I gotta say that I am loving the heck out of this Super Event. Vigilantes, Superheroes, Supervillains, bad guys to tap Batman-style, Spiderpig… so much fun. Of course, with lots of new items comes my task to let you know just WHERE all the stuff comes from. For this super where did THAT come from, we’ll take a look at the The Collector.
Of all the goodness that has come with the Superhero Event, this one is my favorite. Every Halloween I thought about EA adding this character into our towns and now I can say my dream has finally come true. While I will keep tapping to earn all the prizes, this is the one I would have been sad about if I hadn’t earned it. Not only is it a skin for my favorite Simpsons character… it’s super cool and from “Treehouse of Horror X” (S11:E4).
There is some irony in pointing out the origin for a skin that’s dialogue says it right off but I guess I’ll just be satisfied that Comic Book Guy might call me the Most Obvious. Blogger. EVER. Since he didn’t give the episode number though and this is one of my fave pieces of Simpsons animation, I’ll keep on. The second segment of Treehouse of Horror X is “Desperately Xeeking Xena”. Bart & Lisa are irradiated by the x-ray machine brought in to check the kids of Springfield’s candy and become Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl.
Of course any superheroes need an arch nemesis… namely… The Collector aka Comic Book Guy.
CBG kidnaps Lucky Lawless from a meet & greet. He’s not crazy, he just wants to add her to his collection and make her his bride.
The collector has also taken Leonard Nimoy, Gilligan, Robby the Robot, Seven of Nine, Matt Groening, the 4th Doctor and Yasmine Blithe. He’s sealed them all in mylar bags in near-mint condition.
The Collector stops Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl with the only working phaser from Star Trek and suspends the duo over a vat of Lucite. We also learn The Collector goes by these names: Obi Wan, Iron Man, Mr. Mxpicklit or Big Papa Smurf.
Xena tricks CBG into releasing her with “a ruse so hackneyed it would make Stan Lee blush.” Lucy and CBG engage in a battle. The Collector brings out a double edged lightsaber from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace but when Lucy Lawless reminds him he made it a non-collectible by removing it from the original packaging, he falls backwards into the Lucite and dies in a classic Lorne Greene pose from Battlestar Galactica.
Of course, a deceased supervillain seems like a weird addtition to the event but CBG’s funny dialogue when you unlock this skin makes up for it. You’d think Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl would have also been good additions but I think the designers didn’t want two skins for Bart if you know what I mean. One of my favorite things about the segment is that Comic Book Guy’s lair is still the Android’s Dungeon and he drives a gremlin.
Just the nerd references alone make this a classic. I love this prize and hope you do to. Alissa wrote a great post with all the ins and outs of unlocking the character so make sure you take a gander at that. That sums up this origin edition. Keep on tapping in the free world and never forget to be the Best. Tapper. Ever.
Before I close this one out, this origin edition had me lamenting the passing of the great Leonard Nimoy. It’s so sad and there’s not much this nerd can say to honor such a great man and actor. Mr. Spock’s passing has left a solar eclipse in my heart but the cosmic ballet must go on. Live long and prosper good sir. I agree that before being a nerd was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. I sincerely hope The Collector in all our games has you saved in his lair forever.
TTFN… Wookiee out!