With the not so great news coming out about Ghostbusters Classics like the cancellation of the Ecto-1 subscription and the $8 blowout (but not sellout), it doesn’t feel like the greatest time to be a Ghostbusters collector. Still, I picked up Slimeblower Ray, but he did little to cheer me up.
The first thing that you can’t help but notice about Slimeblower Ray is that you feel like you’ve seen him already. I certainly feel like I’ve reviewed him before… because I have, in parts. I take some heat some times because I’m generally content with the buck system. I love the Super Powers-esque buck used on DC Classics, I like the cohesive look the buck gives to the MOTU Classics line, and who can argue that the Four Horsemen’s Scarabus gets gorgeous mileage out of a basic buck figure.
So, as a casual fan of the buck system, the parts reuse in Ghostbusters shouldn’t bother me too much. The original actors aren’t terribly different in stature, at least not enough that their plastic 6″ quartet looks wrong on the shelf. And it stands to reason that Slimeblower Ray should just be the Slimeblower body with a Ray head. If pressed I’m sure Toy Guru would ask “What more did Slimeblower Ray even need?”
While I’m a little disappointed by SB Ray, I also think it’s kind of silly to be disappointed. The basic body sculpt is perfectly fine (a huge nod to Mattel for fixing the Slimeblower buck, which some theorize might be where this figure’s tooling dollars went), the Slimeblower is nifty (though I wish there was a spot to stow the cannon), the Ray head is… what it is (I still don’t get how it looks so much better on Labcoat Ray), the articulation is standard for the line, the paint is fine, etc.. As far as things go, this is a serviceable figure.
The other reason it’s a bit silly is because he’s not the first Ghostbusters figure to forego new tooling. Though he is the first one you could recreate yourself with zero customizing skills. I popped one together for fun and then paid $20 to have it “for reals”. I think that, more than anything else, really contributes to making this one feel like Mattel should have done something more. It makes this figure really take a hit when it comes to the value, serviceable or not. So why did I even buy it? I imagine the same reason that a lot of us bought it… Continue to Page 2…