The thing we want most out of the line is the ghosts after all. It definitely is for me. I’m not really opposed to picking up the RTBY subset – and I’d like to get the guys in matching style (but I don’t want to buy a Venkman without gloves…)
The Cinema Ghost is the highlight of this particular set for me. He’s one articulation point away (the neck) from being the best ghost yet. The sculpt is appropriately creepy. The ball jointed shoulders and elbow articulation is a little odd, but kinda cool. The paint scheme, a clear-ish purple with frosted details really helps the Cinema Ghost pop in the ghost lineup.
The Ghostbusters line tends to get by more on nostalgia and a long GB toy drought than by being a line of cool figures. I’m sure Mattel has a complex economic model to sort out, but I really wish they’d focused on making the figures all they can be. Imagine even simple things like the gloved and non-gloved arms being interchangeable or if the Protons Packs & Slimeblowers had been removable gear. Or more specifically to this figure, what if Mattel could’ve tooled up an interchangeable “Vigo possessed” head for him? How kickass would that have been?
Overall, SB Ray isn’t a bad figure. If you’ve been buying the line like me, then he’s par for the course. Actually, he’s a bit better than par for the course because he comes with such a stunning pack-in ghost (stack of books need not apply). I guess recent events with the line (the sub cancellation, the $8 blowout) might just have me taking a little harder look at Mattel’s management of the line. Is Mattel forced to make these figures on the cheap because so few are buying them or are so few buying them because they’re being made on the cheap? I wonder if the folks at Mattel ever ponder that question…
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