“Maybe the drawings were a little crude, but all the characters were there: Itchy & Scratchy, Grampa Simpson, and Krusty the Klown.” – Troy McClure
Look at this picture of a Krusty stuffed animal (it’s the same one I put on our half assed Twitter feed yesterday). That has to be among the worst deviated septums in the history of stuffed animals. His nose is above his eyes! And let’s be clear, the people in charge of merchandising for FOX can’t blame this on shoddy manufacturing at whatever third world factory slapped this thing together for them. The mouth and the eye pieces are just way out of proportion to the size of the head. This is a design problem, an extremely lazy one that someone in a nice office didn’t care enough to fix.
That it bears more than a passing resemblance to the intentionally crude Krusty from the “138th Episode Spectacular” is surely coincidental, though no less damning for being so. I doubt that the people who make this type of stuff even watch the show, much less that they’d either a) be clever enough or b) care enough to have made the connection. But it can’t be denied. What was once an exaggerated joke about the show’s cheap beginning has become a sad, polyester reality in its twilight.
Merchandise of this exceeding quality (Krusty: Now with Forehead Nose!) accounts for the vast majority of Simpsons related revenue and profit, and is the main reason Zombie Simpsons continues to exist.