Since RTBY Egon is a low investment figure, he does include something that is sadly all too rare in the line – a proper ghost! In this case, it’s the Library Ghost from the beginning of the first film. Like Nunzio Scoleri, she’s a little undersized, but she’s easily the best ghost yet. Slimer holds a special place in my heart of course, but the cool detail work on the Librarian is hard to deny – and that face sculpt is downright creepy. Paintwise, she’s molded clear and painted in varying degrees for a cool fading effect at the edges. The Library Ghost includes three swivel joints at the head and shoulders as well as the standard… uh, stand.
There was a bit of a kerfuffle over Egon’s accessory. If you’re a sharp-eyed Ghostbusters fan, then you know that Egon had a stethoscope in the commercial while the PKE Meter was off and hanging out of Venkman’s pocket. I can’t find the link at the moment, but Toy Guru noted that they’d taken a stab at the stethoscope and the results were less than stellar. 1/12th scale stethoscopes do exist though, so I might seek one out if I get ambitious (I don’t really mind that he doesn’t have a stethoscope, but I gotta mention it).
What Egon did include was three PKE Meters, two of which are new sculpts. Each represents the PKE Meter in various states of activity – off, on, and… really on? Wings partially extended and fully extended basically. They’re all nice pieces with sharp decos and I did laugh when I saw the “off” meter didn’t have any paint on the screen. The only problem I have with the Meters is that Egon can’t hold them all that well. I’m not sure what Peck’s hands were designed for, but it wasn’t holding PKE Meters. They’ll balance in there, but it’s not the same fit we’re used to with the wands. It’s not a deal-breaker, but in a line that needs to be done so cheaply, you’d think they would’ve skipped having two different sets of hands.
Overall, this figure isn’t going to set the world on fire. Heck, the whole line appears to be operating a shade or two above the minimum amount of interest possible – the price is high, the part reuse is heavy, and even my inner child has a hard time going “wow! a guy in a lab coat!” even if it is Egon Spengler.
That said, if you’re buying the line, there’s some fun to be had with this figure. It’s mostly a 4H sculpt, it looks good on the shelf, and he’s from the one subset of Ghostbusters that we know Mattel will finish (though, I oddly want a plainclothes Winston to hang out with ’em). If you’re buying the line for the ghosts, as some are, the Library Ghost is a great addition to the little roster. If you’re still buying the line to give the accessories to your main guys, as some are, then three PKE Meters in various states ain’t bad (where’s that figure with three proton streams?). Basically, if you’re buying Ghostbusters Classics, then you’re going to pop this figure onto your shelf and be satisfied – if you’re thinking about getting into the line? Well, don’t start with this one… okay?
Check out our Ghostbusters Classics Collector’s Guide.