>June 1999 First reports of upcoming Playmates Simpsons line hit the pages of Tomart and Lees Action Figure News.
> September 1999 - First pictures of the World of Springfield line are shown in Lees AFN.
> November 1999 - Full set of Wave 1 figure pictures along with Barney and Moe are posted on the web at the Raving Toy Maniac website. Pictures of the Living Room and the Kwik-E-Mart are also revealed there.
> January 2000 WoS arrives on the shelves of Toys R Us.
> January 2000 - Tomarts #73 Cover: "Toy Fair 2000" with a nice illustration of 1st wave Homer (along with Edward Sissorhand, Darth Maul, Professor X and others).
-pg. 7 - "News Brief" implies that all "8 figures converse" with each other. Playsets are listed at $20.
> February 2000 The first playsets hit shelves at TRUs across the country.
> February 2000 We see the 2000 product line pictures from Toy Fair 2000. Waves 1-3 are listed as:
-Kamp Krusty Bart
*Wave 1 Playsets:
-Marge and Maggie w/ Living Room
-Radioactive Homer w/ the power Plant
*Wave 2 Playsets:
-Apu w/ the Kwik-E-Mart
-Principal Skinner w/ the School
*Wave 3 Playsets:
-Side Show Bob w/ the Springfield TV Studio
-Pin Pal Homer w/ the Bowl-A-Rama
> February 2000 - Lee's AFT #88 pg. 20 - "The first eight carded figures include Simpsons family members Homer, Bart, Lisa and Grampa. Four Springfield regulars round out the group of eight; Krusty the Clown, Barney, Moe the Bartender, and Mr. Burns. Connect any of these to an Intell-Tronic Environment and give voice to the entire town of Springfield.
Three environments are planned for the initial release, and include The Simpsons Living Room w/Marge and Maggie, The Nuclear Power Plant w/Radioactive Homer, and the Kwik-E-Mart w/Apu. Each Environment is encoded with a computer chip that recognizes any of the figures and causes them to speak when connected to it." Pictured are Moe, Barney, Mr. Burns, Grampa, Lisa, Homer, and Krusty the Clown. Also pictured are the living room w/Marge and Maggie, the stickers are a closed window, nothing on the T.V., and a closed door. The Power Plant w/RA Homer has the variant stickers (closed doors and a panel with gauges on it). The Kwik-E-Mart w/Apu playset has a closed door sticker with no one standing outside, just glass. Another pic shows a hand placing Burns over a sound chip, and it reads: "Place figures over Intelli-Tronic Environments to activate character dedicated sound chips!"
> February 2000 - Toy Fare #30 pg. 14 - An article about WoS lists the Wave 1 figures and mentions only the Living Room as being in the first assortment. Other waves are said to include Smithers, Flanders, Wiggum, Moe, Barney, Milhouse, Nelson, Otto, Lenny, Willie, Ralph, the Power Plant, and Kwik-e-Mart. Pics of Wave 1, Barney, Moe, and the Kwik-e-Mart are shown.
> March 2000 - Lee's AFT #89 pg. 40 - "On the Pegs" Photo page front view of Nuclear Power Plant playset along with Bart, Krusty & Homer on cards (first version of cards).
> March 2000 - Tomart's #75 Cover: "Toy Fair 2000" photo of SB Bart (with white legs and blue "boots") is featured on the front cover along with Yoda, Cartman and others.
-pg. 3 - "Table of Contents" Photo of Pin Pal Homer
-pgs. 24-25 - "Simpsons" Photo of Pin Pal Homer, Smithers, Flanders, SB Homer (green tie, gray shoes), Skinner, Wiggum, Barney, Moe, SB Bart & Nelson. Prototype photos of Springfield Elementary & Kwik-E-Mart. Photo of Playmates display area packaging shots of Wave 1 Homer & Power Plant plus first two waves displayed open with accessories. In the background, there are the cardboard illustrations of the next playsets.
> March 2000 - Toy Fare #31 pgs. 10-11 - An article about advancing toy technologies mentions the Intellitronic voice chips. Jeff Trojan is quoted. The Kwik-e-Mart and Living Room are pictured.
-pg. 88 - Big Shot featuring customs of Qui-Gonn Willie and Ralphakin.
> April 2000 - Lee's AFT #90 pg. 28 - "Investmentary" WOS makes first appearance. They point out theyve been best sellers since first released leaving only Barts. They point out Grampa, Mr. Burns and Lisa are hard to find.
-pgs. 32-33 - "Toy Fair Tour The Simpsons" pictures of prototype Kwik-E-Mart (differences: chalkboard for specials instead of Free Refills sign, squishee tops look like a real slurpees with food coloring and ice crystals instead of just gray (both mini squishee and giant squishee display). Stickers not on prototype. Prototype of Classroom except for sticker of schoolyard on the windows, it looks exactly the same. Living Room & Nuclear playset same as release. Photos of illustrations from Playmates of future playsets: Krustylu, Moes, and Town Hall. Photos of: Barney, Nelson, Wiggum, PinPal Homer, SB Bart, SB Homer, Flanders, Moe, Skinner & Smithers. (Barts legs are painted white his blue shoes look more like boots).
-pg. 82 - "Poor Jims 2000 Toy Almanac" Release schedule through 2000. Wave 1 listed as Now, Wave 2 June and Wave 3 September. Playsets Wave 1 Now, Wave 2, June and Wave 3 TBD.
-pg. 118 - "Price Guide" First listing of WoS. Prices range from $6 (Bart) - $8 (Homer) - $12 (rest) for first wave MOC and $20 MIB for playsets.
> April 2000 - Toy Fare #32 pg. 40 - Toy Showcase is highlighting the Wave 1 Homer figure.
-pg. 86 - Lisa is featured in a Big Shot.
> May 2000 Bill LaRue interviews Jeff Trojan about the WoS line for his website Collecting Simpsons!. Trojan reveals the revised Wave 2 offerings for the first time.
> May 2000 - Toy Fare #33 cover - PP Homer is included in a montage.
-pg. 14 - Article about cartoon toy line growth mentions the WoS. Pics of Moe and Homer are shown.
-pg. 32 - Article about Toy Fair 2000 mentions the WoS. Pics of Flanders, Smithers, and Wiggum are shown.
-pg. 36 - Top 25 Toys of Toy Fair 2000 names WoS the #1 line. Mr. Burns is pictured.
-pgs. 76-77 - Top 10 Hottest Action Figures - 4. Mr. Burns 5. Grampa 6. Homer
-pg. 79 - Market Watch - Krusty, Mr. Burns, and Homer are touted as the hottest figures in the line.
-pg. 86 - Bigshot of Krusty.
> May/June 2000 The first (and only) World of Springfield TV ads run in the U.S. market.
> June 2000 - Raving Toy Maniac website unveils the Toys 'R Us exclusive Tree House of Horror.
> June 2000 - Toy Fare #34 pgs. 58-59 - Top Ten Action Figures - 4. Mr. Burns 9. Grampa
-pgs. 60-61 - Featured in Market Watch, mentions SS Bob coming in a future "Springfield TV Studios" playsets. Pics of Krusty, Lisa, Bart, and the Mattel Nelson are shown.
-pg. 84 - Both the Playmates WoS and the 1990 Mattel Simpsons toys are added to the price guide. Only the six Wave 1 figures are listed.
> June 2000 - Special Simpsons Insert from Toy Fare #34 - Features include:
- show history & timeline
- sneak peek of PP Homer, Barney, Smithers, Flanders, Wiggum, Moe, Nelson, Skinner, SB Homer, SB Bart, KK Bart, and the school playset
- article about voice work on the show
- article about the making of the toys w/pics of Jeff Trojan
- poll for most wanted future figures (CBG 47%, Itchy & Scratchy 23%, Troy McClure 18%, Dr. Nick 7%, Patty & Selma 4%, Dr Hibbert 1%)
- showcase of "Best Episodes"
- FOX and WoS websites are given
- Back Cover is a Playmates ad featuring Wave 1
> July 2000 - Tomart's #79 pg. 4 - "Treehouse of Horror" full page picture of THOH (prototype colors). Noted as TRU exclusive available in September at $25.99 to $29.99.
> July 2000 - Toy Fare #35 pg. 61 - Top Ten Action Figures - 7. Mr. Burns
-pg. 77 - Mugshot of Mr. Burns
-pg. 93 - Mugshot of Krusty
> August 2000 Wave 2 figures and playsets arrive in stores. Smithers is not included in initial shipments and is subsequently short packed. Note that there was a seven month period between waves.
> August 2000 - Toy Fare #36 pg. 61 - Top Ten Action Figures - 6. Mr. Burns
-pg. 64 - Bigshot with Mr. Burns and Radioactive Homer
-pg. 85 - price guide adds only the Kwik-e-Mart; Mugshot of Lisa Simpson
-pg. 103 - Ad for the upcoming GitD Homer offer.
> September 2000 TRU exclusive Tree House of Horror arrives on shelves. It is actually marked down to $14.99 in December 2000.
> September 2000 - Lee's AFT #95 Cover 1: Mayor Quimby on Town Hall playset. Cover 2: Sideshow Bob on Krustylu Studios playset.
-pg. 6-8 - "The Simpsons" - WoS market described as sizzling. Written info: release recap of wave 2; wave 3 (listed as October) and Wave 3 playsets (November). Listing of 2001 possible releases by waves other than Duffman, all of the listed figures was released in either 2001 or 2002. (Casual Homer is listed as Homer in Underwear). Exclusives are listed as "available now" Wizard mail-in Radioactive Homer & TRU THOH. Photos: prototype of Town Hall, Krustylu also listed as prototype, Quimby, Sideshow Bob, Moe, SB Homer, KKB & Nelson. The KKB "prototype" picture has him wearing a shirt that clearly has a sticker on it. The prototype of THOH looks different from final release: cemetery gate lavender, gremlin green, Flanders eyes, King Kong Homer Tan & Brown, slight different color to Vampire Burns outfit. There are photos of wave 2 cards and playset boxes, wave 1 with figures "in character" on playsets holding accessories
-pg. 134 - "Price Guide" MOC Bart, Homer same Krusty [$8] , Lisa, Grampa, Burns [$15+], no pricing change on MIB playsets. GITDH listed as $12 MIB.
> September 2000 - Toy Fare #37 pg. 4 - Ad for the GitD Homer offer.
-pg. 9 - First mention of WoS in a letter, even though it isn't about the WoS.
-pg. 10 - Playmates is listed in the "Company Black Book":
611 Anton Blvd., Suite 600
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
-pg. 20 - THOH1 is announced and pictured (the prototype). They also report that Playmates had confirmed CBG for early 2001.
-pgs. 52-53 - Two page spread for the GitD Homer offer with coupon insert.
> October 2000 Bill LaRue launches the Collecting Simpsons! Message board.
> October 2000 GitD Homer begins to arrive in mailboxes.
> October 2000 - Lee's #96 pg. 75 "Investmentary" Points out wave 2 hitting shelves Burns, Grampa & Lisa hard to find from wave 1 and they report that Flanders may be short packed in wave 2.
> October 2000 - Toy Fare #38 pg. 54 - "Top Twenty Five Figures" article mentions Homer and Mr. Burns as 'also rans'.
-pgs. 66-67 - Featured as the "Toy Story" is the 1990 Mattel line. WoS is mentioned and the Homer figure from each line is pictured and compared.
-pg. 70 - Market Watch snippet about Wave 1 and the upcoming Wave 2. Flanders is pictured.
-pg. 79 - Toy vs. Toy - Mr. Burns beats George Burns.
-pg. 91 - By the Numbers featuring Homer Simpson.
-pg. 111 - Ad for the next issue's Simpsons Wish List (pics of customized Disco Stu, Cletus, CBG, Mr. Teeny).
> November 2000 - Lee's AFT #97 pg. 75 "Investmentary" Burns dropping in price as it was apparently shipped with wave 2. Smithers is short packed. Final bit of advice, "Buy now while you can."
-pg. 118 "Price Guide" No changes to first wave or playsets. Wave 2 listed with Ned & Bart without hymn stickers listed at $10 [regular versions $8] Most wave 2 figures at $8 Smithers at $12 MOC. All playsets at $20 MIB. GITDH still at $12. TOH listed at $35 MIB.
> November 2000 - Tomart's #81 pg. 70 - "The Simpsons" Photos of the front of wave 2 figures in packaging along with the prototype photos of Town Hall and Krustylu.
> November 2000 - Toy Fare #39 cover - Pics of customized Bumblebee Man and Muumuu Homer
-pg. 8 - Muumuu Homer custom fully pictured
-pgs. 66-72 - Article about WoS wishes featuring customs of Muumuu Homer, Troy McClure, Capt. McCallister, Patty & Selma, Pimple Faced 'Kid', Kang & Kodos, Dr. Nick, Itchy & Scratchy, and Bumblebee Man. They also correctly list Wave 3.
-pgs. 74-75 - Market Watch talks about new Wave 2 figures (minus Smithers) and says that Skinner is the real mover.
> December 2000 Toy Fare #42 names WoS Best Toy Line of 2000 and gives the line the Best Action Feature award. They also make the first mention of the spin-off celebrity line and give us our first pictures of the Wave 4 figures plus Kent Brockman.
> December 2000 - Lee's AFT #98 pg. 26-27 "Simpsons Checklist & Dream Figures" Photos of the first two waves, GitD Homer & THOHs figures w/ their accessories there is also a Simpson TV series fun fact of that character with each photo. Their 11 dream figures: Cletus, Mr. Sparkle, Handsome Pete, Shari Bobbins, Matt Groening, Willie as Freddy, Dr. Colossus, Knight Boat, Pimple Faced Kid, Pepi, & Selma from Lisas hallucination.
-pg. 58 "Investmentary" THOH rated "best return set is destined to be gold down the road. Stashing an extra or two is a no brainer." They also recommend the w/o sticker Bart/Flanders and short packed Smithers.
> December 2000 - Tomart's #82 pg. 4 - "Playmates" front photos of the following in packaging: THOH, Springfield Elementary, Kwik-E-Mart and GitD Homer. They note that Playmates "has stated that pretty much every Simpsons characters fans will want will be developed within the next 2 years "
> December 2000 - Toy Fare #40 pg. 79 - Market Watch mentions Mr. Burns and Lisa as "hard to find" and talks about Wave 2. Smithers is said to be Wave 2's hottest figure and they state the obvious by saying Homer and Bart figures are the slow movers. John Stelzner of Playmates is quoted as saying the production was increased for Wave 2.
-pg. 80 - Short Pack erroneously reports Smithers was short packed at K-marts and Targets due to his sexual orientation.
Market Climate pictures Ned and says that WoS figures are "flying off of shelves".
-pgs. 82-83 - Top Ten Action Figures - 1. Smithers 2. Wiggum 4. Barney 7. Flanders
-pg. 87 - Mug Shot of Bart Simpson
-pg. 94 - Big Shot with Krusty
-pg. 103 - Price Guide includes all of Wave 1 & 2.