"You declared you would be three inches taller, you only became what we made you…"
So as I may have mentioned before The Who is my favorite band. Just something about their sound, the way they play, and the diversity between the personalities in the members just all comes together to make what I think is the best rock group of all time. It is unfortunate though, they are often overshadowed by other bands from around the same time period such as The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. But, I will always love Roger, Pete, John and Keith the most.
"When a man is running from his boss who holds a gun that fires cost…"
So it is a little sad that I will probably never, ever get fully articulated action figures of these guys. Not on the forefront of anyone’s mind, and certainly not nearly as popular as acts like Daft Punk or Michael Jackson in Japan (or even the US of course), there will be no Figma or Figuarts The Who. But, on mere chance one day, I saw that NECA was releasing figures of (oddly ’80s inspired in the episode, so come on, just do Keith okay?) the members that were featured in the Simpsons episode “A Tale of Two Springfields”. I needed to get them.
"Why should I care? Why should I care?"
For some reason, maybe a combination of Simpsons and The Who fans scooping them all up, or me just being late to the party, TRU.com, when I saw they had John in stock, was sold out of Pete and Roger. I was pretty bummed, I mean no offense to John, but I can’t get JUST him, you know? And then, a week or two later at a trip to the local Toys R Us, they had all of one figure from series two. Were they really that in demand?? A combination of lack of time and reasons to look, and I didn’t go to Toys R Us but maybe once after that. Until today. I was looking for the X-Men Legends (gotta get dat Rightclops and Storm!) and found a little robot bomb disposer… and these guys. Funny enough I originally thought that John was missing, but nah, they had two of all three!
"A beach is a place where a man can feel, he’s the only soul in the world that’s real…"
So, how are they? Well, they’re NECA so they’re smelly right out of the package! But only for a bit interestingly. A lot of other NECA stuff is a lot more pungent. The paint is nice on them, from Pete’s guitar pick, to the nobs on both his and John’s guitars. If you know what The Who look like, you will more than likely recognize who they are, albeit Simpson’d, so the sculpt is really nice as well. They just, you know. Don’t move. Their heads and waists are swivels and so are their arms, for whatever that’s worth. Half of their arms just look weird if you move them anyway. But hey, Roger’s mic comes out of his hand!
"Laugh and say I’m green, I’ve seen things you’ve never seen…"
But, despite their statue-ness, and Simpsons’d-ness, they’re still The Who. There’s no finer a band in history, and I am glad to at least have these little plastic representations of them!
"Only love… can make it rain, the way the beach is kissed by the seas…"