Well, I suddenly find myself wishing that I’d posted this review a little sooner. Having only recently come back into the Ghostbusters line as a collector, the news of Club Ecto-1 being cancelled was a rather hard blow. Still, the line’s not dead and that means the reviews will continue too…
I picked up Egon about a month ago (he was the August Ghostbusters offering), but I’ve been so swamped with other toys that I hadn’t had a chance to even open him up. Well, I wanted to add a “The Sub is Dead” graphic to Tuesday’s crappy news, so I popped him open real quick and… well, that more or less moved him to the front of the review line. It happens.
Ready to Believe You Egon, or simply Lab Coat Egon if you prefer, spawns from the Ghostbusters commercial featured in the first film. The commercial has ended up as good fodder for both Mattel and Art Asylum, as it’s another instance (besides the regular uniforms) of when the guys donned matching uniforms (except Winston, who hadn’t been hired yet).
RTBY Egon is a study in how to slowly build a figure with parts from other figure’s. I dropped the Ghostbusters line in early 2010 (only to play catch up this summer), so I don’t have reviews of Walter Peck and RTBY Ray to link too (yet), but those two figures are essential to building Egon here. Walter Peck first provided the arms, pants, and shoes to RTBY Ray who then added a new torso and the lab coat to get the look (mostly) right. Take that mix, pop on an Egon head and glue a scientific calculator over the pocket protector and… viola! Ready to Believe You Egon is ready for sale.
I’m not complaining, because it does work for the most part. I’m not the biggest fan of the Egon head sculpt, but this figure looks more like Harold Ramis to me than the one I bought from SDCC 2008 (even though it’s the same). Yeah, the jacket should be buttoned up (and with the lack of an ab crunch, there’s no reason for it not to be), but that’s a minor point. I’m glad the calculator is there, but I don’t know if I should be amazed/happy or simply satisfied. Ghostbusters is a confusing line to collect. (The sub getting cancelled might just be weighing on me…)
The paint work is sold on the figure, but most of the pieces are molded in the appropriate colors and decos have been kept to a minimum. The paint on the head is good and the calculator is painted sharply. There are more differences from RTBY Ray in paint than there was in sculpt – the tie has been changed to blue, the buttons are white (they were wrong on Ray) and Egon has a silver belt buckle to Ray’s gold. I’m not sure if that last part is movie accurate or just to spice things up. It works either way.
The articulation for this line is broken down into two standard sets – the uniforms and the non-uniforms. Egon here sports the standard non-uniform articulation: a ball-jointed head & shoulders, swivels at the biceps, wrists, waist, and thighs, hinges at the elbows and knees, rocker ankles, and the 4H hips. Everything works fine and I had no stuck joints to report. It’s funny because I’ve got a few other reviews in various stages of completion, and articulation is a crucial part of some of them, but Egon’s articulation doesn’t seem to matter all that much. I’m not saying Ghostbusters should be stactions (or even have one joint less), but I just don’t see myself utilizing the articulation like I do for DCUC or MOTUC. Continue to Page 2…