I give you....
The tale of the Radioactive Homer is a long and sordid one, which begins roughly two years ago in the depths of space (Entwistle, actually)....
When I was unemployed in the summer of 1998, I picked
up the latest issue of ToyFare magazine. In every issue
they have some kind of exclusive action figure for you to
send away for. In the September 1998 issue, it was the
Star Trek figure Translucent Geordi. (If you haven't seen
the episode Identity Crisis, Geordi gets infected with some
funky alien DNA and turns into a funky alien. This alien
has the power to turn invisible, hence the "translucent.") I
knew I had to have this for my collection. So, I popped my
$13(US) in the mail. Forget 6 to 8 weeks, I had to wait 16
to 20 weeks after the offer expiry date. The expiry date
was Sept. 18, meaning that 16-20 weeks after that meant it
should be coming in December. The money order, special
order form, and special envelope were all filled out with
loving care. And then, I waited.
December came and went. No Geordi. I figured that I would add another month on to the
expected time, seeing as to how it had to come all the way from Virginia. If Geordi didn't come
by the end of January, angry letters would be sent off! So, I waited some more.
And some more.
And some more.
Finally, the final week in January, he came. And boy, was that a sweet action figure! It still has
a place of honor atop my monitor. And, with that, I swore that I wouldn't send away for
another ToyFare exclusive unless it rocked hard. Exactly two years
later, in the September 2000 issue, I see this:
Yup, Homer Simpson, in a glow-in-the-dark radiation suit. Now, the Simpsons action figures have been flying off the shelves in the US, but they haven't come to Canada yet. I figured that this might be my only chance to get a Simpsons action figure. I knew I had to get it. So, I filled out the special order form and envelope with loving care, stuck a money order for $15(US) in the mail, and now I wait.
My logic is working like this: I sent away for Geordi at the start of July, and he came at the end of January. So, sending away for Homer at the start of August means he should be here near the end of February. Hence, the countdown clock on the main page is set for February 28, 2001: the day I send off an angry letter.
A few things make this different from Geordi. Unlike Geordi, Homer here is limited to a production run of 10,000. That means first come, first served. Here in lies the possibility that I may not get a Homer. But, I remain optimistic. And so, we count down the days until:
a) I get Homer!
b) I get my money back (meaning they ran out)!
c) I write an angry letter.
So, always come back to this page, for the latest on The Countdown To Radioactive Homer!
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