But I digress. So Mitch sez, "have you seen this toy aisle?" (not a stupid question; this isn't the store I frequent anymore) and I say, "yes," only I haven't ever gone down it, because I'm afraid I'll buy toys I don't need. Mitch ventures in and I follow, trying not to look around too much. New Transformers, new G.I. Joe, then . . . Simpsons! All sorts of Simpsons characters, all SORTS of them. Carl is one of the ones in front, and Carl is apparently Mitch's favorite, so he snatches him up. I lift up a Dr. Hibbard, and there's the scientist guy! MY favorite! He has a name, but I can't remember it. Professor Finkleheimer or something. So we're oohing and ahhing and holding them and putting them back, and holding them and putting them back, and we walk down the aisle and then I turn to go back because I never play with the toys I get with my BK Big Kids Meal, they just sit on my bookshelf collecting dust. So he's going to go back too, but then but THEN I think "I need him for work!" My cubicle is terribly unpersonalized and then I remember Heather and all of the toys in HER office, and I think, well, I'm sort of a scientist, so there I go. So I keep him, and Mitch keeps Carl. He says he'll bring him to work as well.
We open them as soon as we put the cheese away. They're stand-alone guys, and they make a million different characters (boviously, if they have Doctor Finaglestein), and a few sets, like the comic book store, and the bowling alley, and you can put any guy on any set and then he says stuff, because of a chip in his feet, or something. Man, I gotta say, these babies are really really well made. I mean, my dude, he's wearing glasses, right? They painted his eyeballs. They're behind his glasses, you have to look at a weird angle to see them, but there they are, white with black pupils. I'm so impressed! Carl came with a mug of beer, a donut, and bowling bag (which is surprisingly heavy), all of which he can hold in his hands, and a barrel of radioactive waste, AND a tray of more donuts. My guy came with a science hat that looks like a colander, an Erlenmeyer flask, a clipboard, and a test tube rack. And the three test tubes come out! They separate, for losing purposes! And get this -- the clipboard has a pen, and not only did they mold the pen cap, but they molded the little clip on the clipboard that the pen snaps into. Ridiculous! Who would complain if that wasn't there? Nobody! Man. What attention to detail.
Of course I forgot to grab him when I went home, but guess what? Mitch KNEW I would forget, so he put him in my purse. Wow. Whatta guy. And Professor Frankenmurphy is standing on my monitor as we speak, holding his flask and a test tube, and bein' all bucktoothed and whatnot.