stationery
Other
Chapter 15 Household goods
Kitchen accessories
Drinking utensils
Food and drink
Bedroom
Bathroom
Chapter 16 Books, comic books and magazines
Nonfiction books
Books for laughs
Bongo comic books
Bongo reprints
Magazines
Simpsons Illustrated
Other U.S.
Non-U.S.
Chapter 17 Clothing and accessories
T-shirts
Miscellaneous clothing
Neck ties
Accessories
Chapter 18 Audio/video
Home videos
CDs, tapes and vinyl
Chapter 19 Cards
Greeting cards
Gibson
American Greetings
Carlton Cards
Wallet cards
Phone cards
Post cards
Trading cards
Chapter 20 Holiday and party
Halloween
Christmas
Valentine's Day
Birthday parties, etc.
Chapter 21 Miscellaneous
Banks
Balloons
Key rings
Button-Up
Gift Creations
Other key rings
Watches
Nelsonic
Itchy (the cat) and Scratchy (the dog)
Other watches
Other miscellany
Photo indexp. 147